Friday, November 27, 2015

Split Airport terminal project delayed

Split Airport terminal construction moved to spring 2016

The construction of Split Airport's new multi million euro terminal has been delayed, with work on the project now expected to begin next spring instead of this autumn. The state has to issue construction permits after which a tender process for the selection of contractors will be launched. "If everything is completed at a quick pace, I expect construction to begin in the spring of 2016", the Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, said recently. The new terminal 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.

The project is valued at 59.3 million euros and is estimated to take just over two years to complete. The state will exempt Split Airport from paying tax on profit, which will fund part of the investment (17.1 million euros) through its accumulated profits. The rest will be paid through a loan from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which will not require state guarantees. "There is no reason why this project should not be completed in two and a half years, resulting in a revamped airport that will have the capacity to handle over two million passengers annually, a figure expected to be achieved in 2017/2018", Mr Hajdaš Dončić said.

Check-in at Split Airport during summer month rush

Split Airport is the former Yugoslavia’s third busiest airport and the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb. It has already handled a record 1.8 million passengers this year, surpassing 2014's end of year result in just ten months. The airport is facing capacity issues during the peak summer months when the bulk of its passengers pass through its doors. Managing Director Lukša Novak expects for Split to hit the two million passenger mark next year. However, with Aegean Airlines, Air Berlin, Volotea, Niki and Thomson Airways already announcing new routes to the coastal city for next year, the figure could be achieved sooner rather than later. Split Airport's expansion is the third major project of its kind in Croatia following similar ongoing investments at Zagreb and Dubrovnik airports

46 comments:

  1. This should have been completed by now. They are already facing so many problems. Let's say they survive 2-16 I don't know what they are going to do in 2017.

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    1. land issue needs to be resolved, massive problem there. reason for massive delays.

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  2. Are there also capacity issues with aircraft during the summer? Can they handle all the planes?

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    1. sometimes they can't so flights are diverted to Dubrovnik or Zadar, happens only on busy weekends.

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    2. Some slots are still free on Fri, Sat, Sun but only early morning and late evening ones.

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    3. but apparently none of the costs for Split terminal extension will be covered by EU funds. How is that possible?? I think that was the point of post by anon at 2:53.

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    4. (sry comment at 9:06 is misplaced)

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  3. So yet another disastrous summer at SPU... anyone who has been there knows what I am talking about. It's pathetic because the expansion of SPU should have been a national priority.

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    1. Fully agree. It's so bad when a wonderful holiday begins and ends in such shambles.

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    2. i also totally agree. But with zagreb being the priority, then comes nothing, then nothing, then nothing nothing, then Kvarner/Istria, then DBV, then Split, then the Islands one can be sure already that a new SPU terminal will be ready only for summer 2020 - that should finally be realistic - mark my words.

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    3. You are joking! Zagreb? WTF???? Zagreb was giving to concession. No, problem put Split airport into concession. You will get new terminal in notime.

      What was build in Zagreb in last 15 years with state money. Highway to Split was build for one month of huge traffic. Not a km in Zagreb. And 40% of all petrol is sold in Zagreb. Not a cent came back for roads. You are bullshiting.

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  4. And I believe it will be even further delayed. On that planned timetable they should have already received construction permits and they haven't.

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  5. Ne znam kako ih nije sramota? Na SPU nemas gde da sednes da sacekas ukrcavanje, osecas se kao u du....!

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    1. U ponedjeljak ujutro sam išao iz SPU za ZAG. Samo jedna A319 u domaćim odlascima, istina prepun, ali samo jedan i bila je gužvetina na gateu. Ljudi nisu imali gdje sjesti, pa su sjedili po onim zidićima uz prozore, i za stajanje nije bilo mjesta... Mogu mislit kako je onda na međunarodnim odlascima i na check-inu kad je top sezona.

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    2. Bolje da ne znas, ja obicno letim u julu i avgustu i uvek prolazim kroz pakao... Nije mi jasno kako drzava ne uradi nista po pitanju tog aerodorma.

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    3. Kad sam prošli puta bio tamo pokazivali su mi novu stajanku, pa su me odveli ispod. Tamo ima kamara prostora, uređenog i još više neuseljenog. Nije mi jasno zašto ne prebace neke stvari tamo. Stvarno je to ogroman prostor, mogli bi prebaciti policiju, carinu, aerodromske službe, urede, pa čak i neke objekte (restoran, trgovine, poslovnice, rent'a'car poslovnice...). Time bi se oslobodio prostor gore za putnike i check in. Ovako to zjapi prazno.

