Friday, January 29, 2016

Turkish Airlines to launch Dubrovnik flights

Turkish Airlines to introduce Istanbul - Dubrovnik service in late June

Two years after initially planning to launch flights to Dubrovnik, Turkish Airlines will finally do so this summer season, bringing its total number of destinations in the former Yugoslavia to eight. According to Dubrovnik Airport, the Turkish carrier will commence scheduled operations from Istanbul on June 27, with services to run until the end of the 2016 summer season, on October 29. Although the route is currently planned to run on a seasonal basis, Turkish Airlines does not have summer-only destinations in its network, indicating that the Dubrovnik service could be extended into the winter months as well. Flights are planned to operate four times per week, each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The airline is yet to put tickets on sale.

In the spring of 2014, Turkish Airlines planned to add Dubrovnik to its route network with three weekly flights, however, decided against the move later on. "The route comes as a result of drawn out negotiations which involved many representatives from Croatia's southernmost region", Dubrovnik Airport says. It adds, "The reason there were no flights to Turkey over the past few years was the introduction of visas for Turkish citizens, which complicated their travel to Croatia. This happened when Croatia entered the European Union (2013). However, there is room for great optimism due to the large number of Turkish tourists which could return to Dubrovnik now". In 2014, a total of 26.220 Turkish citizens visited Croatia, of which 17.398 holidayed on the coast.

With the introduction of its new flights to Dubrovnik, Turkish Airlines will operate a total of 106 weekly flights to the former Yugoslavia this summer season. The airline will maintain double daily operations to Belgrade, Pristina, Skopje, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Podgorica, with the latter two receiving a boost from ten weekly services last summer. Furthermore, Turkish Airlines will operate eighteen weekly flights to Sarajevo, in addition to the four weekly services to Dubrovnik. “Turkish Airlines always gives crucial importance to the former Yugoslav market, considering its contribution to our global network. The mentioned routes have great potential and feed Turkish’s European points, as well as points in the United States”, the airline told EX-YU Aviation News. Dubrovnik Airport handled 1.693.934 passengers last year, an increase of 6.9% on 2014. Croatia Airlines handled the most passengers (383.464), followed by easyJet (189.328), Norwegian Air Shuttle (156.183), Vueling Airlines (92.498), Thomsonfly (87.095), Jet2.com (73.133) and Lufthansa (72.648).

46 comments:

  1. Well done! Fantastic news!

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  2. They have a huge offer to ex-Yu. Not the best news for Croatia Airlines-Lufthansa with this route

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    1. Why? it not as if either of them fly this route so they are loosing nothing.

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    2. Some of passengers to 3rd destinations will now travel via IST instead via ZAG, FRA, MUC, VIE...

      And it is true, that is not good news for Croatia, Lufthansa, Austrian, British...

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    3. My guess would be a lot of passengers from the far east use Lufthansa to get to Dubrovnik. Now they have Turkish which could be a cheaper option. I'm sure the majority of Germans going on holidays to Dubrovnik are using alternatives like Germanwings and Eurowings. I'm not saying LH is doomed. Far from it. But it could hurt them just a bit.

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    4. Very bad news for Air Serbia.

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    5. Of course it is (less passengers via BEG to IST, JFK, SOF, AUH, TLV, BEY, even to SVO or some Scandinavian destinations where Turkish have sometimes very good prices for connections (dumping).

      But it is not as bad news as it is for Lufthansa, Austrian, Aegean or Croatia.

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  3. Croatia Airlines handles more than double of the next airline, but according to the expert commentators here, they are doomed.

    Interesting.

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    1. You should have fıgured it out by now - every time a route opens in the wider region it is bad news and doom for someone. In 9/10 cases the doomed party is JU even if the route is SOF-KIV, and today OU and LH will join the doomsday list. The way experts see it, any new route means someone has to die. Marvelous.

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  4. Anything works in DBV during the summer season, the question is what's gonna happen during winter? Will the flights continue with 5 pax O/B?

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  5. Nastavit ce se letovi i zimi!

