Sunday, December 17, 2017

Dubrovnik Airport starts €115 million expansion


Dubrovnik Airport has begun the second phase of its multi million euro development project, which will enhance its handling capacity to approximately 3.98 million passengers per year. Last week, the airport commenced work on overhauling its runway and taxiways, scheduled for completion by mid-March of next year. As a result, the runway has been temporarily shortened by 1.500 metres. Other airside improvements will include the construction of two new rapid exit taxiways, the expansion of the western apron, as well as the construction of a new commercial aviation apron on the western side, a new east apron for general aviation and the development of aircraft maintenance and operation facilities, in addition to hangars.

The project, valued at 115.2 million euros, also entails the construction of a multi-level car park, a housing area with its own maintenance and operations premises for domestic operators and a new aviation fuel tank, including an underground pit system for fuel filling, two internal gas stations, installation of solar systems and the reconstruction of the substation and facades to attain energy-efficiency. The project is scheduled for completion in 2020. It comes following the successful conclusion of the first phase which saw the construction of a new Terminal C building that was opened for commercial use earlier this year. The project is being funded by a grant from the Croatian government, the airport itself and funds provided by the European Commission's Juncker Plan investment scheme.

Dubrovnik Airport handled its two-millionth passenger in September, making 2017 its busiest year on record. It estimates handling some 2.3 million travellers by year's end. A number of airlines have already confirmed the launch of new services to the city in 2018 including Adria Airways, Flydubai, easyJet, Edelweiss Air, Transavia, TUIfly, Thomas Cook Airlines, Volotea and Smartwings. Furthermore, some carriers will boost frequencies and capacity on existing services. easyJet will increase operations by 30%, while Thomson Airways and Norwegian Air Shuttle will boost services by 20%. The airport expects to record a profit of some nine million euros this year. "Currently, Dubrovnik Airport has contracts with over seventy airlines. Next year we will go a step further. We will welcome new airlines. All major carriers flying from the UK, which is one of our most important markets, have increased their capacity by some 30%. The number of services from Scandinavia will grow by 20%, while we will have more scheduled services from Poland than ever before", the airport's General Manager, Roko Tolić, said.

119 comments:

  1. No doubt the best managed airport in Croatia.

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    1. Dubrovnik was already a place of succesful trade and businesspeople in the past, no wonder they are good ap mgrs too

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  2. Interestingly the largest plane that can now land in DBV is the A320 during runway reconstruction.

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    1. Well it's not like they need anything bigger at the moment. Even in summer they don't get that many widebodies.

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    2. It's suffient for the winter. Construction will be done by the summer when there are A321s and B787s landing regularly.

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    3. The runway can easily handle A321s as it is now too. It has good short field take off performance.

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    4. I don't know but just before reconstruction started last week OU pilots were doing trial runs of landing on the shorter runway.

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    5. How often does a B787 land in DBV? Few time per day?

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    6. Once or twice per week.

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    7. Oh I thought it was more since the Anon wrote that they come regularly.

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    8. Well I would say it's regular since it's scheduled equipment to the airport. It's not like a one off during the summer.

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    9. 3 TUI 787 per week are scheduled in STT 2018.
      DBV is also diversion airport for heavies in southern Adriatic Sea area.

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    10. Three per week is nothing compared to ZAG which gets like four to five times that.

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    11. ZAG is the capital of the country and handles a million passengers more than Dubrovnik so you would expect for it to have more heavies than Dubrovnik.

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    12. Not really. Look at how many widebodies are sent to holiday destinations like PMI, RHO, HER... and then you will see that three weekly is a joke.

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    13. ZAG is served mainly by smaller planes and reduced winter frequencies. Nothing new.

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    14. ZAG has stable year-round growth. Unlike DBV it's becoming a regional hub.

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    15. But ZAG receives only 1 widebody daily. DBV receives at least 6 or 7 per day during the summer.

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    16. Why are you a hater and spreading false information?! ZAG has more than daily flights on a widebody in summer!!!

