Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić said the opening of C building of the passenger terminal is a large step forward
Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković, Regional Development Minister Gabrijela Žalac and Dubrovnik Airport Director Roko Tolić officially opened the new building of the passenger terminal worth over 476 million kuna on Friday evening, Poslovni Dnevnik reported on May 13, 2017.
Tolić congratulated all the subcontractors for completing the project on time and without breaking the financial framework, thanking also the government and ministers Žalac and Butković.
“In the past several years we have been frequent visitors of government offices and were always well met. I thank the government which decided for the profit of the Airport to be reinvested, I hope the case will be the same this year. We are now contracting for next year and will not stop the project, moving on,” said Tolić.
Minister Butković said the opening of the building will open up new possibility of tourism take-off and that the completion of this project is a clear confirmation that the government is intensely working on the traffic connection of the south with the main portion of the country.
“You know that many at the mention of Croatia think of Dubrovnik. Čilipi, where the airport is located, expects better traffic connections with the rest of Croatia. Today’s opening is a symbolic opening of that connection. We continue to resolve the issue of disconnection. Thanks to the increased capacity, the security, operative and technical standards of the airport are being raised, creating the preconditions to enforce the Schengen regime,” said Butković and repeated that the Pelješac Bridge is due to be constructed in autumn.
Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić said the opening of C building of the passenger terminal is a large step forward.
“We are not accessible enough for tourists, so this is a large step forward to overcoming that obstacle. Next we have the project of all projects, the Pelješac Bridge. We have battles to connect this airport to Dubrovnik, Metković, the islands. Without that our tourism will not be complete. This is a great day and we all look forward to it, this is an enticement for further projects,” said Dobroslavić.
The contract for non-refundable funds in the amount over 1.114 billion kuna for the go-ahead of the Renovation and Development of Dubrovnik Airport 2020 project was signed by government and Dubrovnik Airport representatives in May of 2015.
These are EU funds, while the government decided in April of that year to finance the project, which the European Commission stated can be co-financed with 145 million euros. The remaining 75 million euros had to come from the Airport itself, secured from their own funds and as part of the investment plan of the European Commission, known as ‘Juncker’s Plan.’ The entire project is worth 220 million euros and needs to be completed by April of 2019.