Country Profile

Republic of Croatia
(Republika Hrvatska)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
8 October 1991
Capital City:
Total Area Ranking:
127 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
126 of 242 in the World

The Country


The Republic of Croatia is a cresent-shaped state in south-eastern Europe. It is situated in the western part of the Balkan Peninsula. It borders Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia to the east, and the Adriatic Sea to the south. It is made up of the territories of Dalmatia, Slavonia and most of Istria. The northeast of the country is mostly flat and fertile, while the southwestern part is more rugged and includes the Dinaric Alps. It occupies a land area of 56,558 sq km (21,829 sq miles) and has a population of 4.5 million inhabitants (in 2000). In the 1991 census the population comprised 78% ethnic Croats, 12% Serbs and 1% Slavic Muslims and 9% others. More than 76% are Catholics, 11% are Orthodox Christians, and 1% are Muslims, with 12% other faiths. The capital city is Zagreb.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Croatian History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Croatia
Yahoo Croatia page
wikipedia: Croatia
wikipedia: History of Croatia


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Croatia.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

Upon independence in 1991, the Yugoslav registration prefix ‘YU-‘ was painted out, eg: on An-2 BOW.
An unofficial registration prefix of RC-xxx (for Republic of Croatia) was introduced, with the xxx allocation unchanged.
The formally allocated registration prefix ‘9A-‘ has been used since 1993?, eg: 9A-CTA.

All-time Croatia – civil aircraft register (RC-aaa 9A-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Current military air arms-
Air Force (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovsto i Protuzracna Obrana)

Historical military air arms-
Air Force [1941-1945]

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation [1991-2001, now disbanded]

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation (HIKO)
Police Aviation (MUP)

Commercial Aviation

Air Adriatic
Croatia Airlines
Dubrovnik Airline
Trade Air
Zadar Airlines

wikipedia: Airlines of Croatia
The World’s Airlines: Croatia

Private Aviation

No organisations known.


Aircraft Manufacturers

Zmaj (1927-1941).

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

The former ZMAJ (dragon) overhaul facility at Velika Gorica, near Pleso, is now called ZTZ.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Dubrovnik Airport
Pula Airport
Rijeka Airport
Split Airport
Zadar Airport
Zagreb Airport
Airports in Croatia

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

There is a Republic P-47 in the Zagreb Technical Museum.

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

Magazines Guide for Croatia

Aviation Bibliography

Croatian Aviation Bibliography – to be added.

Web Links

Croatian Aviation: Airlines, Airports, Aero Clubs, Accidents etc

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