Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Inside Zagreb Airport's new terminal


The construction of Zagreb Airport's new passenger terminal is in its final months with work expected to be completed in September and the opening scheduled for March 2017. At approximately 65.000 square metres, the facility is spread over three floors and features three baggage carousels, eight air bridges, nine security checkpoints, 23 passport control booths and a car park with the capacity to handle 1.100 vehicles. The rectangular main body of the terminal extends into two asymmetric piers, with the west pier, for international operations, boasting six air bridges and the east pier, for domestic traffic, featuring two air bridges. In addition, one air bridge in the international section will be able to accommodate larger aircraft such as the Boeing 777 and B747. Furthermore, the airport includes three remote stands next to the terminal, while stands at the current passenger building will also be used if the need arises. Each of the aircraft parking positions at the new facility includes a Visual Docking Guidance System which gives information to a pilot attempting to park their aircraft. The air bridges have been manufactured by the Spanish company ADELTE.


The terminal itself will include a large 600 square metre duty free shop operated by Aelia, cafe bars, smoking cabins and automated baggage handling. Enough space has been left for additional check-in counters and baggage carousels to be added once the new terminal reaches its maximum capacity. The building's supporting structural frame consists of circular columns and beams with pre-stressed concrete decks and four reinforced concrete kerns for vertical communication. While the north facade features air bridges, the south, east and west facades have flat aluminium curtains with structural glazing. The roof is partially glazed, and partially covered by an aluminium shield.


During subsequent phases, the terminal is expected to be expanded to cover the existing three stands, while remote parking positions would be built across from the air bridges. Furthermore, a rapid-exit taxiway is planned in the second phase of the project. The maximum capacity of the terminal in its ultimate phase will be eight million passengers per year. The project is valued at 243 million euros, with the terminal managed by 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%.

Photos by EX-YU Aviation News. Click to enlarge.

Terminal entrance and car park


Check-in and security


Departures area


Entrance to air bridge, passport control at arrivals


Baggage claim area


Automated baggage handling area and arrivals


Terminal airside and remote parking

75 comments:

  1. Beautiful. Best looking airport so far in this region

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    1. Najsavremeniji terminal izmedju Atine, Budimpeste i Beca. Bio sam na desetinama terminal koji su neuporedivo ispred. Ali ovaj terminal Zagrebackog aerodrome za sada jeste ogledalo Balkanskim vazdusnim terminalima. Cestitke za uspeh i najbolje zelje za veliko povecanje letova sa tog novog terminal. Beograde, kada sa teorije prelazis na prosirenje tvoje vazdusne luke??? Rodney & Partners✈

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    2. kada se proda

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    3. Hvala Vam Anon 9:46AM.
      Docice i to vreme. Neko ce kupiti, ili zakupiti ovu za buducnost znacajnu Beogradsku luku. Do tada cestitke onima koji su u prvatizaciji efikasni. Rod✈+

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    4. Wrong. Belgrade Airport buyer or concessionaire won't be supposed to build new terminal, simply this won't be the task.

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    5. @AnonymousJuly 26, 2016 at 9:01 AM

      Indeed, I think terminal will expand really fast once traffic hits 5.0 million, untimely this terminal can expand a fair bit, loads of room on east side ,up to 9 additional gates/bridges and at least 3-4 additional gates/bridges on west side of the terminal for total of 20, also terminal building itself can expand by additional 20-30m to the east and about same to the west, approximately 200m across, this could increase the capacity to around 15 million pax. After that new terminal will need to be built. However 15 million pax won't be reached before 2050 I think.

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  2. Looks very good. Thank you for so much photos.

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  3. The only thing I'm not a fan of are the airbridges. Also it would have looked even more amazing with a glass roof but it looks great like this anyway.

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  4. Very nice, agree on airbridges comment, well done ZAG

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  5. Beautiful terminal but I think glass air-bridges should have been installed.

