Sunday, May 20, 2018

Split to make terminal move by year's end


Split Airport staff will move to the new multi million euro terminal building, currently under construction, by the end of the year. With 50% of the work already completed, the airport's Assistant Director, Pero Bilas, said, "Construction should be finalised by the end of the year. We plan to make the move from the old to the new terminal during the winter because a lot of complex equipment needs to be tested, which is better done during the slower months". He added, "As a result, we will move to the newly built facility with all our operative departments in the winter so work on the overhaul of the existing terminal can begin".


The 59.7 million euro project is progressing on schedule. A new car park and bus terminal, which have the capacity to accommodate 900 vehicles over an area of 35.500 square metres, have been completed, while a 120-metre-long enclosed pedestrian overbridge linking the area with the terminal building over the state road is nearing completion. Preparations are underway to mount the steel roof over the terminal building and work on the installation of the baggage handling system is currently in progress. The new terminal building will feature thirty check-in desks, six gates, a new automated baggage sorting facility and five carousels, restaurants, an observation deck and a business class lounge.


Passengers are expected to start using the new facility next summer season. Upon completion, Split Airport will have the capacity to handle 3.5 million travellers per year. During the first four months of 2018, Split welcomed 241.845 passengers, representing an increase of 14.4% on last year. In April alone, the airport handled 124.352 travellers, up 0.9% on 2017. There are over four million seats on sale this year to and from Split with the airport projected to handle over three million passengers.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN33.699 10.8
FEB30.629 28.0
MAR53.165 57.2
APR124.352 0.9

94 comments:

  1. Congrats Split!

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  2. What happened in April? Why did growth slow so much?

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    1. April but also more tourists going to Tunis, Egypt and Turkey. Advance bookings for the three have been really strong this year.

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    2. not many new destinations were opend in april

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    3. So far this year there were 11% more foreign tourists in Croatia. They were all spread throughout the country, that is why growth at airports wasn't as big.



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    4. Easter, ok. But Easter is in other countries too and they have good growth.

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    5. Because a part of Easter (holidays) was in March this year, unlike last year, almost all airports in the region show a much smaller growth in April this year.

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    6. BEG's growth actually increased to 8% in April.

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    7. Not all airports, BEG has good growth in april

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    8. Catholic Easter was in March, Orthodox Easter in April, that's one of the reasons of BEG growth in April, as the biggest gastos market among orthodox ex-yu countries and airports

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    9. Or maybe BEG is not as seasonal?

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    10. AnonymousMay 20, 2018 at 8:51 PM
      +1

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    11. How can you compare seasonality of Split and Belgrade?

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  3. I hope this means that they will allow passengers to use the new terminal before their planned date of July 2019.

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    1. I assume they will. What would be the point of transferring during the height of summer. My guess is they will begin testing the new terminal with passengers sometime in February and start fully using the building at the end of March. Similar to what Dubrovnik did with its new terminal this year.

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  4. Any forecast for May? I hope we will see growth between 5% and 10% like DBV had in April.

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    1. Growth should be around 5-6% in May, however this year Split and Dubrovnik won't see massive growth figures of 2017, only 11 new seasonal routes to Split and 14 to Dubrovnik, projected growth of 7-8% for Split and 9-10% for Dubrovnik this year.

      I expect Split could handle 3.7 million in 2020, down from projected 4 million and Dubrovnik could handle 3.2 million in 2020, down from 3.5 million projected.

      June, July and August are very strong at both airports, September and May are very good, but the rest of the year is so so.

      High seasonality of both airports is major issues, but not surprising, considering same goes for most Holiday airports in Europe.

      Split, once new terminal is done, should have capacity of around 7-8 million, there are no immediate plans to install jet bridges, I think Split could become year round airport, but this is a long term future, post 2025, however don't expect figures to go beyond 6-7 million before 2040.

      Split airport will hit 5 million by 2025 and slow down to a crawling pace afterwards, as there's only so much seasonality airport can attract, after that year round strategy must be in place.

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  5. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  6. Nice work. So we will have ZAG, SPU and DBV all with new terminals by the end of this year.

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  7. Ne kuzim ja ove racunice njihove nikako.
    Teoretski gledajuci, 3.5 mil.putnika godisnje bi bilo cca 300 000 putnika mjesecno.
    Dakle, teoretski aerodrom moze obraditi toliko putnika mjesecno.
    No,kako imamo mjesece kad SPU ima promet od preko 450 000 putnika mjesecno, u startu su podkapacitirani.

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  8. From the available numbers this is the current situation across ex-YU region:

    1. BEG - 1.445.206
    2. ZAG - 839.429
    3. SKP - 600.000 (estimates)
    4. PRN - 595.866
    5. LJU - 487.152
    6. TGD - 271.112
    7. SJJ - 256.119
    8. DBV - 245.669
    9. SPU - 241.845
    10. TZL - 180.000 (estimates)
    11. INI 115.161
    12. TIV 111.814
    13. ZAD 60.776
    14. OSI 30.732
    15. PUY 26.350


    Interestingly enough, in April ZAD saw a 5% drop in passenger numbers.

