Split Airport’s biggest investment over the past twenty years, construction of the long-awaited new multi-million euro terminal building, is at the halfway stage.
Split Airport staff will move to the terminal by the end of the year.
“Construction should be finalised by the end of the year. We plan to make the move from the old to the new terminal during the winter because a lot of complex equipment needs to be tested, which is better done during the slower months,” Split Airport Assistant Director Pero Bilas told Ex-Yu Aviation News.
The 59.7 million euro project is progressing on schedule and will open for passengers in July next year.
The new car park and bus terminal, which has the capacity to accommodate 900 vehicles, have been completed, while a 120-metre-long enclosed pedestrian overbridge linking the area with the terminal building over the state road is nearing completion.
Preparations are underway to mount the steel roof over the terminal building and work on the installation of the baggage handling system is currently in progress.
The new terminal building will feature 30 check-in desks, 6 gates, a new automated baggage sorting facility and five carousels, restaurants, an observation deck and a business class lounge.
The new airport will be able to handle 3.5 million passengers annually. During the first four months of 2018, Split welcomed 241.845 passengers, representing an increase of 14.4% on last year.