The construction of the multi million euro Terminal C at Dubrovnik Airport is nearing completion with the facility expected to be opened on schedule next spring. "Construction is ongoing at Terminal C and soon work will begin on linking buildings A, B and C. The aim is to put the terminal into use by the start of the 2017 summer season. Furthermore, an additional two air bridges are in the process of being installed and should be functioning at the same time", Dubrovnik Airport's Chief Technical Officer, Tomislav Macan, said. He added, "Everything is going according to schedule so we hope to meet all set deadlines. The facility will feature check-in and commercial space stretching over 1.000 square metres, eight security lanes, a departure lounge with commercial and catering facilities, a premium lounge and restaurants".
The new terminal will be spread out over 24.181 square metres and is located next to the existing Terminal B building. The two will be combined into a single functioning unit. The new facility features sixteen gates, two of which will be used for domestic flights and the remaining fourteen for international services. It is all 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 will also expand its apron and taxiways next year, while the overhaul of the runway is scheduled for next winter. The entire expansion is to be completed in 2019 and is being largely financed through EU structural funds. The project will cater for future growth in traffic and improve safety and service standards. Dubrovnik Airport's current terminal building, opened in 2010, stretches 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 start of last year, becoming the first in Croatia to feature them.
Dubrovnik Airport has registered its busiest year on record by handling 1.946.810 passengers during the January - October period, an increase of 17.7% compared to last year. It has already overtaken 2015's end-of-year result which stands at 1.693.934 travellers. October saw the airport's biggest growth margin on record. During the month it welcomed 202.703 passengers, up 36.4%. A number of airlines have already announced their plans to launch new services to Dubrovnik next summer season. They include Eurowings, Jet2.com and Thomson Airways. Furthermore, local authorities have said they are seeking for an airline to operate two weekly year-round flights between New York and Dubrovnik in 2017.