Split Airport

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Split Airport

Zračna luka Split
Split Airport from the air.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerSplit Airport Ltd.
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
SPU is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,550 8,366 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers2,818,176 Increase 23,1%
Statistics from Split Airport site[1]
General information from Split Airport site[2]
Source: Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[3]

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.

In 2017 the airport was the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb Airport handling around 2.8 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.


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.[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 finally in 2008 surpassed the 1987 record.[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 the capacity slightly over the old one but with better security conditions.[11] The cost of this investment was €13 million, and it included 34,000 m2  of new parking space for aircraft, as well as the 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 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. Weekends are the busiest part of the week with more than 200 flights and 50,000 passengers.[15]

Expansion plans[edit]

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, but was delayed with construction starting in January 2017 and with the newest estimate for completion being the summer season of 2019. 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.[16]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
Air Transat Seasonal: Toronto–Pearson (begins 20 June 2019)[17][18]
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[19]
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino
Anda Air Seasonal: Kiev–Zhuliany
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[20]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[21] Frankfurt, Hannover[21]
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Rome–Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Athens, Belgrade, Copenhagen,[22] Dubrovnik, Berlin–Tegel, 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, Hannover, Nuremberg (begins 4 April 2019)[23], Salzburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam
Laudamotion Seasonal: Stuttgart (begins 31 March 2019)[24]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg (begins 21 April 2019)[25]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Göteborg, Helsinki, London-Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Nordica Seasonal: Tallinn
Ryanair Seasonal: Dublin (begins 1 June 2019)[26]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Aalesund, Aarhus,[27] Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Göteborg–Landvetter, Helsinki, Kristiansand, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Silver Air Seasonal: Lošinj
SmartWings Seasonal: Katowice, Prague , Warsaw–Chopin[28]
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: London–Gatwick,[29] 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,[30] Bordeaux, Lyon (begins 14 April 2019)[31], Marseille, Nantes, Nice,[32] Palermo,[33] Venice, Toulouse
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Florence, Rome–Fiumicino
Widerøe Seasonal: Trondheim (begins 29 May 2019)
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Wizz Air Seasonal: Katowice, London Luton, Warsaw–Chopin


AtlasGlobal Seasonal charter: Adana, Izmir, Istanbul/Ataturk
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Croatia AirlinesSeasonal charter: Harstad/Narvik, Kristiansund, Luleå, Örnsköldsvik, Östersund, Skellefteå
Czech Airlines Seasonal charter: Ostrava
Danish Air Transport Seasonal charter: Copenhagen
Dniproavia Seasonal charter: Lviv
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Germania Seasonal charter: Toulouse
HOP!Seasonal charter: Lyon
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki, Stockholm–Arlanda
Medavia Seasonal charter: Bari, Salerno
Meridiana Seasonal charter: Naples
Mistral Air Seasonal charter: Bari, Catania, Palermo
Novair Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda, Oslo–Gardermoen
Qeshm Airlines Seasonal charter: Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Ryanair Sun Seasonal charter: Gdańsk, Warsaw–Chopin
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Aalesund, Bergen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Trondheim
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Small Planet Airlines Seasonal charter: Marseille
TAROM Seasonal charter: Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Seasonal charter: Göteborg–Landvetter, Helsinki,[34] Trondheim
Transavia France Seasonal charter: Lille
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal charter: Deauville, Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Travel Service PolskaSeasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
Wideroe Seasonal charter: Trondheim
Wings of Lebanon Seasonal charter: Beirut
Yamal Airlines Seasonal charter: Moscow–Domodedovo


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 %
Cargo Cargo %
2000 540,603 n/a 1,452 n/a
2001 568,625 5.18Increase 1,214 16.39Decrease
2002 617,005 8.51Increase 956 21.25Decrease
2003 698,128 13.15Increase 931 2.62Decrease
2004 778,771 11.55Increase 981 5.37Increase
2005 934,049 19.94Increase 877 10.6Decrease
2006 1,095,852 17.32Increase 1,459 66.36Increase
2007 1,190,551 8.64Increase 1,482 1.58Increase
2008 1,203,778 1.11Increase 1,081 27.06Decrease
2009 1,115,099 7.37Decrease n/a n/a
2010 1,219,741 9.38Increase n/a n/a
2011 1,300,381 6.61Increase n/a n/a
2012 1,425,749 9.64Increase 649 n/a
2013 1,581,734 10.94Increase 462 28.81Decrease
2014 1,752,657 10.81Increase 429 7.14Decrease
2015 1,955,400 11.57Increase n/a n/a
2016 2,289,987 17.11Increase n/a n/a
2017 2,818,176 23.1Increase n/a n/a
2018 (January-November) 3,079,995 10,7Increase n/a n/a
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport in 2017/2018 by month[1]
Month Passengers 2017 Passengers 2018 Passenger %
January 30,423 33,699 10.7Increase
February 23,932 30,629 28Increase
March 33,828 53,165 57.16Increase
April 123,230 124,352 0.9Increase
May 257,465 304,135 18.12Increase
June 403,585 474,646 17.6Increase
July 657,049 695,506 5.85Increase
August 593,709 628,024 5.78Increase
September 421,053 455,595 8.2Increase
October 198,150 225,170 13.64Increase
November 39,552 54,856 38.7Increase
December 36,143

Ground transportation[edit]

Split Airport can be reached by public buses, taxis or private cars. Numerous car rental companies are available on the site.

It is also planned that the airport will be reachable by the Split suburban railway.


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  34. ^ Thomas Cook Scandinavia adds new Helsinki routes in S17 routesonline.com 30 March 2017

External links[edit]

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