|Zagreb Airport's new terminal takes shape|
The construction of Zagreb Airport's new passenger terminal has intensified with the multi million euro facility expected to be enclosed by the end of the year, as work on the glass facade nears its completion. Simultaneously, the interior fit-out is also underway, while the main contractor, Bouygues Bâtiment International, has begun with the acquisition of technical equipment for the new terminal. Recently, two eleven tonne generators, which will power up the building, were purchased from a Croatian-based company, while the Spanish ADELTE has been commissioned to manufacture eight air bridges and the French-based ALSTEF will design and install a new baggage handling system at the airport. Meanwhile, Aelia Duty Free has confirmed it will open a large 600 square metre store inside the new facility in two years. “It is the next step in leveraging our partnership with Aéroports de Paris, which is also part of the airport consortium. It makes sense for us and for them, and it underlines the strength of that partnership”, Aelia CEO, Ambroise Fondeur, says. IMAT Mobiliario y Diseño has been awarded the production and installation of passenger seats at the new boarding areas. Master Net, a combination of four and five seaters, has been selected for Zagreb.
Permits for the terminal’s use should be issued by the end of 2016, following the commissioning phase, where all the equipment systems needed to operate the entire building are put through a series of rigorous testing procedures before it can be occupied. Some 1.000 construction workers are on site both day and night. The Managing Director of Zagreb Airport, Bruno Mazurkiewicz, recently 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”.
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). The consortium is made up of Aéroports de Paris Management 20.77%, Bouygues Bâtiment International 20.77%, the Marguerite Fund 20.77%, International Finance Corporation 17.58%, TAV Airports 15.0% and Viadukt 5.11%.
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