Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Zagreb Airport terminal opening nears


The opening of Zagreb Airport's new state-of-the-art passenger terminal is set to take place in the second half of March following three years of construction. The final trial of different components of the structure, which will ensure a smooth start-up and optimal service levels for passengers and airlines is currently taking place. So far, over 900 volunteers have taken part in eighteen trial runs designed to test the systems and processes across the facility, as well as staff preparedness by simulating typical airport operating scenarios. Another test, taking place in the arrivals area, is being conducted today between 09.00 and 15.30 with over 200 volunteers, while the final advanced trial, which will involve 400 people, is scheduled for February. In the final days ahead of the opening 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.

 

Staff at Zagreb Airport are currently undergoing training as part of the Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer (ORAT) program, which includes operational readiness preparation, staff familiarisation with the new terminal, staff transfer and post opening training. The airport is planning a high-profile opening which will be followed by the arrival of new airlines and the launch of new routes. So far, Emirates and Monarch Airlines have been confirmed as new arrivals, with more set to be announced in the weeks to come. Several airlines have also announced plans to add frequencies to Zagreb including Air Transat, which will resume its seasonal service from Toronto earlier and run two instead of one weekly flight, as well as Iberia which will add two extra departures each week from Madrid for a total of five. Furthermore, Swiss will resume operations from Zurich, while Croatia Airlines is set to add new routes.

The CEO of Croatia Airlines, Krešimir Kučko, has expressed some concerns over the new facility and how its large size, compared to the current terminal building, could affect the carrier's operations. Speaking to "Ch Aviation" recently, Mr Kučko said, "The apron doesn’t have enough parking bays close to the terminal so shuttling passengers to and from the aircraft will take longer. Being fast is crucial to us as we just have thirty minutes to handle transfer flights during our morning busy spells". He added, "As the slots at Western European airports we have right now have been grandfathered to us, we are unable to get ones that are better suited to our flights. Now add to that, the operating hours limitations regional and coastal feeder airports impose and you’ll soon see that even five minutes during morning rush hour can be critical to our operations. On the other hand, the new terminal will also offer passengers many new amenities and improved comfort. On the whole, we will have to see how it all works out".

 

Valued at 243 million euros, Zagreb Airport's new terminal building will stretch over 65.000 square metres and three levels, feature three baggage carousels, eight air bridges - six for international flights and two for domestic services - nine security checkpoints, thirty check-in desks, 23 passport control booths and a car park with the capacity to handle 1.100 vehicles. One of the international gates will have the ability to handle larger "heavy" aircraft such as Emirates' Boeing 777, as well as the Boeing 747. 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 terminal itself will include a large 600 square metre duty free shop operated by Aelia, sixteen cafés, bars, restaurants and snack bars run by Turkey's BTA, as well as 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 of five million passangers. Further extensions envisaged along the thirty-year concession period will potentially see capacity increased to eight million.

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    1. I was just about to comment the same! Just wow!

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  2. Looks amazing. Has a final date been set for the opening?

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    1. That's what I would really like to know. I have a flight booked on March 17, I hope it leaves from the new terminal. March 4 was mentioned by someone on this blog a while ago as an opening date.

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    2. March 28... sorry :)

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    4. Too bad, guess I'll have to wait a bit longer to experience it first hand. Thanks for the answer to both of you!

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  3. Kucko's comments are really unnecessary. Couldn't they have found a solution with the airport for the past 3 years? Something tells me their relationship isn't all that good.

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    1. Pretty hopeless really. Instead of using this as an opportunity to promote OU as an airline which can offer the highest level of comfort to its passengers while transferring through their main hub for example he almost trashed it.

      All the operational issue and concerns he might have should really be kept quiet. Very bad form!!

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    2. Alen Šćuric PurgerJanuary 31, 2017 at 3:13 PM

      Absolutely agree with you.

      Operation problems to solve with airport in quiet out of public behind closed doors

      + joint promotion with airport how Croatian Airlines passengers will have biggest comfort in region.

