On February 6, Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) officially opened a new building “C”, which is part of a new terminal. Check-in desks and security check points will move to the new building while the current one called building “A” will completely close for passenger traffic and will be used as a baggage sorting facility.
The full move to new building is scheduled before summer season kicks in. The new terminal is spread out over 24.181 square metres and is located next to the existing “B” building. The two will be merged into a single functioning unit. The facility features commercial space stretching over 1.000 square metres, eight security lanes, a departure lounge with commercial and catering facilities, a premium lounge and restaurants. Furthermore, it boasts 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 the new storage facility, access roads, a car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The airport will 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 financed mainly through EU structural funds and local bank loans. The project will cater for future growth in traffic and improve safety and service standards. The airport launched tender procedures for these major upgrades in mid-January with the deadline for the submission of bids set for March 3.
First passengers boarded Croatia Airlines Airbus A320 (9A-CTK) on flight to Zagreb (ZAG).