Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dubrovnik Airport readies for busy winter


Dubrovnik Airport is bracing for a busy winter season with a number of carriers planning to boost their flights to the city during the slow months. Spanish low cost airline, Vueling, which previously announced it would upgrade its summer flights between Rome and Dubrovnik to year-round operations, will now also operate services from Barcelona to the Croatian city throughout the winter. Flights will be maintained twice per week. Furthermore, Turkish Airlines will boost frequencies to Dubrovnik over the winter when compared to last year, while the airport is also in talks with several other airlines in an attempt to ease seasonality.

The General Manager of Dubrovnik Airport, Roko Tolić, said, "Compared to last year, Turkish Airlines has seen its passenger numbers increase 84% on its Dubrovnik service. For us, it is also important that, during the winter, Turkish Airlines will add an additional weekly flight, for a total of four. Combined with Croatia Airlines' service to Frankfurt, we also have high expectations of British Airways and several other carriers we are currently negotiating with". Earlier this month, Dubrovnik Airport welcomed its millionth traveller of the year, which was two weeks ahead of 2016. "This year we managed to reach the milestone two weeks ahead of 2016. The figures so far have been fantastic. Traffic is up 20%, and now we have our millionth passenger earlier than ever before. This month we will welcome around 400.000 passengers, maybe even more. This is encouraging and we could surpass two million travellers as early as October", Mr Tolić said.

Dubrovnik Airport opened its new Terminal C building earlier this year. It has now completed tender procedures for the second phase of its major development project, which will include apron expansion, the overhaul of its runway and taxiways, as well as the relocation of the fuel farm and enclosed facilities for maintenance, operations and ground equipment. Valued at 115.2 million euros, the project will enhance the airport's handling capacity to some 3.98 million passengers per year by 2032. Work is expected to begin this winter and is scheduled for completion in 2020. "To our satisfaction, two major consortiums submitted their bids during the tender process, indicating that we will have a very serious contractor. This will ensure that in the years to come, we will complete our major project, which we started off this year with the opening of the new passenger terminal", Mr Tolić concluded.

51 comments:

  1. Great work Dubrovnik. Well done.

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  2. Excellent. So Vueling will serve two routes to Dubrovnik this winter.

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  3. Croatian airports are killing it this year.

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  4. 2.1 million for DBV in 2017.

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    1. More likely it's gonna surpass 2.3 mil, and possiblycome closd to 2,4 mil.

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    2. How many passengers can we expect this year at all Croatian airports combined?

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    3. Over 9,5 million
      Could come close to 10 million

      Dubrovnik will go over 2,3 million, probably close to 2,4

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    4. Very impressive numbers

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    5. @Anon 9:46 AM

      Zagreb - 3.1 million
      Split - 2.75 million
      Dubrovnik - 2.4 million
      Pula - 640k
      Zadar - 620k
      Rijeka - 170k
      Osijek - 40k

      Total: ~9.7 million

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  5. I have a feeling Eurowings may introduce winter route too.

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    1. Muncih would be great.

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    2. Well they will be flying to Split year round so maybe.

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  6. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  7. Would be nice to see Fly dubai fly seasonal to Dubrovnik.

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    1. Would be but I doubt Emirates would be in favour of that with their Zagreb flight and it would also hurt Fly dubai's Tivat flights.

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    2. unlikely, mostly because of TIV service

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    3. FlyDubai can easily switch from Tivat to Dubrovnik if they see fit.

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    4. Their Tivat flights are doing amazingly well and they have a deal with the UAE owned hotels. No need to switch.

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  8. Very good for the coast

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  9. I'm still waiting for an LCC to start DBV-ZAG.

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    1. There is no money to be made on that route.

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    2. Elaborate, please.

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    3. There's plenty of money to be made... they should open up ALL domestic routes to competition and stop pumping in money to OU by way of a "PSO" excuse

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    4. What, and LCCs can make money flying from Nis to Milan for EUR50 ? Have you seen how expensive OU"s domestic fares are ? Just outrageous

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  10. No surprise TK is doing well. That's why they also added 2 extra flights during the summer. They are now flying 9 pw to Dubrovnik during the peak season.

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  11. Oh wow! It is possible for DBV to surpass ZAG one day. Capital cities are slowly losing their lead. And if DBV becomes a LCC base, then it will be on the top list. DBV needs to persuade Norwegian to launch flights to New York.

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    1. Completely agree. A LCC operating TATL seasonal from Dubrovnik would be excellent.

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    2. With what feed ?

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  12. Zasto air serbia ne leti zimi za dubrovnik i split?

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    1. Zato sto su i zimski letovi u funkciji turizma, a Srbi ne dolaze zimi u ST i DU.

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    2. What a dumb answer ...

      over 40% of JU's pax are non originating in Serbia. Split is poorly connected over the winter and Air Serbia carries alot of transfer and codeshare traffic.

      Split would be a great choice for a 3pw service over the winter

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    3. Dumb? You'think ASL can fill an aircraft three times per week from ST? You're more than welcome to try. Than we'll see who's dumb, sweety.

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    4. I to bi volio vidjet

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  13. The best airport in ex-yu.

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    1. Agree 100%. Roko Tolic is THE best airport boss in Croatia

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  14. Another record year for Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb and Croatia in general. Great results. Congrats.

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  15. OT - what an interesting analysis from CAPA re Air Serbia....

    https://centreforaviation.com/insights/analysis/air-serbia-the-youthful-90-year-old-marks-first-year-of-new-york-service-suspends-abu-dhabi-353046

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  16. Which one has more potential to be busier, Split or Dubrovnik?

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    1. Split. It already busier. It is a larger city and can sustain more traffic during the winter.

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  17. Next Friday I will be flying on JU's flight to Split so I can say how many passengers were transfer travellers:D I am non-Serb. Last year on that flight there was hardlly any Serbian, only a few Croats, the others were transfers. Serbians don't travel to Croatia......

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    1. Ha ha ha
      Ti to ozbiljno????

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    2. I guess 100k official ones in 2016 were made up.

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  18. Like someone said above Dubrovnik Airport has had one of the best management teams. It's a bit sad that Dubrovnik Airline failed. Passenger numbers would have reached well over 2 million last year if they were still around.

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  19. Well planned and executed expansion for DBV that can keep up with passenger growth.

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  20. Time for easy to open a base in DBV.

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  21. Very good numbers. Next year we could see Croatian aiports handle 11 Million passengers.

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