A year to forget for Ljubljana Airport
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is facing the prospect of being booted out of the top five busiest airports in the former Yugoslavia, following last year’s fourth place and 2010’s third position. The news comes after the Statistical Office of Slovenia published the airport’s passenger figures for the first eight months of the year. During this period, Jože Pučnik Airport welcomed only 806.557 passengers, down 14.5% compared to the same time last year when the airport saw 943.966 passengers pass through its doors. In August alone figures declined 19% while its busiest month was July with 143.571 passengers, records from the Statistical Office show. The eight month passenger figure is the lowest the airport has seen since 2004.
Belgrade, Zagreb, Priština, Dubrovnik and Split all handled more passengers than Ljubljana in the first eight months of the year, while Skopje was behind by 42.637 travellers. However, it is expected that Slovenia’s busiest airport will gain some ground over the winter months and surpass Split to finish the year within the top five. On the other hand, it is unlikely that the airport will be able to jump through another hoop and takeover Dubrovnik which is anticipating welcoming just over 1.460.000 passengers by the end of the year. In 2011, Ljubljana welcomed a total of 1.369.485 passengers.
Ljubljana’s disappointing figures are largely the result of Adria Airways’ significant network reduction when compared to last summer. November’s passenger figures will be of great significance for the airport as it will show whether it will be able to maintain or even improve on last year since Adria’s winter network will mirror the one of 2011. Furthermore, there is hope that figures will improve with the arrival of Wizz Air later this month, which will launch flights from London Luton and Charleroi. Today, Adria Airways will officially unveil its 2012/2013 winter schedule at the Hotel Plaza in Ljubljana. You can view the minor modifications Adria has made to its network here.