Dubrovnik Airport director Frano Luetić said he expected that the interest of Russians would bring even better flight occupancy.
“If the situation with the pandemic continues to improve, I expect July and August will be excellent,” Luetić said, adding that the British market, which accounted for 30% of Dubrovnik Airport’s traffic, is yet to reopen.
A COVID antigen and PCR testing facility has opened at Dubrovnik Airport, available to all citizens. A business aviation terminal is another novelty, and it is the most modern in Croatia.
“Last year, we had a very good connection in that segment, and this year we expect an even better one. Those are high-paying guests that spend their holidays on yachts on the Adriatic coast. The terminal is very modern, with passport control, customs control, catering, and VIP lounges,” Luetić said.
Dubrovnik Tourist Board director Ana Hrnić said that Dubrovnik and Croatia were very interesting to Russian tourists.
“Last week, a popular tourist show was filmed here, so we expect further growth in interest,” said Hrnić, who expects tourism turnover will be significantly better after 15 June.
Also, as of 10 June, Russia will include Croatia on the list of epidemiologically safe countries.
This year, over 500 flights will be connecting Russia and Croatia from June to September, and Croatia joining the epidemiological “green zone” opens the possibility of charter flights.
In addition to Dubrovnik, Aeroflot will connect Moscow with Pula, Split, and Zagreb during the season.
Croatia has renewed the issuance of tourist visas for Russian citizens, and there is currently great interest in holidays in Croatia on the Russian market.
According to data from the eVisitor system, this year visitors from Russia have generated about 30,000 overnight stays, or 48% more than in the same period last year.
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