Zagreb AirportFrankfurt, Zurich and Vienna airports are all interested in becoming concessionaires (partners) with Zagreb Pleso Airport for the construction of the much talked about new terminal. The Croatian Government has decided against financing the new terminal together with the City of Zagreb in favor of a concessionary model, the “Business” portal reports.
The director of Zagreb Airport, Tonči Peović, hopes that the concessionaire would be selected by the end of the year. The necessary documentation should be ready by October 15, after which the Government is expected to announce a tender. The companies that have won the tender for the conceptual design of the new terminal have lowered their initial cost estimates from 220 million Euros to between 150 and 170, a price more suitable for potential partners, Peović said. Zagreb Airport would contribute between 20 to 30% toward the construction cost. “Several airports have expressed interest in becoming concessionaires”, Peović reveled without disclosing which ones, although rumors are circulating that the central European airport such as Frankfurt, Zurich and Vienna are all interested.
The construction of the passenger terminal is expected to begin in 2012 and the project could be completed by the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015. Until the new terminal rises from the ground, the expansion of the current terminal is planned as a temporary solution to deal with the passenger volume. You can review that project here.