Zagreb still waiting on its new terminalThe operators of Zagreb Airport, Aéroports de Paris, have announced that the construction of Zagreb’s much anticipated new terminal will begin in mid 2013, at the earliest. According to the concession contract, signed with the Croatian government, the new operators are obliged to begin construction by April 11, 2013. However, Aéroports de Paris insists that the original time frame outlined in the contract was “too optimistic”. While the Croatian government can sanction or even terminate their contract with Aéroports for not adhering to the concession agreement, local media report that such a move is highly unlikely as it could jeopardise the ratification of the country’s European Union accession agreement.
Jerome Marmet from Aéroports de Paris says that it will take some six months for the finances of the new terminal to be finalised. Inside sources claim that land ownership issues, environmental case studies and the actual design of the terminal building are yet to be sorted. Furthermore, they claim that construction is unlikely to begin before autumn 2013.
The construction of the new terminal is estimated to take two years. In February the Croatian Deputy Prime Minister, Radimir Čačić said, “Construction work on the new terminal will start by the end of the year”. He added that the new terminal will help boost tourism and will also provide a chance for Croatia to become a regional hub in the Balkans. The French offer to take over Zagreb and build the new terminal 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.