Records broken at Dubrovnik AirportDubrovnik Airport saw its busiest June in history. The airport on the Adriatic coast welcomed 206.576 passengers, an increase of 13.7% compared to the same month last year. The growth is being fuelled by a solid year for the Croatian tourism industry. By the end of 2012 the airport plans to see an increase in passenger numbers of 6% compared to 2011. In the first half of the year, Dubrovnik welcomed 506.166 passengers through its doors, an improvement of 8% on last year.
As has been the case for most airports in the former Yugoslavia, Dubrovnik’s busiest year on record was 1987 when the airport handled 1.460.354 passengers. A total of 586.742 passengers arrived on domestic flights while 835.818 passengers jetted in on international services. The 1987 record hasn’t been surpassed so far but the airport is in striking distance of achieving the figure. Last year, Dubrovnik welcomed 1.349.501 passengers, making it the fifth busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia. It was the airport’s third busiest year on record behind 1987 and 1988.
Meanwhile, Airports Council International (ACI) named Dubrovnik Airport as one of the best airports in Europe in the one to five million passenger category. While the prize ultimately went to London City Airport, Dubrovnik received an honourable mention. Edinburgh took the honour in the 5 - 10 million category, Hamburg in the 10 - 25 category and Amsterdam was named the best airport in Europe with over 25 million passengers. In 2005 ACI awarded Sarajevo Airport as the best in Europe with under a million passengers.