|Zagreb Airport anticipates arrival of new airlines with terminal opening|
The construction of Zagreb Airport's new multi million euro terminal will be completed in December this year, with the opening set to take place in the first quarter of 2017, during the spring. Progress is being made on the new facility with work on all escalators and elevators to be finalised by the end of this month, while the construction and installation of the new baggage handling system will be completed by the end of March. Check-in desks and counters will be installed a month later. Furthermore, by the end of June, the terminal will have a new security and CCTV system put into place. 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, will take place in January.
The Managing Director of Zagreb Airport, Jacques Feron, said yesterday, "We are currently in talks with a number of airlines to introduce new routes, which is one of the ways we are preparing to transition into a new phase of our business operations, which will begin with the opening of the new terminal". He added, "Terminal construction is progressing at an excellent pace and is in line with our plans to complete work on the building by the end of the year, after which we will commence the testing phase and prepare for the grand opening in the spring of next year".
Touring the construction site, the Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, said, "What we saw was really impressive, I am satisfied. This is definitely one of the biggest infrastructure projects being undertaken in Croatia. It pleases me that the new terminal, with its capacity and features, will meet the needs of the travelling public, as well as foreign and local carriers”. The new terminal, valued at 313 million euros, stretches over 65.000 square metres and is spaced out into four levels. The first two will be used for arrivals, while the other two for departures. It will have the capacity to handle five million passengers per year, which will increase to eight million in subsequent phases when the need to expand the building arises. The new terminal will also feature thirty check-in desks and three baggage reclaim carousels. In addition, the building will boast eight jet bridges.
You can review the latest developments by clicking on the pictures below.