    By the way, it says that remote stands will be built in the next phase. Will this phase come before or after the terminal is constructed?

    I suppose they've already built bus gates so how do they plan on using them? Will they bus the passengers to aircraft parked in front of the air-bridge?

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    1. No, the remote stands are already built. It's in the second last photo. But in the next phase the stands will be moved across from the current air bridges because the terminal will be extended to the section where the current remote stands are.

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    2. Yes bus gates are built but so are the remote stands like the person above wrote. :)

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    3. Ah ok, thank you!

      So basically they will move them only when they start expanding the current terminal?

      Do we know how many remote stands they have now?

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    4. I think it says in the article 3 remote stands next to the terminal + they will use the current parking positions at the old terminal if they have to. Originally the place where the current remote stands are was supposed to be the continuation of the building but they downsized the project and decided to extend it in the next phase.

      An interesting note is that all the gates have cameras installed above because the control tower has a very poor view of the new terminal so they will be following through cameras.

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    5. Interesting! So that means that some of the Q400s will have to be parked at the gate area. Will be interesting to see how they board these that is if they will do it via bus or through the air-bridge.

      Is the current control tower the one at the old terminal?

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    6. I assume they will use the bus. Can an airbridge be mounted on the Dash?

      Yes and I don't think they have any plans to build a new one.

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    7. Oh I didn't mean to connect the air-bridge to the Dash. I thought maybe they could do the same as in BEG where air-bridges have stairs and then they walk a bit to the plane. This is how Wizz Air and other lowcost airlines do it.

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    8. Put do stare stajanke nije dug, daleko manji je nego npr. u MUC. 8 air mostova nikako ne može biti dostatno za rush hour kada u Zagrebu zna biti i po 15 aviona. Znači, morat će poprilično koristiti staru stajanku.

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    9. Ali ako je takva situacija, zasto nisu odmah sagradili stajanke kod novog terminala? Ne shvatam zasto odlazu nesto sto je neophodno i sto pritom sigurno ne kosta puno.

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    10. AS far as I can see one of the last photos on with the air bridge there are stairs to the side like in BEG.

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    11. A zašto? U planu je bilo, ali ovi režu gdje god stignu. Logika je jasna. Imamo 15 autobusa, ogromnu stajanku ispred bivšeg terminala, budućeg cargo prostora, na kojem ima mjesta za 20 aviona, a za cargo će možda otići 3-4. Čemu onda ulagati? Govorimo o nekih kilometar vožnje, što je cca 1-2 minute, 5 ako je najveća gužva od najudaljenije pozicije.

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    12. There will be no gates with 2 airbridges?

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    13. The last gate 8 can accommodate large aircraft. I assume in that case they use the air bridge from gate 7 too?

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    14. Gate 8 is maybe just a question of avaiable wingspan on the platform?

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      Ah ok, thank you!

      So basically they will move them only when they start expanding the current terminal?

      Do we know how many remote stands they have now?

      There are 3-4, not 100 sure, look it up on google earth, Zagreb gets frequent updates as they added 3D feature in Google, I think Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Pula are only cities with 3D feature in Croatia and the region.

      Anyhow, it'll have around 3 remote positions but old apron is massive 1000x175m you can park there entire fleet of planes. New platform is 575m x 175m I think look it up on google you'll see the area cleared and being asphalted, this might expand in future if needed, Zagreb normally handles around 10-12 aircraft in peak hours, I presume there's enough position for 12 aircraft on new platform. Eventually they'll just expand the apron to 585x240m for more traffic and this way increase the handling capacity.

      BTW Zagreb airport has only 7 not sure what they're called busses that run from terminal to planes, i am sure there's technical name for these, shuttles? Anyhow there are only 7 of these and Airport won't buy more of these, they're quite expensive too.

      Everything you see at the old terminal, small structures around and old post and cargo terminal, all that will be knocked down, only old terminal + emergency services garage and bus garage will remain.

