Sunday, August 28, 2016

Dubrovnik Airport sees record August


Dubrovnik Airport is on course to record its busiest summer in history, with 286.182 passengers handled between August 1 - 24. The figure represents an increase of 11.3% compared to the same period last year. Since the start of 2016, the airport welcomed 1.345.786 travellers through its doors, up 14.7% on 2015. The number of aircraft movements up until this Tuesday stood at 13.174, an increase of 12.2% on last year's 11.746. Dubrovnik Airport's Deputy General Manager, Frano Luetić, recently said, "We anticipated our annual growth rate to amount to 3% or 4%. The double digit growth we have seen has surprised us so it is difficult to predict how the rest of the season will perform".

Dubrovnik Airport's strong showing so far this year is expected to continue into the winter season, with several airlines to maintain year-round flights to the city, while talks with Ryanair are still ongoing. Following discussions with local authorities, the airport and Tourist Board, Ryanair requested for Dubrovnik Airport to reduce its fees and sign a multi-year contract prior to it starting operations. Ryanair's Route Development Manager, Luis Fernandez-Mellado, said the budget carrier is willing to maintain year-round flights from Dubrovnik, describing it as an extremely interesting destination. He added there is already strong demand for the airline to introduce services to the coastal city, which would prove as an excellent city-break option during the winter months. Mr Fernandez-Mellado also hinted at the possibility of Ryanair operating domestic flights within Croatia, noting that it runs a number of domestic services within European Union-member states. Following talks with the airline, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahušić, said the city is prepared to sign an agreement with Ryanair which would be applicable until 2024.

Other carriers which will introduce new services to Dubrovnik this winter include Croatia Airlines, which will maintain flights to Frankfurt, as well as Vueling, which will operate two weekly flights from Rome. In addition, Turkish Airlines, which launched services from Istanbul to Dubrovnik in May will also maintain the route throughout the year. Meanwhile, flights between New York and Dubrovnik could launch in 2017 with local authorities seeking a partner for the service. The city expects for the route to be maintained twice per week throughout the year. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board is contacting potential carriers and tour operators interested in running the service.

58 comments:

  1. Well done Dubrovnik. With Ryanair they will be close to 2 million passengers per year.

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    1. No matter of Ryanair they will surpass 2 million next year.

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    2. This year will be 50 000-100 000 short of 2 million, so next will almost surely surpass it

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    3. Yeah, wafer thin, I project 1 950 000.
      Next year definitely 2.2 million.

      Croatian airports set for record numbers this year.

      Zagreb - 2.82 million
      Split - 2.25 million
      Dubrovnik - 1.95 million
      Zadar - 500 000
      Pula - 420 000
      Rijeka - 175 000
      Osijek - 32 000

      Total: 8.15 million

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    4. Losinj - 13 000
      Brac - 10 000

      + how many passengers did/does ECA have on all their water terminals?

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    5. ECA were saying they would flying a few hundred thousand.

      BTW, have they started flying again?

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    6. They are still grounded

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    7. Not truth. Moments ago captain Luke Howard took off from Split to Jelsa. 9A-TOE is bac to business from now.

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    8. He might have taken off but no revenue pax. They will resume some flights tomorroe but only with 1 plane. The rest are grounded

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    9. And from tommorow Split-Novalja-Pula-Mali Lošinj will be operated from regular schedule. ECA will fly today to Vela Luka and Lumbarda only

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    10. evo i službene objave:
      Dragi Putnici, Prijatelji i Simpatizeri,

      Kako možete pretpostaviti, moj tim i ja, veoma smo uzbuđeni zbog nastavka naših operacija. dodatne i nepredviđene prepreke, drastično su usporile naš process rasta.
      Želio bih se ispričati zbog izazvanih neprilika. Naše su namjere uvijek bile najbolje i ove zadrške nisu naša krivica.

      U svakom slučaju, od 29.08.2016 s radom započinje samo naša Twin Otter posada, registracijskih oznaka 9A-TOE, s obzirom da je za nju čitava papirologija dvaput provjerena i pregledana. Ovaj avion će se koristiti na relacijama Split – Mali Lošinj – Pula i Pula – Novalja kojima će se moći letjeti kroz jutro i popodne, odnosno dvaput dnevno.

      U međuvremenu, radimo na puštanju naših Twin Otter-a registracijskih oznaka 9A-TOA, 9A-TOB,9A-TOC. Nažalost, ne možemo predvidjeti kada će se to točno dogoditi jer ne ovisi isključivo o našoj moći I željama. Kako bismo izbjegnuli davanje krivih informacija, točan datum o povratku ostalih Twin Otter aviona zasada nije moguće odrediti.
      Radimo sve što je u našoj moći kako bismo ohrabrili vlasti da što prije vrate ove hidroavione u zrak.

