Is Split Airport Finally Catching Up to Zagreb?

Daniela Rogulj

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Is Split Airport finally inching in on Zagreb?

According to ExYu Aviation on August 25, 2017, Split Airport has never been closer to catching up to Zagreb, Croatia’s busiest airport. Split Airport’s General Manager, Lukša Novak, announced that the airport welcomed their 2 millionth passenger yesterday, one month earlier than last year. 

“Almost half of our annual traffic is achieved during July and August. Last year that amounted to some one million passengers”, said Novak. 

In July of this year, Split Airport recorded 657,056 passengers, making them the busiest airport in the region. 

“This is twice as many as Zagreb and 50% more than Dubrovnik,” Novak added. 

“During the four summer months, we have the most passenger traffic in the country. We are extremely seasonal in character, but when looking at it on an annual level, we are in second place and have never been closer to Zagreb. This year we will handle 2.7 million passengers, same as Zagreb last year, and we will see how much more we will grow in the future.”

Split Airport recorded 298,653 passengers from January to July 2017, making them the fastest growing airport in the country this year. In April alone, the airport recorded a growth of 63% when compared to 2016! 

From 1.2 million passengers in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2016, Split Airport’s numbers are on an upward trajectory – few airports can actually record double digit growth for five consecutive years. 

Split Airport is also Croatia’s most profitable airport, bringing in a net profit of 11.5 million EUR in 2016 and a turnover of 42.5 million EUR. Novak attributes this to substantial growth and the control of the airport’s expenditures – they have not altered their fees in the last ten years. 

AirBaltic from Riga, Thomas Cook from London Gatwick, and Jet2 from Birmingham have already announced new flights to Split next season. EasyJet, Croatia Airlines, Eurowings, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air, are Split’s busiest airlines.

As if all of this isn’t great news for the airport already, have you checked out the plans for the new terminal, due for completion in 2019?

You can read more on ExYu Aviation 


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