After six months of preparations and over a decade of planning, Zagreb Airport has laid the foundations of its new multi million euro terminal, marking the official start of construction. Furthermore, the airport has finally revealed the final design of the future building (pictured above) after much speculation as to whether the project will be downsized. The new terminal will have the capacity to handle five million passengers per year and will feature eight air bridges, down from eleven as originally planned. The project involves a total investment of 331 million euros, 243 million of which is for the design and construction of the new terminal and 88 million for the maintenance of airport infrastructure over the entire period of the thirty year concession awarded to Zagreb Airport International Company (ZAIC).
|Croatian PM (left) with Zagreb Airport CEO (right)|
The groundbreaking ceremony held yesterday was attended by the Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanović, the Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Siniša Hajdaš Dončić and the CEO of Zagreb Airport Bruno Mazurkiewicz. Speaking at the event, Mr. Milanović said, “I have been travelling around Europe for twenty years and I remember the awful state in which airports across Eastern Europe were in, while Zagreb’s was always presentable. Now it has been over twenty years and this is the last capital city airport which is awaiting modernisation”. The Prime Minister added that the start of the new terminal’s construction is big news for Croatia and a major investment. “For such a small country, Croatia has another two international airport which have over 1.5 million passengers per year. That is a lot and that is something other states do not have. However, we want Zagreb to handle five million passenger per year, which is currently impossible and this terminal is the main condition for that to happen”, Mr. Milanović concluded.
Apart from the new terminal building, the airport will also construct a new 250.000 square meter car park. The new terminal is set to open its doors to passengers in December 2016 with some 700 construction workers to be employed. Zagreb Airport CEO, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, said, “The construction of the new terminal building is a major investment, which will contribute not only to an increase in air traffic but also to the economy in general. I believe Zagreb Airport will become one of the most important hubs in this part of Europe”. This autumn, work will also begin on the upgrade and reconstruction of the current terminal building, to be carried out during night time so as not to affect passengers and traffic at the airport. The upgrades will include the expansion of the duty free area and lounges. The price tag is estimated at 3.5 million euros.