      Odlučili smo zatvoriti prodaje karata za sve rute koje uključuju navedene Twin Otter-e dok ne budemo u mogućnosti sa sigurnosti potvrditi da su ponovno odobreni za korištenje. Ovo je bila jedna od najtežih odluka koje smo morali donijeti, ali dobrobit naših putnika i utisak koji ostavljamo na njih nam je od najveće važnosti. Mi smo odgovorni za velik broj frustracija naših putnika koji su rezervirali kartu u proteklih nekoiko dana. Za mene i moj tim, nema ništa gore od nemogućnosti da ispunimo uslugu koju smo obećali.
      Još jedom, naša najveća briga su putnici koji su rezervirali karte. Moj tim trenutno kontaktira sve putnike koji su rezervirali karte do 31. Kolovoza kako bismo dogovorili povrat novca te ih savjetovali ili pomogli sa alternativnim transportom.
      Čim se naša čitava posada ponovno vrati u zrak, dočekat će Vas točan, povjerljiv, siguran i prijateljski ECA. Nevjerojatni pogled iz naših aviona i dalje oduzima dah, a ljepota Hrvatske je nenadmašiva.

      Kako sam predhodno spomenuo -poduzeli smo dodatne mjere kako bismo osigurali pomoć naših partnera u ovim teškim vremenima. Među njima su i kompanije za 25- godišnjim iskustvom s Twin Otter operacijama.

      Naposlijetku, zadnjih nekoliko dana sigurnost naše aviokompanije bila je predmet rasprave i proispitivanja u različitim medijima. Naša aviokompanija nikada ne bi svjesno ugrozila bilo kojeg putnika ili člana posade. Za Vas koji ste poput mene, sretni što imate obitelj i djecu shvatit ćete većinu mojih sljedeći riječi: u bilo koje vrijeme u prošlosti i budućnosti našega rada, povjerio bih svojoj posadi, održavanju i avionima život vlastite djece. Osjećam snažnu odgovornost da uvjerim svoje putnike da je njihova dobrobit, kao i dobrobit moje posade od najveće važnosti za našu aviokompaniju.

      Vaše povjerenje je naša najveća blagodat.
      U ime mojeg čitavog tima, molim Vas da stojite uz nas u ovo teško vrijeme i ispričavam se za svaku izazvanu neugodnost.

      S poštovanjem,

      Klaus Dieter Martin
      Izvršni Direktor

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    11. Will be happy to see Twin Otters in the air again! They are a beautiful addition to the Adriatic coast line and Split - Pula flight is my personal favourite: stunning views and a real time-saver!

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    12. "nisu naša krivica"

      A čije su do vraga? Međunarodna urota, sabotaže poslovnih konkurenata, terorizam...? Avioni su prizemljeni radi lošeg održavanja i flagrantnog nepoštivanja minimalnih uvjeta. Za koje je kriv management ECA! Nije kriva ni CCAA, ni inspekcija, ni novinari, ni putnici, ni posade!

      A kad i ako ECA uspije otkloniti te nedostatke dobit će nazad mogućnost da leti sa svim avionima.

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    13. on optužuje bivšeg pilota koji je dobio otkaz a koji je napravio 5000 eura sa službenog mobitela, nije se dobro slagao sa mehaničarima i koji je anravno sve prijavio nadležnim službama

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    14. Halo... pa nije problem tko je prijavio, problem je što su ti nedostaci postojali! Da nisu postojali ne bi CCAA ukinula AOC samo radi prijave. Hvala bogu da je netko prijavio jer da nije neki avion bi se srušio, kao što već jedan njihov i je, i bilo bi mrtvih ljudi.

      A tko je kriv što su bili neispravni avioni, nego vlasnik kompanije i management?

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  2. Smart planning and strategically expanding.

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  3. If all of this materliazes it will be an amazing year for Dubrovnik. It already is...

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  4. If Ryanair really starts flying domestic in Croatia, Croatia Airlines can close its doors.

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    1. True but don't think the Croatian government would allow it so I doubt FR will start domestic flights.

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    2. The government can't do anything since Croatia is in the EU and Ryanair is an EU based carrier.

      That said, I am sure FR won't just accept OU receiving subsidies for a route they can operate profitably without any government aid.

      EU legislation clearly states that subsidies can only be given to routes that can't operate profitably on their own or that don't see any competition.

