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Croatia's Dubrovnik Airport will resume a major expansion project
May 11, 2015
Dubrovnik Airport will resume a major expansion project this month valued at 220 million euros, which will include the construction of a new passenger terminal, storage facilities, access roads, car park and the lengthening of the runway and taxiways. The aim of the redevelopment is to increase the airport’s capacity and reduce congestion issues during peak summer months. The Croatian government recently approved the project, with the majority of the funding, some 145 million euros, to be provided by the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB included Dubrovnik Airport as the first of four projects to receive loans under the EU’s new stimulus plan to re-boot Europe’s struggling economy, The EU has already provided millions for the preparation of project documentation.
The entire project is expected to be completed in 2019, according to the Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Doncic. The Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, says the value of Dubrovnik Airport’s project almost equals that of Zagreb Airport’s new terminal, which is currently under construction and scheduled for completion late next year. Preparation work, such as the laying of foundations for the new terminal building, began last year, with the official start of construction scheduled for this month. The new terminal will stretch over 36.500 square metres and have the capacity to handle 3.5 million passengers per year, according to the project outline. Furthermore, it will feature additional air bridges. The future building will be located next to the current terminal and will be connected to it. Future plans call for the construction of a commercial zone around the airport with a hotel and even a second runway.
The first phase of Dubrovnik Airport’s expansion began in 2007 and was completed in 2010. It included the construction of Croatia's most modern passenger terminal stretching over 13.700 sq/m. It has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year.
Construction begins on new United terminal at Houston Bush
May 11, 2015
The new Terminal C North is expected to open in early 2017. United Airlines and the Houston Airport System have broken ground on the airline's new Terminal C North concourse at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The $244 million project will create a 265,000-square-foot facility, more than 100,000 square feet larger than the existing Terminal C North, with 11 passenger boarding gates. United expects to complete the new Terminal C North concourse in early 2017.
When construction on the new concourse is completed, Houston Airport System will demolish the existing Terminal C North facility to enable the reconstruction of the Mickey Leland International Terminal D.
CLE Hopkins Airport begins terminal construction
May 11, 2015
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is ready to begin the first phase of a project to modernize and upgrade the terminal building.
The façade improvements include upgrades to the structural panels above the upper and lower roadway sidewalk areas, changes to lighting, glass and canopy ceilings, columns, doorway vestibules and sidewalk areas. The construction is expected to be finished in May of 2016.
The project will also address the terminal ticketing lobby, which will get improved lighting, skylight systems and new color schemes.
On the baggage claim level, the airport will upgrade windows, lighting and more.
A new canopy will shelter passengers from rain while they wait for shuttles on the center island.
While Airport Director Ricky Smith says the improvements will cause inconveniences for travelers, the airport is taking stops to minimize the hassle.
Travels are asked to arrive as much as 90-120 minutes before their flight because airlines will be shifting their ticket counters to different areas on the ticketing level to let construction crews get work done.
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