Split Airport opens new terminal



Split Airport opened its new passenger terminal today after two and a half years of construction. The project, valued at 59.4 million euros, will enable the airport to handle an additional one million passengers per year and ease summer congestion. The terminal was officially opened at 12.15 CEST by the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, and the Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković. 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 passengers per hour instead of the current 2.000. That totals 40.000 travellers per day".


The multi million euro project stretches over a total area of 80.000 square metres and involved the construction of a car park with the capacity to accommodate 900 vehicles, as well as a bus terminal, that can cater for up to 49 busses. The passenger terminal itself features thirty check-in desks, seven semi-automated security lanes, a panoramic restaurant with views of the tarmac, a new premium lounge and an automated baggage sorting area. “This project has improved the airport’s infrastructure, increased its capacity, boosted the quality of service and enabled it to become Schengen-ready in the future. This capacity, with some minor adjustments, will be sufficient for the next twenty years”, Split Airport said.


Following today’s opening, the old passenger building will be overhauled and the two structures will be combined to form a single functioning unit. Furthermore, Split Airport plans to overhaul its runway, build a parallel taxiway and expand the apron, which should reduce airside congestion. As Croatia’s most profitable, the airport has funded the project partially through a loan from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, while 17.1 million euros were invested from its own means. The Croatian government has exempted the airport from paying tax on profit for the duration of the project. The new terminal opens during Split Airport’s busiest month of the year. It is expected to handle over 3.3 million passengers in 2019.


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Comments

  1. WOW looks impressive, I think we have the most beautiful terminal building in ex-YU.

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    1. I think the most beatiful terminal en ex-YU is in Zagreb airport.

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    2. It will surely not be far behind Zagreb's beautiful new terminal.

      Keep in mind works at SPU terminal are not finished yet. Only after renovations at the old part are done, then the two terminals will need to be combined and finally then it will be one pretty big new terminal.

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    3. Just look at the staircase leading in/out of the building. Do they think people are just going to lift and carry their luggage over the staircase? You need a trolley route access even for the small cabin luggage.

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    4. You can be sure there is an access to the building without stairs e.g. necessary for all handicapped and those with suitcases etc

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  2. Spectacular! Good luck, SPU!

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  3. Looks fantastic. Congratulations.

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  4. Great work. Now please expand apron and new taxiways. This is really important so airport can continue growing in the future.

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    1. Agreed - both is more than necessary.

      Additionally runway should be lengthened by some 500m to allow long haul flights to take off at MTOW!

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    2. Taxi way is most important. But, from what I can see, ap management had again neglected huge interest of GA. Dubrovnik has also GAT in finishing touches as a part of expansion. But for this management it is important head counting.
      I am not surprised that it is most profitable airport in Croatia; huge underpayed seasonal working force, strange private company providing outsourcing, governments with Split in their minds, and CTN management pushing only this airport on the coast; little more to DBV, but pushing ZAD, PUY and RJK to a side. ZAD was first to explore restrictions to GA in Split to raise such traffic and than went to only solution; LCC.
      With such back up I am sure that second handling company tender will take decades to happen.

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    3. "governments with Split in their minds, and CTN management pushing only this airport on the coast"

      What are you blabbering about? Are you ill?

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  5. Good work. I like the modern glass look and think it was worth the investment. Will the old terminal stay open until the end of the season? And has the cleaners strike at the airport ended?

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    1. No, cleaning strike has not ended so 'old' terminal is very messy. You can see "urgent" job postings for cleaners at Split Airport on job websites.

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    2. Old terminal should stay open until the end of the summer.

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    3. Should, or actually does stay open?

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  6. Now it is fully ready to become Croatia's no. 1 airport. Well done!

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    1. Unfortunately: no!

      If you read the text and what officials say then it is clear the additional terminal is just one out of several major airport expansion steps that SPU urgently needs.

      In fact, the new terminal is about 315% the size of the old terminal - but airport capacity increases with the use of both terminals only by +25% at the moment!
      Therefore it is obvious that other factors are the major capacity constraints: apron and particularly taxiways.

      Major focus should now be put at building parallel taxiways to both ends of the runway including a high speed runway exit on each side in order to speed up landings and take offs and to cut down the "lost times" for waiting at runway hold short markings and separations in the air.

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  7. Finally no more lines spilling outside of the terminal in 40C heat.

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  8. Croatia is getting more and more nice terminals.
    The coast will soon be the master of Balkan aviation.
    SPU leaves so many other airports behind and will most likely become the second busiest airport in ex-Yu and maybe first if more airlines expand next year.
    ¡Bravo Hravtska!

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    1. SPU had a 26% growth in April and 8% last month:

      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/07/split-misses-terminal-opening-deadline.html

      It has all the chances reaching 4 million next year.

      Projections:

      2019 - 3.6m
      2020 - 4.1m
      2021 - 4.5m
      2022 - 5m

      ............
      2050 - 15m

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    2. ATH numbers for first 6 months 11.258.898
      OTP this year will have almost 15 million passengers!

      So when any of the exyu countries talks about regional and Balkan leadership the only response should be loud laughter.

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    3. SPU 15 million? Lol

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    4. lol indeed

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    5. 15 million is not the LOL moment to me, it's the time frame: 2050

      what your prediction for the next 2 centuries?

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    6. I remember back when Croatia entered the EU people on here were predicting ZAG would be at 5 million by now. People should not be throwing numbers around like that.

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    7. Before making predictions for Split airport please read the last sentence of the news article: expected to handle over 3.3 million passengers in 2019.

      Now that SPU terminal is done, what's next? Sarajevo, Ljubljana and Belgrade in that order?

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    8. Таке my words, mates....Split will be grand and will reach 15 million in less than 40 years time. Just wait for the second eventual expansion.....

