Dubrovnik Airport

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Dubrovnik Airport
Čilipi Airport
Zračna luka Dubrovnik/Čilipi
Pista Čilipi.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator Dubrovnik Airport Ltd.
Serves Cavtat, Dubrovnik, Korčula - Croatia
Herceg Novi - Montenegro
Location Čilipi, Croatia
Hub for Croatia Airlines
Elevation AMSL 527 ft / 161 m
Coordinates 42°33′41″N 018°16′06″E / 42.56139°N 18.26833°E / 42.56139; 18.26833Coordinates: 42°33′41″N 018°16′06″E / 42.56139°N 18.26833°E / 42.56139; 18.26833
Website airport-dubrovnik.hr
DBV is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,300 10,827 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 2,323,065 Increase 16,5%
Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[1] Statistics from Dubrovnik Airport site[2]

Dubrovnik Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Dubrovnik; IATA: DBV, ICAO: LDDU), also referred to as Čilipi Airport (Croatian pronunciation: [tʃǐlipi]), is the international airport of Dubrovnik, Croatia. The airport is located approximately 15.5 km[1] (9.5 mi) from Dubrovnik city centre, near Čilipi. It was the third-busiest airport in Croatia in 2017 after Zagreb Airport and Split Airport in terms of passenger throughput. It also has the country's longest runway, allowing it to accommodate heavy long-haul aircraft. The airport is a major destination for leisure flights during the European summer holiday season.


Dubrovnik Airport opened in 1962. The city was originally served by the Gruda Airfield which opened for commercial traffic in 1936 and was in use only during the summer months. The domestic airline Aeroput linked Dubrovnik with Belgrade (via Sarajevo) first in 1936, and a year later a route to Zagreb was opened.[3]

During 1987, the busiest year in Yugoslav aviation, the airport handled 835,818 passengers on international flights and a further 586,742 on domestic services.[4] Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, the airport surpassed the one-million-passenger mark in 2005. Today, Dubrovnik boasts the most modern passenger terminal in the country. A new terminal is being planned in place of the old airport building, constructed in 1962, which has now been demolished to make way for a new modern structure. The price tag of the project amounts to seventy million euros and is to be financed out of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In May 2010 a new terminal opened stretching over 13,700 square metres. It has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year.

Terminal facilities[edit]

The control tower at Dubrovnik Airport.

Dubrovnik Airport consists of three terminal areas, A, B and C. The spacious new Terminal C was opened in February 2017 and became fully functional in April 2017 as it replaced Terminal A for all passenger departures including check-in and security check. The new terminal features check-in and commercial space stretching over 1,000 square metres, eight security lanes, a departure lounge with commercial and catering facilities, a premium lounge and restaurants. Furthermore, it boasts sixteen gates, two of which will be used for domestic flights and the remaining fourteen for international services. With an area of 24,181 square metres, the airport's annual capacity has increased to 3.5 million passengers.[5]

The Terminal A building has been permanently closed for passenger traffic and is now being used solely as a baggage sorting facility.

The new Terminal C is located next to the existing Terminal B building which handles arriving passengers. The two have been combined into a single functioning unit.

Future airport plans call for an extensive commercial zone and a four-star airport hotel, and long-term plans call for a new runway and the conversion of the existing runway into a taxiway.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

TUIfly Boeing 737-700 taxiing at Dubrovnik Airport
Croatia Airlines, Star Alliance logojet Airbus A320 at Dubrovnik Airport
Adria Airways Seasonal: Ljubljana[6]
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[7]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[8]
American Airlines Seasonal: Philadelphia (begins 7 June 2019)[9]
ASL Airlines France Seasonal: Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Astra Airlines Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Cello Aviation Seasonal charter: Dublin[10]
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Rome–Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Athens, Düsseldorf, Munich,[11] Osijek, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Pula, Split, Tel Aviv−Ben Gurion, Venice, Zürich
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London-Southend, London–Stansted, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples. Paris–Orly, Toulouse, Venice[12]
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich[13]
Ellinair Seasonal charter: Thessaloniki
Enter Air Seasonal: Katowice
Eurowings Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Flybe Seasonal: London–Southend
flydubai Seasonal: Dubai-International[14]
Germania Seasonal: Toulouse
Iberia Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham,[15] East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow,[16] Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Level[17] Seasonal: Vienna[18]
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin[19][20]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Barcelona, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Madrid, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Primera Air Seasonal: Göteborg Landvetter, Stockholm–Arlanda
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow–Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
SmartWings Prague
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Manchester[21]
Trade Air Rijeka, Split
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam[22]
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
Travel Service Seasonal: Prague
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff (begins 2 May 2019),[23] Doncaster/Sheffield,[24] East Midlands,[23] Leeds/Bradford (begins 2 May 2019),[23] London–Gatwick, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne (ends 18 October 2018)[23]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Seasonal charter: Nantes[25]
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk[26]
Volotea Seasonal: Bari,[27] Bergamo,[28] Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Strasbourg,[29] Venice
Vueling Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Wings of Lebanon Seasonal: Beirut[30]


