|Terminal exterior and steel roof to be completed by years end|
The Croatian Prime Minister, Zoran Milanović and the Managing Director of Zagreb Airport, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, have toured the construction site of the new terminal at the country’s busiest airport yesterday, concluding that all work is advancing on schedule. By the end of the year, the steel roof and the exterior of the multi million euro terminal building will be completed. “Things are going well. Permits for the terminal’s use should be issued by the end of 2016, after which the testing phase should begin and that’s it”, Prime Minister Milanović said. The 243 million euro building is expected to open to the public in the first quarter of 2017. “It is important that we can now visualise the new terminal and that Zagreb will be home to a modern European airport”, Mr Milanović added.
Some 1.000 construction workers are on site both day and night. The new terminal will stretch over 65.000 square metres, with 35.000 square metres of concrete and 5.000 tons of steel to be used. The roof structure stretches over 35.000 square metres. The airport will boast eight air bridges, one of which will have the capacity to handle large aircraft such as the Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380, while others will cater for category C type jets such as the Airbus A320. The Barcelona-based ADELTE boarding company has been commissioned to manufacture them. 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. In addition, the French company ALSTEF was recently awarded a contract to design and install a new baggage handling system at the airport.
Questioned by journalists whether Zagreb Airport will be renamed after Croatia’s first President, Franjo Tudjman, who oversaw the country’s independence from Yugoslavia but was at the same time a polarising and controversial figure both at home and abroad, the Prime Minister said he has “no issue” with it but a formal decision will be made after the terminal is completed. Recently there have been calls, particularly from the country’s centre-right opposition party, to name the airport after former President Tudjman. Meanwhile, Zagreb Airport’s Managing Director, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, previously said, “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”.
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