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
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
14/32 2,500 8,202 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers183,606 Increase 29,2%

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.

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.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

AirlinesDestinations
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga
Air Serbia Belgrade[6]
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv
Bulgaria Air Seasonal charter: Sofia[7]
Croatia Airlines Munich
Enter Air Seasonal charter: Warsaw-Chopin[8]
Eurowings Düsseldorf
Seasonal: Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart
LOT Polish Airlines Seasonal: Warsaw-Chopin (begins 29 March 2020)[9]
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich[10]
Ryanair Seasonal: Charleroi, Hahn (begins 9 May 2020),[11] London–Stansted, Stockholm–Skavsta
Trade Air Dubrovnik, Osijek, Split
Transavia Seasonal: Eindhoven[12]
TUI Airways Seasonal: London–Gatwick[13]
Volotea Seasonal: Marseille[14]

Statistics[edit]

Traffic figures at Rijeka Airport[15][16]
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%
2018 183,606 Increase29.2% 5,460 Increase10.6%

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,[17][18] 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. ^ 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. ^ http://www.mojarijeka.hr/kolumne/nesudeni-aerodrom-na-urinju
  6. ^ "Air Serbia outlines S19 network expansion". Routesonline. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Bulgaria Air schedules new charter routes from Sofia in S17". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Enter Air dolazi u Rijeku s charter linijom iz Poljske". Avioradar. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. ^ "LOT schedules new route to Rijeka". Avioradar. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Lufthansa starts the summer with new European destinations". Lufthansa. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Ryanair: New route from Germany to Rijeka next year". avioradar.hr. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  12. ^ "Transavia adds seasonal Eindhoven – Rijeka in 3Q18". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Flight Timetable". tui.co.uk.
  14. ^ "Volotea S19 new routes as of 12NOV18". Routesonline. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  15. ^ Croatian Bureau of Statistics
  16. ^ Rijeka Airport
  17. ^ ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev 134A YU-AHZ Rijeka Airport (RJK) – 2 photographs
  18. ^ Авиакатастрофы самолётов Ту-134 (in Russian)

External links[edit]

Media related to Rijeka Airport at Wikimedia Commons