|Split Airport anticipates 6% passenger growth in 2015|
Split Airport welcomed its millionth passenger this year on Wednesday, eight days ahead of 2014. The lucky millionth passenger, Satumaarika Emmesjoe, arrived on a Croatia Airlines flight from Zurich. To mark the occasion, Ms Emmesjoe was awarded two return tickets to any destination in Croatia Airlines’ international network and received a gift voucher from Split Airport Duty Free. Split Airport has recorded 11% passenger growth so far this year. It was the former Yugoslavia’s third busiest airport in 2014 and is the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb, handling a record 1.7 million passengers last year. “During 2015 we expect to increase passenger numbers by 6%. As a result, we will handle some 1.860.000 passengers”, the airport’s Managing Director, Lukša Novak, said. He added, “We also plan to continue to invest in airport equipment which will ensure the best aircraft handling and services”.
The Croatian government recently announced the construction of a new multi million euro terminal at Split Airport, which will stretch over 34.500 square metres and increase the airport’s capacity to 3.5 million passengers per year. Furthermore, the car park and bus area will be expanded by 35.500 square metres. Work on the 59.3 million euro expansion project is expected to begin in autumn or early winter. It is estimated to take just over two years to complete the investment. The new terminal will improve the quality of passenger services and will enforce European Union standards for international border crossings in line with the Schengen Agreement. Furthermore, it will ease capacity issues which are present during the peak summer season.
|Split Airport's terminal project|
Mr Novak believes the airport will hit the two million passenger mark in 2017. During the first half of the year, Split welcomed 609.570 travellers, an increase of 10.6% compared to the same period in 2014. As a result, the airport handled 390.430 passengers this July, representing a new all-time record. Estimated revenue for this year is expected to amount to 34.4 million euros. Split Airport is the second in Croatia this year to handle over a million passengers, following Zagreb earlier last month, with Dubrovnik expected to follow suit soon.