PHOTOS: Dubrovnik Airport continues expansion


Dubrovnik Airport is continuing to upgrade its infrastructure after completing the overhaul of its 3.300 metre runway earlier this year. The airport is currently working on the construction of a new administrative building, a multi-storey car-park, new facilities for firefighting and rescue services and a VIP terminal, while a new seasonal passenger terminal is also being considered for the future. The airport plans to resolve parking congestion issues with the construction of a multi-storey car park with the capacity to handle some 500 vehicles. The site will have direct access to the terminal building through a covered overpass which is currently under construction.

Car park overpass under construction


The new one-story firefighting facility stretches over 3.500 square metres, while a new administrative building of a similar size is also under construction. As previously reported, the new VIP terminal, which is expected to open at the start of the 2020 summer season, is nearing completion and stretches over an area of some 1.315 square metres. A new terminal is also in Dubrovnik’s plans, although it would be used only during the busy summer period. The airport’s existing capacity stands at some five million passengers per year. Therefore, no significant investments in expanding the existing terminal, opened just two years ago, is currently required. However, the new seasonal terminal is planned west of the car park with construction scheduled in 2025 or 2026. Due to continuing strong passenger growth, the airport may bring forward the planned project.

New firefighting and rescue services building

New administrative building

Dubrovnik Airport has revised up its projected passenger growth this year and now anticipates handling some 2.830.000 travellers in 2019. American Airlines, which launched services between Philadelphia and the Croatian coastal city earlier this year, has brought over 9.000 American tourists to Dubrovnik by September. As a result, the airport recently opened a new premium lounge, for exclusive use by American Airlines passengers. The airport also operates another business class lounge for those travelling on other airlines. The airport is currently concentrating its efforts on securing new long haul flights.

New Atlantic Lounge for American Airlines



During the January - August period, Dubrovnik Airport saw 2.099.022 passengers pass through its doors, up 12.9% on last year. It added an extra 240.016 travellers, making it the fastest growing in the former Yugoslavia.




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  1. Will the seasonal terminal be like the one they built in Tivat?

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    1. Probably. Structures like that can be built quickly and are not expensive.

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  2. Svaka ćast! Congrats to DBV. They have historically more open mind than the rest if the nation and its evident even today!

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  3. Impressive result and I am sure this winter will be much stronger than the last one. Only 240.000 behind ZAG which is also impressive since they are very seasonal.

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  4. Wonder what other long hauls they might get.

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    1. If it would be me, I would go after Montreal, Chicago, Shanghai and Beijing

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  5. Looks fantastic!

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  6. New lounge looks great. Similar to the style of the current lounge. Will be busy next summer when AA operates daily there.

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    1. And from what I'm hearing there are a lot of premium passengers on these flights.

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    2. If they had 9,000 pax until September that means they are operating pretty much full on each flight.

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  7. I think the only thing DBV misses is the new Dubrovnik Airline, I mean company which will be based in DBV, or have aircraft based in DBV. Synergy between the carrier and the airport is very important and can contribute a lot to both quantity and quality of the traffic. The biggest missed opportunity of what I talk about is ZAG. And for everything you did so far, congrats DBV!

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    1. Agree. And with a local carrier, I''m certain DBV would have over 3 million passengers now.

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    2. Which cities did Dubrovnik Airline fly to?

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    3. They flew to so many destinations.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubrovnik_Airline

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  8. I like how modern this airport is. For a seasonal/coastal airport in Europe that is quite a rarity.

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

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  9. Nice so they will have parking directly connected with terminal building like the new Split terminal. Good work.

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  10. Wow, DBV keeps on surprising me! Great job!

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  11. The sound of Bura will be marvelous once it hits decorations on new buildings.
    Dubrovnik Airline used to fly France, Spain, Swiss and Scandinavian countries.
    Zeno Singer even paid marketing activities presenting regular line to Stockholm. Well, he was wrong by doing that in Croatia, we don't go on holidays to Scandinavia, usually they come here.

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    1. Were these flights scheduled flights or charters? I started following aviation in Croatia after they went bankrupt so I don't know the story.

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    2. They were charter airline. France, Spain, Switzerland, Scandinavia as above listed is correct, but also Germany, pretty much if I remember well, and the UK, not that much. They also had Tunis from ZAG.

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    3. Ah yes, just kicked, they also flew to Almaty, Kazahstan, charters as well

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    4. In the year they went bankrupt they announced many scheduled flights for the following year.

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    5. Coming slowly one by one :), also Tel Aviv from DBV and Aqaba from ZAG or LJU, not sure

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

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    8. They used to fly to LCA as well, I remember seeing their MD parked at the remote stand before the new terminal opened.

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  12. Where is the Atlantic lounge located?

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    1. I believe next to the business class lounge.

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    2. They are side by side. They share the same kitchen.

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  13. 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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  14. WOW! Congrats Dubrovnik! :)

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  15. 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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    2. What about EU funds?

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    3. The European funds are a loan from the European Investment Bank.

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    4. "The European funds are a loan..."
      No, they are not. You can take a loan from bank and then, when You receive mouney from funds, You repay them.

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  16. Nice to read some positive news from the region.

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

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  18. Looking at the nice new firefighting facility, I can't but think of the ugly rent a car boxes at ZAG airport.

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    1. Unfortunately it has come to the point where ZAG can look up to DBV Airport in many ways.

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    2. ZAG and OU, two biggest disappointments in entire ex-yu and an example of missed opportunities in country with the most potential and the most traffic

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    3. Potpisujem! OU i ZAG, neznas tko je gori.

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  19. Very good for the coast

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  20. Oh wow! It is possible for DBV to surpass ZAG one day. Capital cities are slowly losing their lead. And if DBV becomes a LCC base, then it will be on the top list.

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    1. Which one has more potential to be busier, Split or Dubrovnik?

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    2. Dubrovnik for sure!

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    3. Split. It already busier. It is a larger city and can sustain more traffic during the winter.

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    4. Split will most likely take top spot from Zagreb next year.

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  21. Another record year for Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb and Croatia in general. Great results. Congrats.

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    1. How exactly is this a record year for ZAG?

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    2. They have the most passengers they have ever handled. So yes it's a record year.

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    3. Dok drugi biljeze ozbiljan rast, ti se tjesis mrvicama. Way to go, man!
      Svaka cast Dubrovniku i Splitu, to su dobre sezone i godine!

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  22. Compared to all this SPU looks very cheap and poorly designed.

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  23. should be an example for the rest of ex yu, this is how you manage an airport and let it grow organic

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  24. Norwegian closes its MAD base and will stop MAD-DBV flights.

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    1. So what? Vueling, Iberia, Ryanair, Air Europe, Volotea will jump in and replace them. For sure there will be not less Spanish passengers from Madrid in Dubrovnik because Norwegian closed its base

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  25. I hope Air Serbia considers flying to Dubrovnik year round. I'm sure there would be enough traffic.

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  26. EXYU Admin, your last sentence is not correct. Airports like INI or BNX are growing faster than DBV in terms of % growth. In terms of added passengers for January - August period, DBV added 240k and BEG added 280k.

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    1. It should say Banja Luka airport, not both INI and BNX

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    2. BEG figures for August have not been released.

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    3. Adding the most new passenegers means fastest growing.

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  27. What about cargo terminal?

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    1. Does DBV really need a cargo terminal?

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