The Slovenia Times

Another Opportunity in Logistics Blown Away?



A lot of interest

Croatia awarded a concession to run and extend Zagreb airport facilities, to a French-based consortium which was the only accepted bidder in the final round of an international tender.
"It is a 30-year concession which includes construction of a new terminal and running both of them. The value of this investment is seen at EUR 236m (US$316.80m)," said Croatian Deputy Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Zdenko Antesic. The consortium is led by Aeroport de Paris. Bids received from Zurich Airport and the Austrian group, Strabag, were rejected as incomplete.
There were altogether 10 bidders in the preliminary round held last June.

Creating a tourist hub

Croatia's biggest airport is a major hub for holidaymakers heading to the Adriatic coast.
Tourism accounts for almost a fifth of the European Union candidate's Gross Domestic Product, with 2.2 million passengers passing through Zagreb airport each year. The goal is to increase that to around five million. Croatia posted a meagre growth of 0.2% in 2011 after two years of recession and the government hopes to increase growth to 0.8% this year, largely on the basis of infrastructure investments in transport and energy.

The need for urgent reaction in Slovenia

After several opportunities to finally find a proper strategic partner for troubled Adria Airways and current development in the region, it is very clear that the the Slovenian government must react very quickly with a clear strategy for the logistics sector. The strategy should define the future of the Ljubjana Airport in combination with Adria Airways, the development of the Port of Koper in combination with the reconstruction of Slovenian railways and a general public transport policy.


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