Franjo Tuđman Airport is the largest and most important airport in the Republic of Croatia. It was named in honor of the first Croatian president Dr. Franjo Tuđman, a historian and statesman who led Croatia towards independence. The location of the airport is 10 kilometers southeast of Zagreb in the area of the city of Velika Gorica. The “Franjo Tuđman” airport has a civilian and military character, as it is home to a barracks. Inside the “Franjo Tuđman” Airport is the Croatian Air Traffic Control as well as the “Rudolf Perišin” aviation school. According to the number of passengers who traveled through Zagreb airport, it is among the ten busiest airports in the area bordering the Adriatic and Baltic seas. Since 2012 In 2008, on the basis of the contract concluded by the state government with the French consortium ZAIC (Zagreb Airport International Company) for a period of 30 years, the airport is under their concession. Taxi-Pio offers transportation – transfer services from and to Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb.
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In addition to being named the best airport in Europe for 2 to 5 million passengers three times by ACI/ASQ (Airports Council International/Airport Service Quality) (2018, 2019 and 2020), soon after opening in 2017, Zagreb airport also received recognition for the greatest improvement in Europe.
Zagreb got its first airport in 1909 on Črnomerec. The world-famous inventor Eduard Slavoljub Penkala built a hangar next to the grass runway where he constructed the first airplane in Croatia. June 23, 1910 his mechanic Dragutin Novak takes off with Penkala’s plane and goes down in history as the first Croatian pilot. Later, during one of Novak’s flights on the 20th, the plane October 1910, damaged and Penkala gave up on further research.