      No plans to build anything on that land. old terminal will become new cargo and postal terminal, it'll be modernised and converted in to a large cargo terminal, initially by 2020 it is anticipated capacity of 30-32000 tons to pass through the terminal, however terminal will have capacity of around 250-300 000 tons.

      The french want to make the largest cargo terminal out of it and one of the main objectives is to make Zagreb busy cargo centre for this part of Europe.

      They're talking to UPS, FEDEX and DHL to bid for contract to run the cargo terminal on 25 year deal.

      We'll know everything by mid to late 2017 about the plans and how they'll convert the old terminal in to a cargo and all the bidding for the cargo business.

      There's also high likelihood once new terminal expands to the east, new control tower will be built as part of the expansion on top of east pier. Similar to what you have at Zurich & Warsaw Airports.






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    16. Thank you.

      Seems like BUD and ZAG will be competing against each other for the regional cargo center. If I am not mistaken BUD is also investing in their cargo capacities.

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  6. Cheap and nasty air bridges. Balkan corner cutting, as usual.

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    1. Cheap and nasty comment.
      So basically, glass air bridges is what makes the airport?

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    2. Heathrow's new terminal two also doesn't have glass jet bridges. Damn Balkans.

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    3. Interesting comments in regards to glass airbridges found on an article in airliners net when i googled air bridges....

      1. Glass airbridges are very expensive to cool in the summer and heat in the winter.
      2. This i thought was funny...people tend to board aircraft slower with glass bridges, because they arr looking at the surroundings instead of boarding the aircraft.

      I kust find people ate getting too preoccupied with these airbridges. Something a passenger is in for about a minute or two.

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    4. Dubrovnik, for an example, has installed glass bridges, and few days after, they covered the glass with white foil (to keep bridge cool and to keep passengers in shade.

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    5. Svaki retard zna da se krovne povrsine ne prave od stakla i da se zidovi prave od stakla koje ima presvlake protiv IC zracenja. Osim naravno uprave DU aerodroma koje je sigurno radilo po proceduri za tendere. Sigurno bi bilo slicno i na ostalim aerodromima u regiji.

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    6. As long the bridges hve air cond i m fine. Of course it wld help during boarding if they were transparent to see how long the queue is, but we cant hve it all. Camt we?

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    7. I like the way you shortened would into wld, and have to hve.
      Nice one dawg.

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  7. If it's a busy day and they have to use the stands at the old terminal that will be one hell of a bus ride :D

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    1. Ajme šta ste dosadni sa tim mostovima. Sigurno postoji neka kalkulacija koja nije ušla u ovaj budget sa staklenim mostovima. Meni je lijepo i ovako a bilo bi dobro da se i hejteri pomire sa postojećom situacijom jer će ubuduće izgledati kako je sad napravljeno

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    2. Pravda za Franju! Morali su staviti staklene mostove!

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    3. Da se ja pitam, ja bih tu stavio staklene mostove! :-)

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    4. +1 Absolutely cheap and shameful move, does anybody knows how much of a difference would it be had they put glass air-bridges? Thanks.

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    5. Do some research...As i read in one article on airliners.net, glass air bridges are very expensive to heat in the winter and cool in the summer. That is just one reason

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    6. For same logic they should put walls in all terminal instead of glass. No window at all...

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    7. It is not just the bridges, but also two dark, long sloped tunnels. Far better to have shorter glass bridge to terminal, and then inside terminal building have escalators and elevators to direct incoming passengers to higher level. Too late.

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    8. Ja vam pisem da su vas Francuzi zahebali i uvalili njihov budjavi projekata. A neka exYu brise njemu na cast.

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    9. Piši ti što hoćeš, terminal izgleda savršeno, stanje u Hrvatskoj je dosta loše, nema potrebe za megalomanijom!

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    10. Izgleda savrseno moj q. Cekaj
      da pocnu troskovi grejanja i hladjenja i kako ce mesto biti bucno i od putnika i od klima. Zaposleni ce to osetiti stalno potmula buka na radnom mestu. Em je ovo pola kapaciteta koji su obecali. Rusiti ovo nece sledecih 30 do 40 godina.