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    17. Can you give me an example? I can only think of EK and the seasonal Canada flights.

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    18. "DBV receives at least 6 or 7 per day during the summer."
      Which ones?
      (You're not a Dalmatian guy btw.)

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    19. You are not either Anon 05.09 because if you were then you would know there are many B757 and B767 that arrive every day.

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    20. OMG, really?

      Zagreb
      Emirates 7 pw
      Air Transat 2 pw
      Air Canada Rouge 4 pr
      Korean 12 flights per season

      Dubrovnik
      3 pw 787

      And what is purpose by those comments.

      Bravo Dubrovnik - you are Croatian pearl
      Bravo Zagreb - biggest Croatian airport

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    21. SPU is the pearl in terms of growth and airlines.

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    22. Sure it is
      Bravo Split- best growing airport in Croatia

      Go Croatia! 10+ million passengers per year.

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    23. Check your aviation knowhow: a 757 isn't a widebody jet!
      :)))

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  3. What's the capacity of ZAG, DBV, SPU and PUY now?

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  4. 4m pax a year. Amazing DBV and awesome for Croatia. Greetings from Down under. It seems every second person in Australia is either planning or dreaming of a holiday to Croatia. Emirates also doing a great job marketing new flights to ZAG

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    1. Its Amazing how Dubrovnik Airport has developed over the last ten years. Well done.

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  5. Great work Dubrovnik. Well done.

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

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    1. DBV goes to show SPU how things are supposed to be done. I know SPU has now started construction of its new terminal but it is years and years late. DBV expansion has been well thought out and on time.

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    2. Let's just hope they don't change the CEO. The government wants to replace him to put some party member in charge just like they did in Zadar.

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    3. They always seem to be a few steps ahead of ZAG as well. First to get air bridges, first to get new terminal a couple of years ago, first to expand that terminal...

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    4. Of course, they had better management. One (Peović) which forced Dubrovnik Airport to be financed by self-funds, but same management (Peović) forced concession in Zagreb.

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  7. Have they built the automated baggage handling facility in the old terminal or they still have to do that?

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  8. Great development. It would now be good for DBV to start looking at attracting some seasonal long haul flights.

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    1. They said that the two markets where there is a chance for flights is the US and South Korea but they also said unfortunately that is unlikely to happen next year.

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    2. If you ask me, their main focus now, along with this development project should be attracting as many airlines as possible during the winter and really making it a year round airport.

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  9. Has anyone used the new terminal at Dubrovnik? Thoughts?

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    1. Terminal kao treminal. Prodjes kroz njega i to je to.
      Zar tome treba pridavat pozornost?

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    2. Smoking areas, lot of plants, even some nice sculptures, shop and restaurant even at domestic departures, nice colours, fancy materials. It is not so big like Zag, but it is cozy.

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    3. Even domestic departures lounge has lot of space to sit, to buy food and drinks and a smoking lounge, great job!

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerDecember 17, 2017 at 9:19 PM

      Terminal ima svojih prednosti i mana.

      Prednosti:
      - funkcionalan
      - dobar shop na domaćim odlascima
      - kafić vrlo udaban i dobra ponuda (naravno opako skup kao i svi drugi)
      - dijelovi su ukusno sređeni (nije sterilan kao Zagreb)

      Negativnosti:
      - check in je vrlo nizak i klaustrofobičan
      - kafić u domaćim odlascima ima krov kao trafika (limeni sivi krov vrlo ružan) - da se razumijemo isto kao i Zagreb
      - odlazni gateovi imaju puno premalo sjedala, treba se stajat kad je na liniji A319.
      - rent'a'carovi nisu preseljeni nego su i dalje izvan terminala (morate propješačiti cijelo parkiralište, tamo su na rubu uz cestu), u onim preružnim, premalim kontejnerima koji stvarno izgledaju kao izbjegličko naselje, a ne rent'a'car, sa puno premalo parkirališnih pozicija.

