Representatives of Croatia’s Split Airport and construction companies Kamgrad, Viadukt and KFK Tehnika signed on Tuesday a contract for reconstruction and extension of the passenger terminal at Split Airport, worth HRK 347 mln without VAT. This is a strategically important project for Split-Dalmatia County, the airport authority announced.

The project provides for construction of three additional floors with a total area of 35,000 sqm. On completion, the terminal will be able to serve 2,500 passengers an hour.

The parking area for buses and cars will be expanded by 35,500 sqm.

Work is expected to start in January 2017.

“We have had double-digit growth in the last five years, and a 17 pct increase, to 2.3 million passengers, is expected for this year,” said Split Airport CEO Luksa Novak. The first phase of the airport terminal building’s expansion is expected to be finished in 2018, with the entire project set to be completed by 2019.

Total investment will reach HRK 605 mln in the next three years.

The terminal at Split Airport was built in 1979, and last upgraded in 2004. Only in July this year it served more than half a million passengers.

Split Airport has so far invested HRK 50 mln to buy land and obtain all necessary permits. The entire project will total HRK 400 mln and be financed by the airport and loans.