After the announcement that Silver Air will continue operating to Lošinj Airport from Zagreb and Lugano from June 15 and Venice from July 1, Croatia’s smallest commercial airport not only expects a busy year ahead but will soon begin its long-awaited expansion project, Ex Yu Aviation reports on May 25, 2019.
“The resumption of flights to Lošinj is a natural progression of our activities as we pursue plans to develop this unique island and position it as a tourist destination. Improved connectivity with the mainland is one of our strategic goals which we are actively working on in recent years in order to position Lošinj on the tourist map in this part of the Mediterranean,” said Goran Filipović of the Jadranka Management Board.
The multi-million euro expansion, which foresees a new terminal building and runway extension (from 900 to 1,800 meters), should begin in 2020. As expected, the upgrade will increase the number of flights to the island airport and welcome more tourists to the Cres – Lošinj area. With the expansion, the airport will be able to handle aircraft with 180-passenger capacity and will target flights from the UK and Scandinavia. The project also includes expanding the apron, constructing a fire fighting services building, new access roads and parking, adds Ex Yu Aviation.
“The Lošinj Airport project will significantly increase capacity for tourist arrivals and give a new perspective for the future development of the town of Mali Lošinj, the islands of Lošinj and Cres, and the Croatian tourism industry in this part of the Adriatic,” the Ministry for Tourism said.
Recall, the expansion project had plans to begin back in 2016, but thanks to bureaucratic issues with land ownership and a lack of funds, it had continued being delayed.
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