Two weekly flights between Beirut and Dubrovnik coming soon
Dubrovnik will become the third city in the former Yugoslavia this summer to feature direct flights to the Lebanese capital Beirut. Charter airline Wings of Lebanon will operate 22 flights between the two cities from June through to September. Services will run twice per week with the Boeing 737-300 aircraft. The new flights mark the first air link between the two cities as Dubrovnik prepares for a busy summer ahead. Prior to the launch of the regular charter flights, Wings of Lebanon will also operate an additional four services between the two cities in late April and early May. The flights are being chartered by the “Elite” tour operator with the aim to attract Lebanese tourists to the Croatian coast.
This summer, the former Yugoslavia will never have been better connected to Lebanon. On March 30 Air Serbia will launch three weekly flights from Belgrade to Beirut, increasing to daily from June 1. On the other hand, Middle East Airlines (MEA) will operate a one weekly service from Beirut to Sarajevo every Tuesday starting April 29 until the end of the summer season. The Lebanese national carrier will use its Airbus A321 on the route. The service, which has run on a seasonal basis over the past few years, caters primarily for Christian pilgrims from the Middle East visiting the Medjugorje site.
Despite many airlines boosting frequencies to Dubrovnik this summer, the airport is cautious in its assessment of the year ahead. “As it currently stands, passenger numbers this season will be similar to last year’s record 2013”, the airport said in a statement. It adds, “We cannot estimate the numbers with certainty since many international tourism fairs are just beginning, where the amount of interest for Dubrovnik will be shown”. Highlights at Dubrovnik Airport this summer include Trade Air’s one weekly Rijeka - Split - Dubrovnik - Rijeka flights in cooperation with Croatia Airlines and Aeroflot’s daily service from Moscow to Dubrovnik which will run from April 1 until October 6. The Russian national carrier will perform a total of 126 flights.