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    3. Croatia could change departure time at SPU etc. for example at 5:45.
      At 6:00 already staying on the runway ATC gives clearance for take off.
      So arrival time at ZAG would be a bit earlier and in time for critical transfer of pax and baggage.

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerJanuary 31, 2017 at 11:03 PM

      No need for. Even if they start 6:30, they will be in Zagreb at 7:10, what is 60-110 minutes before connection flights. And that should be more than enough.

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    5. So where is the problem of Kucko then?

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  4. They should add a bit more greenery inside the terminal. Other than that looks fantastic.

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    1. It 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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    2. Initial design had a 20 meter waterfall too.... maybe next year?? lol But I agree, way too white. A few old aircraft like the one Penkala designed would look good hanging off the selling or on display in the main check in area.

      http://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Cvjetkovic-CA-10-Penkala/1775525?qsp=eJwtjEEKwkAMRe%2BStRspuOhOL6ALLxAyn1o67YRMQIfSuxsHd4/34O0kZXN8/NkUNFIFm7zoRMrGa6VxpwXtXSwFk2JbOHPkWsxvLVRix1UE6kh/f7cE%2ByVU6acpzucA2KMzDZfwaa6auT/gPGc6ji%2BcPS93

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    3. The waterfall would have been nice :) but honestly I would rather have it white like this then dark. It's a very interesting design with all the metal. Yes, the glass roof would have made it out of this world but I'm pretty happy with the final product.

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    4. They still have to put the greenery and digital billboards so it will be completely different and beautiful!

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  5. Nice work Zagreb. It's a pitty they downsized the project because I think there would have been enough traffic to support the original design.

    Comparing the current terminal with this one is like day and night. Congratulations ZAG.

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    1. I agree it's incomparable to the current terminal!

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    2. 75m add-on section will be built once Terminal passes 5 million pax, so the width of the main terminal building will increase from present 155m to 230m, or additional 32000sqm, piers will also extend 200m to the left adding 4 additional passenger boarding bridges, and up to 8 on the right side for total of 20, there was a plan for 4 , but up to 8 passenger boarding bridges can be added.

      Total Terminal once completed will have capacity of around 15-20 million and an area of 120 000sqm, upwards of 100 check in desks, 8 luggage counsels (3+2+3 in 75m add-on expansion) and 20+5 passenger boarding bridges.

      It'll be the largest terminal in the region once completed, i mean not only in Ex-Yu I mean larger than one in Budapest, almost as large as Vienna's two terminals.

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    3. Evo ga, javlja se a nitko nema pojma otkud te silne brojke. Kolko ono americkih turista 2025? 1,5 miljuna?

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    4. Oko milje će biti sigurno. Zadnjih 6 godina je prosječna stopa rasta 17% za SAD. Uz prosječan rast od 15% do 2025. dolazimo do 1,05 milijuna.
      Recimo da je prosječna stopa osjetno slabija, 10% - tu smo na 750.000 do 2025.
      Makar Hrvatska tek sad ulazi u značajne investicije u turizmu, ovo dosada je bilo uglavnom krpanje :)

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  6. Bravo ZAG! :) EK will look very classy in summer. Hope you guys receive the A380 one day. Поздрави от София!

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  7. Hello all you ex-YU people. In English, the word "airport" goes after the name of the airport (e.g. Zagreb Airport, NOT Airport Zagreb). This lovely airport is yet another one in the region that has its name written incorrectly. C'mon. It's really not that difficult.

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    1. +1 seems to be a disease across the region.

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    2. yeah, it's a normal thing in Ex-YU

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    3. don't really think it matter but than again, my English is pretty hopeless too. :)

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    4. Who is doing the advertising/digital billboards in the new terminal, JC Decaux, Go2Digital?

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    5. Both versions are correct in English.

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  8. I wonder what other airline surprises might we get. Anyone have any ideas?