      U svakom slučaju ugodno, zadovoljavajuće, ništa posebno, ali sigurno nije sterilan kao Zagrab i ugodniji je od Zagreba.

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    5. Sto je po vama ZAG sterilan? Sta mu fali?

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    6. Alen Šćuric PurgerDecember 17, 2017 at 10:03 PM

      Puno praznog prostora, sve je sterilno, nema baš ničega, samo željezo, plastika i rigips. Kao da ste u bolnicu došli, a ne na aerodrom. Nema to dušu.

      Da na onaj glomazan prazan prostor tamo na prijemu prtljage daju turističkoj zajednici da to uredi, ili bar nekoj automobilskoj kompaniji da tamo stavi reklamne uzorke. Ma da su bar stupove pofarbali. Da na glavnom holu (check-in) stave neki od povijesnih aviona koji trenutno stoje po aerodromu. Pokoja slika Zagreba, Hrvatske, pokoji spomenik, bilo što. Ali ovo je samo željezo, plastika i rigips. I to sve sterilno bijelo.

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  10. The airport infrastructure in Croatia is now well ahead of Greece.

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    1. Tesko.
      Ne moj se usporedjivati s nikim.

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    2. Not for long though.

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    3. Greece has over 30 international airports and something between 50 and 60 million pax a year going through them.
      We still have some way to go before we catch up with that.

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    4. I know all that. I meant the quality of the airport infrastructure itself. I have traveled through Greece extensively and the airports there are quite out of date. Of course I'm not talking about Athens, I'm talking mostly about coastal airports.

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    5. You are both correct. Greece has massive traffic but during summer season most island airports are zoos!
      HER is particular bad.
      They should have privatized them years ago.

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    6. Fraport has recently took over the airports and have big plans starting with SKG. So, do not get so nationalistic about Croatia.

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    7. Fraport bought 14 airports including SKG while the new owners at HER are planning a brand new terminal.

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    8. I'm not getting nationalistic. Exactly the reason why so many development plans for Greece's airports are being planned is because the facilities are out of date at the moment. That's all I said. More or less all Croatian airports have been modernized or expanded.

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    9. Croatia's airports are by far the best in the western Balkan region.

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    10. Well as long as they are the first in the village.

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    11. Greece and Croatia cannot be compared at all. Even though it is facing a hard time, Greece is still much more developed compared to Croatia. Their tourism is also more advanced in general.

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  11. DBV will be the Croatian and Balkan example of how airports develop. Pity Zagreb cannot apply its model.

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    1. Yes, IST, ATH and other should learn from DBV. lol

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    2. How exactly did ATH develop?

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    3. Hahaha they build a new terminal with access highway, two runways, metro line, shopping malls, hotel...

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    4. But DBV has a better management, it is one of the most developed airports in the Balkans. Period.

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    5. Don't get carried away, DBV is as developed as SKP or PRN while it's behind LJU, ZAG, BEG, OTP, SOF, SKG, ATH, IST..

      For the love of God they are getting a decent parking only now. :D

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    6. Actually ATH was a completely new development project. They moved away from the old airport which it was inside the city.

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    7. Anonymous 11:06 you really not serious to compare ATH facilities with DBV , need a doctor soon.

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    8. ATH airport is not as developed as it looks, besides DBV has more potential in general.

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    9. You seem to have missed the fact that ATH was renovated last year.

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    10. You tell me what ATH has and what DBV doesn't. Being a capital city doesn't necessarily mean it should be better.

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    11. last anon, are you serious :D?

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    12. Anonymous 2:23 once again a doctor and as soon as possible !!

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    13. ATH last year had 20 million passengers. This year is growing by 8-9%.
      Plus it has plenty of space to grow.
      Those are some of the differences between ATH and DBV!
      Also similar differences exist between DBV and airports like VIE, BUD, ZRH, GVA, BRU, MXP etc, etc.

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    14. I would like to know what Frishki thinks about this.

