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Franjo Tudjman airport in Zagreb started working today, Air Serbia sent Tesla (VIDEO)

After more than 35,000 different tests of the new terminal, including test landings and takeoffs with passengers in the last ten days, first flight with scheduled traffic took off from Zagreb terminal on early Tuesday morning in 5:50, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik

Aerodrom Franjo Tuđman
Foto: Youtube/Index.hr Portal, Wikimedia/hdz.hr

By shifting all operations from the old to the new passenger terminal and with take off and landing of the first passenger planes, commercial operation of a new terminal at Zagreb airport Franjo Tudjman officially began and is now open for regular traffic.

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After more than 35,000 different tests of the new terminal, including test landings and takeoffs with passengers in the last ten days, first flight with scheduled traffic took off from Zagreb terminal on early Tuesday morning in 5:50, from Zagreb to Dubrovnik of Croatian carrier Croatia Airlines.

Planes from 22 more companies will land on Zagreb plane, including Qatar Airways, whose passengers from Doha were the first to land to Zagreb new terminal. 

Around 8:30 am the plane landed from Belgrade, Serbian airline Air Serbia, widebody aircraft Airbus A330 named after Nikola Tesla, the first time that such a large passenger plane landed at Zagreb airport. 

Construction of the new terminal of the Zagreb Airport lasted three years and was completed on time, and this is the largest infrastructure project in Croatia in the last ten years, in which it invested about 300 million euros.

Behind the investment was a consortium of International airport Zagreb (MZLZ) which after 2013 became the 30-year-old concessionaire, and manages the airport team, consisting of members of Aeroports de Paris Management, Bouygues Batiment International, Marguerite Fund, IFC, TAV Airports and Viaduct.

The new terminal covers an area of 65,000 square meters on four floors with a distinctive wavy roof, and with 30 check-in counters and nine passes for security inspection of passengers, eight bridges for aircraft and three stops for small planes, sorting for baggage, catering facilities and shops, more than 1,000 parking spaces, a place for prayer and other facilities, for the first time Zagreb airport allows the direct entry of passengers from the building to the plane.

It is designed for five million passengers in the first phase, with the possibility of increasing their number to eight million.

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(Telegraf.co.uk / Hina)

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