Dubrovnik Airport’s New Terminal Open
With Dalmatia’s first city continuing to attract an ever increasing number of tourists, EU structural funds have been used to help ease the strain on the airport.
The first phase of the new Terminal C is now complete, with check-in and security moved from Terminal A, which will eventually cease to operate for passenger traffic. Hopefully the transfer of passenger operations to Terminal C will be complete before the 2017 summer season starts.
Here’s a link to details about the project - http://www.airport-dubrovnik.hr/index.php/en/dubrovnik-airport-development-project - but note that the links provided on this page, to the structural funds website, take you to pages in the Croatian language only. English pages have been “under construction” for several months, hopefully because the “real” construction work is going so fast and taking up so much time.
Welcome Europe reported last year that the 24,000 square metre development was being co-funded by EU structural and development funds to the tune of €214.9 million and €134.6 million respectively. Stated, and obviously EU influenced objectives include:
*Improving Dubrovnik region connections with the rest of Croatia and the EU, and preparing for Schengen rules
* Facilitating uninterrupted mobility of people and goods and improving quality of life in the region
* Decreasing unemployment, fostering regional development and investment activities
* Resolving problems of a congested Terminal Building and harmonisation with the international standards of air traffic.
Dubrovnik airport broke yet more records in 2016 with nearly 2 million passengers so it’s not surprising the old infrastructure is bursting at the seams. Have a look at the airport’s statistics here - http://www.airport-dubrovnik.hr/index.php/en/2014-10-27-10-40-49/statistics – to see just how much traffic has grown.
Today’s photo shows Dubrovnik from the road, heading south-east towards Cavtat.