Zračna luka Rijeka/Krk I.
|Operator||Rijeka Airport Ltd.|
|Hub for||Limitless Airways|
|Elevation AMSL||278 ft / 85 m|
Rijeka Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Rijeka) (IATA: RJK, ICAO: LDRI) is the international airport serving Rijeka, Croatia. It is located near the town of Omišalj on the island of Krk, 17 km from the Rijeka railway station. Most of the traffic to and from the airport occurs during the summer months, when it is used by several European low-cost airlines flying tourists to the northern parts of the Croatian coast.
Before the Second World War Rijeka was divided between Yugoslavia and Italy. The Yugoslav part of the city was served by the airfield in Sušak. Domestic airline Aeroput opened a route linking Sušak to Zagreb in 1930, and a year later a route linking Zagreb to Belgrade via Sušak, Split and Sarajevo was opened. By 1936 Aeroput linked the city to Belgrade, Borovo, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Split and Zagreb. The Italian part of the city was connected to many Italian cities with regular flights provided by Italian company Ala Littoria.
The Grobnik airport had difficulty with larger planes, as its runways were close to the hills to the east of the city. With larger airliners coming on board, planners decided on a location on Krk after considering locations close to Opatija and near Urinj, which would have required moving some hills.
Airlines and destinations
|Arkia||Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion|
|Bulgaria Air||Seasonal charter: Sofia|
|Croatia Airlines||Seasonal: London–Heathrow, Munich|
|Czech Airlines||Seasonal charter: Kosice|
operated by Germanwings
|Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart|
|Limitless Airways||Seasonal charter: Ängelholm, Göteborg, Kalmar, Karlstad, Kristiansand, Norrköping, Skellefteå, Sundsvall, Umeå|
operated by LOT Polish Airlines
|Norwegian Air Shuttle||Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen|
|Ryanair||Seasonal: Charleroi, London-Stansted, Stockholm-Skavsta|
|SkyWork Airlines||Seasonal: Bern|
|SmartLynx Airlines||Seasonal charter: Riga|
operated by AIS Airlines
|Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Osijek, Split, Zagreb 
Seasonal charter: Košice
|Small Planet Airlines||Seasonal charter: Vilnius, Warsaw, Wrocław|
Incidents and accidents
- On 23 May 1971, Aviogenex Flight 130 crashed on approach to Rijeka Airport because of rough landing in bad weather conditions, killing 78 people and leaving five survivors. Among the victims was the famous Croatian poet Josip Pupačić with his wife and daughter.
- AIP from the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
- Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927–1948) at europeanairlines.no
- Ala Littoria at timetableimages.com
- "Bulgaria Air schedules new charter routes from Sofia in S17". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
- Croatian bureau of statistics
- ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134A YU-AHZ Rijeka Airport (RJK) – 2 photographs
- Авиакатастрофы самолётов Ту-134 (Russian)
Media related to Rijeka Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Airport information for LDRI at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.