More than 220 million euros worth of renovation work over 6 years is set to start at Dubrovnik Airport next year, with 130 million euros of it expected to ‘land’ from EU coffers, reports daily Slobodna Dalmacija.
A new passenger terminal, increased runways, and new infrastructures will be built at the airport, which is around 15 km from Dubrovnik city centre, near the suburb of Čilipi. The aim of the redevelopment is to increase the airports passenger capacity and to reduce to congestion on the current airport’s runway. With around 1.5 million passengers passing through Dubrovnik annually, the airport was voted by the European Airport Council as the second best airport in Europe in the under 5 million passenger category. Currently Dubrovnik Airport cooperates with over 30 airline companies, and just as many charter providers, connecting Dubrovnik to over 60 international destinations.
The first phase of the development is expected to start in 2014, says Slobodna Dalmacija’s report, with all work meeting Europe’s high environmental standards.
“We are confident that we will get the money from the EU funds for the development of the project because consulting firm Jaspers is involved, who were paid by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and that is only done for very promising projects. We are calculating to get the maximum amount approved by the EU – said Dubrovnik Airport Director Roko Tolić at the launch of the project.