Dubrovnik becomes fastest growing EX-YU airport


Dubrovnik Airport was the former Yugoslavia's fastest growing during the first half of the year, adding the most new passengers during the sixth-month period - an extra 157.184. Its strong performance continued into July and August as it handled its two-millionth passenger of the year yesterday, nineteen days ahead of 2018. The traveller arrived on a Croatia Airlines flight from Zurich. "The reconstruction and development of the airport contributed to the increase in traffic. During the first eight and a half months of this year, passenger numbers have increased 14%. On August 3 we set our 24-hour record, during which we handled over 24.000 travellers", Dubrovnik Airport's General Manager, Frano Luetić, said.

Dubrovnik Airport handled the most passengers from the United Kingdom, followed by France, Germany, Spain and Croatia itself. "Considering the results and trends, we expect to continue to see a rise in passengers for the remainder of the year, especially towards the end of the holiday season", Dubrovnik Airport said. It also anticipates a strong winter season. "This winter we expect to see British Airways, Aegean Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Trade Air, Turkish Airlines, Vueling and Croatia Airlines maintain flights to Dubrovnik". British Airways will boost its operations to the city this winter with four weekly flights from Gatwick, while Greece's Aegean Airlines recently announced it will maintain services from Athens to Dubrovnik for most of the winter season, with flights to be maintained twice per week up until January 4. Services will then resume at the start of the 2020 summer season in late March of next year.

New fuel farm at Dubrovnik Airport

So far in 2019, Dubrovnik has seen the launch of seasonal flights from the United States and the arrival of the world's biggest airline, American, as well as the arrival of Europe's biggest carrier, Ryanair. Furthermore, it completed the third and final phase of its runway overhaul. The airport will continue its modernisation and expansion project this winter with 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. Earlier this week, the airport opened a new fuel farm, which combines Simens Simatic automation technology together with custody transfer metering unloading and loading skids, as well as truck loading software designed for JET-A1 fuel applications.




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  1. Well done DBV. And they were targeting 5% growth in 2019 at the start of the year,

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  2. Well done Dubrovnik

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  3. Hope they're negotiating for more US flights! Congrats, August will have some strong growth!

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    1. Well they have negotiated daily flights to Philadelphia next summer :)

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    2. I meant some other destination from the US.

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    3. LAX could work seasonally, of course!

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    4. I hope Philadelphia becomes year round.

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    5. I doubt there is demand for such flights in winter time.

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  4. Are there any renders how the airport will look like once the entire project is completed?

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    1. Unfortunately no.

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    2. Isn't this it?
      https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CDOWR9IA_Rg/XDHmidlKJrI/AAAAAAAApKQ/aF3ZThi8A5oFbBSGL3ynsOgFAxt-WoRqACLcBGAs/s1600/2020.png

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

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  5. Will they achieve 3 million passengers this year?

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    1. If they just managed to handle 2 million passengers I don't think they will manage 1 million in the next 4 months.

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    2. Yes but winter season will be strong.

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    3. I still don't think it will be strong enough for them to add a million passengers.

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    4. Well I dont think its realistic for this year

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  6. Bravo Hrvatska!

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

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  8. So how many new passengers have ex-YU airports added this year? It would be good to have that list as it would put things into perspective.

    Interesting how everyone was predicting a record breaking year for SPU yet it was DBV that ended up shining among HR airports.

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    1. https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/07/ex-yus-top-airports-register-strong-h1.html

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/07/smaller-ex-yu-airports-register-mixed-h1.html

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    2. It is a record breaking year for Split.

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    3. BEG very close to DBV and all the others far, far behind

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    4. They are the best run airports and are very proactive. Notice how they are also the only ones to have a healthy mix of legacy and LCC.

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

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    1. They have already attracted them.

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  10. The best organised and managed airport in the Western Balkans.

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    1. Please do not use "Western Balkans" It's something that doesn't exist in reality. It's only and only political term used to distinguish Balkan EU countries from those non-EU. Meanwhile, since the politicians invented the term, situation changed, and as an EU member Croatia is not "Western Balkans" any more, and being the most western Balkans country, together with Slovenia, the name Western Balkans becomes ridiculous and absurd. Like Brexit. And as usually everything created by politicians is. And btw the name of the blog is not Western Balkans aviation but ex-yu aviation. So please stick to ex-yu instead of this stupid political creation.

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    2. Wut? Get off of drugs. Western Balkans indicate the western portion of the Balkan peninsula, it's a geographical area.

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    3. Western Balkans mainly involve Yugo countries. The same applies for Eastern Europe.
      Don't understand why people see both terms as offensive as they are real facts.
      Czech Rep and Hungary are in Eastern Europe but still developed.
      Croatia is a Western Balkan Nation but also considered developed.

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    4. Pozdrav iz Rijeke, it was nice when you use to comment about aviation on here. Now your comments are full of some spite and have nothing to do with aviation.

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    5. Complexes, That's all. I can't think of another reason why soneoso would be triggered by things like that.

