Split Airport

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Split Saint Jerome Airport

Zračna luka Sveti Jeronim Split
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 (2023)
Passengers3,358,902 Increase 15.48%
Statistics from Split Airport site[1]
General information from Split Airport site[2]
Source: Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[3]

Split Saint Jerome Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Sveti Jeronim Split; IATA: SPU, ICAO: LDSP), also known as Split Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Split), 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. It is named after Saint Jerome, the patron saint of Split-Dalmatia County.[4]

In 2019, the airport was the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb Airport, handling 3.3 million passengers.[5] 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 seasonal base 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.[6][7] These flights connected Split either by its Divulje seaplane station, or by the Sinj airfield.[6]

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.[8]

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.[9] The largest pre-war passenger numbers were achieved in 1987, totalling 1,151,580 passengers and 7,873 landings.[8]

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 level in 2008.[8]

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.[10][11]

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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.[16]

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.

The 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:

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens[17]
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin[18]
Air France Seasonal: Paris–Charles de Gaulle[19]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga, Tallinn[20]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
Braathens International Airways Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Luleå, Malmö (begins 3 July 2024),[21] Norrköping, Oslo, Örebro (begins 18 August 2024)
British Airways Seasonal: London–City,[22] London–Heathrow, London–Stansted (begins 7 September 2024)[23]
Brussels AirlinesSeasonal: Brussels[24]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[25] Frankfurt, Munich[26]
Croatia Airlines Copenhagen,[27] Frankfurt, Munich, London–Heathrow, Rome–Fiumicino, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Amsterdam,[27] Athens, Berlin, Bucharest–Otopeni,[27] Dublin,[27] Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, Istanbul,[28] London–Gatwick, Lyon, Milan–Malpensa,[27] Osijek, Oslo,[29] Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Prague,[30] Skopje,[31] Stockholm–Arlanda,[27] Vienna
Seasonal charter: Girona (begins 28 August 2024), Knock, Karlstad,[32] Luleå,[33] Örnsköldsvik,[33] Östersund,[33] Skellefteå,[33] Umeå[33]
Discover Airlines Seasonal: Frankfurt[34]
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[35]
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Berlin, Dortmund
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
ITA Airways Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino[36][37]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki[38] Luleå, Stockholm–Arlanda (begins 6 July 2024)
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester
KLM Amsterdam[39]
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
Play Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík[40][41]
Ryanair Seasonal: Dublin, Rome–Fiumicino,[42] Vienna[43]
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim[44]
Smartwings Seasonal: Innsbruck,[45] Prague
Sunclass Airlines Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda[46]
Trade Air Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, Zadar
Transavia Seasonal: Amsterdam,[47] Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Antwerp
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda
Volotea Seasonal: Athens (begins 2 June 2024),[48] Bari (begins 5 July 2024),[49] Bordeaux, Lille,[50] Lyon,[51] Marseille, Nantes, Naples (begins 31 May 2024),[52] Strasbourg (begins 26 June 2024),[53] Toulouse
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome–Fiumicino
Wizz Air Seasonal: Gdańsk,[54] Katowice, Kraków,[55] London–Luton, Lublin,[56] Rome–Fiumicino,[57] Vienna,[58][59] Vilnius,[60] 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 Wikidata query.
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport[1]
Year Passengers Passenger %
Cargo Cargo %
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 674,366 79.57Decrease 273 68Decrease
2021 1,577,584 133.93Increase n/a n/a
2022 2,908,577 84.37Increase n/a n/a
2023 3,358,902 15.48Increase n/a n/a
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport in 2023/2024 by month[1]
Month Passengers 2023 Passengers 2024 Passenger %
January 30,012 32,100 57.35Increase
February 30,070 30,034 52.63Increase
March 32,445 49,428 56.32Increase
April 133,316 186,673 18.29Increase
May 251,341 25.68Increase
June 422,419 15.44Increase
July 641,982 16.00Increase
August 625,622 8.44Increase
September 444,086 14.83Increase
October 241,350 12.52Increase
November 38,748 5.90Increase
December 37,190 4.92Increase

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[61]
  • Promet line no. 2 (Split-Strinje-Airport)[62]

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.[63][64] Another line connecting the airport two additional times daily with Split harbour and Bol on Brač island is available from June to mid-September.[65]


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.[66][67]

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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