Friday, November 11, 2016

New Dubrovnik terminal nears completion


The construction of the multi million euro Terminal C at Dubrovnik Airport is nearing completion with the facility expected to be opened on schedule next spring. "Construction is ongoing at Terminal C and soon work will begin on linking buildings A, B and C. The aim is to put the terminal into use by the start of the 2017 summer season. Furthermore, an additional two air bridges are in the process of being installed and should be functioning at the same time", Dubrovnik Airport's Chief Technical Officer, Tomislav Macan, said. He added, "Everything is going according to schedule so we hope to meet all set deadlines. The facility will feature check-in and commercial space stretching over 1.000 square metres, eight security lanes, a departure lounge with commercial and catering facilities, a premium lounge and restaurants".


The new terminal will be spread out over 24.181 square metres and is located next to the existing Terminal B building. The two will be combined into a single functioning unit. The new facility features sixteen gates, two of which will be used for domestic flights and the remaining fourteen for international services. It is all part of a major 274 million euro expansion, which includes the construction of new storage facilities, access roads, a car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The airport will also expand its apron and taxiways next year, while the overhaul of the runway is scheduled for next winter. The entire expansion is to be completed in 2019 and is being largely financed through EU structural funds. The project will cater for future growth in traffic and improve safety and service standards. Dubrovnik Airport's current terminal building, opened in 2010, stretches over 13.700 square metres. It has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year. In addition, the airport installed two air bridges at the start of last year, becoming the first in Croatia to feature them.


Dubrovnik Airport has registered its busiest year on record by handling 1.946.810 passengers during the January - October period, an increase of 17.7% compared to last year. It has already overtaken 2015's end-of-year result which stands at 1.693.934 travellers. October saw the airport's biggest growth margin on record. During the month it welcomed 202.703 passengers, up 36.4%. A number of airlines have already announced their plans to launch new services to Dubrovnik next summer season. They include Eurowings, Jet2.com and Thomson Airways. Furthermore, local authorities have said they are seeking for an airline to operate two weekly year-round flights between New York and Dubrovnik in 2017.

76 comments:

  1. All the airport development in Croatia is very impressive.

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    1. Improving infrastructure will capitalise on record tourism numbers and arrivals.

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  2. Bravo and good luck DBV! Hrvatska is doing really well with its airports: DBV, SPU, ZAG, PUY, ZAD, RJK, OSI.
    Also with the help of the Croatian diaspora in America, the DBV-NYC should definitely work out!

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  3. So combined terminal B+C will have an area of around 37,000 sqm. That would make it one of the bigger airports in ex-Yu.

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    1. If my calculations are correct it should be the 5th largest if Zagreb's new terminal is taken into account.

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    2. Zagreb, Belgrade, Skopje, Pristina and then Dubrovnik. Good work.

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    3. Actully it is bigger than Belgrade's two terminals.

      Zagreb - 65600sqm (to expand to 150 000sqm at the later stage once 8 million pax is reached)
      Skopje - 40 000sqm~
      Pristina - 38000sqm~
      Dubrovnik - 37500sqm~
      Split Airport - ([planned 38200sqm - 12800+25400sqm))
      Belgrade - 32000sqm (expansion by 11000sqm and 6000sqm still pending approvals) Fully expanded 49000sqm

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  4. Possibly the best looking airport in Ex-Yu! Great job, Dubrovnik!

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    1. Think the new Zagreb terminal is just a bit better ;)

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    2. But DBV also looks great

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  5. Well done Dubrovnik. Split has to catch up big time. They are constantly delaying their expansion and with more and more passengers next year will be a horrid summer when it comes to paxex. Expect long check-in lines coming out of the terminal. So congrats to DBV. Split take note.

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    1. True. If you ever want to experience hell on earth go and fly out of SPU over the weekend during the summer.

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  6. Well that was quick. Didn't they start building last winter?

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    1. Well it's mostly made of tin.

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  7. It will be a great yer for DBV in 2017. Is there any truth to the rumors that Qatar Airways will start flights to DBV?

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    1. Highly doubt that. Qatar does not fly seasonally anywhere and I see little demand for them to fly year-round. Dubrovnik is dead during the winter.

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    2. DBV is dead during winter because they still lack a year around offer. But they could improve and then it will be interesting during the whole year.

