Disappointing figures for Ljubljana AirportLjubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has seen a major plunge in passenger numbers in the first half of the year. While figures have been steadily declining throughout 2012, the most alarming result came in June when the airport handled only 116.170 passengers, down 18.6% compared to the same month last year. Earlier, airport authorities predicted that Ljubljana will end the year with a 4% passenger decline when compared to 2011. However, this estimate is now looking very optimistic. For its poor results, the airport blames Adria Airways’ reduced network as well as the euro zone crisis which has gripped Slovenia itself.
In the first half of the year, Ljubljana Airport welcomed 527.151 passengers, compared to last year’s 607.088, representing a decrease of 13.2%. Figures show that the majority of passengers using Ljubljana Airport are either arriving or departing on services to and from Germany. It is followed by Turkey, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. From the former Yugoslavia, the majority of passengers are arriving and departing to and from Priština, followed by Skopje, then Belgrade, Podgorica and finally Sarajevo.
This winter season Ljubljana Airport will be served by five scheduled airlines. Wizz Air will be the only new arrival, with services from London and Charleroi to be launched this winter season. Ljubljana’s busiest year on record was 2008 when it welcomed 1.673.050 passengers through its doors. The airport broke the million passenger mark for the first time in 2004 and has managed to handle over one million passengers annually ever since. The airport’s busiest year prior to the breakup of Yugoslavia was in 1987 when 886.281 passengers used its services.