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Split Airport

Split Airport

Zra?na luka Split
Split Airport new terminal night.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerSplit Airport Ltd.
LocationKa?tela, Croatia
Hub forCroatia Airlines
Elevation AMSL78 ft / 24 m
Coordinates43°32?20?N 016°17?53?E / 43.53889°N 16.29806°E / 43.53889; 16.29806
SPU is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,550 8,366 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers3,301,930 Increase 5.69%
Statistics from Split Airport site[1]
General information from Split Airport site[2]
Source: Croatian Aeronautical Information Publication[3]

Split Airport (Croatian: Zra?na luka Split; IATA: SPU, ICAO: LDSP), also known as Resnik Airport (Zra?na luka Resnik), is the international airport serving the city of Split, Croatia. It is located 19 km (12 mi) from Split, on the west side of Ka?tela Bay, in the town of Ka?tela, and extending into the adjacent town of Trogir.

In 2019 the airport was the second busiest in Croatia after Zagreb Airport handling 3,3 million passengers.[4] It is a major destination for leisure flights during the European summer holiday season and an important focus city for Croatia Airlines that offers flights to European cities such as Frankfurt, London and Paris.


The first grass airfield was located in Sinj and the first commercial route was opened in 1931 by the Yugoslav airline Aeroput. It linked Zagreb with Belgrade through Rijeka, Split and Sarajevo, and maintained this route until the start of the Second World War.[5][6] These flights connected Split either by its Divulje seaplane station, or by the Sinj airfield.[5]

In the sixties, the airport was relocated from Sinj to Resnik. The new airport complex, designed by architect Darko Stipevski (Tehnika, Zagreb), was opened on 25 November 1966. The apron had dimensions of only 200 x 112 m and 6 parking positions with a planned capacity of 150,000 passengers. In 1968, passenger numbers already stood at 150,737 and in 1969 at 235,000. In 1967, the apron was extended for the first time to accommodate 10 aircraft.[7]

A new larger terminal building designed by architect Branko Gruica (Projektant, Mostar) was constructed and opened in 1979 to accommodate traffic for the 8th Mediterranean Games held in Split in September of that year.[8] The largest pre-war passenger numbers were achieved in 1987 totalling 1,151,580 passengers and 7,873 landings.[7]

In 1991, the passenger figures dropped to nearly zero, as the war in the former Yugoslavia broke out. In the years that followed, most of the traffic were NATO and UN cargo planes, such as the C-5 Galaxy, MD-11, Boeing 747 and C-130 Hercules. After 1995, the civilian traffic figures began rising again, and eventually surpassed the 1987 record in 2008.[7]

In 2005, the terminal got a major facelift by architect Ivan Vuli? (VV-Projekt, Split) adding one more gate, the glass façade, as well as the award-winning Airport entrance structure consisting of steel/fabric "trees" illuminated by multi-colour LEDs.[9][10]

The new apron designed by Ivan Vuli?, Ivan Radeljak and Mate ?aja was constructed in 2011 with a capacity slightly over the old one but with better security conditions.[11] The cost of this investment was EUR13 million leading to 34,000 m2  of new parking space for aircraft as well as space for future administrative works below the apron.[12] The lower level houses warehouses, workshops, offices and other objects that will support the new 34,500 m2, HRK 455 million terminal building that is being built next to it.[13][14]

The airport's busiest time are the months of June, July and August due to a large influx of tourists for the European summer holiday period. Weekends are the busiest part of the week with more than 200 flights and some 50,000 passengers.[15]

Expansion plans

Since the beginning of the 21st century the summer peaks activity called for an expansion of the airport capacity. Construction of the terminal was initially planned to commence in the fall of 2012 bringing the total airport capacity to 3.5 million passengers. Construction started in January 2017 and was completed on 13 July 2019.[16] When all of the expansion is done, Resnik will have a new terminal, parking area and apron. Following the extension of the terminal capacity, new taxiways are planned to increase runway capacity.[17]