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  9. Is Korean operating its charters this year like last?

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    1. They most probably will. I'm hoping they start scheduled flights. It's been reported here numerous times that both sides want to.

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    2. 2 more rotations than last year.

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    3. Thanks! A330 again like last year?

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    4. No official announcements yet

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    5. 12 or 16 rotations this year, no scheduled flights yet.

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  10. Looks amazing, congratulation to the croatian people - this will be one of the best airport in Europe - many greeting from MACEDONIA!

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  11. Airport looks super nice. I'm really impressed. Congrats to concessionaire. Never the less I wont be flying from that airport anytime soon... Because of it's name. Out of all people you choose Tuđman! Imagine that we called Belgrade airport S.Milošević?? No comment... Really insane.

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    1. I'm actually surprised that it took them this long to name their main airport after this individual.

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    2. It's insane for the Croatian people to name their nation's capital airport by the very man that led Croatia to independence? Do you realize how dumb that sounds?

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    3. I'm a Croat and let me tell you that independence wasn't the problem but everything that came afterwards! They should have chosen a different name for the airport!

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    4. Although the name is controversial and wouldn't be my top pick (whats wrong with Zagreb pleso) I still think he has done enough for the CROATIAN people to be an option.... Sorry but he was a war time president thus will always be a controversial figure to some but I have no issue with the name but also do not think it was the best choice.

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    5. Let me just add please!!!
      This is an aviation forum and since the Name of airport in Zagreb is now named Tudjman than I believe admin should allow us to discuss it. But I think he or she (no idea) will be itching to delete this conversation so can we please keep the comments regarding this as respectable as possible! I'll value everyone's opinion on this as long as it doesn't include insults! :)

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    6. Croatia is not just made up of Croats which is why they should have gone for an artist or a scientist.
      Belgrade, Budapest, Ljubljana, Rome, Bucharest, Warsaw, Venice... have all named their airports after people who were not politicians. Even Prague gave name after its president who was above all a literary figure.

      Politicians are scum no matter where you are. Why reward them by immortalizing them in such a way?

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    7. My opinion as a Croat is as follows:

      Ultimately, every country names its airports according to the way it wants to be perceived by passengers. Belgrade wants you to know that you're arriving to the country of Tesla. Budapest wants you to know that you're arriving to the country of Liszt. Croatia... Well, I really think there are more notable Croats who have contributed more to the world heritage than Franjo Tuđman.

      I understand the need to honour the wartime president and de facto bringer of independence to Croatia, but airports are not a good channel for that kind of thing.

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    8. Anonymous 10:23 and 10:24, I couldn't agree with you more! That's just what I wanted to say!

      Q400, I also agree with you in some way and respect your opinion!

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    9. They should have named it after Severina, to promote the airport as a transfer hub for ex-YU nations.

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    10. Hahahaha, true dat!

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    11. +1

      JU should introduce a shuttle service between BEG and ZAG and call it: cajke xpress

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    12. You're all saying like we had any role in the choice of the Airport name. It was the political move and that's it. Stop commenting it like "Croatian people have chosen this name".

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    13. Croatian people elected Milanovic who baptized the airport.

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    14. It's fairly common to name airports after politicians (JFK, CGD, Ataturk, to name a few). Of course they knew that many would not approve this name, but there was a poll which suggest most people in Croatia agree with the new name. I don't mind it, although I'd be more happy with, say, Penkala or Ruđer Bošković or some other scientist/engineer. Anyway, the least they could do is make the English name gramatically correct, it shoul be Franjo Tuđman Airport, not Airport F. Tuđman. It's like saying "Luka zračna Zagreb" in Croatian... So stupid.
      I think most people will still call it simply Pleso.

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    15. Funny thing is, it wasn't even HDZ who named it Tudjman but the opposition. Milanovic and SDP. Most probably was a political move to try to win some conservative support in the last election. That didn't work so I wonder how they feel about it now.

