Croatia Airlines to start international Dubrovnik flights in winter


Croatia Airlines will upgrade its seasonal flights between Dubrovnik and Frankfurt to year-round operations this coming winter season. Dubrovnik Airport’s Deputy Manager for Development, Maro Lukšić, confirmed the service will be in operation three times per week. Flights will be maintained for the majority of the winter season, which begins on October 29 and runs until March 30 of next year, although there will be a brief suspension in the second half of January, as well as the second half of February of next year. It marks an improvement on Croatia Airlines’ usual winter operations out of Dubrovnik which involve only domestic flights to Zagreb.

Croatia Airlines’ CEO, Jasmin Bajić, recently said the carrier aimed to serve Dubrovnik internationally this winter. “Our new strategy will bring adjustments to our network which will further highlight that Croatia Airlines is an important part of Croatia’s transport and tourism infrastructure. During the coronavirus pandemic, we linked Osijek with an international destination for the first time - Munich - with the support of the city, county and tourism boards. It has now developed into a year-round route. During the previous winter, we connected Pula with Zurich and maintained flights between Split and Zurich in cooperation with local tourism boards. Our goal now is to link both Zadar and Dubrovnik with international destinations during the winter period. The whole of Croatia is important to us because that way we will succeed in our mission”, Mr Bajić said.

Croatia Airlines last operated flights between Dubrovnik and Frankfurt over the winter months back in 2019. However, it boasted a more substantial network from the costal city up until the 2012/13 winter season, when, in addition to Frankfurt and Zagreb, it also linked Dubrovnik with Paris, Rome and Zurich. Dubrovnik Airport handled 1.317.483 passengers during the January – July period, representing an increase of 18.2% on last year, however, figures are still down 16.3% on the pre-pandemic 2019. “According to the latest forecasts we expect to handle our two-millionth passenger of the year in late September or early October, that is between September 28 and 30, or in following few days of October. We expect that by the end of the year we will handle somewhere around 2.5 million passengers, which is equal to what we had in 2018”, Mr Lukšić said.



Comments

  1. Anonymous09:02

    Go girl give us nothing !

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    1. Anonymous11:00

      Dua Lipa dancing:

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    2. Anonymous12:18

      OU dancing more like OU planning flights.

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    3. Anonymous14:43

      There will be no demand. Wasn't before, won't be this fall...

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  2. Anonymous09:02

    Better something than nothing

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    1. Anonymous14:11

      at this point with OU I'm not sure maybe nothing is better

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  3. Anonymous09:03

    Bravo OU!

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  4. Anonymous09:03

    Pametno, sto ne probati... Samo "da nije previše rano? " :)

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  5. Anonymous09:03

    So they will have international flights from the majority of Croatian airports during the winter

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    1. Anonymous12:41

      Haha. I love the way you make it sound.

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    2. Anonymous14:08

      09:03 International flights during the winter isn't just some FRA flights in December sorry lol.

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  6. Anonymous09:04

    I love how they talking bout strategy and international destinations and year-round network and they just add some winter flights to FRA…lol

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  7. Anonymous09:16

    Maybe OU should open a hub in FRA?

    They're already well positioned.

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    1. Anonymous09:25

      FRA is already a focus city for OU along with MUC, VIE and ZRH no need to be ironic it is how it is.

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    2. Anonymous10:39

      😂😂😂.

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    3. Anonymous10:40

      Focus is 💋 Lufthansa's ass.

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  8. Anonymous09:49

    All that and they will end the year on a minus as usual 😂

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  9. Anonymous10:02

    Where else would they start flying if not to Germany?
    Maybe some code share to fill Mutti's planes?

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    1. Anonymous10:27

      LH will for sure codeshare.

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  10. Anonymous10:22

    Ist possible to fly whit A220 from OU Hubs to Near East? I only asking for a friend? 😄

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    1. Very comfortably. The A220 can fly with a full load for 6,700 km.

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    2. OU does not have even proper hub in ZAG, let alone plural "hubs". A220 has same or similar range as A320F, so Near East (more correctly would be Middle East) destinations could have been operated even before. But OU's only purpose, in addition to be Uhljeb sanctuary and money laundry machine for Kradeze, is feeding LH in MUC and FRA. It is clearly and perfectly seen in this case, once again. And it will be continued with "brand new shiny A220 fleet", and paid by poor croatian people

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    3. Anonymous16:19

      Here we go again.........

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    4. This comment has been removed by the author.

