Details on Zagreb’s new terminal revealed
A ceremony marking the start of preliminary construction work on Zagreb Airport’s new terminal building was held yesterday on the site where the new state of the art facility will be built. Actual construction work is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014. “Our professional challenge will be to complete this project on time”, the airport’s new CEO, Gonzalve de Cordoue, said. He added, “I am certain Zagreb Airport has the potential to become a hub in South-eastern Europe. You will see this is an excellent and modern infrastructure project and it will be completed within three years”.
The airport’s new operator, Zagreb Airport International Company, estimates it will handle some 3.5 million passengers when the terminal building is completed in late 2016. The new terminal will have the capacity to handle five million passengers annually. It will feature ten air bridges, one of which will have the capability to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380, while others will cater for category C type jets such as the Airbus A320. In addition, the new terminal will separate passengers arriving from Schengen area and non-Schengen area countries.
Construction of Zagreb Airport’s current terminal, 1966
A total of thirty Croatian companies will be involved in the construction of the new terminal building. “Archaeological research at the construction site has been completed, so today we begin with preliminary work”, Victor Stefanescu from Bouygues Batiment International, which forms part of the consortium running the airport, said. Preliminary work will include the construction of access roads. “Almost all of the work will be performed by Croatian companies. There are thirty of them with more than 1.000 workers involved”, Mr. Stefanescu added. Only construction work involving sensitive materials, unavailable in Croatia, will be carried out by foreign companies, according to the airport’s operator. The main Croatian company involved in the construction of the terminal is Viadukt, which has signed a fifty million euro contract with Zagreb Airport International Company.