Dubrovnik Airport targets 5% growth in 2019


Dubrovnik Airport anticipates for its passenger numbers to increase some 5% this year following on from a record 2018 during which it handled 2.539.412 travellers. The figure represents an increase of 9.3% on the previous year or an additional 216.347 passengers. Dubrovnik Airport's General Manager, Frano Luetić, said, "This past year was demanding and turbulent but our goal of achieving 10% growth, which is above the global average, has been more or less attained. We expect that our net profit for 2018 will amount to 9.8 million euros. In 2019, we estimate passenger growth of 4.59%. The biggest increase in travellers is expected from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic".

Dubrovnik Airport 2018 passenger results

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN22.280 15.3
FEB24.074 5.5
MAR47.684▲ 40.9
APR151.661▲ 5.4
MAY291.453▲ 14.8
JUN365.348▲ 7.9
JUL474.643 7.7
AUG481.863 9.3
SEP386.365 10.8
OCT244.187 12.0
NOV26.615 21.9
DEC23.239 12.9

During the 2019 summer season some 65 to seventy airlines will maintain operations to the city. "After 28 years, Croatia will be linked with the United States thanks to American Airlines' service between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik. During the summer, Flydubai will continue to run flights from Dubai while the world's largest low cost airline, Ryanair, will launch services to our airport", Mr Luetić said. "A significant increase in traffic is expected from cities such as London, Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin", he added. The head of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlašić, singled out American's new service as the highlight of the upcoming summer season. "This pilot project with American Airlines will grow over the coming years to include more American cities. We have already arranged joint marketing opportunities and cooperation. We are only too happy to help fill these flights and make sure that this new link is successful", Ms Vlašić said.

Dubrovnik 2020 project

During 2019, Dubrovnik Airport will continue with its 225 million euro expansion project. Following the successful overhaul of the eastern and central segments of its runway, the airport will complete work on the third and final phase of the reconstruction by March 15. Other airside improvements will include the construction of two new rapid exit taxiways, the expansion of the apron, as well as the construction of new commercial and general aviation aprons, a small general aviation terminal, the development of aircraft maintenance and operation facilities, as well as a multi-storey car park with the capacity to handle 700 vehicles. 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. All construction work is scheduled for completion during next year.

Comments

  1. Unfortunately, some flights in December were cancelled due to bad weather and strong winds, which will always be a problem during winter. Also, some carriers (unlike last year) didn't fly to Dubrovnik in November/December and some introduced new routes (LOT).Still, it was a great year for DBV, the management is doing a great job and 2019 will be even better. We'll see how American will perform, can't wait, maybe they will eventually introduce another route from the US (seasonally, of course). Good luck, DBV!

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    1. Which company did not fly this winter which was flying last winter?

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    2. All of them are flying but British, Turkish and Vueling have fewer frequencies.

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    3. Turkish was cancelled several times (Croatia airlines as well), and I think Vueling, but I'm not sure. LOT and Iberia added their flights this winter.

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    4. It's odd that Iberia and LOT did not make up for those reductions.

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    5. Well TK, BA and Vueling decided to reduce flight because of the construction at the airport which would have reduced their payload. OU during November and parts of December operated only DH8.

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    6. I am not surprised about Turkish, DBV is really not a strong destination for them.

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    7. Yes, DBV has just 2 daily 320/321 in summer, so really a 3rd class destination for TK.

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    8. Would be nice to know how many tourists from India came to DBV this year. Since I live in Dubrovnik, I see the growth.

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    9. Would be nice if Korean could have at least 1-2 pw to DBV, even now the city is packed with Korean groups!

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    10. Someone posted on here that last year TK had 55.000 passengers in DBV, that's low.

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    11. In 2017. So this year you talk about 100.000

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    12. Does Nemjee have the pax numbers for IST-DBV in 2018?

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    13. Sure thing, this is for the first seven months of the year:

      2017: 29.673
      2018: 38.838

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  2. Does Qatar fly to DBV?

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    1. Is Flydubai keeping the same frequencies as last summer?

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    2. No, it is being reduced from 3 to 2 per week. Thursday and Sunday, no more Tuesday flights.

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    3. Thanks. Shame about that.

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  3. So much for people saying it would be number one in Croatia!

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    1. Don't you have something smarter to say? No? Of course it will never be number 1 in pax numbers, but something makes it number 1 in Ex-Yu, since it is the first airport that will get a direct route to the US with an American carrier.