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    5. Yes, here we go again, and again, and again and again and again, and as long as needed, until corrupt and incompetent puppets who are destroying national carrier on orders of fully convicted criminal organization are jailed, together with those giving orders

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  11. Anonymous10:27

    Will these flights be with Dash or Airbus?

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    1. Anonymous10:37

      Dash most likely

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    2. Anonymous14:47

      Considering the demand... Cessna

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  12. Anonymous10:27

    Good!

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  13. Anonymous10:33

    I wonder how large the subsidy is

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  14. Anonymous10:34

    Anything to avoid expanding in Zagreb,

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    1. Anonymous14:09

      frrr

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    2. Anonymous15:25

      Anon 10:34
      They obviously go where they get subsidy...that's their strategy

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  15. Anonymous10:37

    If the demand is there and it seems like a big if, OU could have one or two planes based in Dubrovnik and Split during the winter months, could be one way to solve the seasonality issue.

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    1. Anonymous10:52

      How would you solve seasonality with basing plane in airports where almost non companies wants to fly during winter.

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    2. Anonymous11:52

      I think they could handle some destinations like Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich... nothing too spectacular. KLM flew 5 times per week to Split last winter season, I flew a few times with them and it was always completely full. Unfortunately as far as I can see they cut the route this winter to 1x per week.

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    3. Anonymous11:54

      I mean if operated with Dash 8 it could work in Split, since the city is large enough, Dubrovnik on the other hand…

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    4. Anonymous12:33

      How weak is you knowledge Anon 11:52 when full plane is indicator for you that route has great potential?

      Even better. KLM was full when you flew few times with them, and now they cutting it to just 1pw. So by your logic, they don’t want that huge amount of money from SPU during the winter and they are cutting it just because they are bored or what?

      You little sound like self-proclaimed king of aviation, Mr. Scuric!

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    5. Anonymous14:37

      Lol, what a personal and ignorant comment/attack.

      Ofcourse full planes don't always necessarily mean there's a huge profit. It does mean there is demand and now that KLM is leaving OU could step in and try to make it work. For all we know KLM did make a profit on the route, but can use their Amsterdam slots and capacity even better on other more profitable routes.

      Next time when answering my comment please try to be a little bit less belittling.

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  16. Anonymous10:37

    Bravo Hrvatska!

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  17. notLufthansa10:43

    Finally! Dubrovnik is world class skiiing destination and magnet for Germans.

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    1. Anonymous10:53

      Good sales people generate demand when there isn't. The high season sells itself

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    2. Anonymous11:05

      Dubrovnik is a unique destination worth visiting even if you are not interested in going swimming.

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    3. notLufthansa17:22

      true, I love seaside in winter too. But good luck finding anywhere to sleep and eat after November....

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    4. Anonymous17:48

      Dubrovnik is nice but deserted in the winter. It doesn't have Louvre, Burj Khalifa, Colosseum, Disneyland, Eiffel Tower or MOMA to attract masses of visitors year-round. DBV passenger numbers Nov-Feb reflect that.

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    5. @notLufthansa Hey, you can easily find accommodation in at least one of Dubrovnik's 5* hotels that remain...semi-open from December to March!
      Moreover, you won't pay any more than you would during the high season either - meaning about the same price as if you were staying at that Manhattan Ritz Carlton with a Central Park view. The one across from which there's a horse carriage you can take. ;)

      Seriously tho, Dubrovnik is best to visit in late October - early November when the tourist frenzy starts subsiding, the weather is still great and you can enjoy the city's beauty undisturbed by the hustle and bustle. Personally, I avoid Dubrovnik during the season time like a plague but unfortunately due to exorbitant prices I've started avoiding it altogether. The fame definitely got to their head.

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  18. Anonymous10:52

    Zadar is next

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    1. Anonymous11:50

      Yess! Finally something else from Zadar besides Zagreb 😊

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    2. Anonymous16:47

      OU should combine ZAD i DBV in one flight.

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    3. Anonymous23:15

      +++1

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  19. Anonymous11:01

    How come there was demand for OU to operate more winter routes from Dubrovnik and now there suddenly isn't.

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    1. Anonymous11:01

      Because they were highly unprofitable and could rely on state aid.

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  20. Anonymous11:48

    Subsidies for OU is all about moving money from one state owned/operated company to another, just like moving the deckchairs on the Titanic. If not a route to FRA and a LH hub with Star Alliance connections where would they fly? Croatia is dead in the winter, everyone is taking a rest having gouged tourists with sky high prices between June and September. I'd be more worried about next summer as I can't see too many holiday makers returning when the likes of Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey offer far better value for money.

