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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

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%

Contents

HistoryEdit

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 destinationsEdit

StatisticsEdit

Traffic figures at Rijeka Airport[15][16]
Year Passengers Change Aircraft movements Change
2003 41,498 2,630
2004 51,349  23.74% 2,753  4.68%
2005 118,244  130.28% 3,043  10.53%
2006 166,675  40.96% 3,497  14.92%
2007 160,862  3.49% 3,407  2.57%
2008 109,706  31.80% 2,521  26.00%
2009 110,208  0.46% 2,759  9.44%
2010 61,855  44.22% 2,017  26.93%
2011 84,713  28.32% 2,680  32.84%
2012 77,082  7.77% 2,290  15.49%
2013 142,975  93.47% 2,653  17.13%
2014 106,235  26.82% 2,378  10.37%
2015 139,718  37.06% 4,014  68.80%
2016 145,297  3.99% 4,146  3.29%
2017 142,111  2.2% 4,937  19.1%
2018 183,606  29.2% 5,460  10.6%

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • 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.

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Condor S18 Short-Haul routes addition as of 06DEC17". Routesonline. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Enter Air dolazi u Rijeku s charter linijom iz Poljske". Avioradar. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Lufthansa starts the summer with new European destinations". Lufthansa. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Ryanair expands Frankfurt service in S18". Routesonline. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Transavia adds seasonal Eindhoven – Rijeka in 3Q18". Routesonline. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^ a b "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 ‹See Tfd›(in Russian)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Rijeka Airport at Wikimedia Commons