I genuinely wasn’t aware there were any airports left, even in the developing world, that do not offer free wi-fi, but that was my experience at Dubrovnik Airport. What a great way to fleece customers.
Some Airports Still Do Not Offer Free Wi-Fi
My flight to Barcelona was delayed, which left extra time in the gate area to hang out. It was then I found out that Dubrovnik Airport charges for wi-fi. I pulled out my laptop and attempted to connect to the internet.
Oh, 15 minutes free. I figured after the 15 minutes I would just connect again.
Several times during the 15 minutes the internet disconnected and then reconnected again. But finally, the 15 minutes expired. But when I tried to log in again, I was told I had used my allotment and would have to pay.
It was 5EUR/hour…which is reasonable enough, but almost begs the question of why even bother. My Capital One card was declined…the bank thought it was a fraudulent charge. Thankfully, Capital One does not require a phone call, just a text message, to unlock the card. The charge went through the second time.
Only the connection kept dropping…
Every few minutes, it would drop and then I’d get the welcome page again, asking me to pay up. But when I clicked through to pay, then it just reconnected.
What an annoyance.
On the one hand, I get why an airport overrun with budget carriers would treat its passengers in the same no-frills way the airlines do. On the other hand, it’s just a wildly inefficient system.
Perhaps the airport didn’t want people connecting to the internet because it had so few plugs. Thankfully (after my delay was further extended), I found a plug at a bar that was closed. That was another issue. By 8:00 pm, everything was closed…
I know many airports offer a premium high-speed wi-fi option for purchase, but I was shocked this airport did not offer a basic option for free.
Dubrovnik is great…Dubrovnik Aiport, not so much. I find it tacky to charge for internet and the system they had rigged up was anything but efficient. If you are traveling through DBV with a long layover, be sure to bring a power bank and credit card…and lots of patience.