New airlines at Rijeka Airport
After the record summer season 2018 there are also many great announcements for the summer of 2019!
Currently 3 new air carriers confirmed their services at Rijeka Airport: TUI for destinations Manchester and London, Volotea for Marseille, and Lufthansa for Munich!
In addition to new air carriers at the Rijeka Airport, new carriers in 2018 will also remain in 2019: Condor and Transavia. And Transavia announced significant increase for Eindhoven (an increase of over 300%)!
Rijeka Airport welcomed record passenger!
On 11.10.018. Rijeka Airport has welcomed its record 170,000 passenger! The jubilee passenger is Percinić Marija from the island of Rab, and was recorded on the regular international flight of Eurowings EW2963 Rijeka-Stuttgart.
The traffic of 170,000 passengers in one year is accomplished for the first time in the history of Rijeka Airport. Previous record was 169,250 passengers in 2006.
In commemoration of the jubilee in the system, Zlatko Komadina, Mayor of Primorje-Gorski Kotar county, and his Deputy Marko Boras-Mandić, CEO of Kvarner Tourist Board, Irena Peršić Živadinov, together with the CEO of the Rijeka Airport, Tomislav Palalić, donated to the jubilee passenger a gift voucher of the Eurowings and the gift package of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and Rijeka Airport.
However, before the scrapping of the entire yearly traffic record, Rijeka Airport has also achieved record passenger traffic at the level of all months of this year. In all the months of 2018, record passenger traffic was recorded, and for the first time in history for 2 consecutive months (July and August) this year over 40,000 passengers were transported per month.
This significant increase in passenger traffic, among other things, is the result of many activities, efforts and financial resources that Rijeka Airport in cooperation with the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Tourism, CNTB and Kvarner Tourist Board, invested in the introduction of new airlines in 2018. (regular lines for Frankfur with Condor and Ryanair, Eindhoven withTransavia and Berlin with Laudamotion, and charter line for Paris with Enter Air), as well as extending the flight season for existing routes. And of course, this fantastic result was definitely contributed to the introduction of a regular all-year international line for Cologne with Eurowings, which also operated whole winter in 2008 twice a week, with the A319 aircraft with a capacity of 144 seats.
In the upcoming winter, also two international routes are confirmed: Dusseldorf with Eurowings and Munich with Croatia Airlines. There will also operate a constant domestic line for Osijek, Split and Dubrovnik with Trade Air.
There are currently negotiations for the introduction of additional routes next season 2019, but for now are confirmed 2 new charter lines for London and Manchester with TUI, and a significant extension of this year's new route for Eindhoven throughout the whole season (from April to October), which represents an increase in operations for over 300%.
Therefore it can be concluded that 2019 will be new record year for Rijeka Airport, but 2018 will remain recorded as one of the most successful in the history since more than 180,000 passengers are expected by the end of this year. This represents an increase of almost 30% compared to 2017, and this growth represents the highest percentage growth among all airports in the Republic of Croatia in 2018.
All monthly record passenger traffic numbers broken by the end of September!!
By the end of September Rijeka Airport broke one more passenger traffic record with over 20% passengers more than in 2017. All months in 2018 have been concluded with record numbers of passengers and for the first time in the history at Rijeka Airport for two months in a row passenger traffic was over 40.000 passengers.
Next week Rijeka Airport expects 170.000 passenger who will break whole year passenger traffic record of all times.
By the end of this year Rijeka Airport expects 180.000 passengers which presents increase of 27% compared to 2017. This increase ratio is the biggest increase rate of all airports in Croatia in 2018!
Last year's passenger traffic achieved
On 8.9.2018. at Rijeka Airport last year's passenger traffic (142.111 passengers) is achieved. This confirms great announcements of expected this year's historical record number of passenger traffic. By the end of 2018 over 180.000 passengers is expected which is 30% more than last year, and 6,5% more than historical record from 2006 (169.250 passengers).
All these great figures are result of Rijeka Airport's significant efforts into extension of present routes and introduction of new ones.
Historical passenger traffic at Rijeka airport!!
Rijeka Airport is according to current traffic results for period of first 7 months in 2018 exceeded the traffic from record year 2006. This further confirms the announcement that 2018 will beat the of the record of annual passenger traffic.
In the first 7 months of 2018, nearly 25,000 passengers more passed than last year at the Rijeka Airport, and a total of 93,889 passengers were transported, representing an increase of nearly 34% compared to the same period in 2017! The figure of 100,000 passengers is expected to be achieved on Monday 6.8. which is earlier than ever before in the history of this airport.
