Fresh problems for Zagreb Airport’s new terminal
The Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, has issued a warning to operator Zagreb Airport International Company, saying that new tender procedures for the construction of the airport’s heavily delayed new terminal will be launched if the French operator does not fulfil all of its obligations by the end of the week, allowing for construction to begin this fall. “This week is the final deadline for all requirements to be met. If they are, work on the new terminal will begin at the end of September or early October, once construction permits are issued. If the requirements are not met by the end of the week we will launch tender procedures to find a new concessioner”, Mr. Hajdaš Dončić said on national television.
It is the first public warning the Croatian government has issued to the consortium, led by Aéroports de Paris, set to fund and run the brand new multi million euro terminal. Under the contract signed with the Croatian government, the consortium had until April 11 to secure all necessary finances for the 365 million euro project, otherwise the concession would be terminated. It is now July and no progress on construction has been made.
Christophe Petit, from Zagreb Airport International Company, has denied the consortium is having issues in securing finances for the new terminal, blaming instead administrative problems for the delay in construction. “We are holding talks with banks and finalising all necessary documentation. We have reached an agreement with all parties involved and now we just have to put it on paper and sign it. However, I must stress that this is not a simple process and it takes time”, Mr. Petit noted.
If construction of the new terminal begins, it must be completed within 1.095 days (three years), though all contract deadlines have so far been missed. The airport’s new owners anticipate that the new state of the art facilities will turn Croatia’s busiest hub into a regional powerhouse and a transit point within the Balkans. Plans to build a new terminal at Zagreb Airport have been ongoing for years.