Dubrovnik Airport saw its busiest 24 hours on record on July 14. It handled almost 18.000 passengers, representing the highest single-day figure in its 55-year history. During the first half of 2016, Dubrovnik Airport welcomed 676.707 travellers through its doors, an increase of 15.2% compared to last year. "We anticipated our annual growth rate to amount to 3% or 4%. The double digit growth we have seen during the first half of the year has truly surprised us so it is difficult to predict how the rest of the season will play out", Dubrovnik Airport's Deputy General Manager, Frano Luetić, said. The record numbers come in the lead-up to the 2016/17 winter season, which is also expected to be the airport's busiest with several new routes to be launched. Meanwhile, the multi million euro expansion of Dubrovnik Airport is in full swing, with construction of the new Terminal C building to be completed on schedule in September, while the official opening is slated for March 2017.