Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dubrovnik Airport unscathed by Croatia strike

Strong May for Dubrovnik Airport

Dubrovnik Airport has managed to see its passenger numbers rise in May despite an eight day long strike by Croatia Airlines cabin crew which saw many of its flights cancelled. While Dubrovnik saw the least amount of cancelations, with Zagreb and Split bearing the brunt of the industrial action, the airport’s May results are an achievement. In the first three weeks of May, the airport handled 117.933 passengers, a significant 14% increase compared to last year’s 103.368 passengers. The airport also recorded an increase in the number of flight operations by 1.7%.

This May, the number of passengers using Croatia Airlines to and from Dubrovnik decreased some 2.3%. A total of 25.947 passengers used the airline in the first three weeks compared to last year’s 26.541. The number of Croatia Airlines operated flights from Dubrovnik decreased by 3.2% as a result of the strike.

With just a month left until Croatia joins the European Union, Dubrovnik Airport is set to be the biggest winner from the country’s accession with a major spike in tourists and passengers expected. In the first four months of the year the airport handled 145.124 passengers, some 100 less than during the same period last year. The airport experienced a notable decrease in numbers in April. In 2012 Dubrovnik Airport beat its 1987 passenger record by handling 1.480.470 passengers and positioned itself as the fourth busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia, behind only Belgrade, Zagreb and Pristina. 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. The price tag of the project will amount 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.

10 comments:

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    I guess that tonight's flight from Katowice is the second airplane Wizz Air is bringing into Belgrade.

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  2. Dubrovnik Airport really looks amazing. Congratulations!

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  3. That’s pretty good. Can we assume OU didn’t suffer that much from the strike passenger wise?

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    1. 8 days of strikes by half of its workforce, of course it did, it lost at least 20 million kuna as a result of strike, number of passengers lost due to the strike, at least 3-4000.

      Total lost as a result of the strike, 40-50 million kuna, so its not negligible loss for a small airline.

      It won't reflect bad on Zagreb numbers, i think Zagreb airport will handle at least 215000 passengers in may,could be 225000, we'll see.


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    2. Today at Wizz Air's press conference in Belgrade it was said that Belgrade airport will handle more than 300.000 passengers in May. Is that possible to happen, what was the figure last May ?

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  4. Bravo Dubrovnik....The pearl of the Adriatic

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