Regional Development and EU Funds Minister Tomislav Tolusic visited Dubrovnik Airport on Friday, saying the primary function of this big European Union development project was transport connection and that in the long term it would enable tourism development and economic growth in Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the whole region.
"The Dubrovnik Airport Development Project is one of the most important infrastructure projects in Croatia and an example of a successful transport project which is being realised with EU funds. The total value of... currently the biggest EU project in Croatia is a little over a billion and a hundred thousand kuna and nearly 950 million kuna is coming from EU funds," Tolusic's ministry said in a press release.
Dubrovnik's airport is crucial in making the county accessible to tourists as over 65% arrive by plane. Currently, however, the airport cannot sustain the envisaged turnover increase, which makes the Dubrovnik Airport Development Project one of the more important infrastructure projects in the country.
Works began in February 2014 as part of the 2007-13 Transport Operational Programme and are continuing in the 2014-20 financial period. Completion is expected in mid-2019, when Dubrovnik Airport will be one of the most modern in the region.
(EUR 1 = HRK 7.48)