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    9. 2019 + 40 years = 2059. What kind of a tool do you use to figure out what will happen in 2059? Crystal ball? A bottle of rakia?

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    10. Just simple mathematics. I was referring to 2050 and NOT 2059.

      31 years left to 2050 given SPU is 3 million, the rough estimation is around 480,000 pax annual increase which means 31*480,000 = 15 million.

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    11. Imagine if people in ex-YU were making such predictions back in 1989. lol

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    12. Anonymous13 July 2019 at 23:04

      480k per year? That's insane. If you read the news, it says they expect to grow to 3,3M this year, which is less than 200k. Average in the past five years was about 308k and that was mostly due to fantastic 2017. What on Earth are you smoking to come up with 480k per year, every year for decades? So sad.

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  9. I would love to see some pictures of the interior, should be great!

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    1. Those photos seem to be added now :)

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  10. This looks really good.

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  11. So SPU, DBV and ZAG are now all with new terminals.

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  12. When will the airside work begin?

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  13. Bravo Hrvatska!

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  14. Should have been done years ago but better late then never. I like the design.

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  15. Just to remind of some comments here few days ago about "bad management", "Balkan business", "historic failure" and similar, for the delay of entire 12 days. Bravo Splite, ocita si in lekciju :) :) :)!!!!

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    1. Can you show us where those comments are? I opened news that they missed opening deadline and I can't find any of the comments you listed except one which said the management is incompetent having lost the cleaning contract.

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    2. Ocita si in lekciju? LOL

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    3. Novi terminal još nije u funkciji, to je bilo samo za naslikavanje Plenkovića i HDZ-a. Stoga ti mogu samo poslati bosanski pozdrav u Rijeku!

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    4. Not true. It's open. You can see it on youtube etc

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    5. The duty free shop is the only thing that is open at the current moment. The building is not and will probably not be until November.

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  16. What flight will be the fist handled at the new terminal?

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    1. I would assume that honour would be given to OU no?

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    2. SAS and Croatian Airlines..

      SAS had the most flights through the past seasons.

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  17. While they are at it, they should really modernise the look of their site.

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  18. Nice. And next week we will have Air France start flights to SPU. Any idea on how many passengers Split could have this month?

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    1. Over 700,000.

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    2. It had over 695,000 last July so 700,000 should be easily reached :)

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  19. Beautiful. I still think they should have added airbridges but oh well. They said that they could add them in the future.

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    1. Until they expand the apron, the airbridges would just take up valuable parking space.

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    2. Apparently Split airport does not want airbridges also because it delays boarding and deboarding processes and with the small apron 5 or 10 mins less turn around time per such plane is also valuable money.

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  20. Apart from apron expansion, the next thing Split should really work on is seasonality. It would be a shame to let this new building go to waste in winter time.

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  21. " As Croatia’s most profitable"

    Not surprising since they operate all retail at the airport themselves. Duty free is one of the biggest sources of income now days.

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    1. I really don't think retail is a major source of income at SPU. What you say is correct but only applies to large airports.

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    2. The fees for the airlines are high at DBV and even higher at SPU, that's why they are so profitable plus they are not really willing to offer incentives or lower fees for new airlines as they are anyway getting new lines and services each year.
      The downside is that they could be having much more lcc traffic and more routes and services in winter if they would finally lower their fees.
      One can only hope it'll happen now.
      SPU airport mgmt should ask itself if it isn't better to lower fees by 20% for all new routes when by doing that u can generate 30% more (new) flight movements and hence gain 10% income in the end!!

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  22. :)

    http://www.split-airport.hr/images/New_pax_terminal.jpg

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  23. Congrats to Croatia and Split to the new terminal. Croatia is doing the best job in ex YU in terms of investing into traffic and tourism infrastructute and it pays off. Even with me, visiting this god blessed beauty country every year and spending there my money with pleasure. Keep on going !

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  24. I'm surprised there is very little coverage on this at the moment in Croatian media. You would think this is kind of a big deal. Anyway thanks for keeping us updated ex-Yu.

    Terminal looks fantastic. Congratulations SPU

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  25. A bit empty and bare inside. They should add some greenery. Otherwise very nice building.

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    1. Here comes the greenery guy. I was worried for a bit there.

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  26. The architect knows his job very well!

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  27. I'm flying BEG-SPU tomorrow, looking forward for seeing the new terminal and testing the facilities (border control etc.).

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    1. *to, not for haha

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    2. Isn't the new terminal just for Schengen and HR departures and the old terminal for all other non eu and non-Schengen flights? Thats at least how it was alwys reported so far?

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    3. Moze. Ja letim sa mesec dana za split er srbijom. Splitski aerodrom mi je bio uvek interesantan ali uvek dosta guzve i tesno za putnike. Jedva cekam da vidim novi deo. Poz

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    4. Make some trip reports guys :)

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  28. I just sent my friend the ex yu link with the gallery via FB. She told me she will be in SPU in 2 weeks time arriving from BCN. She will be surprised with the new terminal as she is originally from Zadar.
    This terminal is an architectual jewel. God bless Croatia.

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    1. I think the old buliding will be open until the end of the season (as i've heard) so i don't think she'll be very happy.

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  29. "Anonymous13 July 2019 at 12:58
    I'm surprised there is very little coverage on this at the moment in Croatian media. You would think this is kind of a big deal. Anyway thanks for keeping us updated ex-Yu.
    Terminal looks fantastic. Congratulations SPU"

    Croatia is extremely centralized. Had SPU received state support Zagreb got, this new terminal building would have been finished 10 years ago and now would have more than 5 million pax.
    But god forbid something was bigger and better outside of Zagreb...

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