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  6. They seem to be quite conservative with their predictions. I'm pretty sure SPU will surpass 2 million next year, not in 2017. Also wondering how Russia-Turkey fallout will impact tourism numbers next year. Russia has already warned its people not to travel to Turkey and 3 million Russians holiday there. With flights to Egypt suspended until 2017 they will have to go somewhere else. I assume Greece will be the number one choice but Croatia could benefit too.

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    1. Croatia and Montenegro should capitalize on the Russian market.
      It is a huge one and the costs of Croatia and especially Montenegro are much more competitive that Italy, Spain, Cyprus (which already sees large increase in Russian tourists after the Sinai incident) and most of Greece.

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    2. Cypriot tourism is booming now thanks to Egypt; for the first time ever Agia Napa will be opened during the winter months. Every day Orenair operates three to four B777-200 flights from Moscow to Larnaca, in addition to countless other carriers also entering the market or adding more flights.

      As far as Montenegro goes, given their anti-Russian policy I highly doubt many Russians will want to go there. I read somewhere that Albania is becoming increasingly popular for Russians but..

      In the end most Russian tourists will just end up going to Greece, like they usually do.

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  7. Will the old terminal stay in place or will they demolish it?

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  8. That picture of check in is crazy!! o.O

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  9. OT - Tomorrow IST-BEG is overbooked!

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    1. The JU flight or the TK flight?

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    2. JU flight. They're also offering IST-BEG with codeshare via FCO.

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    3. JU has just cancelled three flights Belgrade-Istanbul, December 12th, 16th and 19th.

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    4. Two of those dates are Saturdays, that's strange.

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    5. Are they sort of aircraft or is this because of some other reason?

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    6. Air Serbia uporno pokusava da poboljsa finansijske performanse poslovanja i popunjenost avionske kabine. Pored vec sprovedenog rezanja dobrog broja letova pred zimsku sezonu, naknadno je otkazano jos vise desetina letova u novembru, decembru i januaru. I dalje veliki problem predstavljaju regionalni ATR72. Nocas je u Bukurestu ostao ATR72 sto je vec peti slucaj za poslednjih mesec dana da avion ostane na destinaciji, a let bude otkazan.

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    7. Bad news for Air Serbia...

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    8. 13% cut in frequencies and still cancelations?

      Disaster!!!!! More than disaster!!!!

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    9. Ma katastrofa jedna.. a broj putnika i LF raste li raste.

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    10. How is TAROM doing in the route?

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    11. Sa otkazivanjima već i ovako smanjenih letova? Ako i raste, a čisto sumnjam, onda je to jako kratkog daha! Nema tih putnika koji će to lepo da gledaju i da to dugoročno neće da ima posledica.

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  10. Why couldn't this be financed through some EU-infrastructure fund?
    The Greeks got all their Highways paid by the EU.

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    1. No they didn't and neither did anyone else.
      The EU funds a part of the investment, I think the maximum amount is something like 66% for certain projects. The rest must come from government funds and private investors.

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    2. but apparently none of the costs for Split terminal extension will be covered by EU funds. How is that possible?? I think that was the point of post by anon at 2:53.

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    3. I was wondering the same thing.
      Why didn't the Croatian goverment use some of its allocated EU funds for Split I don't know.
      Maybe they used them all for other projects.

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    4. Since 2011 EU stop to finance airports. Exemption are airports which are isolated and vital for connection (islands) like Dubrovnik.

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  11. Uz ovo bi trebalo obezbediti i jos vise mesta za Opslugu Aviona ne znam dali je planirano ?
    INN-NS

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  12. Zadar management should work on having some of the airlines use their airport. The driving distance between Zadar and split is 157km. People whose holidays are north of Split along the coast, would be able to utilize Zadar then.

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  13. OT : & www.aviatica.rs
    Title :
    "Ural Airlines podneo zahtev za letove između Moskve i Beograda"

    Go Belgrade !

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    1. Great news for Belgrade, bad news for JU and SU.

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    2. Since 2013 when a new air service agreement was signed between Serbia and Russia, the market was fully liberalized. I am almost certain that these flights will take place because Ural is not some dodgy Russian airline operating a bunch of Tupolevs out of Tyumen.

      It's interesting to see if these flights will be open for general public. For many Domodedovo might be more appealing that SVO due to its geographical location. Still, it's always nice to see another carrier in Belgrade.

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