DUBROVNIK, 16 December 2019 – Dubrovnik Airport is confident that ‘one of the world’s leading airlines’ will better connect Dubrovnik with Australia and New Zealand.
Dubrovnik Airport Director, Frano Luetic, said this on Monday as he presented the airport’s impressive business results for 2019. Luetic also announced new projects and flights that will connect Dubrovnik directly with the rest of the world in 2020, Dubrovacki Dnevnik.hr reported.
“We can boast that another very successful year is behind us. In the last five years, Dubrovnik Airport has practically doubled its turnover, and this year we will reach around 2.9 million passengers, so we will approach the magical number of three million passengers, which I consider to be an exceptional success. We planned to increase traffic by about five percent compared to last year, but at the end of this year we achieved an increase of 13 percent, which is a really great increase, ”said Luetic.
He also emphasised that from next year, American Airlines flights will operate daily between Dubrovnik and Philadelphia. This is the only route connecting Croatia with the United States.
“We are the first in Croatia to have American Airlines, the largest airline in the world connecting Croatia with the US via a direct flight to Philadelphia. The flight was very busy, so the airline announced that it would operate daily flights to Dubrovnik from 1 June to the end of October next year. No airport in Croatia has this except Dubrovnik and we can be proud of that,” said Luetic.
A number of well-known airlines have already announced new routes to Dubrovnik for next year and Luetic said there was a strong possibility that direct flights to Dubrovnik would be introduced by ‘one of the world’s best airlines who will better connect Dubrovnik with Australia and New Zealand’.
“As for next year, there is a chance that one of the world’s best airlines will come. It has not yet been signed, but we hope they will travel to Dubrovnik because it is important to us because of the Australian and New Zealand markets, since the shortest connections are across the Arabian Peninsula to these distant markets,” he added.
Next year, Ryanair will increase the number of flights to Dubrovnik from the UK, whilst AirBaltic will connect the city with Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital.
Polish airline LOT will also launch the first flight between Dubrovnik and Budapest in 13 years in 2020, and Swiss will fly for the first time between Dubrovnik and Geneva in over 25 years.