Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dubrovnik Airport handles millionth passenger

Dubrovnik welcomes millionth passenger and continues to expand

Dubrovnik Airport has become the third in Croatia to handle over a million passengers in 2015, a week ahead of last year. The lucky millionth traveller, Hanna Katrine Jensen, arrived on a Finnair flight from Helsinki on Friday. Ms Jensen was greeted by Dubrovnik Airport representatives as well as local authorities. It marks the tenth consecutive year that Dubrovnik Airport has managed to handle over a million passengers, positioning itself as the third busiest in Croatia, behind Zagreb and Split, and the fourth busiest in the former Yugoslavia. During the first seven months of 2015, Dubrovnik Airport welcomed 915.899 travellers, an increase of 6.4% compared to the same period last year.

In 2015, Dubrovnik Airport marked several milestones as it became the first airport in the former Yugoslavia to handle the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a regular basis and the first in Croatia to feature air bridges. According to its Commercial Manager and Deputy Director General, Frano Luetić, US-based National Airlines is interested in launching nonstop charter flights between New York and Dubrovnik in 2016. The Ambassador of the United States to Croatia, Kenneth Merten, has said his country is working towards establishing flights to Croatia, adding that the foundations for such services are currently being put into place. This year, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) will host its annual gathering at Dubrovnik Airport, between October 19 and 21. The conference will include time for one-on-one business development meetings between US airport officials and commercial service officers with other airport officials from the region.

Dubrovnik Airport future terminal project

Dubrovnik Airport has also begun expanding its facilities in order to assist with the ongoing passenger growth. In May it resumed a major expansion project valued at 220 million euros, which will include the construction of a new passenger terminal, storage facilities, access roads, car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The aim of the redevelopment is to increase the airport’s capacity and reduce congestion issues during the peak summer months. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2019. The new terminal will stretch over 36.500 square metres and have the capacity to handle 3.5 million passengers per year, according to the project outline. Furthermore, it will feature additional air bridges. The future building will be located next to the current terminal and will be connected to it. Long-term plans call for the construction of a commercial zone around the airport with a hotel and even a second runway.

35 comments:

  1. Well done Dubrovnik. Without doubt the best and most modern airport in Croatia at the moment.

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    1. but they need a bigger apron asap!
      everyone just talking of Terminals in Croatia and Runway system while there is actually not enough place to park planes, espacially private (business) jets.
      same as in SPU.

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    2. @AnonymousAugust 9, 2015 at 1:57 PM

      they're getting apron expanded as well, it'll be all done, they just got the funding, Split Airport as well.

      Although Dubrovnik Airport doesn't get as busy on weekends as Split Airport, as Airport has managed to spread out traffic throughout the week not just weekends as is the case with Split.

      So there's plenty of space on current apron, for about 3.5 million pax traffic, however airport is getting more apron space, 40 000 will be added as part of initial investment and further 50 000 sqm as traffic grows.






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  2. Over 3.5 million passengers handled in the first seven months by Croatia's three main airports. Congratulations.

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  3. Flights to the US would be excellent. I think we even might see Skygreece fly to DBV from Toronto.

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    1. Pan Am use to fly to Dubrovnik so I don't see why an airline wouldn't fly today. I expect that those flights will start in 2016.

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    2. Pan Am used to fly to Dubrovnik (and many other places) in some other time and some other aviation era. Things have changed fundamentally since then.

      Or to put it more simple: physical capacity of an airport to handle widebodies is mandatory but not sufficient condition today. Many other things need to line up properly. And one more thing - previous history of widebodies on an airport is nothing but history.

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    3. "previous history of widebodies"

      Pleonasm. All history is previous by definition.

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  4. Any new airline planned for Dubrovnik next year?

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    1. It will be interesting to see what Croatia Airlines does. Will they continue to ignore Dubrovnik after their cost cutting ends at the end of the year.