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  8. OT - Why can't i book AUH-JFK with JU with a night in Belgrade or the first leg with the EY flight? Thank you.

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    1. You should be able to.
      Here's a sample from Matrix: http://prntscr.com/bxoknv
      You can also get longer layovers on the way back (2+ days) for no extra cost!

      Your travel agent should be able to book these flights without any trouble. You might be able to find them on JU's website, but I'm not sure.

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  9. Looking great Zagreb, it was about time to have this beauty.

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  10. Old terminal to be used only for cargo ?

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  11. OT

    Does anyone know how different ex-YU athletes are flying to Rio? Serbia's basketball team left today and they are flying via FCO on AZ.

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    1. They should have flown ASL to JFK and then transfer to Rio... LOL

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    2. On the JetBlue interline.

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    3. Women volleyball team went today with FlyDubai

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    4. Kako koja grupa, ne idu svi u isto vreme. Kosarkasice preko Dubaija.

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    5. Zar nije bilo jeftinije za Srbiju da ih pošalje charterom Air Serbijinog A330 u dane kada ne leti za JFK?

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    6. Mislim da A332 nema domet za Rio... I kao sto neko rece, ne idu svi zajedno ;)

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  12. BTW the terminal will have a lot of greenery. Apparently above the checkin desks and so on so it won't look sterile which is good.

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  13. What an eye catcher and finally a state of the art ap constr in the region which can take it up with any ap and impresses a lot
    Looking fwd to the opening day

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  14. OT: today LF of BEG-JFK leg was 84%

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    1. Would have expected closer to 100 per cent considering the time of year

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    2. I was expecting at least 120%. Everything else is a total failure. (This is irony :) )

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    3. Bolje od toga sa praznom biznis klasom skoro da ne moze.

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    4. Ja sam danas bio na tom letu 212 pax ukupno od toga 5 u business klasi. Ja sam primetio samo 1 mesto oko mene da Je bilo prazno. Dosta je bilo ljudi iz Tirane koji su tranzitirali..

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  15. The new terminal looks absolutely stunning. Without doubt the best looking airport in ex-Yu. The French have done well. Thank you ex-Yu for the photos.

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  16. Bravo Hrvatska!

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    1. Haven't the Euro Championships already finished ?

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  17. There is no information on passenger facilities such as a business lounge. Will OU have their own lounge at the new terminal ?

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  18. haters will be haters !
    First of all a big hello to all of you and happy to see you all together !
    I can't understand haters but let me tell you this ....i will be happy that any city on Balkans have airport like this even without glass bridges....but on those you can put some adds and comercials and get some money like some other world airports !
    I'm was very happy about Skopje and Prishtine airports results.....was happy about Air Serbia going to NY....i'm happy for my home town new airport and sad about other ex YU and Balkans airports bad results....and it will be better next year ! i'm happy for all of you beacuse any new airport....any new airplane in the fleet means stronger region and more jobs.....so go Balkans !
    You have to understand that Balkan region is in deep problems....cuts are all around and since all of us lacking goverment support and having goverments like we have we have to be happy that someone want's to build something or to buy local airline beacuse WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY !!!!
    New Zagreb airport terminal looks great to me and i'm happy about it and wish them all the luck ! And i hope to see progress around the region cause Balkan region is my home ....i'm Purger and Slavic and damn proud about it !
    I wish you all good luck and many new airports....airlines and airplanes !
    Purger from Zagreb

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  19. Izgleda dobro ali ovo nije vise nasa zdracna luka vec francuska :(

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  20. Samo nam trebaju stakleni mostovi, klimatizacija na stranu, pa ljudi božji pa to je potencijalna rak rana za vodonepropusnost.
    Ovo izgleda vrhunski+hotel će se lijepo uklopiti.

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