The aforementioned fantastic figures are the result of numerous activities, efforts and financial resources made by the Rijeka Airport to introduce new air routes (regular lines for Frankfurt, Condor, Eindhoven, Transavia and Berlin, Laudamotion, and Paris charter lines Enter Air), as well as extending the flying season of existing airlines. And of course this fantastic result was certainly contributed with the introduction of a regular international winter line for Koln from Eurowings company, which operated all winter, twice a week, with the A319 144-seater capacity.
These excellent results for the first 7 months of 2018 are therefore a good introduction to the upcoming record season, which is expected to transport over 180,000 passengers which makes a total increase of passenger traffic by 30% compared to 2017, ie a rise of 6,5% compared to the record 2006 when passenger traffic amounted to 169,250.
Special innauguration for the first Transavia flight from Eindhoven
On 5.7.2018. the first Transavia aircraft B738 landed from Eindhoven, which was officially inaugurated by the water arch. In addition to the water arch, the first Dutch travelers, 166 of them, were welcomed by local instruments: sopile and local specialties: fritule and pogače.
This route will operate every Thursday and Sunday until September 2nd.
Summer award tender: 100 tickets prize
Decoration of interior with artworks of famous artist from Rijeka: Mirna Sišul
For even better atmosphere at Rijeka airport, interior is decorated with artworks of famous artist from Rijeka: Mirna Sišul!
Certificate of appreciation for Rijeka airport!
Air Baltic confirmed excellent cooperation with Rijeka airport by sending Certificate of appreciation. This certificate is given for an outstanding performance in year 2017 with ground handling punctuality at 100%!
Arrival of first seasonal flight from Tallinn!
9.6.2018. at 7:40AM arrived first seasonal flight from Tallinn!
Fly to this beautiful city in Estonia each Saturday and Tuesday at 8:15h untill 29.9.2018! Tickets can be bought on following link https://www.nordica.ee/en/home/
Official inauguration of first Laudamotion aircraft!
On 2.6.2018. new airline Laudamotion landed his first Boeing 737-800 at Rijeka airport from Berlin. It was officially inaugurated by the water arch.The Berlin route will be operated twice weekly, on Thursdays and Saturdays until October 27, and tickets can be purchased on their partner website Ryanair:
Video can be found on our facebook page.
Eurowings increases operations to Dusseldorf!
German low-cost carrier Eurowings on 20.5.2018. had the first arrival on the season line from Dusseldorf to Rijeka.
At the same time, with the arrival of the first airplane from Dusseldorf, Eurowings announced a boost on the aforementioned line in the summer season. Instead of flying just twice a week on Fridays and Sundays, one more rotation is added on Saturday starting from July 7, 2018.
Avioradar.hr team visited Rijeka Airport
9.5.2018. Avioradar.hr team visited Rijeka Airport: Nenad Sredojević, president of association, Vjekoslav Kolarec and Bruno Habaš.
Article from their visit in croatian language is available at:
Arrival of first flight from Hannover
17.5.2018. at 11:10PM we welcomed our first seasonal flight from Hannover!
Fly from Hannover to Rijeka each Thursday for only 19,99€ untill 25.10.2018! ✈️😁
Tickets can be bought on www.eurowings.com
With direct flight from Rijeka to many European destinations for only 9,99€!
Finally it's time for a spring city break or summer retreat from traffic jams! Flights from Rijeka Airport by direct flight to many European destinations from just 9,99€ in one direction! Currently you can find very cheap low cost airline tickets for sale at the moment, and we will list them below.
For only 9,99€ you can easily get to Berlin in June with new airline Laudmotion. This route operates in cooperation with Ryanair every Thursday and Saturday until 27.10.2018. (link: www.ryanair.com)
In May, for just 14.99€ in one direction, you can go to Frankfurt with Condor, which connects Rijeka to Frankfurt every Thursday and Sunday until 21.10.2018. (link: www.condor.com) For the same price with Ryanair you can fly to Stockholm every Friday and Monday until 26.10.2018 (link: www.ryanair.com)
On 17.5.2018. start direct flight to Hannover, with Eurowings, and tickets for this beautifully greenest German city are currently on sale for only 19.99 €! This route will run every Thursday until 25.10.2018. (link: www.eurowings.com)
For only € 21.99 in July, you can travel every Tuesday and Saturday with Ryanair to the Belgian capital: Brussels (link: www.ryanair.com)
This year's sensational news about the arrival of the Dutch low cost airline Transavia at the Rijeka Airport has enabled all fans of this tulip country to visit Eindhoven by direct flight from Rijeka on Thursdays and Sundays in July from 29.00 €! (link: www.transavia.com)
For just € 34.67 you can also fly to London in July, every Monday and Friday with Ryanair (link: www.ryanair.com)
Germany's metropolis Dusseldorf, Koln and Stuttgart can be visited for only € 39.99 (link: www.eurowings.com) in May, and for a couple of euros more, or € 45.83 in June, you can also get to Oslo by Norwegian Air Shuttle (www.norwegian.com)
Official inauguration of first Condor aircraft!
