Split Airport

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Split Airport
Zračna luka Split
Split Airport from the air.jpg


SPU is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Airport type Public
Owner Split Airport Ltd.
Serves Split/Kaštela/Trogir
Location Kaštela, Croatia
Hub for Croatia Airlines
Elevation AMSL 78 ft / 24 m
Coordinates 43°32′20″N 016°17′53″E / 43.53889°N 16.29806°E / 43.53889; 16.29806
Website www.split-airport.hr
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,550 8,366 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 1,752,657
Statistics from Split Airport site[1]
General information from Split Airport site[2]
Source: Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[3]

Split Airport (IATA: SPUICAO: LDSP; Croatian: Zračna luka Split), also known as Resnik Airport (Zračna luka Resnik), is the airport serving the city of Split, Croatia. It is located 24 km (15 mi) from Split, on the west side of Kaštela Bay, in the town of Kaštela, and extending into the adjacent town of Trogir.

The Airport follows Zagreb Airport in 2014 as the second busiest airport in Croatia handling 1,752,657 passengers that year.[4] It is an important hub for Croatia Airlines offering flights to European cities, such as Athens, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome and many others.


Split first commercial route was opened in 1931 by the Yugoslav airline Aeroput which linked Zagreb with Belgrade trough Rijeka, Split and Sarajevo, and maintained this route until the start of the Second World War.[5]

The current airport was opened on 25 November 1966. The apron had dimensions of only 200 x 112m and 6 parking positions with a planned capacity of 150,000 passengers. In 1968 passenger numbers stood already at 150,737, and in 1969 at 235,000. In 1967 the apron was extended for the first time to accommodate 10 aircraft. A new larger terminal building was built and opened in 1979 to accommodate traffic for a major sporting event (the 8th Mediterranean Games) held in Split in September, when also another extension to the apron was built. The largest pre-war passenger numbers were achieved in 1987, totalling 1,151,580 passengers and 7,873 landings.

In 1991 the passenger figures dropped almost to 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 finally in 2007 surpassed the 1987 record.

In 2005 the terminal got a major facelift, adding one more gate, the glass facade, as well as the steel/fabric palms illuminated by multi-colour LEDs. The busiest time in the airport is during the summer season, as the city of Split is a major tourist destination and a very important transportation hub. Saturdays are the busiest days of the week, with more than 200 airplane operations and 25,000 passengers.

Expansion plans[edit]

In the last few years the summer peaks activity called for an expansion of the airport s capacity. In the year of 2014, major overhaul works will be conducted at Split. When all of the expansion is done, Resnik will have a bigger terminal with 4 jetways.

The apron was already constructed in 2011 with the capacity slightly over the old one but with better security conditions. The cost of this investment was €13 million, and it included 34,000m² of new parking space for the aircraft, as well as the space for future administrative works bellow the apron. The lower level houses warehouses, workshops, offices and other objects that will support the new 35,000 m2, €40 million terminal building that will be built next to it. Construction of the terminal is planned to start in the fall of 2014., bringing the total airport capacity to 2 million passengers.

Expansion of Split Airport is happening in 3 phases.

  • Phase One, 2009–2011
    • Expansion of the apron by 34,000 m²
    • Purchase of the nearby land needed for construction of the new terminal and parking space
  • Phase Two, 2014–2016
    • Construction of the new airport terminal, connected to the old one
    • Adding a new taxiway, parallel to the runway
    • Repaving and adding concrete "shoulders" to the runway
  • Phase Three (when needed)
    • Further expansion of the terminal and addition of four jetways
    • Further expansion of the apron, to accommodate new terminal

