Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dubrovnik Airport eclipses 1987 record

Dubrovnik Airport’s busiest year in history

After 25 years, Dubrovnik Airport has surpassed its all time annual passenger record set during the Yugoslav times in 1987. In the elapsed eleven months of this year, Dubrovnik Airport handled 1.460.549 passengers compared to 1987 when it welcomed 1.460.354 for the entire year. The record was broken on November 30. It rounds off a stellar year for the seaside airport, which is reporting growth of 9.9% compared to the same period in 2011. Dubrovnik is now certain to end the year as the fourth busiest in the former Yugoslavia, surpassing Ljubljana. It is believed it will greatly benefit from Croatia’s entry into the European Union next year with tourism set to rocket as countless airlines have already announced new flights to the city. Furthermore, airport authorities are in talks with Hainan Airlines to open a seasonal service from the resort city of Sanya on Hainan Island in Southern China next summer season.

Dubrovnik Airport’s predecessor - Gruda Airport

Dubrovnik Airport opened its doors in 1962. However, the city was previously served by the Gruda Airfield which opened for commercial traffic in 1936 and was in use only during the summer months. During 1987, the most successful year in Yugoslav aviation, the airport handled 835.818 passengers on international flights and a further 586.742 on domestic services. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, the airport surpassed the one million passenger mark in 2005.

A frequent visitor in the 80’s - Pan Am

Today, Dubrovnik boasts the most modern passenger terminal in the country. A new terminal is being planned in place of the old airport building, constructed in 1962, which has now been demolished to make way for a new modern structure. The price tag of the project amounts to seventy million euros and is to be financed out of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In May 2010 a new terminal opened at Dubrovnik Airport stretching over 13.700 square metres. It has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year. This year marks the airport’s fiftieth anniversary.

Below you can view Dubrovnik Airport’s five most successful years since opening its doors in 1962

YearPAX
20121.460.549 +
19871.460.354
19881.367.768
20111.349.501
20101.270.062

43 comments:

  1. This has been a fantastic year for many Croatian airports, just look at Zadar too.

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  2. Svaka čast za Dubrovnik.

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  3. Dubrovnik can teach all other airports how to do the business. Congratulations! Those results are really impressive for city with less than 40 000 citizens.

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    1. Not really, they are far from being the only airport which is doing good business. You have Zadar, Belgrade, Skopje and Pristina which are doing well.

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    2. i agree, it's an impressive traffic for such a small town, however you have to keep in mind that a big majority of pax are tourists (Dubrovnik now known almost worldwide), so not comparable to inland airports in exYu.it is also located rather south, so not that easily rechable by car.but all in all, impressive pax figures. bravo DBV!

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    3. Dubrovnik was already famous world-
      wide in the time of Yugoslavia.
      Funny how people forget this.

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    4. Yeah totally funny, I can't stop laughing. :/

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    5. It was famous, but nowhere near this much. Remember, no matter what before the war Yugoslavia was communist county and at least for most of the people in US, Canada etc. this was no-go zone. Now a days, it is totally different.

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  4. Good figures. Will probably have destiny as Bourgas Airport in Bulgaria. Before EU membership it was approx. 1,5 million and now it's approx. 2,5 million. DBV will see positive figures from now on. Congrats! :-)

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  5. Congratulations DBV! A great result, and an excellent facility. Those numbers will continue to grow in the years to come!

    Is the pecking order for 2012 exYU airports now finalised in terms of pax numbers? Could we see any changes?
    1. BEG
    2. ZAG
    3. PRN
    4. DBV
    5. LJU

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    1. Only possible change on this list would be DBV taking third from PRN.

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  6. And SPU taking fifth from LJU.

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  7. PRN to finish with 1.65mln pax

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  8. Finially only took one of the most know european tourist destination 26 yrs to surpass and average figure

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  9. Congratulations to Dubrovnik! This is a great news. Wish we had more stories like this from all over ex YU. Dubrovnik and the area (including Montenegro and Medjugorje) have so much potential and I am hoping this only the beginning.
    Cheers

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  10. Yesterday Air Arabia had its fort flight to PRN from SHJ(Sharjah International Airport). The loads from SHJ to PRN was 92 passengers and the plane was full from PRN to SHJ. This is an positively oppening for Air Arabia. Scandinavian will set up 3 new summerroutes, OSL-PRN(Oslo-Prishtina) ARN-PRN(Stockholm-Prishtina) and GOT-PRN(Gothenburg-Prishtina).Companyes like Air Berlin Germanwing and Pegasus have introduced that they will start up new flights from PRN.I think the PAX will continue rise at PRN.

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    1. How come PRN comes ahead of SJJ?!

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    2. Well you can read the kosovar newspeaper Koha: http://www.koha.net/?page=1,3,125753 article about the case they telle everything.

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  11. Following yesterday's numbers for Belgrade, here are some informations on Turkish Airlines operations out of Zagreb for the 06.2011-06.2012 period. Average LF=76%. 48% O&D passengers with 52% transiting beyond IST. Most popular routes were:

    1 - Seoul
    2 - Dubai
    3 - Doha
    4 - Cairo
    5 - Tehran.

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  12. Does Tunis Air offers connections from Belgrade to the rest of its African network?

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    1. Nope, it is all O&D.

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    2. Yes it does. For example when i was looking, the cheapest connection to Casablanca was via Tunis on tunisair

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    3. Yes, there are a few destinations which permit connecting but their presence in BEG is not of the same nature as that of TK, OS, AZ...they are there for a different market.

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    4. But can we book some other African destinations as well? Tunis Air is almost a forgetten player in Belgrade but their connections could be extremely practical to the African continent.

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  13. How many times a week TK flies to ZAG ?
    Interesting is that TKs best routes are
    west of Dubai/Doha.

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    1. It is a daily flight.

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    2. Actually it's twice daily as TK codeshares on OU's afternoon/evening flights, in addition to their own morning flights. TK also flies regularly to/from DBV, summer timetable, twice weekly.

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    3. Well he asked how many times TK flies to ZAG. A codeshare with OU doesn't really count as TK flying the route.

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  14. Congrats! Great news, I'm looking forward to visiting Dubrovnik soon.
    Does anyone know what is the capacity of the terminal? Should we expect to see an expansion soon?

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    1. 3.5 million with further expansion currently under way it will have a capacity of 5 million. 4 Jet bridges being added.

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  15. OT: Summer timetable Swiss 2013 ZRH-BEG evening flight LX1418/LX1419, operated with A320 instead F100.

    Regards from Basel

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    1. Very nice :) If it became a daily, or at least the second departure on Friday was moved to evening, it would be perfect.

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  16. Very nice and welcome news, good to see something positive in the region.

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  17. Even in December Qatar fly to ZAG with A321.

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    1. Not just this, I have had intention to fly Qatar beginning of January and all sold out. So, I have to switch back to Turkish, what I really do not like.

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    2. True, true. In November Qatar used their a321 to Zagreb at least 10-12 times, which is pretty sweet for "an off season month".

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    3. Don't forget to mention "to Budapest", then Zagreb.

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    4. Can you please provide us with those "sold out dates"?

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  18. Sold out my ass. You dont like the fare dude. If bookings wannt it, they have a big boy waiing to deploy. TK flooded yugoslav states with promo fares. Money talks bs walks.

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  20. Cool design. The airport building (gates area) looks very similar to the original design of Skopje's new airport that wasn't built, but changed to a smaller scale building.

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