First testing procedures of Zagreb Airport's new passenger terminal have begun. Some eighty tests will take place at the new facility which run up until the opening in March in order to trial different components of the structure and to ensure a smooth start up and optimal service levels for passengers and airlines. Over 400 volunteers are taking part in the advanced trial, designed to test the systems and processes across the facility, as well as staff preparedness by simulating typical airport operating scenarios. A select number of arriving flights will use the new terminal in order to test access, traffic flow, way-finding signage, police, immigration and customs, as well as food and beverage and retail areas. A Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) will be issued in the hours leading up to the terminal's opening, closing the airport for traffic as staff members and other ground crew are moved to the new building in order to handle flights in the morning. Employees are already undergoing training as part of the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) program, which includes operational readiness preparation, staff familiarisation with the new terminal, trial runs, staff transfer and post opening training. Valued at 243 million euros, Zagreb Airport's new terminal building will stretch over 63.000 square metres and three levels, feature three baggage carousels, eight air bridges (six for international flights and two for domestic services), nine security checkpoints, 23 passport control booths and a car park with the capacity to handle 1.100 vehicles.
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