Historic June for Dubrovnik

Records broken at Dubrovnik Airport
Dubrovnik Airport saw its busiest June in history. The airport on the Adriatic coast welcomed 206.576 passengers, an increase of 13.7% compared to the same month last year. The growth is being fuelled by a solid year for the Croatian tourism industry. By the end of 2012 the airport plans to see an increase in passenger numbers of 6% compared to 2011. In the first half of the year, Dubrovnik welcomed 506.166 passengers through its doors, an improvement of 8% on last year.

As has been the case for most airports in the former Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik’s busiest year on record was 1987 when the airport handled 1.460.354 passengers. A total of 586.742 passengers arrived on domestic flights while 835.818 passengers jetted in on international services. The 1987 record hasn’t been surpassed so far but the airport is in striking distance of achieving the figure. Last year, Dubrovnik welcomed 1.349.501 passengers, making it the fifth busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia. It was the airport’s third busiest year on record behind 1987 and 1988.

Meanwhile, Airports Council International (ACI) named Dubrovnik Airport as one of the best airports in Europe in the one to five million passenger category. While the prize ultimately went to London City Airport, Dubrovnik received an honourable mention. Edinburgh took the honour in the 5 - 10 million category, Hamburg in the 10 - 25 category and Amsterdam was named the best airport in Europe with over 25 million passengers. In 2005 ACI awarded Sarajevo Airport as the best in Europe with under a million passengers.


  1. JU520 BEGLAX09:13

    when will they build the planned jetbridges?
    for me an airport is not at full convenience if there is no jetbridges avbl... so in terms of that, absolutely right that DBV did not won the title.

  2. Anonymous09:59

    On another note, Croatia Airlines announced that it will fly between Dubrovnik and Zurich also during the winter timetable (Monday and Friday). Good for DBV!

    Source: http://www.airport-dubrovnik.hr/index.php/en/arhiva/82-dubrovnik-zurich

  3. Anonymous14:02

    Can anyone explain to me how come most airports had that record in 1987? Was there some big event in Yugoslavia or it was just natural growth. BEG is very similar to DBV with their best years – 1987, 1988, 2011.

  4. Anonymous14:14

    In 1987, Zagreb hosted th University games. Most likely, the people who attended the games, participants and well wishers, went travelling within the former SFRJ to visit other places. Just my take.

    1. Anonymous17:08

      i'm sure there are many other factors that for most of exYU airports 1987 was the record year.if it was for what you stated, why wasn't it the record year when Sarajevo hosted OG, that is a far more important event, worldwide!!

  5. JU520 BEGLAX18:47

    Already 1979 Belgrade had pax figures around what u had in 2011....
    most airport in Western Europe had a continuing growth from 1979 to today.... BEG lost in the early 80s, recovered from 1986 on and lost again after the break-up of Yugoslavia and is still low in terms what should be possible for such a capital. Once the economy runs at full again and people have european salaries etc, BEG could easely be around 8-10 mio passengers...
    with one country and JAT longhaul flights and good economy, BEG could already be at 15 mio....

    1987 when I remember right, the economical reforms of Markovic were resulting in an economy growth for entire Yugoslavia, the bad years after Titos dead in the early 80s with no Coffee, Bananas, Laundry detergent etc over and the nation slowly recovered. JAT was doing well, expanding more and more, 1987 was the year when they started with Los Angeles and I remember that domestic tariffs were very cheap. But I never lived in Yugoslavia, so someone who was down there, will for sure be able to tell us more and better.

    1. JU520 BEGLAX19:18

      Markovic came only 1989....sorry it can be his reforms...

      Where is Purger? I m sure he knows more about it.

  6. Balkans and good economy.. i doubt that one of us will see that in this lifetime.

    1. Unfortunately this is just not true!

      The Yugoslav economy was a socialist based economy where the country borrowed money to pay salaries for workers in inefficient factories. Toward the end of the 80's many people were not being paid as funds were drying up as the old Europe was coming to an end. Today all republics are still paying off debt they inherited from the old Yugo years. It was an unsustainable situation. People who dream of the return of Yugoslavia need to know this.

  7. Purger02:31

    I was just 17 in 1987 so I was too young to know that. But what I remember was Univerzijada where lot of students were in Zagreb, and as we all know students will spent last cent to travel. It was perfect opportunity for them to run on cost or other parts of Yugoslavia which was very exotic at that time. Also I remember that it was my first flight that year. Yugoslavia starts to open urgently after several years of closing because of huge crises. I was in Istanbul that year just for shopping, what was impossible just 2-3 years before because you could not get foreign currency for such a trip. Yugoslavia in middle of 1986 starts Dugoročni plan ekonomske stabilizacije (by Milka Planinc) and one of main goals was collecting as much foreign currency as possible. That is why we start to export Yugo in 1986 for very modest price (price for Yugo in USA was much lower than in Yugoslavia because it was only important to bring some US dollars in country). It was also reason why politicians put a lot of money and efforts in tourism. Unfortunately just 3 years later war starts...

    1. JU520 BEGLAX07:14

      Thanks Purger...

      btw Split last Saturday recorded 104 aircraft movements and 23000 passengers...
      from 0700-2200h that means every 9 minutes an aircraft was landing or departing at Kastela airport..

  8. Anonymous21:31

    Is that even doable without a taxiway?


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