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Split Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Split; IATA: SPU, ICAO: LDSP), also known as Resnik Airport (Zračna luka Resnik), is the international airport serving the city of Split, Croatia. It is located 19 km (12 mi) from Split, on the west side of Kaštela Bay, in the town of Kaštela, and extending into the adjacent town of Trogir.

Split Airport

Zračna luka Split
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerSplit Airport Ltd.
ServesSplit/Kaštela/Trogir
LocationKaštela, Croatia
Hub forCroatia Airlines
Elevation AMSL78 ft / 24 m
Coordinates43°32′20″N 016°17′53″E / 43.53889°N 16.29806°E / 43.53889; 16.29806
Websitewww.split-airport.hr
Map
SPU is located in Croatia
SPU
SPU
Location of the airport in Croatia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,550 8,366 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers3,124,067 Increase 10.85%
Statistics from Split Airport site[1]
General information from Split Airport site[2]
Source: Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[3]

In 2018 the airport was the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb Airport handling around 3.12 million passengers.[4] It is a major destination for leisure flights during the European summer holiday season and an important focus city for Croatia Airlines that offers flights to European cities such as Frankfurt, London and Paris.

HistoryEdit

The first grass airfield was located in Sinj and the first commercial route was opened in 1931 by the Yugoslav airline Aeroput. It linked Zagreb with Belgrade through Rijeka, Split and Sarajevo, and maintained this route until the start of the Second World War.[5][6] These flights connected Split either by its Divulje seaplane station, or by the Sinj airfield.[5]

In the sixties the airport was relocated from Sinj to Resnik. The new airport complex, designed by architect Darko Stipevski (Tehnika, Zagreb), was opened on 25 November 1966. The apron had dimensions of only 200 x 112 m and 6 parking positions with a planned capacity of 150,000 passengers. In 1968 passenger numbers already stood at 150,737 and in 1969 at 235,000. In 1967 the apron was extended for the first time to accommodate 10 aircraft.[7]

A new larger terminal building designed by architect Branko Gruica (Projektant, Mostar) was constructed and opened in 1979 to accommodate traffic for the 8th Mediterranean Games held in Split in September of that year.[8] The largest pre-war passenger numbers were achieved in 1987 totalling 1,151,580 passengers and 7,873 landings.[7]

In 1991 the passenger figures dropped to nearly zero, as the war in the former Yugoslavia broke out. In the years that followed, most of the traffic were NATO and UN cargo planes, such as the C-5 Galaxy, MD-11, Boeing 747 and C-130 Hercules. After 1995 the civilian traffic figures began rising again, and eventually surpassed the 1987 record in 2008.[7]

In 2005 the terminal got a major facelift by architect Ivan Vulić (VV-Projekt, Split) adding one more gate, the glass façade, as well as the award-winning Airport entrance structure consisting of steel/fabric "trees" illuminated by multi-colour LEDs.[9][10]

The new apron designed by Ivan Vulić, Ivan Radeljak and Mate Žaja was constructed in 2011 with a capacity slightly over the old one but with better security conditions.[11] The cost of this investment was €13 million leading to 34,000 m2  of new parking space for aircraft as well as space for future administrative works below the apron.[12] The lower level houses warehouses, workshops, offices and other objects that will support the new 34,500 m2, HRK 455 million terminal building that is being built next to it.[13][14]

The airport´s busiest time is the summer season period due to a huge influx of tourists for the northern European holiday period. Weekends are the busiest part of the week with more than 200 flights and some 50,000 passengers.[15]

Expansion plansEdit

Since the beginning of the 21st century the summer peaks activity called for an expansion of the airport capacity. Construction of the terminal was initially planned to commence in the fall of 2012 bringing the total airport capacity to 3.5 million passengers. Construction started in January 2017 and was completed on July 13, 2019.[16] When all of the expansion is done, Resnik will have a new terminal, parking area and apron. Following the extension of the terminal capacity, new taxiways are planned to increase runway capacity.[17]