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    3. I don't think it's up to the government - isn't it a fully liberal market within the EU? Every EU AOC owner can operate between any two points in the EU as they please and as often as they wish.

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    4. Nemjee, you surely know FR itself does not start any route on this planet without large subsidies. Only difference to OU domestic service PSO is that those subsidies to FR are not official and not coming from the country but from regional and local authorities and private companies mostly in form of hidden marketing support.

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    5. Of course, I agree with you but I was merely stating that FR will not opt to fly DBV-ZAG as long as OU gets money for its own flights.

      Subsidizing two carriers makes no sense. So we have two possible outcomes:

      1. FR insists that OU doesn't receive any more subsidies.

      2. They ignore the market.

      I have a feeling that DBV would rather have FR expand there than OU whose future is more than uncertain.

      I do have a question, where does the money for PSO come from? Regional budgets or the state one?

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    6. I was surprised that OU has very reasonable fares on ZAG-DBV.

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    7. OU is subsisidised on Zagreb - Dubrovnik flights by Dubrovnik city council.

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    8. Are you sure the PSO subisidies come from local budgets?

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    9. Again, you try to make this desinformation true. And as many times you repeat this it will not become true.

      Dubrovnik city council does not subsidies Zagreb-Dubrovnik flights. They give back their citizen amount of money if they ask for when they buy a ticket. So, one pay for ticket and if they ask for local government will pay to PASSENGER money back. Croatia can not count on that money, can not now how many passengers will be motivated to use that route, especially each flight, and even they don't know which passengers on their flight would take this possibility after flight was materialized.

      This is the same think as local government support locals on ferry, or bus routes, like students, elders, social etc.

      Even more if Trade air or any other company would start that flight potential passenger can use that possibility for refund the money on those flights also. Dubrovnik support many way of transportation for their citizen, not just air transportation.

      Nemjee, Ryanair can not influence cancellation of PSO to Dubrovnik till 2020 as strict contract was signed till than. We already discuss about that. If contract would be canceled before 2020 Croatia can ask for refund of costs, risk and "profit" by court. PSO was made by EU rule 1008/2008 and it can not be canceled before end of contract. Doesn't meter if in meantime one or several companies open commercial flights on same route. That fact can be only argument that Croatia can not again put this route for PSO tender on 2021-2025 period.

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    10. a ja isto ne znam nekim ljudima uvijek se treba pisati jednu te istu stvar

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    11. Purger,

      You are just forgetting one thing, Croatia is no longer a fully sovereign state. It's part of the European Union and EU legislation is superior to the Croatian one.

      Here is something from the Lisbon Treaty:

      'If, after giving notice to the parties concerned to submit their comments, the Commission finds that aid granted by a State or through State resources is not compatible with the internal market or that such aid is being misused, it shall decide that the State concerned shall abolish or alter such aid within a period of time to be determined by the Commission...'

      What this means is that Brussels has the power to suspend the PSO contract for OU even if it is valid until 2020.

      This can be done if Ryanair manages to prove that DBV-ZAG can be operated without receiving PSO funding.
      If they prove this then the EC can rule that the aid/funds were being misused. Now, it doesn't mean that they will force OU to pay it back as was the case with Malev or Cyprus Airways, they can simply suspend it after a certain period, like at the end of the summer or winter season.

      Now, if Ryanair plans on applying for PSO then it's a completely different matter. However, knowing them, they would rather give a blow to OU rather than to wait for 4 years.

      So in conclusion, PSO can be suspended but only by Brussels and only if FR submits a complaint like they did for CY.

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    12. Nemjee that is interesting thank u.

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    13. No it is not true.

      1. Lisbon Treaty stops in 2010. It is not on any more.

      2. Main problem of Lisbon Treaty was that it did not have any real influence on countries, was not obligated, and national legislation and practice was not cooperative on Lisbon Treaty. That is why Lisbon Treaty finish as total fiasco.

      3. Rule 1008/2008 guarantee that when PSO by this Rule is signet companies invest in it (plane, structure, organization, resources, image, system...) it will be on for amount of money and time. Trade air sign contract for plane, employee 4 persons, invest in software, support, operation, station, lodging... For sure they would not do that if they are not sure that CONTRACT would be on for time and amount of money by CONTRACT. Who will pay for 4 years leasing of plane and another investment if government terminate contract before. Who will pay for all other costs. That is why this CONTRACT can not be terminate doesn't meter of reason.

      One more time PSO is CONTRACT by EU Rule which can not be suspend!!!!!

