Split's new terminal to open on schedule


Split Airport's new passenger terminal is set to open on time in approximately two weeks. The exact date is yet to be determined, as the facility undergoes technical checks prior to being issued an operating permit from the Croatian Ministry for Construction and Spatial Planning. Trial tests of the terminal's infrastructure and equipment has been ongoing for several months. Following the opemimg of the new terminal, the existing passenger building will be overhauled and the two structures will be combined to form a single functioning unit. The airport's General Manager, Lukša Novak, noted, "The terminal will be three times the size. Instead of the current 14.000 square metres it will have 50.000 square metres. This additional space will enable us to handle 2.500 passenger per hour instead of the current 2.000. That totals 40.000 travellers per day".

The new terminal features thirty check-in desks, seven semi-automated security lanes, a panoramic restaurant with views of the tarmac. an automated baggage sorting area, as well as a car park with the capacity to accommodate 900 vehicles and 49 busses. The new 36.000 square metre terminal structure has been made of reinforced concrete, laminated wood, structural steel and canvas. The arrival and departure areas have been separated to enable more operational flexibility and security control. The eastern part of the terminal is a compact glazed cube featuring a flat and partly glazed roof, while the western part has a basement and located next to the existing apron.

Mr Novak noted, "On an annual basis, the extra capacity will enable us to handle an additional one million passengers. Depending on tourism industry trends, this terminal should cater for our needs over the next fifteen years". He added, "We expect new routes to be launched once the new terminal opens. Each year we expand with some five or six new destinations. We are currently linked with around 100 cities or some fifty countries. We expect for this trend to continue in the coming years". Split Airport welcomed 310.809 passengers last month, representing an increase of 2.2% on last year.  Overall, during the January - May period, it handled a record 588.412 travellers, up 7.7%. The airport estimates its annual passenger growth will total between 5% and 10%.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN36.360 6.9
FEB34.825 13.7
MAR50.037 5.9
APR151.381 25.8
MAY310.809 2.2




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  1. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  2. They don't think they will add more than 1 million passengers until 2035?? o.O

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    1. Well May is the first official month of summer holidays and they only managed to add 2% more passengers. Other markets are being bullish and countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Tunis... are all dumping prices for package holidays. Also many European economies are starting to cool down which will affect travel demand.

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    2. Well May last year was full of European bank holiday, which many use for their short trips. Despite this!! the (touristic) seasonal airport of Split ADDED 2,2 % passengers. This year all those bank holidays are in JUNE. If they add 2% in June then there is a problem, probably the growths will be adjusted as in April for the holidays ;)

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    3. Their Airport were in construction & they were forced to reduce flights due to construction, use ur brain folks

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  3. Oh fantastic so the big lines spilling outside onto the road will be a thing of the past.

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  4. I assume the current "old" terminal will be closed after the season is over, not before?

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    1. Of course.

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    2. Old terminal will be renovated and used with new part together

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    3. I know, I was just wondering if they will close it staright away next month or wait for the summer season to be over.

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  5. Weren't people just recently saying how the terminal is nowhere near complete?

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    1. I still don't understand how building will be complete in 2 weeks since they are still doing work on it. I was there just last week and I'm not so optimistic they will get license in 2 weeks.

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    2. +1 same but I guess most of it is done. I really hope the new terminal is open by 1st July.

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  6. Number can not be OK. 40.000 passengers per day is 14,6 million passengers and capacity is not that high.

    Than in next sentence: extra 1 million passengers per year what is enough for 15 years? That is too low for this terminal.

    So, what are real numbers? What is capacity of new building and all together combined?

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    1. Because airport officials change numbers each time they give announcement and it depends on who is giving the announcement. General manager says one thing, deputy says another, minister says a third thing.

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    2. Numbers are OK. They are talking about real capacity, taking seasonality into account, and not of the theoretical yet impossible one. One should not expect 40.000 daily pax on a sea shore in february, should he?

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  7. The building looks impressive. Can't wait for it to open.

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  8. A really good summer for Croatia's coastal airports - record passenger numbers, new American line to Dubrovnik and now new terminal at Split.

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  9. I remember reading here that they will also expand aprons and runway. Has that been done?

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    1. No what you read is that the runway and apron expansion is the next phase of the project. So after the terminal opens.

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    2. More competition from other markets? DBV has far more character than SPU as a tourist destination so they are not as affected by this. It's much harder for Split to compete which is why both March and May were weak.

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    3. haha sherlock 9:28. They should hire you here at Barclays as an competent analyst. Your interpretations and analyses are fantstic ;)

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    4. Thank you for your compliment Anon 10.10, means a lot to me. :)

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  10. Split's numbers have been very good this year but the growth is a bit soft in May. What happened?

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    1. What happened in March is the better question.

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    2. Thanks frishki, people here are not able to understand that. But on the other hand when SPU and DBV reach 4 million they will claim how those are costal airports and depending on tourists and holidays etc. and therefore cannot be compared with BEG or other cities. But when that holiday shift happens, its is a big catastrophe, although SPU´s numbers were above last year´s results, which have grown compared to the year before by 18% already. Comparing the 2017 (no bank holidays) with 2019 (no bank holidays) they grew by 21% in May.