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Split Airport terminal entrance
Split Airport terminal interior
Ground handling at Split Airport
Lufthansa A319 landing at Split Airport
Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[6]
Air Berlin Seasonal: Nuremberg
Air Mediterranee Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Bordeaux (begins 18 April), Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
operated by Alitalia CityLiner
Seasonal: Milan-Linate (begins 2 August 2015)
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London-Heathrow (begins 3 May 2015)[7]
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Rome-Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Athens, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Düsseldorf, Erfurt, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Osijek, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Skopje (begins 24 June 2015), Vienna, Zürich
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast-International (begins 20 May 2015),[8] Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Glasgow, Hamburg, London-Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 16 May 2015),[8] London-Stansted, Lyon, Manchester (begins 17 June 2015),[8] Milan-Malpensa, Newcastle upon Tyne (begins 2 June 2015),[8] Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly (begins 1 July 2015),[9] Rome-Fiumicino
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Estonian Air Seasonal: Tallinn
European Coastal Airlines Jelsa, Rab, Zagreb
Express Airways Seasonal: Bremen (begins 15 May 2015), Dortmund (begins 15 May 2015), Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (begins 17 May 2015)
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki (begins 5 May 2015)
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Edinburgh (begins 24 May 2015), Leeds/Bradford, Manchester
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Rossiya Airlines Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
S7 Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Domodedovo[10]
operated by Travel Service[11]
Seasonal: Prague
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Aalborg, Aalesund, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Kristiansand, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Sky Work Airlines Seasonal: Bern
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Leipzig/Halle (begins 1 May 2015)
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels, Lille
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London-Gatwick (begins 1 May 2015), Manchester (begins 1 May 2015)
Trade Air
operated by Budapest Aircraft Service
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Rijeka
Transaero Airlines Seasonal: Moscow-Vnukovo [12]
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Volotea Seasonal: Nantes (begins 12 April 2015), Venice-Marco Polo
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Catania (begins 12 July 2015), Florence, Palermo (begins 12 July 2015), Rome-Fiumicino, Turin (begins 2 July 2015)
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Wizz Air Seasonal: London-Luton
XL Airways France Seasonal: Lille (begins 24 April 2015), Paris-Charles de Gaulle


Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Borlänge, Haugesund, Kristiansand
Air Contractors Seasonal charter: Cork, Dublin, Knock, Shannon
Croatia Airlines Seasonal charter: Bodø, Cagliari,[13] Erfurt, Harstad/Narvik (begins 21 June 2015), Kristiansund, Luleå, Örnsköldsvik, Östersund, Skellefteå (begins 2 August 2015)
Czech Airlines Seasonal charter: Ostrava (begins 20 June)
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Europe Airpost Seasonal charter: Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[14]
HOP! Seasonal charter: Lyon
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki (begins 8 May 2015), Stockholm-Arlanda (begins 8 May 2015)
Malmö Aviation Seasonal charter: Gothenburg-Landvetter, Jönköping, Karlstad, Malmö, Norrköping, Örebro, Oslo-Gardermoen, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Bromma, Växjö, Visby
Meridiana Seasonal charter: Naples
Mistral Air Seasonal charter: Bari, Catania, Palermo
Novair Seasonal charter: Stockholm-Arlanda
Orenair Seasonal charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Transavia.com France Seasonal charter: Lille
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal charter: Lviv
UTair Aviation
operated by UTair-Ukraine
Seasonal charter: Lviv[15]
Wings of Lebanon Seasonal charter: Beirut
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow-Domodedovo


Air Traffic Control tower
New apron at Split Airport
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport[1]
Year Passengers Cargo
2000 540,603 1,452
2001 568,625 1,214
2002 617,005 956
2003 698,128 931
2004 778,771 981
2005 934,049 877
2006 1,095,852 1,459
2007 1,190,551 1,482
2008 1,203,778 1,081
2009 1,115,099
2010 1,219,741
2011 1,300,381
2012 1,425,749 649
2013 1,581,734 462
2014 1,752,657 429

Ground transportation[edit]

Split Airport can be reached by bus, taxi or car rentals.

Airplane spotting[edit]

Airplane spotting is a popular activity at Split Airport. Glide-path to the runway 05 leads just above the old city of Trogir, making its seaside promenade a great place airplane spotting. Visual approach to runway 23 is attractive in another way. Because of a nearby Kozjak mountain, final alignment with the runway is done just as the airplane exits a turn. A tricky maneuver when dealing with crosswinds and an interesting thing to observe. Also, airport boundaries are very close to the runway and many locals, as well as tourists, gather to photograph incoming and outgoing aircraft. Saturdays of the summer season are particularly attractive because the number of airplane actions exceeds 200. Also, there is an annual spotting event called "Aerodernek" on the first Saturday in August. It gathers many airplane enthusiasts who camp at the side of the runway, enjoy local cuisine and fast food and tour the airport facilities.


External links[edit]

Media related to Split airport at Wikimedia Commons