|Zagreb Airport’s new terminal takes shape|
The construction of Zagreb Airport’s new multi million euro terminal is moving forward and on schedule, with work on the 55.000 square meter roof currently in progress. The construction of the 1.400 ton steel roof structure is scheduled for completion by June 30, after which attention will shift to the terminal’s interior. Construction work has already been completed on the baggage sorting facilities, which will be located eight metres below the ground, as well as the apron. Meanwhile, work on the supporting columns for the eight air bridges is also in its final stages. Zagreb Airport has commissioned the Barcelona-based ADELTE boarding company to manufacture eight air bridges for the new terminal. The new generation electromechanical Apron Drive models, which are to be supplied to Zagreb, have two steel-sided sections and the most advanced docking technology, which includes 400Hz Ground Power Units.
Zagreb Airport is expected to purchase all necessary equipment and begin with the facility’s testing phase on December 1. It is estimated that construction will be completed by December 2016, when an application for an operating license should be made. 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 (later replaced by LOT), European Coastal Airlines, Air Serbia and, most recently, Swiss International Air Lines. During the first quarter, Croatia’s busiest airport handled 478.193 passengers, up 11.3% on the same period in 2014.
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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