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    2. What does OU's winter schedule look like from Dubrovnik this year?

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  5. Sve cestitke Dubrovniku u razvoju Vazdusne Luke Cilipi. Duboko verujem da ce nedugo posle gradnje novog terminala biti ponovna potreba nova prosirenja, modernizacija. U svakom slucaju dobra vam sreca u usponu putnicke avijacije u toj luci. ✈Rodney & Associated in good will. Kraljevo✈Sydney.🌏😊❇

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  6. OT

    Three more Atlasjet A321 charter flights today! They will surely contribute to the August numbers big time!

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    Interesting article: http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/kako-spasiti-croatia-airlines-i-zasto-je-to-vazno-za-hrvatski-turizam/835031.aspx

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  7. Admin, do we have a list of top ten by passenger numbers after first 7 months? :)

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  8. Svaka cast DBV. Uspehu stvarno ali ovo za letove za USA su gluposti .
    INN-NS

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    1. WHY? Please back up your statement to be valid.

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    2. Best to ignore ....

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    3. Letovi iz NA za DBV nisu gluposti nego pitanje dana. Dubrovnik a i cjela Hrvatska je popularna destinacija cija popularnost raste iz godine u godinu. Veliki doprinos je imala serija “Game of Thrones” kao I niz reportaza koje se rodovno vrte na specijalizovanim kanalima. Iskreno receno, ja sam uvijek mislio da je DBV broje jedan kandidat za NA letove a ne ZAG.

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    4. Letovi iz NA za DBV nisu gluposti nego pitanje dana. Dubrovnik a i cjela Hrvatska je popularna destinacija cija popularnost raste iz godine u godinu. Veliki doprinos je imala serija “Game of Thrones” kao I niz reportaza koje se rodovno vrte na specijalizovanim kanalima. Iskreno receno, ja sam uvijek mislio da je DBV broje jedan kandidat za NA letove a ne ZAG.

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  9. As per Official Airline Guide 1989...

    In the summer of 1989, PanAm had 6 flights per week to DBV from JFK. All flights had a change stopover in FRA. The Timetable was as follows...

    DEP: JFK 1815 PA072 B747 123456-
    ARR: DBV 1310 the following day

    Once in FRA, passengers would transfer to a Pan Am B727. In those years Pan Am had a base in FRA where aircraft fro the USA would come and then transfer to various cities in Europe. As stated this info was from a 1989 Official Airline Guide.

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    1. I think FRA-ZAG was also a daily PA 727

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    2. Yes it did. It had daily service

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    3. A310 of PA flew also DBV-ZAG-JFK in Summer Schedule. Cld hve been in 88 or 89, don t remember anymore. Also PA flew ZRH-DBV and ZRH-ZAG-BEG. I did PA to BEG in Sep 90 to watch Crvena Cvezda-GC

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  10. OT: flightradar 24 for Osijek airport does not list any Sea Air flights that were announced for today. Did See Air cancel again?

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  11. Sea Air postponed the start of regular operations until 23rd,August.

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  12. Ouch... I am still surprised that they did not fly via SVO.

    http://www.novosti.rs/%D0%B2%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B8/%D1%81%D0%BF%D0%BE%D1%80%D1%82.434.html:561662-Duga-noc-hrvatskih-vaterpolista-Zbog-kvara-na-avionu-prenocili-na-aerodromu

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    1. ...any idea how did the Serbian team fly back to Belgrade?

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    2. Vratili su se sa SU koliko ja znam.
      INN-NS

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    3. Cicko je dezuran i dobro informisan :)

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    4. Ima li ko sliku vodenih topova sa doceka svetskih sampiona na BEG?

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    5. Има на сајту РТС-а.

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  13. Petition for batajnica to become a lowcost hub!

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    1. Pa razmisli malo.. zasto bi drzava pravila jos jedan civilni aerodrom kada ovaj jos ne radi punim kapacitetom?!

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