|Zagreb Airport set to open new terminal during Christmas 2016|
Construction of Zagreb Airport’s new multi million euro terminal is on schedule, with the building set to handle its first passengers on Christmas Day in 2016. Work has already been completed on baggage sorting facilities, which will be located eight metres beneath the ground. In addition, construction is currently being carried out on the terminal’s ground floor. The baggage sorting facility will be located on one storey rather than two, as originally planned, due to underground water levels, which could cause flooding during the winter. As a result, the installation of water pumps and flood monitoring technology in order to prevent a possible deluge would have been too expensive, had the original project been carried out.
Airside construction is also in full swing with the supporting columns for two out of the planned eight airbridges already built. During night time, work on the installation of a fourteen kilometre drainage and piping system is taking place alongside the runway. Some 450 people are working around the clock on the site. Zagreb Airport’s CEO, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, says, “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”.
Zagreb Airport’s new terminal will have the capacity to handle 3.5 million passengers per year, compared to the current 2.2 million, once the first phase of the project is completed in December 2016. The airport will later be expanded in subsequent phases to reach an annual capacity of five million passengers, though no firm timeframe has been set for future development. The project involves a total investment of 331 million euros, 243 million of which will be spent on the 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).