Split Airport

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Split Airport
Zračna luka Split
Split Airport from the air.jpg
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
SPU is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,550 8,366 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 2,289,987 Increase 17,1%
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 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Expansion plans[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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[edit]

Split Airport terminal entrance
Split Airport terminal interior
Ground handling at Split Airport
Lufthansa A319 landing at Split Airport


Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines
operated by Olympic Air
Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin (begins 27 May 2017)[6]
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino (begins 7 July 2017)[7]
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt (resumes 30 April 2017) [8]
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Rome–Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Athens, Belgrade, Berlin–Tegel, Düsseldorf, Erfurt/Weimar, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow, Lyon, Osijek, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Skopje, Vienna, Zürich
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast–International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Glasgow, Hamburg, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly
easyJet Switzerland Seasonal: Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Seasonal: Düsseldorf, Salzburg (begins 28 March 2017) [9]
operated by Air Berlin
Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn (begins 05 May 2017) [9]
operated by Germanwings
Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Germania Flug Seasonal: Zürich
operated by Air Nostrum
Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: East Midlands (begins 30 April 2017),[10] Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted (begins 2 July 2017),[11] Manchester
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam (begins 22 April 2017) [12]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Lufthansa Regional
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin
Monarch Airlines Seasonal: Birmingham (resumes 25 June 2017)
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Göteborg–Landvetter (begins 30 March 2017),[13] Helsinki, London–Gatwick, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
operated by LOT Polish Airlines
Seasonal: Tallinn
Rossiya Airlines Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Aalesund, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Göteborg–Landvetter, Helsinki, Kristiansand, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Trondheim
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Seasonal: Prague
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Leipzig (resumes 2 October 2017)
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal: Manchester (begins 5 May 2017)
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium Seasonal: Brussels
Thomson Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick, Manchester
Trade Air
operated by AIS Airlines
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam
Transavia France Seasonal: Paris–Orly
TUIfly Belgium Seasonal: Antwerp, Lille (begins 14 May 2017)[14]
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Volotea Seasonal: Bordeaux, Marseille (begins 9 April 2017),[15] Nantes, Venice–Marco Polo, Toulouse
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Florence, Rome–Fiumicino
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev–Boryspil
Wizz Air Seasonal: London–Luton, Warsaw–Chopin[16]


Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Seasonal charter: Borlänge, Haugesund, Kristiansand
ASL Airlines France Seasonal charter: Lyon, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Azur Air (Germany) Seasonal charter: Düsseldorf (begins 5 May 2017)[17]
Croatia Airlines Seasonal charter: Erfurt/Weimar, 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
Jetairfly Seasonal charter: Deauville, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse
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
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, Trondheim
Transavia France Seasonal charter: Lille
TUIfly Nordic Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Travel Service Polska Seasonal charter: Warsaw–Chopin
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
2015 1,955,400
2016 2,289,987

Ground transportation[edit]

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


External links[edit]

Media related to Split airport at Wikimedia Commons