New look for Ljubljana Airport by 2015The construction of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport’s new terminal is set to begin soon. Yesterday, the airport invited interested parties to place their bids for the construction of the new terminal building. It is the first out of several tenders which will be held over the next few months. Construction of the new terminal is to be completed on January 15, 2015 at the latest and contractors will have one year and eight months to complete all work.
In a statement, the airport says, “The existing passenger terminal is no longer capable of reaching satisfactory quality standards. It is already too small in the busier times of the day and in the busier months of the year, and given the projected trends in aviation, passenger numbers will increase further and within five years are forecast to again reach their level from 2008, when close to 1.8 million people passed through the airport”. The current terminal in use was built in 1973 but has since been reconstructed and refurbished. The terminal stretches over 13.000 square metres. Following the completion of terminal two, part of the current terminal building will continue to be used for passenger handling while the other will be used for commercial purposes.
The new terminal at Ljubljana Airport will be one of its biggest investments to date. The building will have the capacity to handle up to 1.800 passengers per hour and stretches over 31.200 square metres. Ljubljana joins several other airports in the EX-YU region which have already begun or are anticipating redevelopment. The construction of a new terminal at Priština Airport is ongoing while work will soon begin at Dubrovnik Airport as well. Belgrade Airport is in the process of expanding its terminal buildings while Zagreb is expecting to begin construction of its multi million euro terminal next year.