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    3. The strong growing will this year most probably stop. In Switzerland travel agencies were claiming that bookings for the season are behind plan and some operators already had to lower prizes. On the other hand in western Europe, especially Scandinavia but also Switzerland as much as possible green tourism is on the table. Weekly several times we get reminded to use the train and try for vacations near by instead of jumping on a plane and pollute further the planet. Now if this will become a sustainable trend or is just a current one due to ongoing media coverage, we shall see. Other challenge for HR are the high prizes. Comparing to other destinations, HR has become expensive. Lets wait and see

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    4. What you said regarding "eco friendly travel", if it kicks off, which I doubt, it will affect every country in the world, not just Croatia. Also, the prices are as high as much as people are willing to pay.

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    5. Yes but according to resident experts, Croatia is never affected by fall in bookings or whatever. It's immune to all that so I am sure this year even more Swiss tourists will come.

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    6. Well you need not be an expert on tourism. You simply have to understand a few numbers ;)

      https://twitter.com/bopinion/status/1138053400413782017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1138427450927529984&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bnnbloomberg.ca%2Ftrump-renews-attack-on-federal-reserve-s-interest-rate-policy-1.1271461

      Numbers alone in Dubrovnik are up by 53% in the first quarter. The Croatian Statistics on tourist arrivals this year are easily available on the net.

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    7. https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-06-09/europe-s-top-vacation-sites-need-options-to-fight-overcrowding?srnd=opinion-business

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    8. Anon 11:20

      Your sarcasm is so 6th grade level.

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    9. Oh Lufthansa just published their May numbers and they only grew 2 %. Must be they are about to close down :D And their CEO lies when he claims that the bank holidays shifts were the main reason, they need better analysts like some Anons here :D

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    10. First of all, 2% for LH is not the same as for SPU since the base number is much larger. Also they are probably under pressure since FR launched FRA base and are taking away a large chunk of their passengers.
      Also its funny you compare anything German with anything Croatian LOL!

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    11. Frishki, as always, you are contributing greatly to the overall discussion. Congratulations.

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  11. Split deserves a beautiful airport and a better winter season! Great job!

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  12. Their current ranking on google is 2.2 stars which says a lot based on over 1000 reviews. So this terminal is desperately needed.

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    1. I'm not surprised. Wouldn't wish on anyone to spend a day at SPU in July or October.

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  13. wow fantastic work Split. Well done!

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  14. Congratulations Split. This development was long overdue. Can't wait to see the finished product next month.

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    1. Finally after so many years of delays.

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  15. Good to see that Croatia's three busiest airports will all have shiny new terminal in operation this summer.

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  16. They should have targeted the opening in March, not June/July during the height of the season.

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  17. Good to know that we will have three representative airports in Croatia soon - ZAG, DBV and SPU.

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    1. Pula and Zadar are pretty good too.

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  18. It will be a nice glass terminal. Excellent job to have three of the country's busiest airports brand new and modern.

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  19. I must say that the plans and also the progress they now have (finally) made all looks very nice however I personally had preferred if they built the new adjacent terminal exactly in the very beautiful timeless style of the old one (I mean the outside of the terminal and facade). It has glass but also the very pretty white pavilions everywhere.

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  20. Hopefully they will attract some long haul flights now.

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    1. They said they don't care about long hauls.

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    2. That's pretty stupid. Long hauls bring in more passengers, larger aircraft and more money for the airport.

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    3. It's disappointing to read that they have said they have no plans to attract TATL flights.

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    4. They might not have plans but airlines may come to them. They never said they would turn them away.

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    5. First they need a longer runway unless they get A321NEO-LR service from Canada.

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    6. Citaj amo...s razumjevanjem.
      USS je glavni ogranicavajuci faktor za sirokotrupce.
      Moze sletjeti pun, a praznim tankovima bez porblema, no poletjeti s MTOW ne moze.

      Dakle, terminalna zgrada nema bas puno veze s tipom aviona koji koristi aerodrom.

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    7. We have to wait for Paris Air Show if Airbus will launch the 321 NEO XLR.. and if TS will buy/lease this aircraft.. or if AC will buy this aircraft... lot of "ifs"

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  21. So it will have the same number of check in desks and conveyor belts as ZAG airport?

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    1. Well it has more traffic than Zagreb for around 7 months of the year so it's logical.

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    2. ... and more P2P travel

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    3. I think the majority of Split's traffic is point to point.

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    4. At the end of 2019 SPU will be the busiest airport so it makes sense.

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

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  23. I'm glad they won't shut down the current terminal once the new one is completed and will just reconstruct it.

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    1. They should have done the same in ZAG.

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    2. Why? The new terminal is big enough to accommodate the traffic plus, unlike in Split, it is not close to the new terminal at all.

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  24. A bit crazy that they will open the new terminal during the busiest time of they year but hey, Splitcani are a but crazy.

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  25. That was really fast. It shows what can be done in a short time frame. Vinci should be watching this progress, they are next.

