Awaiting a facelift ... Zagreb AirportAfter being the named the new CEO of Zagreb Airport, Tonči Peović has listed a few major projects at Zagreb Airport which he hopes to see completed. These include the reconstruction of the current terminal, the construction of a new terminal and finally the upgrade of the current runway. According to the Zagreb Airport master plan a second runway should be built some 2.175 metres from the existing runway. The new runway will prove a major headache for the management as a total of 450 buildings will have to be demolished to accommodate the new runway. Furthermore, the current military base at the airport would have to be moved and the construction of a new road bypass expected to be built close by will also stand in the runway’s way. Peović did not comment about the new runway and the project might be on the waiting list for some time. The new Zagreb Airport CEO also said that the airport would lower tariffs so Zagreb would become attractive for more airlines. He added that the national flag carrier Croatia Airlines would no longer enjoy privileged handling prices. Zagreb Airport is currently served by 13 airlines, only 2 of which are low cost.
Peović replaced the previous longtime airport CEO Boško Matković. The Croatian media have been reporting about Matković's extremely high pay, 100.000 Kunas or 13.698 Euros per month. However, Matković has said that the money was not just pure income but also bonuses for the good work he had done. The media have also been reporting that Matković's dismissal was part of a political game, but the Ministry of infrastructure has dismissed those allegations, claiming the reason for his dismissal was bad airport management.