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    1. Anonymous13:04

      The entire world has become more expensive the past year. Global inflation is not a Croatia only phenomenon. Yes Croatia is more expensive than last year but so is " Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey" and every other country in the world.

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    2. Anonymous13:31

      moving state money is a domain of all exyu airlines

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    3. Anonymous14:43

      I've been on holiday to Italy, Spain and Croatia this year and have never felt so robbed than in Croatia. No value for money anywhere, everyone trying to fleece a holidaymaker.

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    4. Anonymous11:59

      My experience was different. For me, Croatia was still relatively cheap but I did not go to Dubrovnik and Split town. Was in Kastela and that wasn't too bad.

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  21. Anonymous12:27

    Bravo Vrankvurt !

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  22. Anonymous12:57

    Still one of the best airlines in the region. Small population, prestigious Star Alliance, numerous airports, A220 fleet and regional and natural traffic. BRAVO Hrvatska!

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    1. Anonymous13:38

      Here comes the “prestigious” brigade again 🤣

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    2. Hahahahahahahaha Hahahahahahahaha Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!
      "Region" : 3 flag carriers, really wow to be the second out of three
      "Population" : less and less and poorer and poorer year by year, thanks to those praised here
      "Star Alliance" : the worst out of the three, plus OU is their pathetic servant and feeder only
      "numerous airports" : all built during the "darkness" of Yugoslavia
      "A220 fleet" : another money laundry project, type which suits OU the LEAST
      "regional and natural traffic" : due to corruption and incompetence for anything bigger and better
      Bravo Hrvatska indeed!
      And even bigger Bravo for brainwashed Party bots!
      Cheers!

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    3. notLufthansa17:33

      Pozdrav, don't be so harsh. Its like special Olympics - success is to take part. :)

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    4. Anonymous21:07

      Star Alliance is as prestigious as Golf is a prestigious car. Bentley is prestigious.

      Prestige is owning a business jet, not flying Q400 with Star Alliance sticker.

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  23. Anonymous13:32

    why not actually

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  24. Anonymous14:51

    Off topic (sorry) but I read somewhere that the Non-Eu carrier that was to establish a base in SJJ has drop out and they don't have any plans for SJJ anymore while Aegean Airlines stepped in and they interested. Does anyone knows something?

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  25. Anonymous20:34

    All these armchair CEOs demanding winter flights, I wonder how many of them will actually pay for a flight?

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  26. nitLufthansa09:59

    Aviation sector just reflects the state in which whole Croatia is, especially transport branch. Just look how the islands are connected by sea, and how much competition there is (which is reflected in rip-off by Jadrolinija). There is one daily coastal line connecting north and south, and you expect anything better in the air?

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    1. What are you even talking about nitLufhansa...and are you trying to imitate notLufthansa?? 😂
      One daily coastal line connecting north and south? Like what route? Rijeka to Split? Split and Dubrovnik? Rijeka to Dubrovnik? There are multiple ferries and catamarans every day along the cost on these longer routes and altogether around 600 daily routes connecting various places up and down the coast and islands including international ones to Italy.
      Jadrolinija alone has transferred over 12 million passengers last year.
      On top of that, Croatia has the best highway network in all of ex yu, it has finally connected Dubrovnik county with the rest of the country via the Pelješac bridge and the highway is being extended all the way down, not just to Dubrovnik city but Montenegro border.
      In terms of the railways, that's where the largest infrastructure projects are in the works currently, with Zagreb - Split high speed line finished and with the further addition of new signalization, trains will be able to exceed 160km/h. Same thing is being done from the Slovenian border to Zagreb central station...the company I work for is conducting those construction works. Another company is finishing the line to Hungary, they're currently building a new rail bridge across the Drava river. All of these are double tracked, high speed lines.
      Most importantly for trade and cargo transport, the contract for the most expensive, hardest to realize project of modernizing and widening the Rijeka - Karlovac - Zagreb line, has been signed with Strabag and is finally starting.
      Even air traffic isn't that bad, despite Croatia Airlines being a total mess.
      It's just that it could be significantly better.
      At any event though, comparing other modes of transport and OU specifically, is utterly nonsensical.

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  27. Anonymous14:37

    It's a bombastic title... Singular case should have been used.

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