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    2. Maybe not no. 1 but certainly the best managed airport.

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    3. Agree with Anon 10:04, a really small and beautiful city with the modern, functional airport and many plans to come in the future. Management is doing a heck of a job!

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    4. 2019:

      Zagreb: 3700
      Split: 3470
      Dubrovnik: 2780
      Pula: 750
      Zadar: 650

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

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    6. Management says airport will grow 5% this year- meaning there would be 120 000 more pax,or 2,6 million, but i guess all of you with these funny projections know better

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    7. is the crystal ball predicting gowith of 20% for ZAG? muhaha

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    8. ahahaha ZAG 3700 ahahahha ok buddy, keep dreaming! He is very conservative for Pula, but on the other hand with 0 announcements for ZAG he "predicts" 3700 ahahaha Other more down to earth guys are predicting max 5% for ZAG.

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    9. ZAG could achieve 5% growth (a big "if"), but Croatia in total will, once again, have an excellent growth with most passengers in Ex-Yu! I'm pretty sure DBV will have more than predicted 5% growth in pax numbers, not to mention SPU!

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  4. Well done Dubrovnik. I expect growth will be higher than 5%.

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    1. Agree. I think they are being way too conservative.

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    2. And it's better to be conservative with pax numbers so that we can be pleasantly surprised this year. ;)

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  5. Great year coming

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  6. Are there any renders how the airport will look like once completed?

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    1. Unfortunately no.

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    2. Admin seems to have added a sketch of the final project.

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    3. That will be a really very good airside when work is finished.
      The new western appron is surprisingly huge. Max aircraft is there 8x A321 nose in?
      In total still 3 heavies possible? Is on the east side one more possible when smaller aircraft stand at the new western appron?

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  7. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  8. They have certainly changed their tune on Ryanair.

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    1. I wouldn't be so sure that Ryanair wasn't the one to change the tune.

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  9. Really healthy profit.

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    1. Dubrovnik is the second most profitable airport in Croatia after Split. :)

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  10. Would be really cool if Delta was interested in having a seasonal route to DBV from some other US city.

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    1. It seems like AA will develop US network to DBV. At least according to the tourist board.

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    2. Do you think AA will open another route (in 2020 or later) if the one to Philadelphia proves to be successful?

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    3. I thinks so. But probably in 2021. The tourist board seems to expect so, judging by the statement in the article.

      The head of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlašić, singled out American's new service as the highlight of the upcoming summer season. "This pilot project with American Airlines will grow over the coming years to include more American cities. We have already arranged joint marketing opportunities and cooperation. We are only too happy to help fill these flights and make sure that this new link is successful", Ms Vlašić said.

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    4. Can't wait to see American's B767 tin DBV :)

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  11. So they will achieve 3 million passengers this year?

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    1. No chance. That would require growth of over 18% and they expect 5%.

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    2. How much of a growth did they expect for 2018?

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    3. They projected 10% growth.

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

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  13. Is Adria returning to Dubrovnik this year?

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    1. No. They haven't scheduled the flights for this summer. Their entire expansion from last year was a massive failure.

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    2. Adria is a joke of a company.

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

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    1. Pitty those Air Transat flights from Toronto did not materialize this year.

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  15. Are there any runway restrictions currently because of work?

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    1. Also where will the general aviation terminal be built?

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    2. You can see it on the sketch, on the left hand side, blue, near the apron.

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  16. The best organised and managed airport in the Western Balkans. Look how neat the airport looks like.
    For sure DBV is now as famous as Paris worldwide. People are fed up of Mallorca or Faro and want to try something new, fresh and interesting.
    Dubrovnik, kudos to you! Good for you and for the entire Croatian nation.

    Not surprised that the biggest airline in the world chose to fly here.

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    1. Leader of the region!

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    2. It's not even a capital.
      It puts Belgrade, Zagreb, Skopje and even Bucharest much behind.

      Add to this> 5 London airports, mainly important destinations and the future looks bright.

      Dubvrovnik is like the Balkan's Frankfurt. They call it sleepy but look how much traffic is made.

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  17. @ex-yu aviation
    What did I say that is not true in my comment? Whom I offended or discriminated with my post? Why did you erase it? Please answer me here immidiately

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    1. The comment you replied to was deleted along with all subsequent replies in what is a completely sensless discussion. This entire thred will be deleted soon.

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