Split Airport

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Split Airport

Zračna luka Split
Split Airport new terminal night.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerSplit Airport Ltd.
LocationKaštela, Croatia
Hub forCroatia Airlines
Focus city for
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 (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]

Split Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Split; IATA: SPU, ICAO: LDSP), also known as Resnik Airport (Croatian: 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 2019, the airport was the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb Airport handling 3.3 million passengers.[4] The airport was the busiest in Croatia in 2021 handling 1.57 million passengers, surpassing Zagreb Airport for the first time. 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 Athens, 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 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 the 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]

On the grounds of the airport there are some 1000 olive trees.[citation needed]

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, an enclosed bridge was built over the state road D409, taking passengers to the newly built parking lot, bus terminal and rental car facilities.

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

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Split Airport:

Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin[16]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[17]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[18]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–City,[19] London–Heathrow
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels[20]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[21] Frankfurt, Munich[22]
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Rome–Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Amsterdam,[23] Athens, Berlin, Bucharest,[23] Copenhagen,[23] Dublin,[23] Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Milan–Malpensa,[23] Osijek, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague,[24] Stockholm–Arlanda,[23] Vienna, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Luleå,[25] Molde,[26] Örnsköldsvik,[25] Östersund,[25] Skellefteå,[25] Sundsvall,[25] Umeå[25]
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich[27]
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Berlin, Dortmund, Hamburg, Hanover, Salzburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
ITA Airways Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[28][29]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki[30]
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gdańsk,[31] Katowice,[31] Lublin,[31] Poznań,[31] Rzeszów,[32] Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Novair Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[33] Stockholm–Arlanda
Ryanair Seasonal: Dublin
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Kristiansand, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Smartwings Seasonal: Katowice,[34] Prague, Warsaw–Chopin[35]
Seasonal charter: Ostrava[36]
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Helsinki[37]
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva[38]
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam,[39] Montpellier,[40] Nantes,[41] Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways[42] Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Antwerp
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg (begins 12 August 2022),[43] Stockholm–Arlanda,
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Lille,[44] Lyon,[45] Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse, Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Paris–Orly,[46] Rome–Fiumicino
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kyiv–Boryspil
Wizz Air Seasonal: Gdańsk,[47] Katowice, Kraków,[48] London–Luton, Lublin,[49] Poznań,[49] Rome–Fiumicino,[50] Vienna,[51][52] Vilnius,[53] Warsaw–Chopin, Wrocław


Split Airport new terminal interior
Split Airport old terminal entrance
Split Airport old terminal interior
Air Traffic Control tower
New apron

Annual passenger traffic at SPU airport. See source Wikidata query.
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 688 n/a
2010 1,219,741 9.38Increase 630 n/a
2011 1,300,381 6.61Increase 619 n/a
2012 1,425,749 9.64Increase 577 n/a
2013 1,581,734 10.94Increase 450 28.81Decrease
2014 1,752,657 10.81Increase 498 7.14Decrease
2015 1,955,400 11.57Increase 551 10Increase
2016 2,289,987 17.11Increase 631 15Increase
2017 2,818,176 23.1Increase 747 18Increase
2018 3,124,067 10.85Increase 823 10Increase
2019 3,301,930 5.69Increase 866 5Increase
2020 669,702 79.61Decrease 273 68Decrease
2021 1,577,584 233.93Increase n/a n/a
2022 1,521,225 3.57Decrease n/a n/a
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport in 2021/2022 by month[1]
Month Passengers 2021 Passengers 2022 Passenger %
January 7,753 20,400 263.12Increase
February 6,125 19,678 321.27Increase
March 8,477 32,445 382.74Increase
April 14,783 133,316 901.86Increase
May 33,695 251,341 745.92Increase
June 116,596 422,418 362.29Increase
July 352,857 641,626 181.83Increase
August 494,241
September 328,886
October 162,475
November 27,128
December 24,568

Transport links[edit]


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[54]
  • Promet line no. 2 (Split-Strinje-Airport)[55]

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


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.[56][57] Another line connecting the airport two additional times daily with Split harbour and Bol on Brač island is available from June to mid-September.[58]


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.[59][60]

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


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External links[edit]

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