Zagreb Airport

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Zagreb International Airport
Međunarodna zračna luka Zagreb
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IATA: ZAGICAO: LDZA
Summary
Airport type Public/Military
Operator MZLZ d.d.
Serves Zagreb, Croatia
Location Pleso
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 353 ft / 108 m
Coordinates 45°44′35″N 016°04′08″E / 45.74306°N 16.06889°E / 45.74306; 16.06889Coordinates: 45°44′35″N 016°04′08″E / 45.74306°N 16.06889°E / 45.74306; 16.06889
Website zagreb-airport.hr
Map
LDZA is located in Croatia
LDZA
LDZA
Location in Croatia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,252 10,669 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Number of Passengers 2,300,231
Aircraft movements 36,874
Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[1]

Zagreb International Airport (IATA: ZAGICAO: LDZA), also known as Pleso Airport (pronounced [plɛ̂sɔ]) after the nearby suburb of Pleso, is the main international airport of Croatia and also a base of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defence. Located 10 km (6.2 mi) from Zagreb Central Station[1] in Zagreb, it served 2,300,231 passengers in 2013 and is the hub for the Croatian flag carrier Croatia Airlines.

History[edit]

  • 1909 – The first airfield in Zagreb was built in 1909 near the western city neighbourhood of Črnomerec.
  • 1927 – Charles Lindbergh made a landing in Borongaj Airfield[citation needed] (east of Zagreb) after his successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1928 – The airfield began serving its first passenger traffic on 15 February.
  • 1947 – Commercial services were moved to a former airbase near the village of Lučko, southwest of the city. At its peak in 1959, Lučko served 167,000 passengers.
  • 1962 – New airport opens at Pleso in the southeast from Lučko. It first opened with a 2,500 m (8,200 ft) long runway and 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft) terminal. A new 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) apron.
  • 1966 – Zagreb Airport gets modern 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft) passenger terminal
  • 1974 – apron and runway expansion. Runway was extended to its current 3,252 m (10,669 ft), and the terminal expanded to 12,000 m2 (130,000 sq ft).
  • 2004 – The airport installed a CAT-IIIb instrument landing system (ILS).
  • 2008 – VIP Terminal was added and extra amenities, restaurants and bars. Terminal expanded to 15,500 m2 (167,000 sq ft)[2]
  • 2010 – 3rd Floor Viewing platform and a bar were added, passenger terminal received major facelift.
  • 2012– 2013 – Additional 5,872 m2 (63,210 sq ft), of space being added, with completion dates sometimes in mid to late 2013. Terminal expanded to 22,500 m2 (242,000 sq ft) with increased capacity up to 3.5 million passengers. Airport had also most successful year ever with 2.34 million passengers passing through its gates.[3][4]
  • 2013–2016 – Construction of new 70,000 m2 (750,000 sq ft) passenger terminal officially started on 18 December 2013. Terminal with capacity of 5.5 million passengers in the first phase should be completed by mid to late 2016, 250,000 m2 (2,700,000 sq ft) Airport apron/Airport Ramp will also be added as part of the whole expansion project.[5]

Terminals[edit]

Terminal 1[edit]

Terminal 1
Check-in area of Terminal 1

The passenger terminal underwent major design upgrade, new VIP terminal was added to the west of the current terminal in 2008, and new unified facade (at the front of the terminal) was also added in 2009. The passenger terminal has a maximum capacity of around 2.5 million passengers per year with current traffic being around the 2.3 million mark. The main terminal building itself is rather small measuring only 200 m × 58 m (656 ft × 190 ft) or around 20,000 m2 (220,000 sq ft). The apron or airport ramp measures 950 m × 187 m (3,117 ft × 614 ft) and can accommodate around 15 medium and two wide body aircraft. The terminal is planned to accommodate low-cost flights after the construction of the second terminal.

Construction of Terminal 2[edit]

A new terminal is planned for the future. The initial plan, made by NACO in 1997, was for 47,000 m² of space, capacity for 11 jetways, and the capability of handling 3 million passengers annually, but the airport authority decided to scrap this plan in favor of a larger terminal. Another master plan was developed by Scott Associates in 2006 and the new terminal was expected to have 12 jetways and a capacity of 3.3 million passengers annually. It would have been approximately 65,600 m2 (706,000 sq ft) in area, nearly five times the size of the current terminal. This plan was also scrapped and a competition was held in hope of an even larger airport.

A competition for the final architectural and urban planning solution took place in August 2009, and the winner (Institut IGH) was declared at the beginning of October. This proposal, designed by Neidhardt architects of Zagreb, includes a retail component with stores, banks, cafes and restaurants. A new luxury hotel with direct underground links to the terminal is planned, directly in front of the new terminal. The new terminal will consist of glass walls and roof in a wavy facade. It will be built in three stages, the first stage being able to cater for over five million passengers. However this number will increase as phase two and three commence directly after. Initial construction is expected to cost €280 million. Air Force operations will move to the south end of the airport due to the construction. Meanwhile the old terminal will have a major face lift and minor expansion expected to cost 6 million euros.