Airlines and destinations

Aegean Airlines Seasonal: Athens
Aer Lingus Seasonal: Dublin
Aeroflot Seasonal: Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Air France Seasonal: Paris-Charles de Gaulle[18]
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga[19]
AirExplore Seasonal: Bratislava[20]
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Austrian Airlines Seasonal: Vienna
British Airways Seasonal: London-City,[21]London-Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels[22]
Condor Seasonal: Düsseldorf,[23]Frankfurt, Hanover[23]
Croatia Airlines Frankfurt, Munich, Rome-Fiumicino, Zagreb
Seasonal: Athens, Belgrade, Berlin-Tegel, Copenhagen,[24]Dubrovnik, Düsseldorf, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Lyon, Osijek, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Skopje, Vienna, Zürich
Seasonal charter: Luleå,[25]Molde,[26]Örnsköldsvik,[25]Östersund,[25]Skellefteå,[25]Sundsvall,[25]Umeå [25]
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam, Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast-International, Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Geneva, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Naples, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, Venice
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel, Dortmund, Hamburg, Hanover, Salzburg
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Great Dane Airlines Seasonal: Aalborg[27]
Iberia Seasonal: Madrid
Jet2.com Seasonal: Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester
KLM Seasonal: Amsterdam
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Gda?sk,[28]Katowice,[28]Lublin,[28]Pozna?,[28]Warsaw-Chopin
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Luxair Seasonal: Luxembourg[29]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Novair Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[30]Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Seasonal: Dublin
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Aarhus,[31]Ålesund, Bergen, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Kristiansand, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stavanger, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim
Smartwings Seasonal: Katowice,[32]Prague, Warsaw-Chopin[33]
Seasonal charter: Ostrava [34]
Trade Air Dubrovnik, Osijek, Pula, Rijeka, Zagreb
Transavia Seasonal: Paris-Orly, Rotterdam
TUI Airways[35] Seasonal: London-Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Antwerp, Lille
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Norrköping[36]
Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil[37]
Volotea Seasonal: Athens,[38]Bari (begins 7 July 2021),[39]Bergamo, Bordeaux, Lyon,[40]Marseille, Nantes, Nice,[41]Palermo,[41]Toulouse, Venice
Vueling Seasonal: Barcelona, Rome-Fiumicino
Widerøe Seasonal charter: Sandefjord [42]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal: Kiev-Boryspil
Wizz Air Seasonal: Dortmund[43], Katowice, London-Luton, Warsaw-Chopin


Split Airport new terminal interior
Split Airport old terminal entrance
Split Airport old terminal interior
Air Traffic Control tower
New apron
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport[1]
Year Passengers Passenger %
Cargo Cargo %
2000 540,603 n/a 1,452 n/a
2001 568,625 5.18Increase 1,214 16.39Decrease
2002 617,005 8.51Increase 956 21.25Decrease
2003 698,128 13.15Increase 931 2.62Decrease
2004 778,771 11.55Increase 981 5.37Increase
2005 934,049 19.94Increase 877 10.6Decrease
2006 1,095,852 17.32Increase 1,459 66.36Increase
2007 1,190,551 8.64Increase 1,482 1.58Increase
2008 1,203,778 1.11Increase 1,081 27.06Decrease
2009 1,115,099 7.37Decrease 688 n/a
2010 1,219,741 9.38Increase 630 n/a
2011 1,300,381 6.61Increase 619 n/a
2012 1,425,749 9.64Increase 577 n/a
2013 1,581,734 10.94Increase 450 28.81Decrease
2014 1,752,657 10.81Increase 406 7.14Decrease
2015 1,955,400 11.57Increase 405 n/a
2016 2,289,987 17.11Increase 346 n/a
2017 2,818,176 23.1Increase 294 n/a
2018 3,124,067 10,85Increase 273 n/a
2019 3,301,930 5,69Increase 273 n/a
Traffic at Split Resnik Airport in 2019/2020 by month[1]
Month Passengers 2019 Passengers 2020 Passenger %
January 36,360 36,739 1,04Increase
February 34,825 26,294 24,5Decrease
March 50,037 16,466 67,09Decrease
April 156,381 6 99,99Decrease
May 310,809 2,777 99,11Decrease
June 513,706 26,150 94,91Decrease
July 723,048 171,815 76,23Decrease
August 672,261 273,842 59,26Decrease
September 470,102 75,881 83,86Decrease
October 247,172
November 45,871
December 41,357

Transport links


Split Airport can be reached from Split (and Trogir, where indicated) by public buses:

  • Promet line no. 37 (Split-Airport-Trogir and Trogir-Airport-Split), terminating at the Sukoi?an bus terminal in Split (about 10 minutes walking from the old town, and 20 minutes from the main bus/railway station), departing every 20 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays[44]
  • Promet line no. 2 (Split-Strinje-Airport)[45]

The airport is also easily reachable by shuttles, taxis or private cars. Numerous car rental companies are available on the site.


A catamaran service between the Airport and Split harbour is available every 90 minutes in the peak tourist season (15 July-30 September) and with lower frequency through October.[46][47] Another line connecting the Airport two additional times daily with Split harbour and Bol on Bra? island is available from June to mid-September.[48]


The airport is linked onto the Split suburban railway with a Promet bus line running eight times daily between the nearest train station (Ka?tel Stari) and the airport with a joint ticket.[49][50]

According to Split city administration plans, starting from 2025-6 the Split suburban railway will be extended to the airport.


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  29. ^ "Luxair plans new European markets in S19". routesonline.com. Retrieved 2018.
  30. ^ "Novair has resumed flight operations to Split". avioradar.hr. Retrieved 2020.
  31. ^ "SAS expands Aarhus network in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 2017.
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  36. ^ "Swedish TUI will operate new route from Sweden to Split". avioradar.hr. Retrieved 2019.
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  38. ^ "Volotea S20 network additions as of 10OCT19". Routesonline. Retrieved 2019.
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  45. ^ Schedule
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  48. ^ Resnik - Split - Bol line timetable
  49. ^ Line schedule
  50. ^ DP. "Integriranom linijom autobusa i vlaka do br?e povezanosti zra?ne i trajektne luke". www.kastela.org (in Croatian). Retrieved 2019.

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