On Sunday 29.4.2018. Condor landed his first A320 at Rijeka airport from Frankfurt. It was officially inaugurated by the water arch. On the same route, Condor already operated for 5 years until 2016 and this season was re-introduced. The Frankfurt route will be operated twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays until October 21, and tickets can be purchased on their website for only € 15!
First flight from Paris
On 27.4.2018. exactly at 14:10 at Rijeka Airport Rijeka arrived first charter flight from Paris, which represents the first direct link between Rijeka and France in the last 10 years! So the first passengers were welcomed with traditional water arch, or so called "showering" of the aircraft.
On this route every Friday until 5.10. will fly the Polish airline Enter Air, with aircraft B738, orginised by the French charter agency Thalasso No.1. So all additional information on the aforementioned route can be found on their official website.
Representatives of Rijeka Airport participated at the Routes Europe 2018
Representatives of Rijeka Airport participated at the Routes Europe 2018 conference, which took place in Bilbao, from 22 to 24 April 2018. At Routes they held numerous meetings with the most important airline companies for the purpose of negotiating and introduction of new routes in 2019.
Rijeka Airport team attended AERO EXPO - one of the largest and most visited general aviation global show. It took place in Germany's Friedrichshafen from 18 untill 21 April with over 600 exhibitors from 35 countries and 33,000 visitors. Rijeka Airport team presented at their stand services and specialities of Rijeka Airport to interested visitors. Except from that, they also organised lot of prize games daily, which further stimulated the interest of numerous visitors.
Therefore, Rijeka Airport in the upcoming season, besides the increase in regular air traffic, is expected to increase also general aviation numbers.
Rijeka airport from 4.4.2018. open for 24h!
Result of start of works on runway at the International Airport in Zagreb, which will take place at night and will cause the airport closure for all traffic from 22:35 to 6:35 hours, and Monday and Friday from 0:00 to 6:35 hours is decision of Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Oleg Butković, to make Rijeka airport open for 24h.
During the planned 2-month period, while the works at Franjo Tuđman Airport will last, from 0 to 24 hours all days will be open Rijeka Airport, which will receive aircrafts that can not land at the airport Franjo Tuđman because of the closure.
New route for Berlin from Rijek a airport!
Laudamotion, new airline in cooperation with Ryanair introduced new route which Rijeka airport connects with Berlin Tegel. Tickets are sold by Ryanair and it will be operated by A320, two times weekly, on Thursdays and Saturdays from 2.6.2018. till 27.10.2018.
Summer flight season started!
On 25.3.2018. with the summer time calculation, the IATA flight summer season also started. So the opening hours of the Rijeka Airport are extended on all days of the week from 8:00 to 18: 00h.
On 26.3.2018.Rijeka Airport welcomed its first flight of the season: Ryanair from Stockholm and on 27.3.2018. its first flight from Frankfurt arrived, which represents a new destination on the map of Rijeka Airport.
Rijeka Airport starts campaign "YOUR airport with a soul!"
After many years of investing all the funds exclusively in the projects necessary for the basic functioning of the airport,, Rijeka Airport has finally provided funds for marketing investments and the promotion of the airport. Starting from the point of very low knowledge that local population has on the offer of Rijeka Airport, the focus of this campaign are precisely the citizens and local residents of the Rijeka Airports County. The researchs have shown that the majority of locals in the travel organization use nearby larger airports such as Zagreb, Venice and Trieste, and are not aware that from Rijeka Airport they can be in desired European destination for only one hour and a half to two hours! Therefore, apart from the significant time travel savings, departure from Rijeka Airport makes traveling much less stressful, and individual approach of the Airport staff to each traveler turns a tiring journey into a real pleasure. So all mentioned brought to the name of the campaign: "Rijeka Airport - YOUR airport with a soul"
The campaign itself started on March 5, 2018. with official announcement on the Facebook page of Rijeka Airport, and it will last intensively untill the beginning of July. The main partners of the Rijeka Airport in this campaign are Radio Korzo and Kanal Ri,. So during following months all listeners of Radio Korzo, viewers of Kanal Ri and followers of Rijeka Airport offical Facebook page can expect numerous news, as well as award quizzes with over 20 tickets for multiple destinations from Rijeka Airport.