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    15. If DBV is better than ATH then ZAG is better than ATL

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    16. The huge numbers in ATH are due to the fact that it is the only real international airport in the country, SKG is the second busiest and that's it. The small island airports don't count because they are way too small.
      DBV represents the whole western Balkan region and the gateway to Croatia.

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    17. Heraklion handles like 6 million passengera per year.

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    18. Just ignore him, he is obviously trolling.

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    19. I am pretty sure HER, RHO, CFU, CHA are busier airports than DBV and also are not deserted during the winter.

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    20. Ok, no problem. Thanks.

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    21. The whole island of Rhodes has 115.000 inhabitants yet its airport handled 5.007.000 passengers last year. How about that?

      FYI the city of Rhodes has 50.000 people.

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    22. anon@5:31PM

      I think I'll name you a president of my fan club.

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  12. For a city of only 40000 pax, DBV is doing a great job!

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    1. Like INI for Nis

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    2. Nis is much bigger populationwise

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    3. 40000 stanovnika, čijem području gravitira manji broj ljudi nego Splitu, Anon 12:41.

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    4. Dakle, DBV>nego cijela CG

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    5. Ne 400.000, nego 40.000 stanovnika. Dubrovnik i okolica je 10 puta manji nego Crna Gora. Ali svejedno ima više avio putnika.

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    6. Pa da ali sa MNE aerodroma ima proporcijalno vise lokalnih putnika nego sa DBV.

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    7. ??????

      Ma objasni ovo, molim te.

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    8. Ajde razmisli malo, potrudi se mesto sto koristis bezbroj ? .

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  13. Does any one know if aircraft can do a northerly landing, and a southerly take from Dubrovnik?

    I've always noticed landings coming in from the sea, and take offs flying into/over the sea. The reason I ask is because of the mountains east/south of the airport.

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    1. Poletanja/sletanja se uvijek vrse u vjetar.

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  14. OT

    BEG-OTP today 115/144

    Not bad for this time of the year!

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  15. OTP is a very good route.. a321 would be food on this route

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  16. BEG - DBV treba biti cele godine...

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    1. Ili barem pojačati tjedne rotacije tijekom ljeta.

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    2. Aj sad, prst na celo i zapitaj se koliko ljudi iz BG bi letjelo za DU npr. u srijedu u 11.mjesecu.
      Ili, koliko bi njih letjelo iz DU za BG tu istu srijedu.

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    3. Dosta ako bi cena bila niza nego za BEG-TIV.

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    4. Koliko je to dosta?
      10?
      15?
      30?

      I tako svaki dan.....

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    5. Velika prilika bi bila leti da je OU pametna. BEG-TIV nikada nije ispod 200 evra.

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    6. A za koga da leti?

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    7. Pa da je pametna da leti tri puta nedeljno DBV-BEG i da anderkatuje JU i YM na liniji BEG-TIV... da uzme deo kolaca.

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    8. Pa Air Serbi nema više od jednog dnevnog leta prema Tivtu zimi, a kamoli da bi prema Dubrovniku mogla letjeti.

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    9. Ja nisam samo pricao o zimi vec i o letnjoj sezoni. Isto tako, JU nije jedina koja leti ka Tivtu tokom zime.

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    10. Alen Šćuric PurgerDecember 17, 2017 at 10:10 PM

      Nije. Ali obije kompanije imaju 14-17 letova iz Tivta tjedno zimi. Koja bi logika bila da uz to imaju letove iz 60-km udeljanog Dubrovnika.

      Konačno, zar ne bi bilo logičnije da svaka od tih kompanija prvo poveća broj letova iz Tivta, na bar dva dnevno, a tek onda razmišlja o obližnjoj destinaciji.

      Daleko logičnije bi bilo da Air Serbi ima 3 tjedna leta iz Splita (koji pokrivaju područje od Paga i Zadra do Makarske unutar sat i pol autoputom), a da Dubrovnik pokriva Tivat zimi.

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    11. Tehnicki, najveci potencijal zimi ima Pula.

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    12. Odakle iskacu svi ovi genijalci?????

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    13. Odakle si ti iskocio?

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