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    16. That's not actually true. Although Milanović did say his government will rename the airport after Tuđman, the official decision was made by Orešković's cabinet on February 25th 2016. Still, Milanovic and SDP did agree on the name, even if it was just for the votes.

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    17. Alen Šćuric PurgerJanuary 31, 2017 at 3:32 PM

      As I said already, like Q400, I don't have any problem with Franjo Tuđman as name of airport. He is huge historical name in Croatia and there are examples in world who name their airport by historical names (JFK, CDG, IST...).

      For sure there were much better choices which could make huge promotion for Croatia and Zagreb. Penkala is 1st choice for sure. Than Ruđer Bošković, Faust Vrančić, Lavoslav Ružička, Vladimir Prelog, David Schwarz (creator of first airship with a rigid hull).

      Penkala could be huge promo with possibility to make enormous marketing from it.

      Also, why not, to name airport by "kravata" (tie, which was invented by Croats) and to be different from other airports, also with possibility to promo tie as part of image of airport (in logo, over terminal, selling souvenirs)

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    18. Not naming the airport Penkaka was deffinetly a big miss especially with his connections to early aviation in the region. Not too sure about the tie idea....

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    19. Alen Šćuric PurgerJanuary 31, 2017 at 11:23 PM

      Of course Penkala is first choice. Think about marketing. Inventor of the first mechanical pencil and the first solid-ink fountain pen. As his factory TOZ-Penkala still exist and they produce several high quality Penkala products of pens they can sell it in airport. Also one little company produce replica of original Penkala pen that can also be on sale in airport.

      He also constructed the first Croatian aircraft to fly in the country, the 1910 Penkala Monoplane. Replica of that plane exist today and can be display in airport.

      He constructed and invented many other products and devices, and held a total of 80 patents. Among his patented inventions were:
      - a hot water bottle - his first patented invention, the "Termofor"
      - a type of bluing detergent
      - a rail-car brake
      - an anode battery

      As he is famous + he have connection with flights (first plane in Croatia) he should be the name of Zagreb airport.

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    20. Agree, bit of a shame really. Oh well!!

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    21. As a Croat, I can tell you that I too would've preferred another name. And as someone has said, at least they should fix the grammar, lol! Other than that, it is kind of ridiculous not to use the airport because of the name. That said, I'm pretty sure that most people in Zagreb, Croatia and all of ex Yu will simply continue to call it Pleso. Or Zagreb Airport.

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  12. I love the design. Very beautiful and modern.

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  13. Does BTA from Turkey get exclusive rights to all the stores or will they also have other branded stores and restaurants? A fast food restaurant would be good, like Burger King at Skopje.

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    1. I think they get most of it, not 100% sure, however I think Burger King and few other bigger brands will be represented at the airport as well. There are 20 locals to choose from, current terminal has only 4-5.

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  14. Very nice facility. Congratulations to Zagreb and the concessionaire.

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  15. Simply beautiful! Can't wait for it to open!

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  16. I'm speechless!! Congrats Zagreb �� Best regards from Skopje!

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  17. Any ideas what they are planning to do for the opening? Apparently it's going to be big :)

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    1. One of the big planes is coming for the opening, my guess is A350 or A380!

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    2. First we we need a date ;) But they say an airline will be sending a big jet. Emirates won't start flying by then so my guesses are either a Lufthansa A350, Qatar B787 or A350 or something big from Air France.

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    3. Hopefully A380!

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    4. But can ZAG handle the A380? Don't take this as some hate post it will be absolutely amazing for the A380 to come. But I'm not talking about the plane actually landing because it can but does ZAG have the catering trucks, cleaning machines, stairs, gates that can handle the A380?

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    5. One guy who was on the trials specifically asked if they can handle the A380 and they said that one of the international gates can handle it.
      Here in the article it says it can handle "heavy aircraft such as Emirates' Boeing 777, as well as the Boeing 747". This includes also A380.

