Friday, February 24, 2012

Paris wins Zagreb Airport concession

New beginnings
The Croatian Deputy Prime Minister, Radimir Čačić, has said that the government will accept an offer from Aeroports de Paris to run Zagreb Airport and build the long awaited new terminal. The French group, which bid under the name Zagreb Airport International, will build the new terminal from scratch and pay 87 million Euros in concession fees over the next thirty years. The new terminal should be in use by 2015.

Speaking to the press, Čačić said the new terminal will help boost tourism and will also provide a chance for Croatia to become a regional hub in the Balkans. “Construction work will start by the end of the year”, Čačić added. The offer by Aeroports de Paris outlines that during the first phase of the project a new terminal will be built with the capacity to handle five million passengers. The price tag of the project will amount to approximately 190 million Euros, although the exact expenses will be finalised within 180 days after the bid is officially accepted by the government. A further 29 million Euros will be invested after passenger traffic through the airport exceeds five million travellers.

The French offer was the only one received after a controversial year-long tender in 2011. Plans to build a new terminal at Zagreb Airport have been floating around for more than a decade. In 2011, Zagreb Airport handled 2.319.098 passengers, an increase of almost 12% on 2010.

B&H continues flight cancellations

B&H Airlines has today cancelled all of its scheduled departures from Sarajevo. They include two flights to Istanbul and its service to Zurich via Banja Luka. B&H will operate one single flight as its A319, which left Sarajevo for Istanbul on Thursday morning, will return on Friday evening. On Wednesday the government approved a cash injection to cover the carrier’s operational costs.

19 comments:

  1. is there a link with information+pictures to the new project?

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    1. Good question JU520 BEGLAX, I was just wondering that myself.

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    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh5aDnUEK7U

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  2. thanks anonymous....... really appreciated.
    the day it will open and it will look like this, I come to Zagreb and will kiss the floor...
    lets keep fingers crossed :-)

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  3. I foresee many years of delay and controversy. Considering this was the only bid and it has taken ten years to reach this point. Good luck to ZAG but beware.

    Charlie

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  4. Nobody seems to be very happy about that news...

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    1. Because it has become like the expansion of JA's network... a neverending saga.

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  5. I guess Croats are not happy because it is taking too long to build this - and the Serbs are not happy because it may actually get to be built!

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    1. Excuse me? Why would Serbs care about this?

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  6. Because the will use it as a gateway to the USA....probably

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    1. Don't forget Australia and Japan, and with the new terminal why not even South Korea ;)

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  7. Oh please...no American carrier will fly to the Ex Yu!

    AA will leave BUD and without feed from CSA
    we can wait for Delta dropping out of Prague
    in not so far future.

    US airlines are not able to compete against other
    airlines or better said "foreign" airlines.

    AA for example is not able to make any new destination a success...not BUD,not ZAG and also not Belgrade.

    For that US airline which wants to fly to IST i
    also predict a failure.

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  8. Croatian tourism will most likely double within the next 10-15 years. Last year there were 12 million tourists. It seems as if bookings are up 55% in both Germany and in England for Croatia this summer. I think there will be around 14 million tourists this year going to Croatia. The air traffic as a result will most likely double within the next 10-15 years as will Croatia Airline's fleet. It is the perfect time to begin construction of the new terminal..better late than never....Also Radimir Cacic means business...

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  9. It will be a nervous 3 month wait to see if all get the green light and if any changes are made to this design. If this new terminal is finally built as shown on the You Tube clip than it will be in a position to really attract itself as an alternative gateway to Europe But, I will breathe a sigh of relief once they start construction.

    Another great move for Zagreb would be to turn the existing ramp and terminal into a large cargo centre for south east / central Europe. Air cargo will grow massively in the next few decades and with all major airports in the region at near capacity, this could very lucrative opportunity for an airport in the region. This is actually something Budapest has done quietly but also very well.

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  10. People, for an airport to become a regional hub, the infrastructure is not all that. If it was SKP would have become a hub by now.
    Main prerequisitie for a hub is to have a decent carrer which will operate out of there. No country in the ex-Yugoslav area has that.
    Not to mention that when Croatia becomes an EU member it will not be able to subsidize Croatia Airlines which will have even greater difficulties than it has now.

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  11. As shown on youtube clip, definitely one of nicest / most attractive airport on the world.

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  12. good news for Zagreb airport. Finally ZAG has a real chance for development with foreign funds and local management.

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