Traffic figures[edit]

Traffic at Dubrovnik Čilipi Airport[31][32]
Year Passengers Passenger %
Aircraft Landings Aircraft Landings%
Cargo (tonnes) Cargo %
1987 1,460,354 20.52Increase 15,606 2.55Increase 2,490 0.53Increase
2000 395,458 81.34Increase 6,762 32.27Increase 680 16.44Increase
2001 461,322 16.66Increase 6,739 0.34Decrease 646 5.00Decrease
2002 507,459 10.00Increase 7,711 14.42Increase 657 1.70Increase
2003 716,592 41.21Increase 10,204 32.33Increase 592 9.89Decrease
2004 880,967 22.94Increase 12,277 20.32Increase 822 38.85Increase
2005 1,008,240 14.45Increase 14,365 17.01Increase 677 17.64Decrease
2006 1,120,453 11.13Increase 14,855 3.41Increase 741 9.45Increase
2007 1,144,038 2.10Increase 15,047 1.29Increase 847 14.30Increase
2008 1,191,474 4.15Increase 14,822 1.50Increase 997 17.71Increase
2009 1,122,355 5.80Decrease 14,342 3.24Decrease 516 48.24Decrease
2010 1,270,062 13.16Increase 15,539 8.35Increase 406 21.32Decrease
2011 1,349,501 6.25Increase 16,050 3.29Increase 420 3.45Increase
2012 1,480,470 9.70Increase 16,216 1.03Increase 357 15.00Decrease
2013 1,522,629 2.85Increase 16,126 0.56Decrease 375 5.04Increase
2014 1,584,471 4.06Increase 16,492 2.27Increase 291 22.40Decrease
2015 1,693,934 6.91Increase 16,852 2.18Increase 256 12.03Decrease
2016 1,993,243 17.67Increase 19,244 14.19Increase 224 12.50Decrease
2017 2,323,065 16.5Increase 21,496 11.70Increase 204 8.90Decrease
2018 (Jan-Jul) 1,377,143 9.8Increase n/a n/aIncrease n/a n/a
Traffic at Dubrovnik Čilipi Airport in 2017/2018 by month
Month Passengers 2017 Passengers 2018 Passenger %
January 19,329 22,280 15.17Increase
February 22,813 24,074 5.5Increase
March 33,834 47,684 41Increase
April 143,912 151,661 5.4Increase
May 253,928 291,453 14.8Increase
June 338,729 365,348 7.8Increase
July 442,030 474,643 7.4Increase
August 440,789
September 348,789
October 216,363
November 34,090
December 26,674

Largest airlines[edit]

Rank Carrier Passengers 2017 %
1 Croatia Croatia Airlines 428,489 18.44
2 United Kingdom EasyJet 306,791 13.21
3 United Kingdom Jet2.com 142,782 6.15
4 Spain Vueling Airlines 115,317 4.96
5 United Kingdom Thomson Airways 99,449 4.28
6 Austria Austrian Airlines 88,678 3.82
7 Germany Lufthansa 87,921 3.78
8 Norway Norwegian Air Shuttle 87,278 3.76
9 Norway Norwegian Air International 84,543 3.64
10 United Kingdom Monarch Airlines 84,024 3.62
11 Germany Eurowings 81,931 3.53
12 United Kingdom British Airways 81,915 3.53
13 Turkey Turkish Airlines 55,340 2.38
Remaining 578,607 24.91
Source: Dubrovnik Airport[33]


  • "Đurovića špilja" is a pit cave located under the taxiway of Dubrovnik airport. There is also a wine cellar located inside the cave.


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External links[edit]

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