Zračna luka Split
|Owner||Split Airport Ltd.|
|Hub for||Croatia Airlines|
|Elevation AMSL||78 ft / 24 m|
Split Airport (IATA: SPU, ICAO: LDSP; Croatian: Zračna luka Split), also known as Resnik Airport (Zračna luka Resnik), is the international 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.
In 2016, the airport was the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb Airport handling 2,289,987 passengers that year. It is an important hub for Croatia Airlines offering flights to European cities, such as Athens, Frankfurt, London, Paris. It is a major destination for leisure flights during the European summer holiday season.
Split´s first commercial route was opened in 1931 by the Yugoslav airline Aeroput which linked Zagreb with Belgrade through Rijeka, Split and Sarajevo, and maintained this route until the start of the Second World War.
The current airport 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 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.
Since the beginning of the 21st century the summer peaks activity called for an expansion of the airport s capacity. In the year of 2017, major overhaul works will be start at Split. When all of the expansion is done, Resnik will have a new terminal, parking area and apron. After that, in the years after 2020, new taxiways are planned to be built to increase runway capacity.
The new apron was 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 34,000 m2 of new parking space for the aircraft, as well as the space for future administrative works below 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 was planned to start in the fall of 2012, bringing the total airport capacity to 3,5 million passengers, but it was much delayed with no construction as of January 2017 and with the newest estimate for completion being summer season of 2019.
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, 2017–2020
- Construction of the new airport terminal, connected to the old one
- Repaving and adding concrete "shoulders" to the runway
Airlines and destinations
Split Airport can be reached by bus, taxi or car rentals.
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Media related to Split airport at Wikimedia Commons