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    6. Alen Šćuric PurgerJanuary 31, 2017 at 3:35 PM

      Yes it can.

      Gate 8 is designed for A380, and airport management confirmed Zagreb can handle A380 including maneuvering areas that are eligible for A380.

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    7. Emirates will send A380, no idea if on their first flight in June. Qatar is sending B787 for opening. No idea if anyone else is sending anything big.

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    8. ZAG has a A380 pushback tractor?
      :o

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    9. So does BEG but it doesn't mean an A380 is coming.

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    10. I was just answering question, didn't say it will come.

      But be sure that sooner or later Emirates will sent A380 to promote the flights. Usually they do it several weeks after promo flight to make some extra promotion as A380 is magnet for press and spotters.

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    11. Anonymous 7:24, it will come to ZAG, just wait ;)

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    12. Budapest has Emirates but their A380 was never there, why?

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  18. no cool name, but the airport is very impressiv.

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    1. Looks amazing!!!
      Greetings from Skopje

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  19. Lucky people who are there today doing the testing. It's a real eye catcher!

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  20. Well done ZAG. You did it. Hope to have the chance to use it soon.

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  21. "So far, Emirates and Monarch Airlines have been confirmed as new arrivals, with more set to be announced in the weeks to come."

    Stay tuned ;)

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    1. Yeah, I wrote the comment the other day about something big coming to ZAG, I actually just reposted it from another forum. But, no one wrote anything about it, still a secret until everything is finalized!

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    2. Could you give us a hint? What day could we know more if it's coming soon?

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    3. don't worry, it will be published in next few weeks, that's only important ;)

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    4. Well, the guy from another forum gave a hint in form of letters, don't think he was joking, he knows these things, but I simply couldn't connect the letters!

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    5. I like the way ZAG airport keeps it under wraps until finalised. I keep hearing that it's one of the big 3 US carriers and guessing its Star partner UA. Now this is what a transfer hub looks like

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    6. I also like that ZAG management doesn't make big announcements and keeps everything a secret until being arranged! Can't wait for the big news! ;)

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    7. Guys, soon or later! :)

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    8. I'm not sure about UA, I was searching for direct flight to Croatia few days ago and company respond on my email that they haven't plans to flight direct to Croatia...can be a trick, or maybe it's true...

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    9. OMG, you're like kids on Christmas Eve. If the guy said it will be revealed, what's the point of trying to guess? Chill, relax and everything will be known soon.

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    10. come on Frishki, what's wrong with that? We're just curious and impatient! ;)

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    11. Frishki, there is a certain beauty in trying to guess! It's not NYC nor Beijing, so, what could it possibly be? :)

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    12. The thing is you're going in circles and repeating pretty much the same thing.

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    13. So what? just skip the comments and enjoy in your day, it's simple and easy ;)

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  22. OMG - well done Croatia - looks amazing - what a show stopper. I am booked on EK 129 arriving 1 June.
    Cheers to amazing new beginnings. See you soon

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    1. There are rumours they will upgrade the first flight to an A380 so you might be lucky :)

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    2. Watch out, they might shoot cannons at you, it's a frist flight after all! :)

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  23. Nice looking building.

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  24. WOW- a breathtaking architectually appealing Terminal. Very good work ZAG! :)

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  25. What did the airport management decide with the old terminal? LCC, cargo?

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    1. Alen Šćuric PurgerJanuary 31, 2017 at 3:38 PM

      Cargo and general aviation

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  26. Serbian visitors of this blog should watch and learn something from their Croatian peers. Today we will have a chance to read predominantly positive and ecstatic comments about new ZAG terminal - which is the way things normally do and should do.

    Had it been in BEG though, some 60% of the comments would be pure hate and conspiracy theories including politicians, state finances and of course poor taxpayers who always have to pay for everything). Another 20% would be "expert" objections to design, size, materials that have been used, the shopping area, the dining area, the smoking area, the baggage belt area, the check in area, the lounge area, the panoramic area, the departure area, the arrival area, the parking area, and the security zone. Finally there would be some 20% positive comments and those people would have been instantly attacked by the hater brigade and branded as "cheerleaders" and "fanboys".

