Zagreb Airport

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Zagreb International Airport
Međunarodna zračna luka Zagreb
Zracna luka Zagreb (glavni ulaz).JPG
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
LDZA is located in Croatia
Location in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 3,252 10,669 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Number of Passengers 2,430,971
Aircraft movements 38,348

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 2,430,971 passengers in 2014 and is the hub for the Croatian flag carrier Croatia Airlines.


  • 1909 – The first airfield in Zagreb was built in 1909 near the western city neighbourhood of Črnomerec.
  • 1928 – The Borongaj 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]


Terminal 1[edit]

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 2.4 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]

Construction on the new terminal officially started on 18 December 2013 and should be completed by mid to late 2016.[5] According to revised architectural plans, the main terminal building will be 144x133m with the roof having a slightly larger footprint of 155x165m, with piers extending to some 320m width with 8 passenger boarding bridges as part of phase 1. Two hundred meter (200m) extensions to left and right piers will be added as part of phase 2, adding additional 8 passenger boarding bridges for total of 16. Construction of Phase 2 will commence once terminal reaches 3.5 million passenger capacity, which is expected at the end of 2017. New passenger terminal once completed will provide around ~72,500 square meters of enclosed space.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air Croatia Budapest (begins 2 April 2015), Milan-Malpensa (begins 3 April 2015), Prague (begins 2 April 2015), Rome-Fiumicino (begins 3 April 2015)
Seasonal: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Stockholm-Arlanda[8]
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia Belgrade
Austrian Airlines Vienna (begins 1 April 2015)
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna (ends 31 March 2015)
British Airways London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels (begins 20 September 2015)
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, Rijeka, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Eurolot Warsaw-Chopin (ends 31 March 2015)
European Coastal Airlines Rab, Split
flydubai Dubai-International
Germanwings Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hamburg (resumes 22 July 2015)
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
operated by KLM Cityhopper
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw-Chopin (begins 1 April 2015)
Lufthansa Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen
Qatar Airways Doha
SkyGreece Airlines Seasonal: Athens, Toronto-Pearson (all begin 22 June 2015)
Sun d'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Swiss International Air Lines
operated by Swiss Global Air Lines
Zürich (begins 18 April 2015)
TAP Portugal Bologna, Lisbon
Trade Air Osijek, Rijeka
Turkish Airlines Istanbul
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona


Airlines Destinations
Air Europa Seasonal charter: Zaragoza
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal charter: Valencia
Japan Airlines Seasonal charter: Tokyo-Narita
Korean Air Seasonal charter: Seoul-Incheon
Onur Air Seasonal charter: Antalya
Tunisair Seasonal charter: Monastir


Airlines Destinations
Solinair Ljubljana, Sarajevo
Trade Air Ljubljana, Sarajevo
Qatar Airways Cargo Doha
MNG Airlines Istanbul
UPS Airlines
operated by Farnair Switzerland
Cologne/Bonn, Ljubljana

Destinations map[edit]


Traffic at Zagreb Pleso Airport[9]
Year Passengers Passenger %
Aircraft Landings Cargo (tonnes)
2000 1,149,830 n/a n/a 7,388
2001 1,185,471 3.1Increase n/a 7,791
2002 1,203,436 1.5Increase n/a 7,347
2003 1,314,652 9.2Increase n/a 8,608
2004 1,408,206 7.1Increase n/a 8,899
2005 1,551,519 10.2Increase 18,742 12,492
2006 1,728,414 11.4Increase 20,442 10,393
2007 1,992,455 15.2Increase 21,625 12,564
2008 2,192,453 10.0Increase 22,271 12,697
2009 2,062,242 5.9 Decrease 20,342 10,065
2010 2,071,561 0.5 Increase 19,906 8,156
2011 2,319,098 11.9Increase 21,180 8,012
2012 2,342,309 1.0Increase 19,527 8,133
2013 2,300,231 1.8Decrease 18,437 7,699
2014 2,430,971 5.6Increase 19,174 8,855
2015 to-date 292,500 10.9Increase 5,612 1,283
Busiest routes at Zagreb Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(July 2014)
Airlines Passengers (1)
Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Schwechat Airport
Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines
Flag of Germany.svg Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport
Lufthansa Regional, Croatia Airlines
Flag of France.svg Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Croatia Airlines, Air France
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Heathrow Airport
Croatia Airlines, British Airways
Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich Zürich Airport
Croatia Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines
Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels Brussels Airport
Croatia Airlines, Brussels Airlines
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Croatia Airlines, KLM
Flag of Serbia.svg Belgrade Belgrade Airport
Air Serbia
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Turkish Airlines
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Sarajevo Sarajevo Airport
Croatia Airlines
Flag of Italy.svg Rome Fiumicino Airport
Croatia Airlines, Vueling
Source: Zagreb Airport[10]

(1) Data for 2013 only.

Top Carriers[edit]

Rank Carrier Passengers 2013  % Passenger %
Change 2012
1 Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Airlines 1,427,209 62.1 Decrease6.26
2 Flag of Germany.svg Lufthansa 212,850 10.5 Increase6.22
3 Flag of Austria.svg Austrian Airlines 105,121 5.4 Increase4.98
4 Flag of Germany.svg Germanwings 104,740 4.5 Increase3.95
5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British Airways 82,377 3.5 Increase2.85
6 Flag of France.svg Air France 70,7421 3.0 Increase6.40
7 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkish Airlines 63,781 2.7 Increase10.24
8 Flag of Qatar.svg Qatar Airways 49,830 2.1 Increase6.53
9 Flag of Russia.svg Aeroflot 36,445 1.5 Increase0.61
10 Flag of Norway.svg Norwegian Air Shuttle 22,314 1.0 Increase8.24
Source: Zagreb Airport[11]


External links[edit]

Media related to Zagreb Airport at Wikimedia Commons