|Zagreb Airport's new terminal set to open in December 2016|
Work on Zagreb Airport’s new multi million euro terminal is advancing with construction said to be two months ahead of schedule. According to the airport’s management, the new terminal, which will eventually have the capacity to handle five million passengers per year and feature eight air bridges, will open its doors to the public in December 2016. The CEO of Zagreb Airport, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, expressed his satisfaction with the construction progress so far and noted that when completed the airport’s capacity will stand at 3.5 million passengers per year, compared to the existing 2.2 million. In addition, the airport will later be expanded in subsequent phases to reach an annual capacity of five million passengers. Joško Mikulić, the CEO of Viadukt, the Croatian equity partner in the Zagreb Airport concession, as well as the subcontractor for the entire construction project, said some 450 people are working around the clock on the site with the only disruption to the construction work being rain. Besides Viadukt, there are three other Croatian companies currently working on the project.
Last week, the Croatian Minister for Construction and Spatial Planning, Anita Mrak-Taritaš, and the Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, visited the construction site. Ms. Mrak-Taritaš said, “I am really happy to be able to visit, especially nowadays when there a few active construction sites around. Taking into consideration the amount of work done in such a short period of time, I believe we are in an excellent position”. Mr. Hajdaš Dončić added, “The new terminal project has been well-prepared and is progressing even though we were labelled national traitors for granting it to a private investor”. 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 the French-led Zagreb Airport International Company (ZAIC).
During the first nine months of the year, Zagreb Airport has recorded a 9% increase in turnover and several airlines have announced new flights to the Croatian capital. In addition, the French company ALSTEF was recently awarded a contract for the design and installation of a new baggage handling system at the airport. ALSTEF will install one additional check-in island at the current terminal building. Furthermore, the company will design and install a comprehensive baggage handling system, including automated baggage handling, hold baggage screening and sorting of bags at arrivals and departures, two new fifteen check-in desk islands (with the option of adding a further two), two screening lines, an automatic sorter and four baggage delivery lines at the new terminal building.