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[18]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[19]
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London-City,[20] London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[21]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[22] Frankfurt, Hanover[22]
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Rome–Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Athens, Belgrade, Berlin–Tegel, Copenhagen,[23] Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Osijek, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Skopje, Vienna, Zürich
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Venice
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Dortmund, Hamburg, Hanover, Nuremberg,[24] Salzburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam
Lauda Stuttgart[25]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[26]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Nordica Seasonal: Tallinn (ends 26 October 2019)[27]
Ryanair Seasonal: Dublin[28]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Aarhus,[29] Ålesund, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kristiansand, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
SkyUp Seasonal charter: Kiev–Boryspil[30]
Smartwings Seasonal: Prague
Smartwings Poland Seasonal: Katowice, Warsaw–Chopin[31]
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: London–Gatwick,[32] Manchester
Trade Air Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Antwerp, Lille
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Volotea Seasonal: Bergamo,[33] Bordeaux, Lyon,[34] Marseille, Nantes, Nice,[35] Palermo,[36] Toulouse, Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Widerøe Seasonal: Trondheim
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Wizz Air Seasonal: Katowice, London–Luton, Warsaw–Chopin

StatisticsEdit

 
Split Airport terminal entrance
 
Split Airport terminal interior
 
Air Traffic Control tower
 
New apron at Split Airport
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport[1]
Year Passengers Passenger %
Change
Cargo Cargo %
Change
2000 540,603 n/a 1,452 n/a
2001 568,625 5.18  1,214 16.39 
2002 617,005 8.51  956 21.25 
2003 698,128 13.15  931 2.62 
2004 778,771 11.55  981 5.37 
2005 934,049 19.94  877 10.6 
2006 1,095,852 17.32  1,459 66.36 
2007 1,190,551 8.64  1,482 1.58 
2008 1,203,778 1.11  1,081 27.06 
2009 1,115,099 7.37  n/a n/a
2010 1,219,741 9.38  n/a n/a
2011 1,300,381 6.61  n/a n/a
2012 1,425,749 9.64  649 n/a
2013 1,581,734 10.94  462 28.81 
2014 1,752,657 10.81  429 7.14 
2015 1,955,400 11.57  n/a n/a
2016 2,289,987 17.11  n/a n/a
2017 2,818,176 23.1  n/a n/a
2018 3,124,067 10,85  n/a n/a
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport in 2018/2019 by month[1]
Month Passengers 2018 Passengers 2019 Passenger %
Change
January 33,699 36,360 7.9 
February 30,629 34,825 13.7 
March 53,165 50,037 5.8 
April 124,352 156,381 25,76 
May 304,135 310,809 2,19 
June 474,646 513,706 8,23 
July 695,506 723,048 3,96 
August 628,024 672,261 7,04 
September 455,595
October 225,170
November 54,856
December 44,072

Transport linksEdit

BusEdit

Split Airport can be reached from Split (and Trogir, where indicated) by public buses:

  • Promet line no. 37 (Split-Airport-Trogir and Trogir-Airport-Split), terminating at the Sukoisan bus terminal in Split (about 10 minutes walking from the old town, and 20 minutes from the main bus/railway station), departing every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays[37]
  • Promet line no. 2 (Split-Strinje-Airport)[38]

The airport is also easily reachable by shuttles, taxis or private cars. Numerous car rental companies are available on the site.

