Split Airport busiest in EX-YU this July


Split Airport was the busiest in the former Yugoslavia this July, handling a record 657.049 passengers. The figure represents an increase of 20.7% on last year. The airport saw its busiest weekend of the year on July 29 and 30. During the January - July period, Split Airport welcomed 1.529.493 travellers through its doors, up 24.2%. A number of airlines have launched new seasonal services to the Croatian city this summer including KLM, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Eurowings, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Volotea, Wizz Air, Thomas Cook Airlines, Azur Air and Jet2. Split Airport estimates it will handle 2.6 million passengers by year's end.


  1. What a great month for Split Airport! Ex-YU record!

  2. Anonymous12:55

    It is actually crazy to know that Split has to turn down airlines especially on Saturdays, because they need so big separations due to missing taxiways. They should work on this even before terminal expansion.

    1. Anonymous12:53

      If management would be "normal". For them most important is head count and be regularly in media as record breaking. And taxiway doesn't help getting more heads through terminal. Their only hope is to get new manager after last months tender. Yes, they have huge traffic but it is no way result of great management; procedures are from seventies/eighties, and tourists has just found out that Split is not only point of transfer to islands but also to stay. Croatian tourism dream: just sit under olive tree and wait for tourists to come...

  3. Anonymous12:56

    So so far they welcomed 1.529.348 passengers while Zagreb welcomed 1.687.474.

    OMG so next month SPU will actually overtake ZAG as the busiest airport in the Jan-Aug period!

    1. Anonymous13:06

      Yeah for like a month. lol

    2. Anonymous14:55

      @AnonymousAugust 3, 2017 at 1:06 PM

      Actually thee months.

      September and October too. Zagreb could hit 2 million at the end of August, but strike might jeopardize that. Split will handle around 2.3 million.

      However Zagreb is expected to expand fast in winter months, and next year especially as number of new carriers are coming.

      Zagreb is projected to git 3.7 million pax next year. Split 3.2 million

    3. Anonymous07:46

      If we are to look at your past projections, wasn't ZAG already supposed to be at like 4 million?

  4. Anonymous13:01

    What about Pristina?

  5. Anonymous13:02

    Croatia will soon have 3 airports with over 3 million PAX :)

    1. Anonymous13:03

      More like two, I fear DBV will take some more time to reach that stage.

    2. Anonymous13:09

      well until 2020 all three will have above 3 Million.

    3. Anonymous13:13

      Let's hope SPU fixes the runway issue so that more flights can actually land.

    4. Anonymous14:38

      @AnonymousAugust 3, 2017 at 1:02 PM

      Very likely scenario in 2020,

      Zagreb: 5.1 million
      Split: 4.1 million
      Dubrovnik: 3.3 million
      Pula: 1.1 million
      Zadar: 1.0 million
      Rijeka: 320 000
      Osijek: 100 000
      Brac: 40 000
      Total: ~15.06 million

    5. Anonymous14:50

      @AnonymousAugust 3, 2017 at 1:13 PM

      Runway isn't the problem, weekends are, as this is when Split Airport has its rush hour, 120 landings 30 000 passengers.

      If Split airport could spread out weekend traffic over entire week, that would make things a lot simpler.

      As to taxiway, it'll be built in 2020, as soon as land issues are resolved. There are ~40 homes that need to be demolished and legal cases are in local courts.

      Split offered 1.5 million kuna for each property, way above market value for properties right on the airport doorstep and few properties illegally built on airport land, so they'll be knocked down first next year.

      If all goes well, new taxiway should be ready for 2020 summer season. Runway might get lengthen a bit as well and Cat IIIb instrumentation and landing system installed

      Dubrovnik Airport plans the same, CAT IIIb and taxiway to be completed.

    6. JU520 BEGLAX17:07

      DBV will hit 2 mio this year. They had a great July too.

    7. Anonymous03:58

      @JU520 BEGLAXAugust 3, 2017 at 5:07 PM

      2.3 million definitely, perhaps 2.35 million.

      This year,

      Zagreb - ~3.1 million (could hit 3.2 million)
      Split - ~2.8 million
      Dubrovnik - ~2.3 million
      Pula - ~700 000
      Zadar - ~650 000
      Rijeka - ~170 000
      Osijek - ~40 000
      Brac - ~20 000

      Total: ~9.8 million

      Zagreb will grow really fast once LCCs come to Zagreb in big way, EasyJet, Vueling, Voltea, Transavia France, Norvegian, Air Europa, Monarch, FlyBe, Air Baltic. ...

      However, airport management strategy is first to bring major LCCs in to Zagreb.

      SAS, Alitalia, Aer Lingus, TAP, Iberia to go year round, Aegean, Finnair (Helsinki is doing really well for OU, but OU can only do 3 days at most, no aircraft), Once these 7 carriers are settled in Zagreb, than LCCs will be invited to cover any holes.

      30 extra weekly flights by these 7 carriers = 300 000 new passengers per year.

  6. Anonymous13:15

    These numbers are insane. Go Split. What's the combined annual total for all Croatian Airports? 12m pax this year?

    1. Somewhere between 9,5 mil and 10 mil pax...

  7. Anonymous15:55

    Bravo Hrvatska!

  8. Anonymous16:10

    Wow! Congrats, Split!

  9. Anonymous16:47

    Could we see Split pass 600k in July? At the current growth rates it seems possible!

    1. Anonymous16:48

      Sorry in August!

    2. Anonymous17:33


    3. Anonymous23:27

      580K should be possible

  10. JU520 BEGLAX17:05

    So crazy, unbelievable and I dont expect any downturn to this. Next years Croatia will remain a trend
    But Croatia also did their homework. Billions of investments into Hotels, Airports, Marinas, Ports which pays now off with double digit growths. Bravo Hrvatska !!

  11. JU520 BEGLAX17:11

    DBV 442'030 in JUL
    They shld make the 2,1 this year

    1. Anonymous17:17

      They already made 2,2
      First 7 months are up by 195k

    2. Anonymous23:25

      2,3 - 2,35 M
      2mth pax will be in 2nd half of September.

  12. Anonymous15:22

    One of the problems that SPU has is that because of the ghastly experience in peak months a lot of passengers will swear never to come back. July and August for most of the day are a nightmare.


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