Dubrovnik Airport

Coordinates: 42°33′41″N 18°16′06″E / 42.56139°N 18.26833°E / 42.56139; 18.26833
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Dubrovnik Ruđer Bošković Airport

Čilipi Airport

Zračna luka Dubrovnik/Čilipi
Airport typePublic
OperatorDubrovnik Airport Ltd.
ServesDubrovnik-Neretva County
LocationČilipi, Croatia
Hub forCroatia Airlines
Elevation AMSL527 ft / 161 m
Coordinates42°33′41″N 18°16′06″E / 42.56139°N 18.26833°E / 42.56139; 18.26833
DBV is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 3,300 10,827 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2022)
Passengers2,149,181 Increase 131.6%
Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[1] Statistics from Dubrovnik Airport site[2]

Dubrovnik Ruđer Bošković Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Ruđer Bošković 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 center, near Čilipi. It was the third-busiest airport in Croatia in 2019 after Zagreb Airport and Split Airport in terms of passenger throughput. It 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.


Yugoslav flag carrier Aeroput used a seaplane station in Dubrovnik to open the first route to the city in 1936. It linked Dubrovnik to the national capital Belgrade via Sarajevo. The following year a route to Zagreb was inaugurated. But it was in 1938 that Dubrovnik saw a significant increase in air traffic, with the introduction by Aeroput of regular flights to Vienna, Brno and Prague with stops in Sarajevo and Zagreb, and also the introduction of a regular flight between Belgrade and Tirana with a stop in Dubrovnik. 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.[3] However, by early 1940s, due to World War II, Aeroput operations were suspended.[4][5]

The current Dubrovnik Airport opened in 1962. 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.[6] Following the breakup of Yugoslavia, the airport surpassed the one-million-passenger mark in 2005. In September 2023, it surpassed the two-million-passenger mark.[7]

Today, Dubrovnik boasts the most modern passenger terminal in the country. A new terminal has been built in place of the old airport building, that dated from 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 meters. Dubrovnik Airport has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year.

In 2023 the airport was renamed to honor the astronomer and polymath Roger Joseph Boscovich (Ruđer Josip Bošković, 1711–1787).[8][9]

Terminal facilities

Control tower
View of the runway

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 meters, 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 meters, the airport's annual capacity has increased to 3.5 million passengers.[10] 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

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Dubrovnik Airport:

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Cork, Dublin
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga, Tallinn,[11] Vilnius[12]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[13]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Zagreb
Seasonal: Athens, Munich,[14] Osijek, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague,[15] Pula, Rome–Fiumicino, Split, Zürich
Cyprus Airways Seasonal: Larnaca (begins 1 July 2024)[16]
Discover Airlines Seasonal: Frankfurt[17][18]
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, London–Gatwick, Lyon, Manchester, Nantes,[19] Naples, Paris–Orly, Venice[20]
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich[21]
Eurowings Seasonal: Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
flydubai Seasonal: Dubai–International[22]
Freebird Airlines Charter: Amsterdam, Berlin, Billund, Brussels, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Lyon, Oslo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Stockholm–Arlanda[23]
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Belfast–International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam[24][25]
Korean Air Seasonal charter: Seoul–Incheon[26]
Leav Aviation Seasonal charter: Cologne/Bonn[27]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[28]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[29]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg (begins 1 May 2024),[30] Helsinki, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair[31] Dublin, London–Stansted,[32] Vienna
Seasonal: Bari,[33] Beauvais,[32] Bergamo,[32] Berlin,[32] Charleroi,[32] Helsinki,[32] Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,[32] Kraków,[32] Manchester,[32] Memmingen,[32] Poznań,[32] Rome–Fiumicino,[32] Sandefjord,[32] Stockholm–Arlanda,[32] Weeze, Wrocław[32]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen
SkyAlps Seasonal: Bolzano[34]
Seasonal charter: Bratislava
Smartwings Seasonal: Katowice,[35] Prague,
Trade Air Osijek, Rijeka, Split
Transavia Seasonal: Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague[36]
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff,[37] East Midlands, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford,[38] London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne[39]
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Turkish Airlines Istanbul[40]
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark[41][42]
Volotea Seasonal: Athens, Bari (begins 4 July 2024),[43] Bordeaux, Lille (begins 24 April 2024),[44] Lyon,[45] Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse[46]
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Wizz Air Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[47]


Traffic figures

Annual passenger traffic at DBV airport. See Wikidata query.
Traffic at Dubrovnik Rudjer Boskovic Airport[48][49]
Year Passengers Passenger %
Aircraft Landings Aircraft Landings%
Cargo (tonnes) Cargo %
1987 1,460,354 20.52Increase 15,606 2.55Increase 2,490 0.53Increase
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 2,539,412 9.31Increase 23,596 9.76Increase 176 13.70Decrease
2019 2,896,227 14.05Increase 25,962 10.03Increase 127 28.41Decrease
2020 330,147 88.6Decrease 8,486 67.31Decrease 29 77.17Decrease
2021 927,934 181.1Increase 14,212 67.47Increase 390 1244Increase
2022 2,149,181 131.6Increase 20,630 45.16Increase 411 5.3Increase
2023 2,416,818 12.46Increase 21,484 4.14Increase 57 86.14Decrease
Traffic at Dubrovnik Rudjer Boskovic Airport in 2022/2023 by month
Month Passengers 2022 Passengers 2023 Passenger %
January 9,320 14,269 53.10Increase
February 9,242 17,459 88.91Increase
March 25,645 50,456 96.75Increase
April 117,715 167,731 42.49Increase
May 214,243 275,797 28.73Increase
June 313,381 344,456 9.92Increase
July 425,536 447,315 5.12Increase
August 429,878 444,368 3.37Increase
September 336,890 354,068 5.09Increase
October 217,751 242,752 11.48Increase
November 30,925 38,384 24.12Increase
December 18,655 19,763 5.93Increase

Largest airlines

Rank Carrier Passengers 2018 %
1 Croatia Croatia Airlines 429,953 16.93
2 United Kingdom EasyJet 347,260 13.67
3 United Kingdom Jet2.com 179,990 7.09
4 United Kingdom Thomson Airways 127,352 5.02
5 Spain Vueling Airlines 123,907 4.88
6 Germany Lufthansa 103,760 4.09
7 United Kingdom British Airways 100,502 3.96
8 Norway Norwegian Air Shuttle 88,243 3.47
9 Germany Eurowings 87,570 3.53
10 Norway Norwegian Air International 87,431 3.44
11 Austria Austrian Airlines 87,065 3.43
12 Spain Volotea 79,140 3.12
13 Turkey Turkish Airlines 70,339 2.77
Remaining 626,900 24.69
Source: Dubrovnik Airport[50]

Ground transport

A shuttle bus operated by the company Platanus[51] connects the airport to Dubrovnik Old Town and Dubrovnik Bus Station in Gruž.


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External links

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