Construction of Zagreb Airport’s new terminal expected in 2014
Construction of Zagreb Airport’s new multi million euro terminal has now been delayed until next year. The Croatian government and the airport’s future operator, Zagreb Airport International Company (ZAIC), still haven’t signed the takeover documents. Last week, Christophe Petit, the head of the ZAIC managing board, said he expected for the takeover to take place on Monday, November 4. However, it is yet to occur. Mr. Petit reassured that finances for the terminal project, which has been somewhat scaled down, have been secured. Currently, compulsory archaeological research is taking place at the future construction site. “We expect for construction to begin straight after winter, that is, in the first quarter of 2014”, Mr. Petit said.
According to ZAIC, the new terminal will be opened in 2016. However, Zagreb’s current passenger terminal will be overhauled and upgraded beforehand, with work expected to begin by the end of the year. The tender, which was won by ZAIC, outlined that construction work on Zagreb’s new terminal was to begin by April 11, 2013 at the latest. Ante Dujić, the head of the employee union at Zagreb Airport, has appealed for the government to terminate the concession agreement, adding that the entire project has been shrouded in secrecy.
Meanwhile, Zagreb Airport has recorded its seventh consecutive month of passenger decline. Croatia’s busiest airport welcomed 208.631 passengers in October, down 3.7% on the same month last year. This is despite the airport seeing a surge in the number of operated flights. A total of 1.801 flight operations were recorded, up 6.8% on October 2012. While Zagreb Airport said it saw off its second millionth passenger for the year on October 31, its official statistics show the airport handled 1.998.494 passengers by the end of the month. The result represents a decrease of 1.6%. On the other hand, the airport has recorded a 76% increase in net profit compared to last year.
Zagreb Airport is gearing up to welcome the world’s largest aircraft this weekend with full details on the time of the aircraft’s arrival and spotting opportunities available here.