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%.
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Terminal entrance and car park
Entrance to air bridge, passport control at arrivals
Baggage claim area
Automated baggage handling area and arrivals