With this construction and expansion, the passenger terminal gained an additional 34,500 square meters, which makes it a total of 46,000 square meters. The investment is worth 450 million kuna, and is the second-largest investment project in Dalmatia next to the Pelješac bridge.
Split Airport expects 3.3 million passengers this year.
The new terminal at Split Airport was solemnly opened on Saturday in the presence of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Traffic Minister Oleg Butković.
“The terminal will be three times the size. Instead of the current 14.000 square meters it will have 50,000 square meters. This additional space will enable us to handle 2,500 passengers per hour instead of the current 2,000. That totals 40,000 travelers per day,” said Split Airport General Manager, Lukša Novak, for Ex Yu Aviation.
The new terminal will have a peak load of up to 2,500 passengers per hour, 32 check-in counters where passengers will be assisted, and 10 self-check-in counters, as well as an automated baggage sorting area.
There is also a newly built bus terminal of almost 3,000 square meters, with 50 parking spaces for buses and 900 parking spaces for cars.
By value, it is ranked among the most significant on the national level, and ranks with the airport terminals in Zagreb and Dubrovnik by its complexity and structure.
“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.
But the work at Split Airport is far from over. Following the opening, the old passenger building will be combined with the new structure to form a single unit. Split Airport will also overhaul its runway, build a new taxiway and expand the airport to reduce congestion.
The Split Airport project was funded partially through a loan from the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development, while 17.1 million euros were invested from the airport’s means.