Dubrovnik Airport will resume a major expansion project this month valued at 220 million euros, which will include the construction of a new passenger terminal, storage facilities, access roads, car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The aim of the redevelopment is to increase the airport’s capacity and reduce congestion issues during peak summer months. The Croatian government recently approved the project, with the majority of the funding, some 145 million euros, to be provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB included Dubrovnik Airport as the first of four projects to receive loans under the EU’s new stimulus plan to re-boot Europe’s struggling economy, The EU has already provided millions for the preparation of project documentation.
The entire project is expected to be completed in 2019, according to the Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić. The Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanović, says the value of Dubrovnik Airport’s project almost equals that of Zagreb Airport’s new terminal, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion late next year. Preparation work, such as the laying of foundations for the new terminal building, began last year, with the official start of construction scheduled for this month. The new terminal will stretch over 36.500 square metres and have the capacity to handle 3.5 million passengers per year, according to the project outline. Furthermore, it will feature additional air bridges. The future building will be located next to the current terminal and will be connected to it. Future plans call for the construction of a commercial zone around the airport with a hotel and even a second runway.
The first phase of Dubrovnik Airport’s expansion began in 2007 and was completed in 2010. It included the construction of Croatia’s most modern passenger terminal stretching over 13.700 square metres. It has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year. In addition, the airport installed two air bridges at the beginning of 2015, becoming the first in Croatia to feature them. However, they have been out of use ever since. As EX-YU Aviation News understands, problems between Dubrovnik Airport and the Chinese manufacturer have delayed the use of the two air bridges. Dubrovnik Airport handled a record 1.584.471 passengers in 2014, making it the fourth busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia and the third in Croatia. Ex-yu Aviation News