|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