Flying can be stressful, especially when you fly to a foreign country. In this blog article you can find basic information about Croatian airports as well as some useful words and phrases to help you ask about your flight, luggage or at least understand what's written on the airport display.
Croatia has nine airports. The biggest one is the Zagreb airport „Franjo Tuđman“, built in 2017. The other six are in the biggest towns (Split, Zadar, Osijek, Rijeka, Pula, Dubrovnik) and two are on the islands of Brač and Mali Lošinj.
Croatian domestic airline is Croatia Airlines, but various international airlines (like Lufthansa, British Airways, Alitalia, Turkish Airlines, Air France...) fly to and from Croatia. Tourists are mostly interested in low-budget flights which are very common in high-season. German Wings, Ryanair, EasyJet and Wizz Air fly to smaller Croatian airports May through October.
All of the signs at the airports are translated into English so it's not very likely you'll get lost, but here's some basic vocabulary and phrases to practice before you land:
let → flight
dolasci → arrivals
polasci → departures
red letenja → flight schedule
status leta → flight status
prtljaga → luggage
ručna prtljaga → hand luggage
izgubljena prtljaga → lost luggage
oštećena prtljaga → damaged luggage
ured za izgubljeno i nađeno → lost and found office
carina → customs
putovnica → passport
Zrakoplov je sletio. → The airplane landed
Zrakoplov kasni. → The airplane is delayed.
Zrakoplov će stići na vrijeme. → The airplane will arrive on time.
Zrakoplov je poletio u podne. → The airplane took off at noon.
Let je zakazan za sutra. → The flight is scheduled for tomorrow.
Let je otkazan. → The flight has been cancelled.
Očekivano vrijeme dolaska je 10:30. → The estimated time of arrival is 10:30.
I would like to buy a ticket to Warsaw. → Answer Htio/Htjela bih kupiti kartu za Varšavu.
One-way or return ticket? → Answer Jednosmjerna ili povratna karta?
At what time does the plane to Warsaw take off? → Answer U koliko sati polijeće zrakoplov za Varšavu?
How long does the flight last? → Answer Koliko traje let?
When should I check-in? → Answer Kad bih trebao/la napraviti check-in?
How much weight can I put in my luggage? → Answer Koliko kilograma prtljage mogu uzeti?
Where can I weigh luggage before my flight? → Answer Gdje mogu izvagati prtljagu prije mog leta?
I can't find my luggage. → Answer Ne mogu pronaći svoju prtljagu.
I would like to confirm / cancel / change my reservation. → Answer Želim potvrditi /otkazati / promijeniti rezervaciju.
The flight has been cancelled. → Answer Let je otkazan.
Please, fasten your seatbelts → Answer Molimo, vežite pojaseve.
Do not smoke on the airplane. → Answer Ne pušite u zrakoplovu.
We wish you a pleasant flight! → Answer Želimo vam ugodan let!
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