Dubrovnik resumes €225 million expansion, plans new terminal


Dubrovnik Airport has resumed its expansion project this week valued at 225 million euros, following a busy summer season. The airport has begun the second phase of its runway and taxiway overhaul, which will somewhat limit traffic in the coming period. "We began work on the central part of the runway on November 8. We plan to complete it by December 9, but considering possible adverse weather conditions we expect for everything to be done by December 15. This is part of the year when we have the least traffic, which is the reason we chose to undertake this part of the project now", Dubrovnik Airport's General Services Manager, Luko Vuletić, said.


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, a small general aviation terminal and the development of aircraft maintenance and operation facilities, in addition to hangars. "We will also begin work on a multi-level car park next winter with the capacity to handle 700 vehicles. This will become an additional source of income for the airport and I believe we will begin tender procedures for its construction in the coming months", Mr Vuletić said. The airport will also build 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 and solar systems. Furthermore, it will reconstruct the substation and facades to attain energy-efficiency. All construction work is scheduled for completion in 2020.


The project comes following the successful conclusion of its first phase which saw the construction of a new Terminal C building that was opened for commercial use last year. The airport's major upgrade 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's long-term plans also entail the construction of a new terminal building, which would be used only during the summer season. "Current capacity is at five million passengers and I believe this will be sufficient for some time. As a result, we will not require any significant investments following the completion of this project. However, we do have plans for a new seasonal terminal to the west of the car park, although construction should begin in 2025 or 2026", Mr Vuletić concluded.

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  1. Well done Dubrovnik!

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  2. No doubt the best managed airport in Croatia.

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    1. The airport will be the most modern in Croatia in 2020.

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    2. I doubt it will be more modern than ZAG which is has state of the art facilities.

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    3. They always seem to be a few steps ahead of ZAG. 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. They will also be the first with covered multi level parking and with an underground fuel pit. Zagreb was supposed to have one but the French cut that from the original proje

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    5. And the first to get US flights ;)

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    6. DBV is definitely working much harder than ZAG and double digit growth is a norm for DBV.
      It will soon be the second busiest airport in Yugoslavija after Beograd.

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    7. Sorry, but this will never happen...

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    8. I think SPU has more chance than DBV to be number 2. SPU is growing much faster and is closing the gap big time.

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    9. "second busiest airport in Yugoslavija.." ??!

      Not exactly Mr "Current Affairs" are we ??!

      Dubrovnik is in Croatia, EU, yugoslavia gone with the wind a"little" while ago, and even then Croatia was a republic on yugo....... ah, Google it... :-D

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  3. Can't wait to see American's B767 there next year.

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    1. Since I live in Dubrovnik, I can say the city is packed with Koreans all year round, don't understand why there are no charter flights from South Korea to Dubrovnik. Hopefully next year.

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    2. Yes..Amazing..maybe the all fly via ZAG?

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    3. Possible. I actually think there would be enough demand for Zagreb + one weekly to Dubrovnik seasonal charter.

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  4. I thought airlines were reducing flights to DBV this winter because of runway work but that doesn't seem to be the case since this overhaul will be done quickly. It's unfortunate that BA, Turkish and Volotea are all reducing flights while Smart Wings has cancelled planned Prague flights. I guess it's just seasonality but kudos for DBV trying to reduce it.

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    1. Really unfortunate. Numbers will be affected this winter.

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    2. But at the same time LOT and Iberia have started yer-round flights.

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    3. Well that might have had an impact on BA and Turkish.

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  5. 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. SPU has 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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  6. Great development. It is also great that DBV has started looking at attracting seasonal long haul flights.

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    1. 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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  7. What are the current runway restrictions? I hear OU is moving its evening flight to mid-afternoon. Is the airport completely closed at night while they do work on the runway?

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    1. Yes airport closes in the evening for runway work.

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  8. How are Croatian airports performing on the financial front?

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    1. All are profitable, except ZAG.

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    2. Didn't someone write that DBV is struggling to pay salaries?

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    3. Whoever wrote it is making it up. Dubrovnik is the second most profitable airport in Croatia after Split.

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    4. Actully Zagreb airport has good profits, problem is new management and how they structured the company, splitting operations at Zagreb airport. Very angry about the whole thing.

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  9. WOW! Congrats Dubrovnik! :)

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  10. Excellent job, DBV! It's a really good airport!

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  11. So is this new terminal going to be built on the other side of the old one?

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  12. Speaking of the runway, it is interesting to note that DBV's runway is the longest in Croatia :) it can handle all aircraft types.

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    1. It has also the strongest crosswinds in Croatia..

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    2. There is nothing they can do about the bura.

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    3. Yeah, it's longer than Zagreb runway by whole 48 metres...haha.

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    4. Still longer ;)

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

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    1. Efficient and modern. Check-in is a bit sterile. Departures are nice. Overall a very modern airport.

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    2. Flew to Dbv via Fra from Yyz in July. Was pleasantly surprised. Went through passport control to receiving luggage very quickly. Easy to navigate and the person I dealt with in regards to a list suitcase was a tremendous help.

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  14. And all of this without a concession...

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    1. But with a lot of loans that will have to be repaid.

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  15. I really wonder how many passengers they would have today if Dubrovnik Airline didn't go bankrupt. I am sure they would have almost 3 million. Such a shame!

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    1. it would have been really difficult for Dubrovnik Airlines to compete against all the LCCs and leisure airlines flying to Dubrovnik today.

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    2. They competed quite efficiently until they got the A320s. I am sure they could have done just fine.

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  16. Bravo Croatia. Kisses from Germany!

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  17. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  18. Can someone tell me what is been seen on the 2nd picture with the big wall?

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    1. Popunjavanje/izravnavanje terena sa sjeverne strane RWY12 gdje je velika "rupa" u terenu

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  19. What are they going to do with terminal A?

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    1. It will become a baggage sorting facility.

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    2. Ah ok, thanks.

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  20. Well done Dubrovnik. Nice to read positive news from the region :)

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

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

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    1. Generally, all the airport development in Croatia is very impressive.

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