PHOTOS: Split terminal project enters final phase




The construction of Split Airport's new terminal building is entering its final phase with the facility to be opened in June. Work on the car park, which has the capacity to accommodate 900 vehicles and boasts 49 parking positions for busses, has been completed, as well as an overpass linking the area with the new terminal building. The 120-metre overpass will be air-conditioned and features a moving walkway. A total of thirty check-in desks have been installed inside the terminal building, as well as seven semi-automated security lanes. Such security screening checkpoint, can take on several passengers at a time without each individual needing to wait on the person in front of them to complete their screening. The terminal building will have the ability to handle some 3.000 travellers per hour and seat 1.300 passengers. Furthermore, the structure will feature a panoramic restaurant with views of the tarmac.



Questioned whether Split Airport will eventually mount airbridges onto the new terminal's six gates, Split Airport's Deputy General Manager, Petar Bilas, said, "There is a theoretical possibility for air bridges to be installed. This will depend on the nature of our traffic and the needs of air carriers, as well as the expansion of operational areas in order to fit them". Mr Bilas noted that the bulk of the airport's traffic consists of low cost carriers which do not require air bridges as their use increases both costs and turnaround times. Furthermore, the current apron does not have enough space to accommodate them.


Following the completion of the new terminal, the existing building will be overhauled and the two structures will be combined to form a single functioning unit. Furthermore, work on the runway, taxiways and the expansion of the apron will also be launched. "The overhaul of the runway is the next project after the reconstruction and extension of the passenger terminal is completed", Mr Bilas said. Work on the runway is expected to commence by the end of the year. The airport is yet to decide whether it will close its doors for a month in order for the overhaul to take place, or whether work will be carried out over a longer period of time during night hours. Once the reconstruction of the runway is completed, the airport will begin expanding its apron and taxiways.

Photos courtesy of Goran Leš

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Comments

  1. Interesting explanation they give about the air bridges. When they extend the apron perhaps they could add one. They could get some extra revenue. I'm sure there would be some airlines that would use it.

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    1. Most of their customers/airlines are price sensitive, they want to be as competitive as possible.

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    2. Cemu ta opsjednutost mostovim?

      Rulnice su puuuuno potrebnije

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    3. They have one air bridge already. From the car park to the terminal. :)

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    4. A jet bridge gate takes up the space of two bus gates.
      So airports all over the world are charging airlines that use them more than they do for bus gates.

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    5. Zauzima vraga.
      Ispod svakog mosta ima prostora za 2 autobusa.

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    6. Air bridge stand usually occupies less space in width as it's a nose in stand but requires push back service.

      Split has currently only taxi out stands and they require almost the space of a extra stand next to it for taxi out, but less space in depth as the planes are parked diagonally.

      It's a legacy from the old ex-Yu regional self sustainable airport design but also a clear situation feeling of what is necessary.

      Changing this changes much stuff including the manoeuvring and safety areas, but also in regards to requirement to equipment and staff knowledge/training.
      The current airlines probably won't pay this.

      As a passenger I would rather have a bus ride to the stairs than needing to go down airbridge stairs and up again to enter the rear door, as it's happening at many airports.

      Thanks for the fotos Les :)

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  2. The wooden ceiling looks fantastic.

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  3. It's looking very good. Now going into the same category as Zagreb and Dubrovnik.

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    1. Pula and Zadar are pretty good too.

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    2. Croatian airport infrastructure is amazing for such a small country.

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  4. This looks amazing! I'm flying for the first time from Split to Riga on 7th of June, I'm curious how it will look then. Especially as the airport reviews are horrible now.

    Do we know the expected date of opening?

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    1. I don't think there is an official date. Just June for now. It's pity they didn't open it in time for the summer season next week.

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    2. Is there an official opening date? June is just 3 months from now or rather even less.

      Did anyone get a chance to enquire about this, maybe Admin can/did ask this to the airport management?

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  5. Phantastic foto documentation. Great job! Looking fwd to my SPU flight next month

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  6. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  7. The interior is going to be really impressive! Seems very inviting and calming something that will give the average tourist a great first and last impression. Looking forward to seeing the finished product later in the year.

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  8. What I like about SPU is that it's very realistic about what kind of airport it is and who its main customers are. There is no obsession with widebodies, no obsession with 'fancy' airlines or long-haul flights... they know they rely on charter traffic so they cater for their needs. No fuss, no drama which is why they get things done and why they have such spectacular results.

    Congrats to SPU, this will be yet another fantastic year!

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    1. Agree completely with you about SPU philosophy - standing firmly with both feet on soil - but one thing you got wrong - SPU does not rely on charter traffic at all - I am pretty sure charter traffic makes some 10 percent of the total traffic - up to 20 percent in best case - vast majority of traffic in SPU are scheduled/regular flights, and well over 50 %of those are LCC.

