|Dubrovnik welcomes millionth passenger and continues to expand|
Dubrovnik Airport has become the third in Croatia to handle over a million passengers in 2015, a week ahead of last year. The lucky millionth traveller, Hanna Katrine Jensen, arrived on a Finnair flight from Helsinki on Friday. Ms Jensen was greeted by Dubrovnik Airport representatives as well as local authorities. It marks the tenth consecutive year that Dubrovnik Airport has managed to handle over a million passengers, positioning itself as the third busiest in Croatia, behind Zagreb and Split, and the fourth busiest in the former Yugoslavia. During the first seven months of 2015, Dubrovnik Airport welcomed 915.899 travellers, an increase of 6.4% compared to the same period last year.
In 2015, Dubrovnik Airport marked several milestones as it became the first airport in the former Yugoslavia to handle the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on a regular basis and the first in Croatia to feature air bridges. According to its Commercial Manager and Deputy Director General, Frano Luetić, US-based National Airlines is interested in launching nonstop charter flights between New York and Dubrovnik in 2016. The Ambassador of the United States to Croatia, Kenneth Merten, has said his country is working towards establishing flights to Croatia, adding that the foundations for such services are currently being put into place. This year, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) will host its annual gathering at Dubrovnik Airport, between October 19 and 21. The conference will include time for one-on-one business development meetings between US airport officials and commercial service officers with other airport officials from the region.
|Dubrovnik Airport future terminal project|
Dubrovnik Airport has also begun expanding its facilities in order to assist with the ongoing passenger growth. In May it resumed a major expansion project 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 the peak summer months. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2019. 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. Long-term plans call for the construction of a commercial zone around the airport with a hotel and even a second runway.