|Zagreb Airport’s new terminal to open March 4, 2017|
The construction of Zagreb Airport’s new multi million euro terminal is progressing and on schedule, with the concrete structure of the terminal building almost complete. Touring the construction site on Monday, the Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, said, “The concessionaire is good. They have secured all necessary finances and, as far as we are aware, construction is two and a half months ahead of schedule”. Construction work has already been completed on baggage sorting facilities, which will be located eight metres below the ground, as well as the apron, while work on the supporting columns for two of eight air bridges is also in its final stages. According to the airport’s management, some 25% of the terminal’s interior has also been completed.
Zagreb Airport says that by the end of the year it will finish work on the terminal’s roof, purchase necessary equipment and begin with the facility’s testing phase on December 1. It estimates that all construction will be completed by December 2016, when it will apply for an operating license. The airport has officially set March 4, 2017 as the opening date of the new terminal building. The management notes it has boosted passenger numbers at the airport over the past year as a result of new arrivals such as KLM, Flydubai, Eurolot, European Coastal Airlines and Air Serbia. So far in February, Zagreb has recorded double digit passenger growth, following on from an 11% increase in numbers in January.
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).
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