Zadar Airport – Alternative gateway to Dalmatia


When flying into Croatia, one of the best locations to land at is Zadar Airport, an international airport serving the city of Zadar and an excellent starting point to get your way around Croatia.

Often referred to as an alternative entry point to Dalmatia beside popular Split and Dubrovnik, it holds attribute well.

Starting from Zadar, you can easily get to many country’s attractions like KrkaKornati and Plitivice National Parks, major cities like Split, Rijeka and of course Zagreb.

The airport itself was formed in 1968, and since then has undergone major renovations more than once.


Zadar Airport at a glance

Name: Zadar Airport

City: Zadar

Country: Croatia

IATA code: ZAD


Latitude:  44°6′ 30″ N

Longitude:  15°20′ 48″ E

Elevation:  289 ft

Runway 14/32: 2,500 m | 8,202 ft

Runway 04/22: 2,000 m | 6,561 ft

Opening hours: 06:00-22:00 local, Every day, 24 Hours on request

Fire and Rescue Category: CAT V (CAT VI in Summer); CAT IX on demand

Airport ICAO classification: 4E

Time zone: Summer UTC +2 | Winter UTC +1

Passengers: 589,000 in 2017

Arrival allows to enjoy a truly special view to the location with plenty of natural views surrounding it, alongside the city of Zadar itself.

With 16 European destinations serviced including Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Scandinavia, this makes it very easy for you to engage in Euro-wide flight network.

Navigation is easy around Zadar Airport, never too crammed and position of the airport allows for a stress-free experience.


City and surrounding area

The city of Zadar is a fine balance of old classical architecture, modern cafeterias, old-school churches and contemporary museums. It combines the new with the old perfectly, and is a fantastic take on the depth and beauty of Croatia as a whole.

Croatia is a nation that has undergone immense cultural and societal change in recent years. Zadar does a fine job of capturing that spirit, with everything from the stunning Sea Organ and Sun Salutation a must see tourist attractions when arriving in the city.

From that classic Habsburg eloquence to the free-standing tower blocks, this entire city manages to combine together everything we’ve come to expect from Croatia. With easy transport connections to other smaller islands nearby via ferry, you can use a trip to Zadar to see much more than just the city itself.

Zadar hasn’t been on a map for cruising ships for a long time, but this has recently changed with opening completely new Port of Zadar. This modern facility, connected with two lanes highway to Zadar Airport and only 10 minutes away, enables Zadar to position as  a homeport for large ships.

Beside aiming to attract larger crusing ships, Zadar archipelago is a true sailing gem and one of the most popular sailing areas in the world. There are numerous marinas and yacht charter bases around with Biograd being one of the largest sailing centres at the Adriatic Sea.

For the clients wishing to extend their aircraft charter experience with yachting or sailing – we can arrange for any type of the motor or sailing yacht through our partners.

So, if you decide to take-off and fly-in to Zadar Airport, you’ll find a glut of amazing activities waiting for you on the other end. Fly-in at the right time, and you might just get to enjoy the perfect balance of stunning climates, amazing views, tremendous experiences and sights that take the breath away.

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