Lošinj Airport has announced a multi million euro upgrade, which will include the construction of a new terminal building and the extension of its runway. Work on the much-delayed project is expected to begin next year and completed by the summer of 2018. It includes the lengthening of the runway from the current 900 to 1.800 metres, which will enable it to cater for larger aircraft with the capacity to seat up to 180 passengers. The project has been labelled of strategic importance for Croatia and is valued at 35 million euros. The airport’s expansion will be carried out under a public-private partnership, with Jadranka, a local operator of several hotels and villas, and the municipality of Mali Lošinj as the principal stakeholders.
The Croatian Minister for Tourism, Anton Kliman, says the government has finalised all necessary producers related to the project. "There are only a few technical details to be resolved in order for the project to be presented to cabinet and for a contract to be signed with the Jadranka group", Mr Kliman said. He added, "The Lošinj Airport project will significantly increase capacity for tourist arrivals and give a new perspective for the future development of the town of Mali Lošinj, the islands of Lošinj and Cres, and the Croatian tourism industry in this part of the Adriatic". Upon completion, the airport aims to attract flights primarily from the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.
Lošinj Airport, opened in 1985 for general aviation purposes, has no scheduled flights. However, during the first seven months of the year it handled 3.892 passengers, primarily as a result of European Coastal Airlines, which operated services from the airport until the carrier was grounded by regulators two weeks ago. The expansion plan is the latest in a string of airport projects currently taking place in the country.
Current airport projects
The construction of Zagreb Airport's new passenger terminal is in its final months with work expected to be completed next month and the opening scheduled for March 2017. At approximately 65.000 square metres, the new terminal building is currently the largest construction site in the country. Work has been ongoing for three years.
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 next month, while the official opening is slated for March 2017. The new terminal will stretch over 24.181 square metres, according to the project outline. Furthermore, it will feature an additional two air bridges. The new facility is located next to the existing Terminal B building. Once all work is completed, the two will be combined into a single functioning unit. The new terminal is part of a major 274 million euro expansion, which includes the construction of new storage facilities, access roads, a car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The airport plans to begin work on expanding its apron and taxiways later this year, while the overhaul of the runway is scheduled for next winter. The entire expansion project is to be completed in 2019 and is largely financed through EU structural funds.
Following three years of constant delays, the construction of Split Airport's much needed new passenger terminal will begin this autumn. The new terminal will stretch over 34.500 square metres and increase the airport’s capacity to 3.5 million passengers per year. Furthermore, the car park and bus area will be expanded by 35.500 square metres. The project is valued at 59.3 million euros and is estimated to take just over two years to complete. A contractor is expected to be announced next week.
Brač Airport has embarked on a six million euro extension of its 1.440-metre runway. The island airport aims to handle larger aircraft by adding a further 320 metres to the runway. Work is scheduled to last throughout the summer. It currently caters for aircraft up to 100 seats and hopes to handle Fokkers, Airbus A319s and new Bombardier C-series jets once the lengthening of the runway is completed.
Pula Airport upgraded its passenger terminal this year, investing some 600.000 euros of its own funds in refurbishing the building. The work was carried out during the winter season and completed in late March. International departures have been adapted to Schengen standards, becoming the only airport in Croatia that is currently fully prepared for Schengen travel. Pula Airport plans to build a new 36.000 square metre passenger terminal in the near future as part of its new development masterplan.