A week before the commercial opening, Zagreb airport officially opened their new passenger terminal with official ceremony. The first official passengers which will be the first one to use the new passenger terminal will officially fly on Croatia Airlines between Zagreb and Dubrovnik flight early morning on 28th March 2017. The new terminal opened after 3 years of construction work and after an extended test phase with 36,000 tests in January and February and 1,500 volunteers for optimizing the move from the old to new passenger terminal.
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Zagreb Airports General Manager Jacques Feron addressed the guests at the opening ceremony and both emphasized the importance of new terminal for Croatia.
Zagreb Airport already plans new development of the airport later with the extension of western pier and new gates and other expansion will depend on future passenger growth. The eastern pier will be extended with 3 new gates once the airport reaches 6,1 million travellers (expected in 2027), while further expansion will involve the extension of the eastern pier with another 2 gates and the possible extension of the apron once 7,3 million passengers are welcomed.
“These are the new gates to Croatia. I am certain the new airport will add to the country’s image. This terminal feels like 21st century Europe. I would like to thank the architects who created this impressive structure, which will serve as the doors to a modern Croatia”.
“We believe that the opening of the new terminal will broaden our goals. We aim to handle more passengers in the coming period, up to five million and then up to eight million in our next development phase. To achieve this, we have to attract new carriers, open new routes and destinations, and make our airport even more competitive”.