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  9. Finally. This has been a long time coming.

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    1. Agree. This new terminal is much welcomed news and it looks great.

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    2. It is really overdue but I like the way the building looks.

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  10. I really like it.

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  11. Ceiling reminds me of Madrid Airport
    https://www.moso.eu/sites/moso/files/styles/opengraph/public/images/project/slides/20060724-01_S_HR_Airport-Madrid-ES_1.jpg?itok=Z4np_6y_

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  12. Najvise mi se svidja to kod vas kad krenete raditi onda ga radite ispocetka, sve novo i da na kraju to i zavrsite. Znam da su u pitanju veliki krediti ali svaka cast.

    Najvise mrzim kada ljudi krpe neke ozbiljne projekte...pozdrav iz Beograda!

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  13. New terminal seems to be progressing nicely.

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  14. When the apron is expanded Split can finally attract some long haul flights.

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    1. Well Air Transat scheduled flights from Toronto for this summer but then cancelled them.

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    2. What was the actual reason for the cancellation of this flight?

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    3. Transat said it was "commercial reasons".

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    4. "Commercial reasons" means poor ticket sales.

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    5. Actually it could mean anything. Split's runway is simply too short for a long haul plane departure near MTOW so possibly every second or third week a fuel stop in Shannon might have become needed further increasing costs.

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    6. I really don't see why SPU should have long-haul flights? Split is a small town in global terms and in reality it can live perfectly well without having long-haul flights.

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    7. Split itself is second biggest town in Croatia, and with Solin/Kastela/Trogir/Omis practically being one city, it's actually not small for european sizes, as it counts for some 400000 people, similar to Geneva. Not saying SPU will have GVA 's numbers or long-haul carriers but it's really not "Velo misto" any more. And tourism really helps booming. Been there a month ago, know what I talk about

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    8. RHO is miles ahead of SPU and it doesn't have long-haul flights. Even world famous Mykonos doesn't have and it only recently got QR. Let's not lose focus here.

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    9. RHO is a devrloped tourist destination for decades.
      It is not fair to compare it with SPU.

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  15. The new terminal will allow SPU to further grow, I expect it to reach 3.5 million this year.

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    1. Bez rulnica u punoj duljini nema razgovora o povecanju broja letnih operaciju u vrsnim mjesecima.
      Samim time, nema ni govora o nekakvom osjetnijem rastu.

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    2. Agree, they need to get the taxiways built as son as possible. It cannot be that aircraft have to backtrack for departure. This seriously reduces the possible numbers of flights and requires a bigger separation upon landing. Parallel taxiways will significantly increase the airports aircraft capacity.

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  16. They should definitely attract more carriers to fly there year round. Good luck.

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  17. Only 6 gates?

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    1. How many does the old terminal have?

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    2. No. Split has more (old terminal only). Two or three downstairs and another five or six upstairs.

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    3. Yes there re 3 downstairs (for domestic flights) and six upstairs in the old terminal.

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  18. Can't wait for the opening. Looks good.

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  19. Now this is what I call prestige in all its senses.
    The real image of a modern country.
    Well done, Croatia. Well done.

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    1. What's up with you and "prestige"?

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  20. It looks extremely nice and promising - but i cannot believe judging by the pictures (thinking they were taken in the last few days) that the new terminal will be ready for opening in less than 3 months. Looks like it needs 6-9 months till it can be opened for the public. I'd rather believe it'll be open just in time for Xmas!

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  21. The arrivals area / conveyor belts (luggage pick up) area looks huuuge - like a lot larger than the departure area. Any reason for this?

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    1. Same to me, but that is only good as there is space for the future and much better than the current.
      Does anyone know if it is under the new terminal or maybe under the new apron from 10 years ago?

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  22. Looks good. All of exyu airports (except one) with more than 2 mil annual passengers got new terminals in the recent years and it helped with passenger growth.

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    1. True, but other than that one, none of the other airports had sufficient capacity in order to grow.

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  23. Congrats, Split! Keep up the good work!

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  24. Seems nice so far

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  25. What will be the total capacity of the two terminals?

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  26. There is no chance they will be ready for June. I fly there every other week and there is still a HUGE amount of work to be done. More likely to be ready by end of the year.

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  27. I hope it wil have been finished by Aug. I am going to fly there on Aug. 2.
    Do you think it will be opened by that time?

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    1. I wouldn't put my money on it.

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    2. but why not: :) It is nearly in complete. They just need to furnish it and that's all :) By Aug. it needs to be done. Anyways, why do they said that the deadline is by June?

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