Checking in at Zagreb Airport (ZAG)
Three years since the construction began, Zagreb Airport (ZAG) opened the new terminal on 28 March 2017, only five days before this flight. So it was a real privilege to be one of the first passengers to explore it.
Also, one of the first visitors was my dad 🙂
Western pier dedicated mostly for international flights.
Main departure hall, covered with an enormous steel structure that holds aluminium shield. The new terminal has an annual capacity of five million passengers.
Boarding area looks impressive, emphasizing the steel structure that stretches through the piers. Zagreb Airport was always one of my favourite ones as it’s not very crowdy and passing through is very comfortable. But nothing much to do while waiting for the flight.
A view from the new terminal building is somewhat limited as the grid that holds the structure crosses the windows.
Eight new air bridges were criticized for not being transparent but overall I didn’t experience problems with obscurity nor heat (being made of aluminium).
One of the first flights to test airport’s new services was British Airways A320 on a regular flight from London-Heathrow (LHR).
Aeroflot Airbus A320 just arrived from Moscow.
Speedbird just pushed back and ready for taxi.
Croatia Airlines A320 vacating the runway, still with spoilers and flaps extended.
Austrian on an inbound flight from Vienna descending and soon on the final approach.
Our airplane just landed and slowing down on the runway.
Austrian Bombardier Q400 OE-LGA in no time parked in front of the terminal.
Lufthansa A320 is loaded for the next flight.
Military apron filled with Croatian Air Force’s An-32s, eventually sold after declared redundant, Mi-17 helicopters and one MiG-21.
Takeoff from Zagreb Airport (ZAG)
Preparing the Dash for a flight – GPU is running and the luggage is getting loaded.
Boarding the plane.
Always impressive to see a Dash from a close distance.
On the seat. Air France A318 just parked at the gate and the ground crew is already unloading the plane.
The impressive aluminium structure of the new terminal can be seen now from the airside. Croatia Airlines Airbus is being simultaneously pushed back with our Dash.
Pushed back complete and marshaller is giving a hand signal. Brussels Airlines Airbus just arrived from Brussels.
Taxi along with the old terminal and takeoff from Zagreb Airport (ZAG) Runway 05.
Climbing out of Zagreb, while overflying Ivanja Rijeka interchange, crossing motorways A3 and A4. In the background Sopnica-Jelkovec residential district rising from the ground.
Continuing over the Croatian landscape.
Cruising towards Austria
Slovenian and Austrian border on the Mura river, separating Gornja Radgona (Slovenia) and Bad Radkersburg (Austria), forming a twin city.
Cruising along the A2 motorway, overflying town Pinkafeld.
Approaching Vienna. North of Wiener Neustadt lies its Wiener Neustadt East Airport (LOAN), home of Diamond Aircraft Industries. Adjacent to it, Wiener Neustadt West Airport (LOXN) is spreading out across the even bigger surface, used for military purposes.
Landing at Vienna Airport (VIE)
Approaching Vienna, seen in the distance.
STAR procedure and our actual flight path.
Approach and landing at Vienna Airport (VIE) on Runway 11.
Overflying Vienna. On the left Vienna’s Gürtel is winding around the city centre and in the distance, across the Danube river black Danube City Tower 1, the tallest skyscraper in Austria is dominating the landscape. The road across the river leads to St Stephan cathedral.
Established on the ILS, flying above Belvedere Palace and Vienna Central Station.
The A1 radio tower, T-Center (popularly known as The Starship) and Ernst Happel Stadium in the distance, Austrian national soccer stadium.
Vacating the runway.
Approaching the parking positions.
De-boarding the plane.
Ground equipment is on the position.
Leaving the ramp with a sight of diverse Austrian fleet – Fokker, Embraer and Airbus basking under the sun.
Austrian Airlines Bombardier Q400 (OE-LGD, MSN 4027), changed many liveries. Entered the service with Tyrolean Airways in 2000 and then repainted to Austrian Arrows, and finally wore Austrian colours in 2012.