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  8. Good for them. DBV has always been the most proactive airport in ex-YU. It's a shame they lost Dubrovnik Airline.

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    1. And OU seems to be more than uninterested in DBV.

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    2. OU is not more than uninterested in DBV, they are more tHan uninterested in everything, their one and only subject of interest is how to keep in offices and on management positions people on purposely invented unnecessary jobs for cousins, mistresses, party buddies and so on

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  9. Haha anyone else notice the Croatia Airlines DC8 on the first photo? :D

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    1. Yes, almost as good as the A380s parked on the Tuzla Airport expansion renders a week ago lol

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  10. This does look good. Well cone Dubrovnik :)

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  11. From what I here, runway work will be done during winter 2016/17 when there is little traffic. But I don't know whether they are actually extending the runway or just putting new asphalt.

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  12. United pocinje letove za NYC od 2017.!!

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  13. Gluposti ko jos stavlja biljke u aerodromske zgrade kako je na renderima. Inace lepsa od zracne luke franjo.

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    1. Singapur

      http://hireplants.co/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Changi-Airport-3.jpg

      http://josh.yosh.org/travel/singapore/singapore_files/image002.jpg

      http://www.greenroofs.com/projects/changi_terminal3_greenwall/changi_terminal3_greenwall7.jpg

      http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/singapores-changi-airport-butterfly-garden-is-designed-to-be-a-for-picture-id175004102?s=594x594

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  14. OT: Does anyone know if Mistral Air will transfer its flights to Fly Ernest (M4)? Currently, Mostar (OMO) to Rome FCO can be selected but still cannot be booked.

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  15. Looks very similar to the other terminal.

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    1. That's the point. It forms practically one building.

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  16. Extremely impressive growth in October. Anyone have an explanation what drove it?

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    1. Tourists :)
      Dont think there was any major event, so just...growth :)

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  17. If Ryanair starts flights from Dubrovnik like planned, it could easily overtake Split.

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    1. I doubt it at least not in the first year. It would depend on the volume of traffic and weather they would fly year round or just seasonal.

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    2. Nista od Ryana na DBV

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    3. ^ Jel imas nekinh dodatnih informacija?

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    5. Ima li kakvih informacija,gdje je zapelo?

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  18. Actually from the rendering it remind me a lot of Morava Airport terminal

    http://moravainfo.rs/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Aerodrom-Morava.jpg

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  19. OT:
    SOF +33.3% in October
    This is huge

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    1. I wonder if SOF will actually overtake BEG in this year. Next year it will, that's for sure.

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    2. Purger (Alen Šćuric)November 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM

      SOF had 4,1 million till October. In October they had 478.000, it will be less in November, and even in December doesn't matter that from middle of December they will have new flights (easyJet to London Stansted, Israir to Tel Aviv, Jet 2 to Manchester, Thomas Cook to London Gatwick, Wizzair to Basel and Doncaster)

      So, there is very little change they will make 0,9 million in those 2 months. But next year with all those new routes for sure SOF will have much more passengers than BEG.

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    3. SOF have also added 2 new destinations since 01.11. So, probably it will overtake BEG

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    4. NOV will be very strong. BUD, DUB, CRL, CIA and DEC even more as there will be many extra flights between 19-31 Dec. I think they will will not achieve 5 million but maybe 4,8.

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    5. I just checked how they were doing in NOV and DEC and they are doing far better than BEG. I think that both months will be over 400,000 pax which makes around 4.9 mln for 2016

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    6. Near Sofia there are 2 big ski centers, Borovec and Bansko. During winter there are many charter flights to SOF so NOV and DEC are generally not the weakest months there as they are in BEG

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    7. @Purger: Yes, you forgot about almost double daily Kiev flights beginning of Dec. The new routes to Dublin, Ciampino, Budapest, Charleroi started end of Oct-1st Nov. So November will not be that weak. My predictions 400k in Nov and 550k in Dec but 6 million will be easily achieved in 2017 when Wizz places their A321s. The region is growing like crazy together with INI and SKP.

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    8. Wizz will have 4 A321 and 3 A320 based at SOF next year.

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    9. I see no point in comparing BEG and SOF.

      This is Ex-Yu Aviation, not the Balkans Aviation portal.