Interesting analysis about (dis)connection of smaller airports in Croatia
Portal avioradar.hr published an interesting analysis about the (dis) connections of smaller airports in Croatia, in which also participated Rijeka Airport.
Rijeka Airport statement from the article:
"Rijeka Airport has been working very intensively in the last few years to introduce new destinations, and lot of resources have been invested to bring new airlines to Kvarner. This is possible on several annual conferences (Routes, Connect), where airport representatives meet with airline representatives, and negotiate possibilities for increasing their operations and introducing new destinations. As in every industry, in the aviation industry, the laws of supply and demand are applicable, so before the introduction of any new destination, the airlines are carrying out numerous route performance analysis. They continue to operate on the routes that bring them the greatest profit or introduce new ones if the analyzes show that they'll bring significant profits in the future. It is important to point out that when introducing new destinations the airline's risk is the highest and it depends largely on the recognizability of this new destination in the distant markets that need to be connected by airline. In the case of famous destinations for which travelers are aware of, or have already formed a specific demand for, there is no need for additional investment in marketing. In that case the risk of airline reduces to minimum. However, in cases where the destination is unknown in distant markets which needs airline connections, and there is still no specific demand for that destination among airline passengers, airline risk is much higher and additional funding is needed (in the form of a discount on airport services or in terms of marketing funds). This is precisely the case of Rijeka and Kvarner, which has a very high third place in the number of arrivals in Croatia, is well positioned and well known in the neighboring countries, more suitable for cars and bus passengers, while in further markets it still insufficiently recognized. Therefore, in terms of additional support to air carriers, Rijeka Airport has invested nearly 3 million € of its own funds in the last 3 years (1.5 million € in terms of discount, 1.5 million € in terms of advertising). In addition to that in last 3 years also 1,25 million € of joint funds by regional and local units and tourist boards was invested for the purpose of investing in airline development. However, not even these very significant funds (Rijeka Airport's own funds invested in the development of new lines represents almost 45% of its TOTAL BUDGET!), did not lead to an increase in the number of passengers which are accomplished in other Croatian well known markets.
Therefore, it can be concluded that airports, with all their efforts and investments, can not significantly influence the airlines decisions on the viability of introducing a new destination. The crucial factor of their decision is ultimately the degree of development of the destination, its offer, brand, the demand for travelers to visit them, and the recognition of the destination and its reputation. Ultimately, travelers do not come to a destination for the airport, but for the destination itself!"
The whole article in croatian language is available in the following link:
Rijeka Airport - certified aerodrome for indefinite period!
On 29.12.2017. Rijeka Airport received an official confirmation of airport certification for indefinite period! Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, which is authorized to monitor and implement the international standards necessary to fulfill the State's responsibility for air traffic safety control, awarded Rijeka airport with Aerodrome certificate and Aerodrome operator certificate, which confirms the compliance of the airport with all regulations and international standards.
Rijeka Airpot had from 15.12.2014. until now only Temporary aerodrome certificate, based on which it was necessary to carry out certain adjustments to the EU regulations in order to receive the Certificate for an indefinite period. Therefore, this Certificate is a proof of successful implementation of numerous projects and harmonization with international regulations in the last 3 years.
Dutch low-cost airline, Transavia, arrives to Rijeka airport!
For the first time in history the famous Dutch low-cost airline Transavia announced new schedule flight to Rijeka Airport: Rijeka-Eindhoven. On 21.12.2017. started tickets sale for this route, which will finally connect residents of the Rijeka region with the Netherlands.
Eindhoven is one of the largest cities in the Netherlands, located only 111km from Amsterdam. It is a famous tourist and business center with many tourist attractions, most notably the Philips Museum since the world-famous brand was born in this city.
Flights to visit this interesting city will be operated with B737-800 189 seats, 2 times a week on Thursdays and Sundays, from 5.7.2018. untill 2.9.2018.
Transavia is a Dutch low-cost airline, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group, which has been in the market for more than 50 years. The main base of Transavie is located at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, and currently has ground planes at airports in Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Paris, Lyon, Nantes, and since 2015 Munich.