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    1. Nice! Congratulations to TGD and SJJ, they are not giving up!

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    2. Tuzla should do well now. They are linked with Vienna by Wizz Air. I heard loads are not bad.

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    3. ^ They are not good actually and flights have been reduced.

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    4. TZL-VIE? Ouch. How many do they have now? Two?

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    5. I like SKP. They are quietly going on with their business, growing steadily without much fanfare. I mean they are already beyond 600.000, that's some 240.000 less than ZAG.
      If SKP keeps on growing like this then it will become a serious player. Aegean and Lot should help.

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    6. SKP is getting those A321s as well.

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    7. Whoever thought my beautiful INI would reach that far? I am so amazed and proud. Excellent!

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    8. I am wondering but has Tuzla peaked? I am sure nearby OSi has impacted their numbers to a certain extent.

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    9. re TZL peaking... now that Pjonjang pardon Banja Luka finally opened up for low cost flights you could be actually right

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    10. A combination of BNX and OSI opening up means that Tuzla is in for a treat now.

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    11. @AnonymousMay 20, 2018 at 9:23 AM

      Zagreb is at 1 million pax +
      Zagreb is projected to hit 3.45 million pax this year.

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    12. ^ it is numbers for the first 4 months. Not as of 2 days ago when Zagreb reached 1 million.

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    13. I am curious to see growth from June onwards especially now when OU keeps on cutting flights left and right.

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    14. It was reported on the news today that on Friday BEG broke its own record for arriving passengers. I think somewhere around 15.000 landed so my guess 24.000 ro 25.000 total.

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    15. Monday will be peak, 6xA330 9xA321 and many others

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    16. I guess four are JU, HU and two TK. Who are the other 2?

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    17. JU 500 BEG-JFK A330-200 (07:50)
      TK 1082 BEG-IST A330-300 (09:15)
      HU 7938 BEG-PEK A330-300 (11:10)
      SU 2799 BEG-SVO A330-300 (15:30)
      TK 3508 BEG-IST A330-300 (15:45)
      TK 1084 BEG-IST A330-300 (20:20)

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  9. Nice to see there are no more delays to this project.

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    1. +1 and it will be completed relatively quickly.

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    2. Although judging by the pictures it doesn't look (to me) like it's gonna be finished by the end of the year!

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  10. Based on the second picture, the terminal looks a bit small to me.

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    1. Well it's been mentioned in previous articles that the idea is for it to be merged with the current terminal when they finish its reconstruction and it will be one big terminal.

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    2. Still! 3.5 million overall capacity of both terminals connected compared to forecasted more than 3 million already this year seems like they planned the new terminal parts as too small.

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  11. This development was long overdue. Can't wait for the finished product.

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  12. Congratulations SPU but, the number 1 airport in Croatia and the western Balkans is undoubtedly DBV. No other airport reaches its level. Please, don't mention seasonality as it sounds too banal.

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    1. Why? What sets it apart from others exactly?

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    2. Well, I won't mention seasonality but I will mention the list posted above. Dubrovnik ranks 8th in the first four months of the year, half of PRN and SKP for example.

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    3. Their development, passenger growth and infrastructure projects have been very smart and well planned out. I'm sure in the next few years they will try and reduce seasonality.

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    4. They might overtake SPU this summer, that's all.

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    5. There is no chance they will overtake Split. Not this year at least that's for sure.

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    6. Well they are already ahead and unlike Split they actually grew in April.

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    7. SPU has a much larger catchment area and there is no chance DBV will ever overtake it in terms of the numbers. In fact the difference will continue to grow.

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    8. We will see but Dubrovnik isn't showing any signs of slowing down. I think it's safe to assume both will overtake Zagreb.

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    9. There is no way either Split and certainly not Dubrovnik will ever overtake Zagreb on an annual basis.

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    10. They already got there for several months of the year, so ... don't see why you are so certain.

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    11. Isn't DBV always at some point in spring a tad ahead of SPU for a period of two or three months (esp. March/April)? That always changes clearly though over the summer.

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    12. True but seems like Dubrovnik's growth is less hectic and more organised.

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    13. ZAG is and always will be no.1 in Croatia. It is the capital of the country after all.

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    14. Being capital means little when the coast attracts millions of tourists every year. Once the coast starts to tackle seasonality things will change.

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    15. Zagreb has so much more to offer to visitors than just sun and the sea and this will always reflect to the number of visitors. It is also the cultural center, has a great cuisine, concerts you name it. The coast will never be able to keep pace.

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    16. Yes, ZAG has so much to offer that more than half of its routes are seasonal. Please, don't publish information without checking.
      Also the coast doesn't have "sun and sea" only but also culture, theatre, activities, etc.
      ZAG is not working so hard to attract both legacy and LCC carriers.