      But since we are there, I think that the only thing amazing is that SOF trails Belgrade at all. The Bulgarian capital is now bigger than the Serbian capital, the Bulgarian economy is stronger and it is more internationally integrated, Bulgarians can travel to more countries without visas. Very strange.

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    10. Nobody says Ex-Yu Aviation is not about the former 6 Yugo states but it´s also healthy to compare the rest of the countries nearby. We never talk about Albania or Romania for instance but we should. Those markets are boosting like hell especially TIA, CLJ, IAS, BOJ, etc.
      It´s aslo kind of exciting to compare BEG and SOF because they are considered like cousins and both share almost the same traffic figures. BEG has the boutique, new JU powered by EY, while SOF is now the LCC champion. This is just an opinion ;)

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    11. "The Bulgarian capital is now bigger than the Serbian capital..." Where did you read that? It would not hurt to be informed. Also, it is funny you saying that it makes sense to discuss a group of countries which no longer exist vs. an actual region that is still there and more consequent by and large on the global aviation market.

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    12. All things considered, looks like you've never been to Sofia or Bulgaria for that matter. SOF will surpass Belgrade for sure, the LCC not being there because Bulgaria is so rich but to be modern slave-ships used to transport the millions of Bulgarian financial emigrants in the EU. Not something you'd like to compete with.

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    13. "The Bulgarian capital is now bigger than the Serbian capital..." Where did you read that? It would certainly not hurt to get informed. Also, it is dubious you saying that it makes sense to discuss an abstract group of countries that no longer exist vs. an actual region that is still there and more consequent by and large on the global aviation market. Greetings from Ukraine.

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    14. Aэrologic, Serbia has long ago won that battle. It's the gastarbeiter capital of the Balkans. :)
      Other than Sofia being bigger than Belgrade, that poster is absolutely correct in everything he says.

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  20. Anyone know the capacity of the new terminal?

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  21. very good job, DBV both on expansion and passenger numbers.

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  22. If flights from Zagreb to New York start next year then I see little opportunity there will be any from Dubrovnik.

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    1. Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey would be a good alternative for NYC

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    2. 1990 : 4 weekly Pan American B727 DBV-FRA,(type change FRA to B747) -JFK, 4 weekly Pan American A310 ZAG-JFK, 1 weekly JAT DC10 DBV-JFK, 3 weekly JAT DC10 ZAG-JFK, before than half of Bosnia left for the US, and with much weaker tourism. So in my opinion, despite all changes in civil aviation, hubs, alliances and globalisation, there is definitely space for both ZAG and DBV to have NYC flights, even much more than twice weekly each, especially during summer season

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    3. Agree, Anonymous 5:01, Dubrovnik has many Americans during summer, hope for some seasonal flights in a year or two!

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    4. I think they can try to persuade Norwegian, this is the best choice as they operate to NYC from many cities in Europe already such as London, Paris, Barcelona, Copenhagen so why not Dubrovnik if there is such a huge demand?

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  23. OT: Can someone please tell me how much does one ticket with JU cost BEG-DUS-BEG?

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    1. Go on their website and chceck. Prices vary based on day/month of travel.

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  24. OT: All the people arguing that Macedonia airline subsidies do not exist or are legal.
    European Commission seems to think otherwise:
    http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/11/ec-reports-on-ex-yu-air-transport.html

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    1. Good point, but you will immediately get "attacked". I was always saying that you cannot maintain just above half a million passengers annually for many years and suddenly grow 3 times as much. SKP is not a leading leisure nor business destination nor a hub to see this acute growth. The only time was in 2000 when it achieved 1 million.
      SKP should have a "healthy" growth such as TGD which is a very good example.

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    2. The same attackers would eat OU, YM, JP or JU alive if they were given subsidies. Yet they see no problem at all when subsidies are given to LCCs or to foreign legacies. Interesting!

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    3. What I was trying to say is that it´s always good to have sustainable traffic, but the EC is not stupid and they get very tough on illegal government aids to airlines such as Malév & Estonian Air for example especially for a potential EU candidate country like Macedonia. MK now has a shiny airport but it needs to be filled in a more modest way.
      INI should also be careful with the subsidies, it´s not the only solution sometimes.

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  25. Long time ago there was a winter operation of Americans doing a two centre holiday in Dbv and Amfora hvar and very busy too.

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