Pula Airport will close its doors from 07.00 CET on January 16, 2017 until 20.00 CET on March 10 for a planned 3.47 million euro overhaul of its runway. The runway was built in 1954 and last upgraded in 1972. The approach lighting system is also expected to be extended from the current 400 metres to 900 metres. Pula Airport will finance the work from its own funds. During the winter season, Pula is served by Croatia Airlines from Zagreb and Zadar, as well as Trade Air, which maintains commuter domestic flights. Passengers with tickets booked for this period are advised to contact their airline. Pula Airport anticipates a record 2017 despite the planned closure after achieving its post-independence record this year by handling over 400.000 passengers. A number of airlines have already confirmed new services to the city in 2017 including Eurowings from Dusseldorf, Jet2 from London Stansted, British Airways from London Heathrow and Thomson Airways from Edinburgh. According to General Manager Svemir Radmilo, a number of new routes are yet to be announced with the airport in talks with a further four carriers. As a result, the airport anticipates handling over 500.000 travellers next year.