For testing ahead of official opening, the airport is looking for volunteers who will play passengers.
After three years of construction works, the new passenger terminal of the Zagreb Airport is expected to open in second half of March. In order for the move from the old to the new passenger building to be as smooth as possible, the airport has organized a number of testing events at the new terminal, reports Večernji List on January 20, 2017.
They are testing everything they can, from jet bridges to aircraft boarding procedures. Some tests include volunteers who “play” travellers arriving or leaving the new terminal. Airport management explains that so far they have organized 17 tests with more than 700 volunteers.
They will hold three additional tests by the opening of the terminal. The first two, which will take place on 24 and 31 January, will include 200 volunteers who will participate in the testing of arrival procedures for passengers and baggage. The final test will take place in February with 400 volunteers.
Thus, all tests will be attended by about 1,500 volunteers. The airport has called on all overage citizens who want to take part in the tests to apply. It will organize transportation to the new terminal for passenger-volunteers who will participate in the test, and those who will come by cars will have parking spaces reserved.
The equipment installed in the new passenger terminal will be able to handle 3.5 million passengers per year, while the capacity of the building itself is five million passengers. The new terminal includes 30 check-in counters, which can be increased to 60. There are three carousels for luggage, and it is possible to install two additional ones.
The new terminal has eight jet bridges through which the passengers will directly leave the terminal building to board aircraft, and directly go from the aircraft to the building. International part of the airport includes six jet bridges, while domestic flights will use two air bridges. The total investment in the new terminal is worth 331 million euros.