On 12 April 2012, Aeroports de Paris received a 30-year concession of the airport from the Government of Croatia. The contract includes financing, designing and construction of a new passenger terminal. The construction works, lasting three years, will be carried out by Bouygues Bâtiment International in partnership with Viadukt. ZAIC will operate the entire airport for 30 years, including the runways, the current passenger terminal during the entire construction period, the new terminal, the cargo terminal, car parks and future property developments. The concession contract involves a total investment of €324m (£259m): €236 million for the design and construction of the new terminal and €88 million for operation of all airport infrastructure for the entire period of the concession.[6]

Accompanying the terminal will be a second parallel runway. There will also be a new rail line alongside the Eastern bypass of Velika Gorica (currently under construction), which extends from Zagreb across the Homeland Bridge completed in 2007. These elements will create an entirely new east entrance into the city adding to the one via D408 state road. The airport is being built in such manner that more expansions can be conducted easily if needed.

Construction on the new terminal officially started on 18 December 2013 and should be completed by mid to late 2016.[5] According to architectural plans, the main terminal building will be 144x133m with the roof having a slightly larger footprint of 155x165m, with piers extending to a maximum of 670m width with 12 passenger boarding bridges as part of the phase 1, with phase 2, 350m extension to the right pier will be made adding additional 6 passenger boarding bridges. Total size of the terminal once completed will be around 72,500 square meters, excluding future extensions and add-ons.[7]

As part of eco friendly approach the new terminal will also initially include 8500 square meters of solar panels on its roof, which should provide around 10–15% of Terminal's energy requirement, wind turbines could also be installed at some point.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Europa Seasonal charter: Zaragoza
Air Nostrum Seasonal charter: Valencia
Air France
operated by CityJet
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna
British Airways London-Heathrow
Budapest Aircraft Services Rijeka
Croatia Airlines Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, London-Heathrow, Munich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Pristina, Pula, Rome-Fiumicino, Sarajevo, Skopje, Split, Vienna, Zadar, Zürich
Seasonal: Antalya, Athens, Bol, Ohrid, Osijek, Rijeka, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
easyJet London-Gatwick (ends 24 October 2014)
flydubai Dubai (starts 16 December 2014)
Sun d'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel,[8] Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Germanwings
operated by Eurowings
Hamburg (resumes 10 July 2014)
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
KLM
operated by KLM Cityhopper
Amsterdam,[9] Seasnoal: Bilbao
Korean Air Seasonal charter: Seoul-Incheon
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya
Qatar Airways Budapest, Doha
Syphax Airlines Seasonal charter: Monastir
TAP Portugal Bologna, Lisbon
Trade Air Osijek
Turkish Airlines Istanbul-Atatürk
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino

Cargo[edit]

Airlines Destinations
MiniLiner Bergamo
Solinair Ljubljana, Sarajevo
Trade Air Ljubljana, Sarajevo
UPS Airlines
operated by Farnair Switzerland
Cologne/Bonn, Ljubljana

Statistics[edit]

Traffic at Zagreb Pleso Airport[10]
Year Passengers Aircraft Landings Cargo (tonnes)
2000 1,149,830 n/a 7,388
2001 1,185,471 n/a 7,791
2002 1,203,436 n/a 7,347
2003 1,314,652 n/a 8,608
2004 1,408,206 n/a 8,899
2005 1,551,519 18,742 12,492
2006 1,728,414 20,442 10,393
2007 1,992,455 21,625 12,564
2008 2,192,453 22,271 12,697
2009 2,062,242 20,342 10,065
2010 2,071,561 19,906 8,156
2011 2,319,098 21,180 8,012
2012 2,342,309 19,527 8,133
2013 2,300,231 18,437 7,699
2014 (January – June) 1,083,706 18,262 4,477
Busiest routes at Zagreb Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(July 2014)
Airlines
Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
32
Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa
Vienna Schwechat Airport
30
Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines
Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport
28
Lufthansa Regional, Croatia Airlines
London Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport
24
Croatia Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet
Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
17
Croatia Airlines, Air France
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
15
Croatia Airlines, KLM
Istanbul Atatürk Airport
14
Turkish Airlines
Zurich Zurich Airport
14
Croatia Airlines
Sarajevo Sarajevo Airport
13
Croatia Airlines
Rome Fiumicino Airport
12
Croatia Airlines, Vueling
Brussels Brussels Airport
11
Croatia Airlines

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Zagreb Airport at Wikimedia Commons