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    6. I think you all misunderstood guy :) Read carefully what he said...

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    7. The only one who misunderstood him was you Anon 13.38. In recent times he has regular posts such as those.

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    8. Hat off guys, you read me thoroughly, I am so called hater, lol, lol, lol. And @An.13.38, thanks as you are obviously the only one who understood me. And as long as criticising politics and politicians is considered "complexes", we will be where we are. Not only aviation-wise. Maybe in a few decades some people will get it

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    9. There is nothing to get, you came here and posted an utterly stupid comment saying that western Balkans is somehow an insult when in reality it's a geograhical area same as Scandinavia, Iberia or whatever. Stick to aviation, you are slightly better in that.

      'Please do not use "Western Balkans" It's something that doesn't exist in reality.'

      Yeah, western Balkans really do not exist. lol

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    10. Western part of Balkan peninsula?
      Balkan is not even peninsula, your geographical knowledge is a bit rusty, isn't it?

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    11. @An.15.28
      If you call other people's comments "utterly stupid" you should be at least capable to distinguish political and geographical denominations. I will refrain from commenting "Iberia or whatever", but will totally agree with you that both Balkans and Scandinavia are geographical terms. But no one ever dared of dividing Scandinavia to Northern and Southern, or Eastern and Western, based on politics. Or calling one part of Scandinavia some names because of the politics. But they did it with Balkans. "Western Balkans" is NOT GEOGRAPHY, it's politics, and not only politics but BAD POLITICS, the term which was INVENTED for political purposes some 20 years ago, unlike Balkans and Scaandinavia which exist for thousands of years. That's why I described it as non existant. And if you don't know it, it's absolutely ok, if you cannot understand it, I can accept it as well, but please don't call my comments "utterly stupid" for something I did not say and you misunderstood. Ciao!

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    12. You obviously failed to notice the term PIGS* that was coined during the crisis.

      *Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain.

      Furthermore the guy you viciously attacked probably refered to its as a geo area. It's not a big deal even if he wasn't since there are terms like northern Europe, eastern Europe, Benelux...

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    13. Somebody calling me utterly stupid for writing down my opinion based on arguments, in response to offense I try to explain further and say I understand and accept his lack of information and I just ask not to call me utterly stupid any more and that is "vicious attack" I mean are you for real???

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    14. Plus PIGS is derisory acronym used in British economy and finance, and has nothing to do with politics and politicians and their intentions to group the countries together not evaluating situation in those countries but "drawing the lines" based on prejudices. Term PIGS is RESULT (of economy crisis) , term Western Balkans is CAUSE (of further dispute, utterly political, to include our confrontation today). Again, sorry to say, but not only that you cannot make difference between geographical and political terms, but between the terms used in politics and economy as well. Sad.

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  11. Is there a possibility that Ranair will add more routes to DBV? In addition to Dublin?

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    1. That was supposed to be Ryanair.

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    2. And is Ryanair year round or seasonal route?

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    3. Seasonal, until 2nd November.

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  12. Not surprised at all. DBV was working so hard to continuously to attract more and more airlines, to develop its terminal in an efficient and PROFESSIONAL manner.
    The next target is to attract LCC long-haul airlines such as LEVEL, Norwegian, Air Asia, Scoot, etc.
    Asians are crazy about Europe and now is the time for Croatia to expose its beauty to the world. It can also be promoted as an initial gateway to the Balkans.

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  13. 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. Only a bit longer than in Zagreb.

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  14. I really wonder how many passengers they would have today if Dubrovnik Airline didn't go bankrupt. I am sure they would have 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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    3. I think the airport would have become limited by Dubrovnik Airline so I think foreign carriers took their place well.

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

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

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  17. So what will they work on next as part of the expansion project? The rapid exit taxiways?

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  18. Ryanair just announced the closure of 4 Spanish airports including Gerona!
    I think this is the best time for Croatia to take advantage and take at least 2 planes and base them in ZAD and DBV!!

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    1. Well they did close their base in ZAD this summer. Ryanair wanted to negotiate base opening in Dubrovnik with year long flights but they didn't get the discounts they wanted.

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  19. Great airport, fu***d up town, 60 euro's for a few drinks :-/

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    1. LOL, that's tourist trap. Go north to Mostar, Trebinje or Zenica and you will be able to eat and drink all day for less than 60 eur!

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    2. Is Dubrovnik already that expensive? No wonder why others cannot afford it already!

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    3. Well if you can’t afford Dubrovnik, dont go, period. You don’t have to troll it. There are plenty others that will come in droves and pay the “60 euros”, I did for a full week this summer, and the city was worth every euro cent! I noticed that Dubrovnik is the pride of Croatians and their tourism, its their Venice, it will always attract the most tourist in all the region, hands down, its a unique city!

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    4. Please don’t play with our intelligence and in the same sentence place Dubrovnik with Trebinje or Zenica... its like comparing Rome with Durres LOL!!!!

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