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    1. Of course but Vinci just took over the airport so they need more time to arrange things. SPU has been planning this for years now. That said the situation in BEG is becoming tight the same way it is in SPU. BEG, SPU and DBV are truly the best airports in all of ex-YU.

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  26. The way the results are going they will need a new terminal again in a few years.

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    1. This is the future number one in EX-YU!

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    2. It might catch up to ZAG at one point in terms of annual passengers but not likely to overtake BEG, based on airport General Manager predictions. Back in February GM said: we will be able to handle at least five million travellers per year without a problem and this will satisfy our needs for the next ten to fifteen years", Mr Bilas said.

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  27. All the airport investment in Croatia is really impressive. Well done.

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  28. Imagine if Split and Dubrovnik ended their policy of not allowing LCC to base planes there how traffic numbers would explode even more.

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    1. Well I guess that's why they are among the most profitable airports in the country. They probably don't need to give in to LCC concessions around basing planes.

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  29. Will the new building have airline lounge?

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  30. Really needed. Why did construction take so long? More than 2 years.

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    1. 2 years is not that much. Zagreb terminal was under construction for 3 years.

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    2. Zagreb terminal is nearly twice the size, far more complex architecturally. 3 years for such complex building is relatively short space of time.

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    3. Actually no it isn't twice the size. Split Airport will combine existing terminal with the new one and the difference is almost negligible. New terminal in Split has 4 floors, Zagreb has 3.

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    4. Actually Zagreb Airport has 4 floors: ground floor (arrivals), second floor (transfer), third floor (departures), fourth floor (security check). It stretches over 65.800 sqm while Split Airport new terminal has 34.500 sqm; the completed terminal (new +refurbished old) will have 46.000sqm, together with bus terminal and car rentals 50.000 sqm.

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  31. Thanks for the update

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  32. Croatia is a good example for a country when it comes to airport investment. Admittedly this all could have (and should have) been done some 5 years ago but with new terminals in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split things are going in the right direction.

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    1. It makes sense. It is a tourist country and much of its GDP is generated from tourism. Infrastructure which improves the quality of stay for tourists should be a priority.

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    2. The growth in activity across all Croatian airports is impressive

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  33. This is really overdue but I like the way the building looks

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  34. The way Split is going they will overtake Zagreb soon.

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    1. No chance that SPU will overtake Zagreb. Zagreb has growing year round traffic while Split has and always will have insignificant traffic during the winter.

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    2. Yes but at one point the volume of traffic during the summer may be large enough to compensate for the slower winter.

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    3. Well this winter there are no new additions to ZAG, actually only reductions while SPU will most likely keep on growing.

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  35. Now they need to work on the taxiways. It is a shame A/C have to backtrack on the runway and thus limiting the airport´s capacity.

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    1. I don't think they are planning a parallel taxiway.

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    2. First of all they need the land to build the taxiways. Otherwise a heliport would be ok to grow pax no's.
      ;)

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  36. Nice Mediterranean terminal.

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    1. I really like it. It's modern. I also think it's cool that the over bridge will have moving stairs and that it will be enclosed. Very convenient.

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  37. Looks amazing. Well done spilt and Croatia. I'm hoping Rijeka gets the next revamp.

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    1. After seeing those launch photos last week I would agree that it really needs a revamp.

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  38. Growth is not just depending on the new terminal. When will the runway/taxiway system (+ apron) be expanded?

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    1. Like someone said below after they finish the terminal.

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  39. Any info on how June is performing at SPU?

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  40. Would be nice to see some more premium airlines at Split and not just leisure carriers. Maybe with the new terminal this will change.

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    1. I don't know what you mean by "premium" but you already have the likes of Aegean, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Finnair, Iberia, LOT, Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, SAS and Austrian all flying to SPU.

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    2. @An.11.35
      Are you saying Croatia Airlines and Air Serbia are not in premium LEAGUE? LOL LOL LOL

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  41. Smart that they built a bus terminal as well for the tourists and that it is not right in front of the airport.

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  42. This project was badly managed and all dates communicated for opening have not been respected. That is still a building site, I can't imagine they will be opening the terminal in the next two weeks. There are still glass panels missing on the building, interior most likely still needs to be decorated, the bus terminal is not in function, there is lot of waste lying around, etc.

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    1. Well frishki do you have any counter arguments or are you just being a bot?

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    2. I have them as much I do. Just like I'm a bot as much as you are.

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    3. 'I have them as much I do'

      So much wow.

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    4. More like entertained.

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  43. I think they will also have a train connecting the airport to the main ferry dock soon too.

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    1. Yes thats the Plan. But in Croatia that will only happen with EU money and after planing 10 years

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  44. Yes, and there is new high speed boat - katamaran service directly from the airport to Brac and Hvar islands, 4 times per day

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    1. Seems like ferry companies profited from ECA demise.

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    2. I remember sitting on a mountain in 2009 which overlooks Split airport with my cousin and I said to him, you want a good business idea, connect Split airport with the main town and some of the nearby islands by boat. Don't think it was him.

      I also suggested sliced bread when I first visited on 1994..... no one listened then either lol!!

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