    And that is pretty much why Croatia made it to the EU and Serbia will long stay stuck with the "better don't do anything" mindset because whatever is done will be greeted with 5x more hate and aggression than approval or - god forbid - support.

    Congrats ZAG. Goddamn bravo Hrvatska.

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    1. no love for our own :(

      (ironic)

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    2. What makes you an "expert" in why Croatia made it to EU before Serbia? You are dead wrong about it, unlike "experts" that pointed out most of the real issues of BEG airport.

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    3. Trust me, Anonymous 12:16, we (the Croats and the Serbs) are really not that different.

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    4. @12:16 - I agree on everything but who is telling you getting into the EU is a good thing? Brits don't seem to think so.

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    5. I still think it's a very good thing, Eu needs to be reformed, hope that in the end we will get something more close to europeans. Don't care about the Brits, they were always half in.

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  27. Is it public transport from the airport till downtown Zagreb well organised?

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    1. Its pretty easy plus the new access road and bridge which crosses the Sava has room for light rail or tram which should be added by 2020.

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    2. I thought it didn't run after 20.00? Bus that is.

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    3. There are Croatia Airlines busses which seem to go often. I traveled from Belgrade to Zagreb last year with the morning flight. I bought the bus ticket off the internet and as soon as I got out of the terminal just went on the bus which was waiting in front. They scan the ticket for you and that's about it. Quite easy.

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    4. Alen Šćuric PurgerJanuary 31, 2017 at 3:42 PM

      Till 20:00 every 30 minutes, but after that time after every flight.

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  28. Gongratulation zagreb it's a very beautiful terminal . Just a little advice from a man who works in ATH airport since the beggining of the new ATH airport, whatever test they are gonna do it's certain the first two days will be chaotic so I advice the working personel of the new terminal and the passengers to be patient. Greetings from Greece.

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  29. At least now we know why there was an increase of American tourists in Croatia... it was a spillover effect from Slovenia.

    How did most of these fly in? Via VCE?

    https://www.rt.com/business/375799-melania-trump-slovenia-travel/

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    1. Poslala je odvjetnike da blokiraju tortu koja nosi njeno ime. Jako je simpaticna.

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    2. haha good one!

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    3. There is an increase in American tourists to Croatia every year for the past 10 years

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    4. Well Melania has been a model for many years now. I am sure they were first going to Slovenia to see where she comes from and if all women are as hot as she is. Once they were done they went to Croatia to see what's there.

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    5. Ahahaha yeah, sure, all the Americans takoj v Slovenijo ahahaha

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    6. As a matter of fact...Croatia has more visitors from the US than all the ex-yu countries combined..well, more than Slovenia basically. Slovenia and Croatia handle above 80-85% of all US visitors to the ex-yu region, Croatia handles about 70-75%, Slovenia around 15%, and basically no one from the US travels to anyone else in the ex-yu region. Except the diaspora, those are probably the only visitors from the US in Serbia and so on..

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    7. Dude... chill, can't you see that he was teasing you. Jesus Christ.

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  30. OT Air Serbia is going to achieve really nice traffic figures in January, all parameters are positive :

    pax +13,5% yoy,
    ops +4,5%,
    capacity +4,7%,
    LF 65,5% (up 5% yoy).

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    1. Nice results!

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    2. Bravo JU! 13,5% is great improvement!

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    3. Great results... means that BEG will grow in January!

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    4. Someone mentioned a double digit growth for BEG in January (on another forum)!

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    5. That would be fantastic, we would go back to the 2015 numbers, maybe even surpass them.

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    6. And this is important to this topic because?

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  31. Evo i ovde stoji "Airport Franjo Tuđman"... pa hoće li se u ovom kraju sveta ikada naučiti?!

