|Zagreb Airport’s new terminal taking shape|
The construction of Zagreb Airport’s new passenger terminal has intensified with work currently taking place both landside and airside. Viadukt, the Croatian contractor in charge of carrying out the majority of the building work, says the project is on schedule and that all deadlines have been met. The construction of a wastewater and storm drainage system is currently underway, as well as the retention basin, which manages stormwater runoff to prevent flooding. In addition, separators and pump stations are also being built. During night time, work is being carried out near the runway to further regulate drainage flow. Furthermore, the construction of taxiways and aprons is in progress.
In front of the future terminal, the construction of an overpass, which will connect to the already completed roundabout and access roads leading to it, is taking place. Simultaneously, the surfacing of the future car park, which will be located in front of the terminal building, is in progress. The Croatian Ministry for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure estimates that by the end of the year the construction of the terminal’s steel structure and roof will be completed, while work on both landside and airside drainage and road network will continue. Zagreb Airport is expected to purchase all necessary equipment and begin with the facility’s testing phase towards the end of 2015. The terminal's opening is scheduled to take place in 2017.
Zagreb Airport’s new terminal will have the capacity to handle 5.5 million passengers per year, compared to the current 2.2 million, once the first phase of the project is completed. The airport will later be expanded in subsequent phases to reach an annual capacity of eight 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).