You can buy the Rijeka-Eindhoven tickets now via the official Transavie website: www.transavia.com from only € 39 in one way!
Condor airline returns to Rijeka airport!
After 2 years from withdrawal of Condor from RIjeka airport, in upcoming summer season 2018 this airline returns on route RIjeka-Frankfurt. Franfurt airport is 4th Europe busiest airport with over 60 million passenger per year and connections to almost all destinations on all continets.
Flights to Frankfurt from Rijeka with Condor will operate 2 times weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays, in period from May untill October 2018. In addition to already announced flights to Frankfurt with Ryanair, on Tuesday and Saturday, this means that route Rijeka-Frankfurt will be operated in total 4 times weekly!
With over 7 million passengers and about 80 destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, Condor is one of the world's leading leisure travel airline. The Condor fleet consists of over 30 aircraft served by the experienced organization of GMO Group Thomas Cook Airlines, which ensures the highest quality in maintenance and servicing. The main base of the Condor is located in Frankfurt, but it also has bases is in Berlin, Munich, Düsseldorf, Koln, Hanover, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Hamburg in Germany.
Santa Claus visited Rijeka airport!
1.12.2017. Santa landed at Rijeka airport with direct flight from Laponia bringing joy to all children who welcomed him!
Video from this event can be seen here:
Santa Claus is coming to Rijeka Airport
For upcoming holidays Santa decided to come to Rijeka Airport and present seasonal programme of Omisalj. All kids will recieve gifts so all are invated to come and give him a warm welcome!
Minister of the sea, transport and infrastructure and Minister of tourism visited Rijeka Airport!
On 10.11.2017. Minister of the sea, transport and infrastructure Oleg Butkovic and Minister of tourism Gari Capelli visited Rijeka Airport and announced big investment in infrastructure and joint advertising in 2018.
Flights Rijeka-Köln from 19,99€!
After announcement of all-year round flights from Rijeka to Köln Eurowings brings more great news!
Tickets for this flights cen be purcahsed already from 19,99€!
So hurry to bok your ticket on Eurowings web site, as they are in limited number!
World on the palm of your hands throughout whole year!
Based on the increasing results and the constant increase in the number of passengers at Rijeka Airport, Eurowings management has decided to introduce a regular winter line that connects Rijeka with Cologne throughout the whole year. After the introduction of full-year regular domestic flights (Split, Dubrovnik, Osijek) since winter 2016/17 the upcoming winter will introduce a new year-long international route. That is sensational news for Rijeka Airport and its entire environment, since in recent history Airport Rijeka has not provided its passengers and users with international routes throughout the year, but mostly only during the summer months. The introduction of winter routes represents a significant positive step for the entire county, its economy, residents, and especially all tourism-related subjects, and besides that it creates a habit among passengers of having easier and faster transfers throughout the whole year.
This is the result of the great efforts that the Rijeka Airport Management in cooperation with its co-owners: the County, the City of Rijeka, the local municipality of Omišalj and the associated tourist communities, invests in the promotion and sustainability of the Rijeka Airport, and represents only the initial step in its further growth and development .
The official sale of tickets for this flights began on 5 July 2017, and can be purchased on Eurowing website: www.eurowings.com. The first flight from Cologne to Rijeka runs on 10.11.2017. At 12: 35h, returning from Rijeka to Cologne the same day at 14: 40h. During the whole winter period (10.11.2017 - 21.3.2018), the route will be operated twice a week, on Sundays and Fridays (10.11.2017 - 1.12.2017 and 12.1.2018 - 16.2.2018), and on Sundays and Wednesdays (6.12.2017 - 3.1.2018 and 21.2.2018 - 21.3.2018)
Rijeka airport visited by over 1.000 kids in 2017
Rijeka Airport is kids friendly airport and through its organized tours all children can be acquainted with all aspects of the operation of the international airport and its services on educational, professional and fun way. In 2017 more than 1.000 children from elementary schools from the islands of Krk and Rab, Rijeka, Crikvenica, Gorski Kotar and even Lika visited Rijeka Airport.
First flight from Hannover welcomed with water shower!
On 22.6.2017. at Rijeka Airport Rijeka landed the first flight from Hannover which was welcomed with a water shower!
Flights Hannover - Rijeka - Hannover every Thursday will be operated until 26.10.2017. Check the prices and availability of the tickets on the Eurowings website.