Busy times as Split announces terminal expansion in 2014
Split Airport has announced plans to expand its terminal building and invest a further sixty million euros in upgrading its facilities. Tender procedures for the terminal’s expansion should begin in the first half of 2014, while construction is planned to commence following the busy summer season. Half of the finances would be provided by the airport itself while the other half will be funded from alternative sources. The airport recently purchased nearby land in order to construct a 35.500 square metre parking lot. Commenting on the future investments, Split Airport CEO Lukša Novak said, “With the planned reconstruction and expansion of the terminal building the airport will expand its facilities by 34.500 square metres, which will increase capacity”. Split Airport currently has the capacity to handle two million passengers per year.
Croatia’s third busiest airport has recorded a strong year so far. Its passenger numbers have risen by 11% in 2013. In July alone the airport welcomed 335.000 passengers, an increase of 14.3% compared to the same month last year. During the month, the airport broke its 24 hour passenger record twice, the latest being on July 28 when it handled some 60.000 passengers, meaning approximately 30.000 travellers arrived and another 30.000 departed the city. The seaside airport saw a combined total of 220 flights arriving and departing.
Split is the fifth busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia, behind only Belgrade, Zagreb, Pristina and Dubrovnik. The airport handles over 25% of all passengers departing and arriving from and to Croatia. Most passengers using Split Airport this summer are from Scandinavian countries as well as the United Kingdom and France. Furthermore, the airport holds the title of being the most profitable in the country.