ShipEdit

A catamaran service between the Airport and Split harbour is available every 90 minutes in the peak tourist season (July 15-September 30) and with lower frequency through October.[39][40] Another line connecting the Airport two additional times daily with Split harbour and Bol on Brač island is available from June to mid-September.[41]

RailEdit

The airport is linked onto the Split suburban railway with a Promet bus line running eight times daily between the nearest train station (Kaštel Stari) and the airport with a joint ticket.[42][43]

According to Split city administration plans, starting from 2025-6 the Split suburban railway will be extended to the airport.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Split Airport Statistics". split-airport.hr. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  2. ^ "General Information on Split Airport". split-airport.hr. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  3. ^ AIP from the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
  4. ^ "Split Airport Statistics". split-airport.hr.
  5. ^ a b Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927–1948) at europeanairlines.no
  6. ^ "Aeroklub "SINJ"". Zajednica športskih udruga grada Sinja (in Croatian). Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b c "History". Split Airport. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ Markovina, Dragan (2014). "The Mediterranean games in Split 1979.: A crucial step toward The modernisation of The city". In Basić, Ivan; Rimac, Marko (eds.). Spalatumque dedit ortum : zbornik povodom desete godišnjice Odsjeka za povijest Filozofskog fakulteta u Splitu = collected papers on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Department of history, Faculty of humanities and social sciences in Split. Split: Filozofski fakultet u Splitu, Odsjek za povijest. pp. 544.-546. ISBN 9789537395629. OCLC 938637692.
  9. ^ Radnić, Jure; Matešan, Domagoj (2005). "Canopy structure at the Split-Kaštela airport". GRAĐEVINAR. 57: 151–156 – via HRCAK.
  10. ^ "International Achievement Awards" (PDF). Fabric Architecture. 3: 48. April 2005.
  11. ^ "Stajanka Zračne luke Split". VV-PROJEKT ARHITEKTI.
  12. ^ "Enlargement of Split Airport Apron". Split Airport. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Split airport to get new passenger terminal". Republic of Croatia - Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Split International Airport Terminal Rehabilitation and Expansion". Airport Technology. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  15. ^ Rogulj, Daniela (23 July 2017). "Split is a Hit, Again: 110,000 Expected Over the Weekend". Total Croatia News. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  16. ^ Fabinger, Jakov. "Split Airport Finally Opens New Terminal". Simple Flying. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  17. ^ Radnić, Jure (2016). "Passenger terminal extension structure at Split Airport". Građevinar. 11: 907–917 – via HRCAK.
  18. ^ "8 NEW AIR FRANCE DESTINATIONS THIS SUMMER". Air France. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  19. ^ "airBaltic adds new destinations in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  20. ^ "NO SPLIT DECISION ON NEW CROATIAN ROUTE". British Airways. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.brusselsairlines.com
  22. ^ a b "Condor S18 Short-Haul routes addition as of 06DEC17". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Croatia Airlines adds seasonal Split – Copenhagen in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  24. ^ "New direct flights with Eurowings". Eurowings. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  25. ^ "Laudamotion outlines S19 Stuttgart network". Routesonline. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Luxair plans new European markets in S19". routesonline.com. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  27. ^ majandus24.postimees.ee (Estonian)
  28. ^ "Ryanair To Launch New Dubrovnik And Split Services". Dublin Airport. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  29. ^ "SAS expands Aarhus network in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  30. ^ "freight monitor". online.joinup.ua.
  31. ^ "Smartwings adds new Polish routes in S17". Routesonline. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  32. ^ https://www.thomascookairlines.com/
  33. ^ http://www.volotea.com/en
  34. ^ "Volotea S19 new routes as of 12NOV18". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  35. ^ "Volotea S18 new routes as of 28NOV17". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  36. ^ "Volotea S18 new routes as of 28NOV17". Routesonline. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  37. ^ "Promet Split > Vozni red > Sve linije". www.promet-split.hr. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  38. ^ Schedule
  39. ^ "New fast-boat line from Split Airport to the Islands of Brac and Hvar". Avioradar. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  40. ^ Split-Resnik line timetable
  41. ^ Resnik - Split - Bol line timetable
  42. ^ Line schedule
  43. ^ DP. "Integriranom linijom autobusa i vlaka do brže povezanosti zračne i trajektne luke". www.kastela.org (in Croatian). Retrieved 17 August 2019.

External linksEdit

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