Air transport in Yugoslavia

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This article provides an overview of air transport in Yugoslavia, a country in the Balkans that existed from 1918 until its dissolution in the 1990s.


The first domestic airliner was Aeroput, the predecessor of JAT (Jugoslovenski Aerotransport) created in 1927, which was Yugoslavia's national carrier until the country's dissolution. More airlines were founded during the 1960s, namely Ljubljana-based Adria Airways (initially named Adria Aviopromet, later Inex-Adria Airways), and the Belgrade-based Aviogenex in 1968.[citation needed] During the late 1980s and 1990s a big number of private companies were established.[citation needed]


The first airports in Yugoslavia were created in the first half of the twentieth century. The airline industry and infrastructure was substantially expanded between the 1950s and 1980s. In 1964 there were 7 international airports in Yugoslavia.[1] Until the end of 1970 there were 14 modern airports in Yugoslavia: Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Pula, Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik, Titograd, Mostar, Zadar, Pristina, Skopje, Sarajevo and Ohrid.[2]

List of airports[edit]

Yugoslavia contained the following airports,[citation needed] listed here grouped by the country or territory in which they are now located:

 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo Kosovo


Political map of the former Yugoslavia

After the dissolution of Yugoslavia, each successor country created its own national carrier. During this period, the Yugoslav Wars and the economical sanctions imposed on Yugoslavia significantly contributed to the crisis in the airline sector. After 2000, the growth of the airline industry slightly recovered following the recovery of the tourism sector. The national carriers of the former Yugoslav countries are:

Each country also has a number of privately owned airlines, as well as a number of international airlines with regular flights to airports in the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ITA Bulletin. Institut du transport aérien. 1–25. 1966. 
  2. ^ Review - Yugoslav magazine. 1969. Retrieved January 6, 2013.