Split Airport

Split International Airport (Croatian: Međunarodna 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 International Airport

Međunarodna 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 (2019)
Passengers3,301,930 Increase 5.69%
Statistics from Split Airport site[1]
General information from Split Airport site[2]
Source: Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[3]

In 2019 the airport was the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb Airport handling 3,3 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] New apron features an unusual sound barrier on the south side which can be closed when an aircraft is close by and opened in all other times to allow for fairly unobstructed view of the Adriatic sea from terminal building.

The airport's busiest time are the months of June, July and August due to a large influx of tourists for the European summer holiday period. Weekends are the busiest part of the week with more than 200 flights and some 50,000 passengers.[15]

Not common for an airport, but on the grounds of the airport there are some 1000 olive trees.

Expansion (2019)Edit

Due to significant increase in passengers numbers, especially during the summer months, an expansion project was completed in summer of 2019, adding more than three times the floor space of the original terminal building and increasing the capacity to 5 million passengers per year. Original terminal has been refurbished and is still being used for some international departures, while check in, all domestic departures as well as both international and domestic arrivals including baggage claim is located in the new areas.

As a part of the expansion project enclosed bridge over the state road D409 taking passengers to newly built parking lot, bus terminal as well as rental car facilities.

Decision not to include any jet bridges in the new expansion has been justified with limited apron space as well as the fact that majority of the airlines at the airport are low cost carriers.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

AirlinesDestinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[16]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[17]
AirExplore Seasonal: Bratislava[18]
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–City,[19] London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[20]
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich (begins 25 April 2021)[21]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[22] Frankfurt, Hanover[22], Zürich (begins 30 April 2021)[23][24]
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Rome–Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Athens, Belgrade, Berlin–Brandenburg, Copenhagen,[25] Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Osijek, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Skopje, Vienna, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Luleå,[26] Molde,[27] Örnsköldsvik,[26] Östersund,[26] Skellefteå,[26] Sundsvall,[26] Umeå [26]
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–International, Berlin–Brandenburg, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Venice
Edelweiss Air Zürich[28]
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Berlin–Brandenburg, Dortmund, Hamburg, Hanover, Salzburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Great Dane Airlines Seasonal: Aalborg[29]
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gdańsk,[30] Katowice,[30] Lublin,[30] Poznań,[30] Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[31]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Novair Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[32] Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Seasonal: Dublin
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Aarhus,[33] Ålesund, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kristiansand, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Smartwings Seasonal: Katowice,[34] Prague, Warsaw–Chopin[35]
Seasonal charter: Ostrava [36]
Trade Air Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Zagreb
Transavia Seasonal: Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways[37] Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Antwerp, Lille
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev–Boryspil[38]
Volotea Seasonal: Athens,[39] Bari (begins 7 July 2021),[40] Bergamo, Bordeaux, Lyon,[41] Marseille, Nantes, Nice,[42] Palermo,[42] Toulouse, Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Widerøe Seasonal charter: Sandefjord [43]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Wizz Air Seasonal: Dortmund,[44] Katowice, London–Luton, Warsaw–Chopin

StatisticsEdit

 
Split Airport new terminal interior
 
Split Airport old terminal entrance
 
Split Airport old terminal interior
 
Air Traffic Control tower
 
New apron
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  688 n/a
2010 1,219,741 9.38  630 n/a
2011 1,300,381 6.61  619 n/a
2012 1,425,749 9.64  577 n/a
2013 1,581,734 10.94  450 28.81 
2014 1,752,657 10.81  406 7.14 
2015 1,955,400 11.57  405 n/a
2016 2,289,987 17.11  346 n/a
2017 2,818,176 23.1  294 n/a
2018 3,124,067 10,85  273 n/a
2019 3,301,930 5,69  273 n/a
2020 (Jan-Oct) 657,570 80,09 
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport in 2019/2020 by month[1]
Month Passengers 2019 Passengers 2020 Passenger %
Change
January 36,360 36,739 1,04 
February 34,825 26,294 24,5 
March 50,037 16,466 67,09 
April 156,381 6 99,99 
May 310,809 2,777 99,11 
June 513,706 26,150 94,91 
July 723,048 171,815 76,23 
August 672,261 273,842 59,26 
September 470,102 75,881 83,86 
October 247,172 25,796 89,56 
November 45,871
December 41,357

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 Sukoišan 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[45]
  • Promet line no. 2 (Split-Strinje-Airport)[46]

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 (15 July-30 September) and with lower frequency through October.[47][48] Another line connecting the Airport two additional times daily with Split harbour and Bol on Brač island is available from June to mid-September.[49]

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.[50][51]

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

ReferencesEdit

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  46. ^ Schedule
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External linksEdit

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