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  6. This is a good catch for Dubrovnik. Congrats to them. I think Fly Dubai should have started 2 p/w DXB-DBV. They could have done really well.

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  7. Great work for DBV. I just hope this announcement doesn't end up like the one from two years ago.

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  8. OT: Montenegro Airlines suspends Tuzla-Vienna service due to poor loads.

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    1. They wanted to play the Adria game.

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    2. Weren't the flights chartered by MySky? https://www.facebook.com/myskyba1/

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  9. now Croatians can afford a seaside vacation :)

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  10. good news. Now let's hope these flights stick during the winter.

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    1. With these flights plus new Dubrovnik-Frankfurt flights during the winter, DBV should have strong growth this year.

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    2. Sure, that would make at least 24.000 passengers in February instead of 18.000 like last year. Strong growth on yearly basis those few thousands during winter. OMG...

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  11. OT: Wizz Air Rumors:
    http://hungarytoday.hu/news/press-reports-wizzair-establish-direct-air-link-budapest-macedonia-14433

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    1. This was reported here in the past

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2015/07/skopje-budapest-link-anticipated-by.html

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    2. Last week the Hungarian government have asked the EU commission if there will be penalties if they subsidize Balkan links. The answer from the EU commission was negative and they're moving it forward now.

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  12. Kind of off topic.

    Looks like Croatia or more so Dubrovnik will be used as a filming location in the next Star Wars movie.

    http://www.croatiaweek.com/star-wars-episode-viii-to-film-in-croatia/

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  13. JU should IMMEDIATELY increase the flights from BEG to DBV from 6 to 12 per week! Afternoon and evening flights or afternoon and morning.

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    1. And 3-4 time per week on winter.

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  14. ASL treba da odgovori sa dodatnim letovima na ovu ekspanziju TK i da udari na njihovo trziste kao npr ESB .
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    1. A da... 7 letova za ESB bi stvarno naškodio 106 letova iz IST za exYU! A i bitno bi naškodilo TK koji ima stotine tjednih letova iz ESB prema IST i još stotine prema drugim aerodromima. Koji si ti... majke mi...

      Siguran sam da bi se nakon takvog "udara" TK odmah povukao iz exYU tržišta u strahu od daljih udara Air Serbije na njihovo tržište. Nije sa time za šalit!

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    2. Provokacije od malih virtualaca smesno je .
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  15. Koji Avion ce da obavlja let .
    Hvala unapred :)
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    1. Verovatno neki iz serije B737

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    2. Da, 738 i A320 i 321.

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    3. Ne dobijaju veci gradovi u EX YU cesto 738 ili A321 tako da ne treba biti pre potentan mogli ste napisati i A330.
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    4. Pre potentan? Stvarno?

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    5. Da mogli su odma napisati i A330-300 da ce da dolazi.
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    6. Ooooo budalo...

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    7. Posto si ljubomoran evo dolazit ce sa najmanjim kojeg imaju u floti. Jesi sretan sad?

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    8. Nisam ljubomoran niti imam na sta reko sam ne salju 738 ili A321 u glavne gradove EX YU pa nece ni za DBV.
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    9. Danas u BEG dolaze dva A321 U6 i TK i OS sa A320 odlicne vesti.
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    10. A zasto ne bi dolazio TK u spici sezone u DBV s A321? Ajde objasni!

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    11. Da jednom u nedelji a ne celo vreme kao sto oredstavljate.
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    12. @INN-NS SJJ je cijelo ljeto na 738/A321

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    13. Ne kontam, ako ne salju B738 i A321 sta onda salju?
      A posto si ljubomoran odmah cu ti reci da A320 ima svega 12 sedista manje od B738, dakle ta dva aviona su ista. Dakle ne pricaj gluposti.
      A da te podsetim da je A330 dolazio u SKP!

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  16. Does anyone know the rough timing of these flights?

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  17. Good news for anyone coming/going to the Middle East, Asia and Australia...No more backtracking. There are Asian tourists in DBV in winter too (usually the only ones)...the problems with winter flights is weather related. The bura closes the airport down so many times. If I were an airline ops guy, that's one reason why I would not fly there. Too many cancelled flights.

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