Zadar Airport unveils planned new terminal


Zadar Airport will build a new terminal building becoming the latest in the country, following Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, to carry out major upgrades. The preliminary architectural design of the facility, inspired by the pine forest surrounding the airport, was presented recently. The winning project was selected for its “homely feel” in which the departure lounges will be reminiscent of living rooms, featuring glass pillars lined with bamboos, trees and lavender. The building will have a glass roof with solar panels which will improve the facility’s overall energy efficiency. The terminal will also boast nine gates, a baggage sorting facility, two baggage carrousels and the capacity to seat 1.479 people.



The airport has plans to build a railway to the Gaženica port with the train terminal to be located in the underground car park. An overhaul of the runway and its extension by 700 metres is also in the works, while the apron and existing terminal will be overhauled. The Croatian government will assist with the financing of the seventy million euro project. Zadar Airport's General Manager, Josip Klišmanić, previously noted that necessary project documentation would be obtained by the end of the year in order for work on the project to commence some time in 2020, although no firm timeframe has been given for its completion.



Last week, Lauda announced it would base three aircraft in Zadar over the summer and launch a dozen new routes. Furthermore, Austrian Airlines, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Ryanair, Jet2 and easyJet will commence new services to the seaside city in 2020. As a result, Zadar Airport is expected to handle over a million passengers next year. It welcomed its record 800.000th traveller of 2019 this Monday, marking the first time it has achieved such a milestone in a single year. The passenger arrived on a Croatia Airlines flight from Zagreb. “Having welcomed 800.000 travellers in 2019 is a big achievement for us. It is a new passenger record. Our growth rate this year has amounted to 32%. New records will be broken in 2020”, Mr Klišmanić said.




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  1. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  2. Wow this looks fantastic. Hope it gets built.

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  3. Amazing pictures! Congrats Zadar!

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  4. Reminds me a bit inside of the new Split terminal with the gallery.

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  5. I'm a bit sceptical whether this will actually be built, without any firm time given or deadlines. But still, it looks very good.

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  6. Zadar will have an amazing year in 2020.

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  7. Beautiful but I'm not going to get my hopes up since it's a preliminary design. Zagreb's preliminary design was also quite breathtaking with a glass roof, lots of greenery but then they changed it.

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    1. Hopefully, the won't end like with capacity

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  8. What is the capacity of current ZAD terminal?

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  9. The train line to the port is their smartest idea.

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    1. I agree but I'm not sure it makes much financial sense. Who is going to use this train line out of off peak summer months?

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    2. Is the port in the city center? Sorry not familiar with Zadar.

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    3. Luka Gazenica is about 6 km from the airport. It's in the city, about 1 km from the city center, and the terrain is pretty much flat and not demanding, so it shouldn't be either too difficult or to expensive to build it. Actually it could be kind of a light rail, more similar to tram. But not bad idea. Support. About half of the tourists to Zadar go to close by islands, Kornati included, and all ferries and boats start from here.

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    4. Ok thanks. Since the port is that close to the city, then it can work in winter too.

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    5. Welcome. And it might be little bit more to the center, like 2 km the most, but it's definitely not too far away. Anyhow I think good idea.

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    6. Well... Well... Well that's something rare, a nice talk for something Croatian from POZDRAV IZ RIJEKE, I'm surprised!

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    7. I suggest you read my last post under the "Qatar Airways to launch Dubrovnik service". And there are hundreds of my posts, sometimes even erased by admin, where I "defend Croatian interest" or not letting others "spitting" on things which are good in croatian aviation. But if you want me to tell you Croatia Airlines is well-managed and successful, and without corruption, or if you want me to tell you is very good people from ZAG have no LCC option available, so sorry, but I can't do it. And the situation in Croatia in general will improve only when people like you start to understand that criticism of bad things in your country doesn't mean you don't love your country - it's actually totally opposite

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    8. I think train line is not just for passengers, but for possible cargo!

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  10. Well done. If this gets built, Croatia will have beautiful new terminals in Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar

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    1. Deservingly the best airport infrastructure in ex-Yu
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/09/croatia-tops-ex-yu-airport.html

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    2. From the outside Split still looks the best. Simple but classy.

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    3. Nice to see that even the medium sized airports in Croatia are showing some muscle

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  11. Realistically how many passengers could Zadar have next year?

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    1. I think 1.2 million is very doable.

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    2. Most of ZAD's growth this year and next is coming from Ryanair.

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    3. It's good to see that Easy jet is also expanding in Zadar so the airport isn't completely reliant on one airline for the majority of its growth.

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    4. After Ryan who is the busiest airline in ZAD? OU or easyjet? Or someone else.

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    5. I believe easyjet.

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  12. What happens to the current terminal? I can't make out from the renders.

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  13. Interesting to note that this was designed by the same architect as the new Dubrovnik terminal. He also made a design for Zagreb Airport but it didn't win.

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  14. Zadar is benefiting from Split's inability to handle more planes.

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    1. Zadar is a good alternative to Split given the fact that the airport there is packed during peak summer months and not willing to handle wide body aircrafts.

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  15. Could long haul flights work from Zadar? When they expand the runway and taxiways.

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    1. China? Wasn't there an idea to introduce charters from there a couple of year ago.

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    2. I think the growth of airports on the northern coast is great because until now the reliance on Zagreb was too big. The area wasn't far while management of local airports didn't care to fight seasonality. For example with more flights from the coast to Vienna, Austrian Airlines has shifted some capacity from ZAG to the coast while any slack can be carried by OU. This winter they reduced ZAG while next summer they will have 19 flights on a regional jet which is great.

      Now if only OSI could follow the same model and actually try to get someone to fly there especially since TZL and BNX are booming.

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    3. The amount of flights from Vienna to the coast in 2020 is crazy!

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    4. If they extend the runway it could attract various airlines not just one from China. I think it is in the airport's interest to do this ASAP.

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  16. Congratulations

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  17. It's Impressive how much Zadar has grown over the last 10 years.

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    1. Step by step they are developing in the right direction.

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  18. So next year Croatia will have 3 coastal airports handling over 1 million passengers, or 4 airports in the country with million + traffic. Nice.

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  19. Any idea when the expansion work will begin?

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    1. It says in the text

      Zadar Airport's General Manager, Josip Klišmanić, previously noted that necessary project documentation would be obtained by the end of the year in order for work on the project to commence some time in 2020, although no firm timeframe has been given for its completion.

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  20. Croatia is getting pretty amazing and its airports are booming like crazy!

    BWK will also receive its new terminal in 2021.

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    1. Are there any renders for BWK (new) terminal? Congrats, ZAD!

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    2. Tui canceled flight to brac in sommer 2020

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  21. I love the glass pillars with the trees. Really nice idea.

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  22. The wood paneling on the ceilings seems to be a thing now :D same as at Split's new terminal.

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  23. How will they finance this? I see that the government will assist but I doubt they will give 70 million.

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    1. They will probably take out a loan.

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    2. Can't they apply for EU funds like DBV?

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    3. They can always give the airport up for concession.

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    4. Yes they can apply for the EU Infrastructure fund

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  24. Nice. Seems very roomy and bright.

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  25. Zadar Airport is a gem and quiet achiever making solid ground. Well done Zadar Airport.

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    1. I like how you call it quiet achiever. What about regional player?

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  26. Extension of the runway and expansion of the apron is really needed.

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  27. I am so happy for Zadar! Hopefully they will go up to a million passengers next year.

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