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    17. Oh God it's this DBV troll again. The same guy who not only claims that DBV will overtake SPU (which it will not, but okay, that's at least not complete fantasy, although it won't happen) but also that DBV is no 1 in Western Balkans (by which parameters dude?). And once be also tried to convince people that DBV is head to head with Athens airport... then again, by which parameters? Since it can't be passenger numbers. But not enough: he also claimed that DBV has better perspectives than Athhens. And do assess his way of argumentation: DBV ist THE BEST but do not mention seasonality. WTF!? That is the key problem man. You cannot simply make a claim and then exclude all the counter arguments the way it pleases you... it would be the same as if I said, OU is the best airline in Europe but c'mon don't mention losses, fleet problems or whatever.

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    18. Troll. Provokator, nista drugo. ahahah

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    19. @AnonymousMay 20, 2018 at 10:18 AM

      Your delusions of grandeur are almost funny, Dubrovnik will remain a seasonal destination for some time. It is a small coastal city in Croatia, lacks Business acumen of Venice to become year round destination.

      Split has a chance to become a year round destination as it is 2nd largest city in Croatia, strong industry and commerce in place, major passenger port and with metro population of around 420 000, city is well suited for future commercial development and investments.

      Dubrovnik with 45000 inhabitants, and entire county with population of less than 150 000, hardly can become some major commercial center for year round demand.

      Also developments you're talking about are limiting and not really what for example Zagreb already has in place, and future plans including light rail link or heavy metro link to the Terminal, new much larger cargo terminal and 250 room hotel right next to the terminal.

      All these are planned to happen by 2025. You have some strange notions of what Dubrovnik Airport is and its potentials.

      Also, There's little chance Dubrovnik airport will ever exceed Split or Zagreb airport numbers, be it in pax, cargo or w.e.

      Seriously man, you have some serious delusions of grandeur. On SSC ppl tolerate your nonsense, wonder why. Yes I know who you are.




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    20. I didn't know Split has 420.000 metro population. I am surprised there are not more flights in winter.

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    21. Split county had population of nearly 500 000.

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    22. Had or has?

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    23. Has. Although a few people left since the EU access. But nothing compared to Slavonia. And moreover we must not forget that there is neighbouring Split-Sibenik county and also Zadar county which is only a few dozen km away. And also a quite large part of Herzegovina relies on SPU. So quite a decent catchment area for SPU.

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    24. Sibenik-Knin county*

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    25. That's why it's strange it is such a seasonal market.

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    26. Oh lord with the cheering fanboys... The things you get off at.

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    27. Ok, read all the comments. If SPU is so rich and big, then why is DBV so close and why does it have the country's largest portion of NEW routes? Why is DBV nearly narrowing the gap with SPU and soon expected to overtake the capital?

      Just take easyJet and Tui and compare it to the mighty capital:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubrovnik_Airport

      Thanks.

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  13. The growth in March was massive. Overall first quarter was very strong. They will have over 3 million passengers for sure and the new terminal will be just in time. Nice work SPU.

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    1. The growth in SPU is fantastic. Strong growth coming in May, June, July and August too.

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    2. I think growth will be around 10% over summer.

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  14. Is there a chance we will be seeing widebodies at Split when they finish the terminal?

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    1. Not sure if the runway can handle wide bodies.

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    2. It can't. Runway is just too short and there is not enough space to extend it on either side because of terrain.

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    3. Yes, it can.
      And yes, there is.

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    4. Of course the runway can handle widebodies, there have been 767 and 330 operating at SPU. Perfectly fine for widebodies operating intra-European routes. The problem is it is not long enough for ops longer than 5 hours on widebody.

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    5. How many runways are planned?

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    6. Huh? There are no additional runways planned.

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    7. @AnonymousMay 20, 2018 at 3:34 PM

      Current runway will be extended by around 500m, and taxiway added, but these are long term plans, circa 2025. before that property rights in the area need to solved, legal process must take place, that takes many years to solve.

      Croatian judiciary is really really slow, one of the worst aspects about Croatia, these stuff need to be solved much faster. major reform of Croatian judiciary and courts must be a priority for any government. Estonia or Sweden should be a fine example of how to run efficient judiciary. Problem is, Law is very difficult subject to study, and not many students are keen on studying law in Croatia, economics and Transport is most popular, wonder why??

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  15. And not to forget that in 2019 they will also start apron and taxiway expansion.

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    1. And that is absolutely necessary. The missing parallel taxiway and few parking positions at the gates do limit number of possible ops as much as the small terminal space does.

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    2. Any idea how is the new apron going to look like ? A blueprint maybe ?

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    3. Good question! Do any mockups exist?

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    4. Po mojem slobodnom misljenju, dovoljno je pragove piste spojiti s korijenima postojecih dviju spojnica.

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    5. What is that in English?

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    6. On English?
      That's great idea

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    7. meaning to connect thresholds with roots of existing taxiways and that's it

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