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    1. To je službeno ime po odluci vlade RH, isto kao i Zračna luka Franjo Tuđman, a ne Zračna Luka Franje Tuđmana, kako je pravilno.

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    2. Airport Franjo Tudjman je pravilno i na engleskom, samo što je stariji oblik kao naprimjer imperfekt u Hrvatskom jeziku.

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  32. Looks amazing! I really love it! Go, Croatia!!!
    Greetings from Sofia!

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  33. Well, I have attended today's trials and must tell you that the new terminal is fantastic indeed!!!

    Since some are complaining about the downsizing the feel is like it's built in a city bigger than Zagreb. It also doesn't have that sterile looks and feels as on photographs and I felt very comfortable inside, especially in the departure waiting area. There were lots of construction works on retail and food zones everywhere, so the final look will be somewhat different from what you may see from these photos here. I guess that would add more colour and vibrancy.

    I was concerned about the boarding bridges, thinking that without windows they are going to be dark and cramped, but not at all, they are spacious and bright. My only concern from a passenger's point is that some signage and info on display monitors was rather small, even though everything is very straight forward so it's impossible to get lost.

    After all what I have seen today I'm convinced that this building will leave an impact on travelers and will become a landmark, not spectacular but with sense and character. I now look forward to doing as much flying as possible with this terminal.

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    1. Thanx for the info!

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    2. Thanks for the report, but I think you mean ... from this terminal. ;-)

      Will you send more reports as it gets closer to opening?

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    3. There will be one more final trial in February, date still not set, with 400 volunteers which I will attend, yes. As I have heard, the final trial will include the full process of traffic flows. If you are interested what we did today, here is a short description.

      Each of us received a script what to do.
      Mine was to depart and arrive to/from Milas/Bodrum in Turkey on OU flight. I was put in a taxy (some of us in taxies, others on the busses) with the baggage; the taxy then circled around and delivered me to a designated spot on the parking lot. From there on I had to do everything what a passenger has do: find the entrance, find the check-in, do it, pass the security and passport control, go to the gate and board.

      Then we had a break for lunch and after some sandwiches and refreshments we went through the bridge down to the arrivals/transfer, to be arriving passengers. After immigration we had to pick our baggage, take trolleys and leave to the same spot where our taxy/bus waited. After that we filled a survey and at the end they gave us a little present, as a token of gratitude.

      The problems staff had to solve were technical, e.g. baggage belt stopped working at Check-in, boarding pass printers out of order, and operational, one guy was on stand-by, the girl in front of me was travelling with a pet, there were real disabled persons who needed attendance, etc. It was fun. The name on my boarding pass was female and I am a man so guy at the passport control laughed and we were joking that he should not let me through.

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    4. Thanks for the info! Did you have the opportunity to snap some photos of your own?

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  34. Anyone think there will be dublin route?

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  35. OT: JU800 returning yet again to BEG, YU-APD burning off fuel over Šumadija after a U-turn just north of Jagodina, following an 18 min of flight to AUH.

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    1. Are you sure that an A319 needs to dump fuel?

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    2. This is the second time in less than a week that AUH flight gets returned to BEG!

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    3. He said burning off not dumping... helps to read properly

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  36. The terminal is a real beaut! Will book one flight just to try it out.
    Great job Zagreb!!

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  37. https://goo.gl/photos/g5V9wqeoXSs9Rkmn7

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  38. Svaka cast Zagrebu za vas savremeni Novi Terminal. Ostalo vam je da dogradjujete nove objekte i sadrzaje u decenijama koje dolaze i potrebama...
    Sto se tice aerodroma Nikole Tesle u Beogradu, moci ce da se ponosi kao sto vi sada cinite, tek kada buduci koncesionar bude preuzeo ovu za sada vecu vazdusnu luku.
    Srecna uzletanja i sletanja sa mirom na zemlj i nebu.+
    Rodney Son & Co.
    Kraljevo + Sydney

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