Today, for the first time in its 50-year history, Split Airport has welcomed the two millionth passenger, Ms. TATIANA KREMEN from Ukraine, arrived on Croatia Airlines flight OU4439, from Munich.
This shows the result of positive trends of growth in passenger and aircraft numbers, particularly in summer season. Namely, Split Airport notes 17% passenger traffic growth in relation to the same last year period (first 8 months). Only in the month of July, 544 000 passengers passed through our airport, what represents the record number of passengers in one month.
According to past announcements of air carriers, passenger and aircraft traffic continues to grow in postseason, too. On this occasion, we would like to point out that our national air carrier, Croatia Airlines, increases in its winter time table the number of flights to Munich from four to six times a week, and to Rome from five times a week to a seven days a week basis.
On behalf of arrival of the first two millionth passenger to Split Airport, we organized a small welcome ceremony. Mr. Luksa Novak, General Manager, congratulated the lucky passenger and presented Ms. KREMEN the gift from the side of Split Airport. Mr. Boris Kolka, Croatia Airlines Sales and Marketing Manager handed her two return tickets for European destination at her choice, and Mrs. Davina Djirlic Ljubicic from Split Hotel Park, handed her the voucher for a weekend arrangement at Hotel Park (time according to agreement). Ms. KREMEN was very excited and claimed that this was great and pleasant surprise for her. She said that she will surely visit our country again.
The Feast of St. Bartholomew, the patron of Split Airport, was traditionally celebrated with appropriate program.
The Holy Mess in the medieval church of Saint Bartholomew was attended by Split Airport employees, as well as by numerous guests and believers from neighbouring places.
Small stone church of St. Bartholomew was built at the end of 13th and the beginning of 14th century. It is situated on the hill within Split Airport area, and it is open for public only one day every year.
The program continued with a party hosted by Split Airport General Manager, Mr. Luksa Novak.
On 20th April 2016, the demonstration exercise named “Sova 2016” was held, with aim to test preparedness of all intervention services in the case of airport aircraft accident. The exercise was held in night conditions.
According to the scenario, the cause of aircraft accident was defect of hydraulic system of aircraft arriving to Split Airport.
“When the aircraft was crossing “Giser” navigation point, Air Traffic Control was reported about defect of hydraulic system of B737-700. The captain expressed doubt regarding possibility of lowering of landing gear and safe landing of aircraft. Air traffic controller announced total emergency alert and informed airport services about possible emergency situation. After that, all activities in accordance with Proscribed Emergency procedures were started.”
Besides Split Airport employees, the following entities participated in the exercise:
• Croatian Air Traffic Control – Split
• Airport Police Station – PAP Resnik
• State intervention unit of Civil Protection – Split
• INA Avioservice – Split
• National Protection and Rescue Directorate – Regional Office Split
• County 112 Centre
• Institute of Emergency Medicine – Kastela
• Transport Helicopters Squadron – Divulje
• Red Cross – Kastela
• Public Fire Brigade – Split
• Volunteer Fire Department – Kastela
• Volunteer Fire Department – Kastel Gomilica
• Volunteer Fire Department – Kastel Sucurac
• Volunteer Fire Department – Trogir
• Funeral Company Lovrinac – Split
• Protection and Rescue Headquarters – Kastela, Split, Trogir and Split-Dalmatia County.
Split Airport would like to thank all participants for successful and efficient reactions and coordination shown during the exercise.
Split Airport informs citizens of towns of Split, Kastela and Trogir that regular Airport Emergency Exercise will be held on 20th April 2016, from 20.30 to 22.00 hours.
A large number of outside fire and rescue forces and emergency services from Kastela, Trogir and Split areas participate in the exercise. Therefore, many vehicles with lights and sirens will move towards the Airport.
In the immediate surroundings of the Airport sound alarms may be heard and fires and smoke clouds may be observed during the exercise.
We kindly ask citizens not to be disturbed, because it is related to the exercise aimed at testing the response preparedness of all emergency intervention services.
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