Rijeka Airport

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Rijeka Airport
Zračna luka Rijeka/Krk I.
RJK 12092010 terminal.JPG
Airport type Public
Operator Rijeka Airport Ltd.
Serves Rijeka
Location Omišalj, Croatia
Elevation AMSL 278 ft / 85 m
Coordinates 45°13′01″N 014°34′13″E / 45.21694°N 14.57028°E / 45.21694; 14.57028
Website rijeka-airport.hr
RJK is located in Croatia
Location of the airport in Croatia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,500 8,202 Concrete/Asphalt

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.[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.


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.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Sofia[6]
Condor Seasonal: Frankfurt[7]
Croatia Airlines Munich
Czech Airlines Seasonal charter: Kosice
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Lyon, Nantes, Paris-Charles de Gaulle[8], Warsaw-Chopin[9]
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart
Laudamotion Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel[10]
Nordica Seasonal: Tallinn
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen
Ryanair Seasonal: Berlin-Tegel[11], Charleroi, Frankfurt,[12] London-Stansted, Stockholm-Skavsta
Trade Air Dubrovnik, Osijek, Split
Transavia Seasonal: Eindhoven[13]
Small Planet AirlinesSeasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin


Traffic figures at Rijeka Airport[14][15]
Year Passengers Change Aircraft movements 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%

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,[16][17] killing 78 people and leaving five survivors. Among the victims was the famous Croatian poet Josip Pupačić with his wife and daughter.


External links[edit]

Media related to Rijeka Airport at Wikimedia Commons