Zagreb Airport Plans for Expansion to Handle 8 Million Passengers Annually

Daniela Rogulj

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Zagreb Airport hopes to accommodate 8 million passengers soon. 

After the new terminal at Zagreb Airport officially opened in March of 2017, known as the largest infrastructure project in Croatia over the last decade, the capital city airport has plans to continue expanding, reports ExYu Aviation on June 25, 2018. 

Because both passenger numbers and movement in aircraft continues to increase, Zagreb Airport plans to extend the western pier of the departure area and add a new gate with dual jet bridges which would allow the airport to cater to two smaller aircraft or a single wide-body jet. Works on this project should begin no later than March in the year Zagreb Airport anticipates five million passengers. The second phase of the project, however, has four sub-phases, and once all phases are complete, Zagreb Airport will be able to welcome 8 million passengers annually. 

Jacque Feron, General Manager of the airport said: “It is the concessionaire’s duty to invest in the expansion of the airport as soon as it reaches a certain number of passengers. Soon we expect to start work on a new building that will house car rental agencies, that will be located near the terminal. Furthermore, we plan to expand our baggage handling facility, as well as build a new apron capable of handling wide-body aircraft from airlines such as Air Canada and Emirates, because such jets can’t be effectively served at the existing apron. This means we will then have to invest in new jet-bridges for larger aircraft. Following this, we intend to commence work on the overhaul of the old passenger terminal”.

Additionally, Zagreb Airport Ltd (ZLZ) could lease land across the terminal for a 32,000-square-meter 4-star hotel with 150 rooms. The hotel would need to meet airline requirements so it could accommodate cabin crew on a layover in Zagreb, and Zagreb Airport Ltd has thus far requested a location permit for the hotel. 

Source: ExYu Aviation


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