Dubrovnik Airport, also known as Čilipi Airport or DBV to the IATA and LDDU to the ICAO, is the international airport serving the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia. A major destination for leisure flights during the European summer season, it was the third-busiest airport in Croatia in 2019 regarding passengers served. As such, there were close to 2.5 million passengers served in 2022. There is one runway: 11/29, which is 10,827 feet (concrete/asphalt).
DBV originated in 1936, as Yugoslav airline Aeroput began a route to the city using a seaplane station, linking the town to Belgrade with a stop in Sarajevo. Another route, this time to Zagreb, was established in 1937. The following year traffic increased as Aeroput began using regular aircraft (using Gruda Airfield) to fly to Vienna, Brno, and Prague. These flights featured stops in Sarajevo and Belgrade, while a Belgrade-Dubrovnik-Tirana route was also established. These flights were suspended in the early 1940s due to WWII. The airport debuted at its current location in 1962, peaking in 1987 with over 1.4 million passengers served. The Yugoslav War drastically affected civilian traffic, and the airport only surpassed the million passenger mark again in 2005. In May 2010, a new 13,700-square-meter terminal opened (at 70 million euros), increasing capacity to 2 million annual passengers.
Moreover, in February 2017, a new 24,181-square-meter terminal building (called Terminal C) opened, replacing what had been Terminal A (which has been permanently closed and is now used as a baggage sorting facility) for all passenger departures. The new terminal has 16 gates, a departure lounge, a premium lounge, commercial and catering facilities, and more. The latest addition increases airport capacity to 3.5 million annual passengers.
The airport is located near Čilipi, 9.5 miles from the Dubrovnik city center.
- The runway at DBV is the longest in Croatia, making it ideal for handling heavy long-haul aircraft. Nevertheless, plans call for a new runway, with the existing runway being converted into a taxiway.
- Other plans include an extensive commercial zone and a four-star airport hotel.
- The FBOs at DBV are Euro Jet Intercontinental, Airport VIP Dubrovnik, and Universal Aviation.
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