Rijeka Airport

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Rijeka Airport

Zračna luka Rijeka/Krk I.
RJK 12092010 terminal.JPG
Summary
Airport typePublic
OperatorRijeka Airport Ltd.
ServesRijeka
LocationOmišalj, Croatia
Elevation AMSL278 ft / 85 m
Coordinates45°13′01″N 014°34′13″E / 45.21694°N 14.57028°E / 45.21694; 14.57028
Websiterijeka-airport.hr
Map
RJK is located in Croatia
RJK
RJK
Location of the airport in Croatia
RJK is located in Krk
RJK
RJK
RJK (Krk)
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,500 8,202 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passengers200,841 Increase 9,4%

Rijeka Airport (Croatian: Zračna luka Rijeka, Italian: Aeroporto di Fiume; 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.[1] 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.

History[edit]

Rijeka airport opened in May 1970. The first plane to depart carried Josip Broz Tito and his wife.[2]

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.[3] The Italian part of the city was connected to many Italian cities with regular flights provided by Italian company Ala Littoria.[4]

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.[2]

Facilities[edit]

Rijeka airport has a single terminal building which dates back to its original opening in 1970. Over the decades minor upgrades have been made. Terminal has 7 gates, 1 domestic and 6 international. None of the gates have jet bridges and boarding is done by people walking from the terminal directly to the aircraft. Arrivals hall features a single baggage belt. On the upper floor there is a small duty free in the international area, mostly featuring local produced merchandise, as well as a café bar. Another bar with limited selection of snacks is located on before in the entrance hall. Domestic departures have no facilities after security check. Several car rental agencies maintain their offices during the summer season.

Airport has a single 2500 m long and 45 m wide runway. As there are no taxiways, airplane has to turn at the runway end and taxi along the runway back to the terminal. Runway 14 has CAT I ILS landing aids installed.

Ground transportation[edit]

Since the airport is located on the island of Krk, there is a dedicated bus line from Rijeka and Omišalj which runs as needed, considering the flight arrival times. In case there are no bookings made 24 hours prior to departure the shuttle will not operate.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Croatia Airlines Munich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin
Eurowings Seasonal: Berlin, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Stuttgart
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Olsztyn-Mazury,[5] Szczecin, Warsaw–Chopin,[6] Zielona Góra[7]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Frankfurt,[8] Munich
Ryanair Seasonal: Charleroi (resumes 27 March 2022)[9]
Trade Air Dubrovnik, Osijek, Split, Thessaloniki
Transavia Seasonal: Eindhoven[10]

Statistics[edit]

See source Wikidata query and sources.

Traffic figures at Rijeka Airport[11][12]
Year Passengers Change Aircraft movements Change Cargo Change
2003 41,498 2,630
2004 51,349 Increase23.74% 2,753 Increase4.68%
2005 118,244 Increase130.28% 3,043 Increase10.53%
2006 166,675 Increase40.96% 3,497 Increase14.92%
2007 160,862 Decrease3.49% 3,407 Decrease2.57%
2008 109,706 Decrease31.80% 2,521 Decrease26.00%
2009 110,208 Increase0.46% 2,759 Increase9.44%
2010 61,855 Decrease44.22% 2,017 Decrease26.93%
2011 84,713 Increase28.32% 2,680 Increase32.84%
2012 77,082 Decrease7.77% 2,290 Decrease15.49%
2013 142,975 Increase93.47% 2,653 Increase17.13%
2014 106,235 Decrease26.82% 2,378 Decrease10.37%
2015 139,718 Increase37.06% 4,014 Increase68.80%
2016 145,297 Increase3.99% 4,146 Increase3.29%
2017 142,111 Decrease2.2% 4,937 Increase19.1% 2,130,742
2018 183,606 Increase29.2% 5,460 Increase10.6% 4,655,866 Increase118.5%
2019 200,841 Increase9.4% 4,942 Decrease9.4% 1,025.879 Decrease78.0%
2020 (Jan-Nov) 27,341 Decrease86.34% 3,204 Decrease33.36% 259,226 Decrease74,73%

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • On 23 May 1971, Aviogenex Flight 130 crashed on approach to Rijeka Airport because of rough landing in bad weather conditions,[13][14] killing 78 people and leaving five survivors. Among the victims was the famous Croatian poet Josip Pupačić with his wife and daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AIP from the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation
  2. ^ a b http://www.mojarijeka.hr/kolumne/nesudeni-aerodrom-na-urinju
  3. ^ Drustvo za Vazdusni Saobracaj A D – Aeroput (1927–1948) at europeanairlines.no
  4. ^ Ala Littoria at timetableimages.com
  5. ^ "LOT Polish Airlines has announced two new routes to Rijeka". Avioradar. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  6. ^ "LOT schedules new route to Rijeka". Avioradar. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  7. ^ "LOT Polish Airlines announced fourth route to Rijeka". Avioradar. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Lufthansa is consistently pursuing its tourism strategy: 15 new summer destinations from Frankfurt in 2021". Lufthansa Newsroom. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en
  10. ^ "Transavia adds seasonal Eindhoven – Rijeka in 3Q18". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  11. ^ Croatian Bureau of Statistics
  12. ^ Rijeka Airport
  13. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134A YU-AHZ Rijeka Airport (RJK) – 2 photographs
  14. ^ Авиакатастрофы самолётов Ту-134 (in Russian)

External links[edit]

Media related to Rijeka Airport at Wikimedia Commons