Pula Airport

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Pula Airport

Zračna luka Pula
Pula Airport logo.png
Pula Airport.JPG
Airport typePublic
OperatorPula Airport Ltd.
ServesPula, Croatia
Elevation AMSL274 ft / 84 m
Coordinates44°53′37″N 013°55′20″E / 44.89361°N 13.92222°E / 44.89361; 13.92222
PUY is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
09/27 2,950 9,678 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18–19Increase8,42%

Pula Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Pula; Italian: Aeroporto di Pola; IATA: PUY, ICAO: LDPL) is the international airport serving Pula, Croatia, and is located 6 km from the city centre.[1] It served 777,568 passengers in 2019.[2] The airport is designated as the alternative airport for parts of Slovenia and a multitude of cities in eastern Italy. It serves as a major access point to city of Pula, as well as most of Istria, most notably Brijuni national park.


Pula Airport at current location was initially used only for military purposes but has been changed to civil airport as of 1 May 1967 and saw 701,370 passengers in 1987. Same year works on new terminal building began and were completed by 1989 with capacity of 1 million passengers per year. Croatian War of Independence has caused sharp decline in passenger numbers. Airport has seen steady increase in passenger volume over the next 3 decades, surpassing previous record in 2018. As most passengers flying to/from Pula airport are holiday makers flight numbers have a significant seasonal character.


Pula Airport has a single terminal building with capacity of 1 million passengers per year. Airport serves both domestic and international flights. Inside the terminal there are couple of café/snack bars as well as duty-free shop. None of the gates are equipped with jet bridges but rather the passengers walk from terminal building to the aircraft or are transferred by bus.

Because of its location and fairly good weather conditions whole year around, as well as lower flight numbers during winter months it is frequently used by European carriers for training flights.

Ground transportation[edit]

Airport can be reached by dedicated bus line from centre of Pula. Schedule is adjusted on a monthly basis to meet the flights arrival/departure.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Pula Airport:

Aerial view
Air Serbia Seasonal: Belgrade
British Airways Seasonal: London–Heathrow
Croatia AirlinesZadar, Zagreb
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Frankfurt, Zürich
easyJet Seasonal: Amsterdam,[3] Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bristol, Geneva,[3] Glasgow,[4] London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Edelweiss Air Seasonal: Zürich
Eurowings Seasonal: Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Copenhagen (begins 3 June 2023),[5] Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
People's Seasonal: St. Gallen/Altenrhein
Ryanair Seasonal: Charleroi, Katowice (begins 2 June 2023),[6] London–Stansted, Poznań, Vienna
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Swiss International Air Lines Seasonal: Geneva, Zurich
Trade Air Osijek, Split, Zagreb
Transavia Seasonal: Rotterdam/The Hague
TUI Airways Seasonal: Birmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI fly Belgium Seasonal: Brussels[7][8]
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[9] Stockholm–Arlanda


Annual passenger traffic at PUY airport. See Wikidata query.
Traffic at Pula Airport
Year Passengers Change Aircraft movements Change
1990 672,241 N/A N/A N/A
1996 33,612 N/A 3,179 N/A
1997 63,747 Increase89,7% 3,596 Increase13,1%
1998 66,934 Increase5,0% 3,698 Increase2,8%
1999 53,360 Decrease20,3% 3,183 Decrease13,9%
2000 66,772 Increase25,1% 4,106 Increase29%
2001 102,985 Increase54,2% 4,617 Increase12,5%
2002 140,431 Increase36,4% 5,475 Increase18,6%
2003 136,207 Decrease3,1% 5,903 Increase7,8%
2004 155,566 Increase14,2% 6,859 Increase16,2%
2005 209,412 Increase34,6% 7,539 Increase9,9%
2006 295,342 Increase41,0% 7,895 Increase4,7%
2007 384,487 Increase30,2% 8,458 Increase7,1%
2008 397,363 Increase3,4% 9,408 Increase11,2%
2009 318,838 Decrease19,8% 9,126 Decrease3,0%
2010 332,399 Increase4,3% 6,830 Decrease25,2%
2011 355,920 Increase7,1% 6,984 Increase2,3%
2012 367,455 Increase3,2% 7,132 Increase2,1%
2013 351,196 Decrease4,4% 7,292 Increase2,2%
2014 382,992 Increase9,1% 7,106 Decrease2,6%
2015 359,426 Decrease6,2% 6,954 Decrease2,1%
2016 436,121 Increase21,3% 7,692 Increase10,6%
2017 595,812 Increase36,5% 9,288 Increase20,7%
2018 717,187 Increase20,3% 10,076 Increase8,4%
2019 777,568 Increase8,42% 10,428 Increase3,49%
2020 90,016 Decrease91,22% 3,756 Decrease63,98%

Ground transportation[edit]

A bus that goes to/from the airport ("Pula Zracna Luka") and the Pula central bus terminal ("Bus Kolodvor").

A taxi can be taken to the outskirts of Pula (specifically, Verudela, where Hotel Palma and Histria are located).

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 2 August 2009, a private Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, from Frankfurt to Pula failed to extend its nose gear for landing. After several tries it ran out of fuel and landed on its main landing gear. When it landed, the nose of the airplane touched the runway and stopped, which resulted in substantial damage. There were no injuries reported among the 5 passengers.[10][11]
  • On 21 September 2011, the left main gear on a private Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage collapsed after it made a 180 turn to line-up with the runway. The runway was closed for 3 hours as a result. The plane received a minor damage and there were no injuries reported among the 4 passengers in the aircraft.[12]


  1. ^ a b "AIP from the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation". Ead.eurocontrol.int. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Statistics - Airport Pula". Airport-pula.hr. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Home". easyjet.com.
  4. ^ "New routes from the UK". EasyJet. Retrieved 4 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Summer 2023: Norwegian launches more than twenty new routes from Denmark and Norway".
  6. ^ "Ryanair najavio 5 novih linija prema Hrvatskoj".
  7. ^ "Belgian TUI will inaugurate new route from Brussels to Pula". avioradar.hr. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  8. ^ "TUIfly Belgium adds Pula service in S20". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  9. ^ "TUI fly Nordic will boost flight operations to Croatia". avioradar.hr. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  10. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Incident Piper PA-46-310P Malibu / Jetprop DLX D-ETPW, 02 Aug 2009". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Izbjegnuta tragedija: Njemački avion sletio "na nos" u Puli, nema ozlijeđenih". Index.hr. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  12. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Incident Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage D-EIFA, 21 Sep 2011". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 26 July 2018.

External links[edit]

Media related to Pula Airport at Wikimedia Commons