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    14. Purger, the Lisbon Treaty was not suspended nor did it expire. It's still very much in force. It was introduced after the French and the Dutch rejected the proposal to introduce an EU Constitution back in 2004. The Lisbon Treaty came into force on January 1st 2009 and basically it's a cloaked constitution as very few things changes.
      They replaced the term constitution with treaty so as to make it more acceptable to the people of Europe, especially in France, The Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Ireland and the UK.

      Both Cyprus Airways and Malev were shut down because they breached the clause I copied up there.

      So in conclusion, yes, the PSO can be cancelled by Brussels.

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    15. Purger, sto istrajavas kada je ocito da Brisel moze osporiti PSO ugovor i da nisi u pravu. Eto nisi ni znao da je L.S. i dalje na snazi.

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  5. Great news for Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Airport. The numbers are truly impressive this year.

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  6. I wonder if two, three weekly BEG-DBV could work in winter. Especially if operated at night with the Atr.

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    1. I am sure it could work - but that is depending on pricing. If JU charges 100 eur less for BEG TIV then it won't work though!

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    2. But what if they rely on connecting passengers? Are there enough during winter time?

      I can't imagine the O&D market being that big between BEG and DBV in winter.

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    3. Yes, same what is done in winter between DBV to LHR/FRA/IST, those are always almost all connecting passengers.

      3 ATRs per week are less than 200 seats weekly between BEG-DBV, let us estimate there are roughly about (only) 25% O&D equels to 50 local pax and <150 connecting seats - no dooubt they could fill these if pricing is equal or less compared to BEG-TIV.

      Seems like a done deal for LX, OS, too. Particularly for OS as they could serve SPU and DBV with a perfectly sized and economical Q8-400 - perfect for travel time of 1h - 1h30 - plus OS has a much larger hub for connections in Viena. Seems totally not logical why they serve these destinations just 5 months a year.

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    4. Austrian try to fly Dubrovnik-Vienna, and Split-Vienna for few years and with two models:
      - every day route
      - just few frequencies per week

      Non of those worked. So they stop those routes. And:
      - they had code-share with Croatia,
      - VIE is much bigger hub than Belgrade with so many connections,
      - Croatian and Austrian business exchange is much bigger than Croatian and Serbian,
      - you have much more potential tourist from Austria in winter short break than from Serbia,
      - Croatia and Austria are in EU and NATO so political relations are much bigger than with Serbia.

      You must know that number of passenger in SPU and DBV are symbolic during winter, some 20.000 passengers per month. Air Serbia should fly 3 flights per week from SPU during winter, but that is without profit, just to feed their BEG hub and network (connections), and to maintain the habit of passengers to use BEG as hub. DUB for sure not as TIV have regular flights to BEG with so many frequencies and is just 50 km from Dubrovnik. That is good option for potential DBV passengers. Just and only if TIV fulfill 3 frequencies per day in winter they should open some frequencies to DBV.

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    5. @ Purger: When did Austrian last fly to SPU/DBV in winter? I can't recall that and what metal did they use?

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  7. Happy for the good performance in August. U expect winter to be in double digits. DBV will have the chance to catch up to Split during the winter.

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  8. Ryanair would be a great addittion in 2017. Dubrovnik Airport has some capacity issues during the summer but with the new terminal ready next year there will be more than enough space to accommodate Ryan.

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    1. It's amazing that Ryan has avoided Dubrovnik and Split so long. I don't get why, especially since every other LCC flies there.

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    2. Zadar je relativno blizu Splitu, a Split ima vece aerodromske takse. Dubrovnik je priča za sebe. Odsječen od ostatka države i daleko od ostalih aerodroma izuzev Tivta

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    3. One can totally not imagine how much traffic Split and Dubrovnik would have since years if they weren't this expensive in taxes and fees!

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  9. From my source Ryan's first destinations to Dubrovnik will be Cherleroi.

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    1. I'm surprised they haven't courted Easy Jet. They are the second busiest from DBV after Croatia Airlines.... or perhaps they are not interested.

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    2. I also heard they're considering opening routes from/to Eindhoven

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  10. My estimate for DBV is around 1.90 million in 2016.

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  11. It looks like vueling cancelled its winter flights from Barcelona and Rome to DBV

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    1. Weren't those seasonal services only to begin with?

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    2. CSA will cancel flights to Zagreb starting this winter (unfortunately)

      http://www.avioradar.hr/index.php/hrvatska/253-csa-prekida-liniju-zagreb-prag

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    3. This is not confirmed actually. They haven't put tickets on sale but they haven't made a decision yet.

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    4. How disappointing for ZAG!

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    5. It is disappointing, the loads are really good, but the taxes at the Zagreb airport are supposedly too high!

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    6. There is no such thing as a free lunch. The airport will have to pay for itself.

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