Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ljubljana’s new terminal on the horizon

Ljubljana secures finances for new terminal

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and the Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning signed a contract yesterday for the construction of a state of the art new terminal building. All funds have been secured for the 89.6 million euro project. The European Regional Development Fund of the European Union will cover 15 million euros of the construction costs. Building work is scheduled to begin later this year. Furthermore, the government plans to build a rail link to the airport and connect it with the city.

The terminal building currently in use was built in 1973 but has been expanded several times. The most extensive upgrades were carried out in 2007. The Slovenian government says a new terminal is necessary as the current one was originally built to handle some 500.000 passengers. In 2012 Ljubljana welcomed almost 1.2 million passengers through its doors. The new terminal, which will be built next to the existing passenger building, will cover an area of 31.200 square metres. The new terminal will separate Schengen and non-Schengen passengers in accordance to EU rules and regulations as well as arriving and departing travellers. Furthermore, the airport will have the capacity to handle 1.800 passengers per hour compared to the current 700 passengers. Following the completion of the new terminal in the spring of 2015, the old one will be refurbished.


The EX-YU region has recently seen a boom in airport development, especially amongst capital city airports. Skopje opened its brand new terminal in 2011 while Priština anticipates opening its new terminal building later this year. In addition, Belgrade Airport is continuing its three year expansion and refurbishment project while Zagreb is looking ahead to the construction of its much anticipated new terminal this year. In late 2012 Maribor Airport opened the doors to its new terminal. The majority of the airports in use across the former Yugoslavia were built in the early 1960s.

35 comments:

  1. Do they really need that many airbridges, especially now when the future of Adria remains uncertain. Plus, even if Adria is to survive most of its fleet consists of CRJs which do not need them.

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    1. They should have not had more than five airbridges! Especially since Wizz Air doesn't use them.

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    2. Yes, they need them, you need to look in to a long term not short term issue, Ljubljana Airport will more than likely handle 3.0 million passengers by 2020, and you simply can't cater for low cost and regional airlines with these numbers.

      So, to answer your question, yes it does need them, and they also can attract more airlines as other airlines will see Ljubljana airport for being a serious international destination with a proper services and acess.

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  2. To be honest, I think that the whole project is ovedimensioned. It would better suite a medium sized airport like ZAG. LJU is and will remain for a long time a regional airport and the given infrastructure should be sufficient. The bill for such megalomania will be paid by slovenian tax payers!

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    1. Not to mention the fact that the airport will mostly sit empty. As mentioned above, the airport should not have more than five airbridges. But you are right, we will not only finance Adria but soon we will have to cover the losses of this project as well.

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    2. Agree - such a waste of money, Adria will soon go down and Ljubljana will never become major transit hub not even for Balkan...so why are they spending all this money is beyond me

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  3. Here is a sum of Turkish Airlines' flights to the ex-Yugoslav region for the coming summer season:

    1. Belgrade: from 13 to 14 weekly flights.
    2. Ljubljana: from 5 to daily.
    3. Podgorica: from 5 to 7 weekly flights.
    4. Sarajevo: from 9 to 18 weekly flights.
    5. Skopje: from 10 to 14 weekly flights.

    There was no mention of Zagreb, so I guess frequencies remain the same. Does anyone know if there will be a change?
    They seem to be adding more flight all around ex-Yugoslavia, strange that Zagreb was left out. Any specific reasons?

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    1. CTN is increasing its own frequencies.

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    2. 2. reasons:
      - OU strong figures during summer on O&D traffic + connecting to coast.

      - Qatar is hurting them on connecting pax with their daily flights(mostly a321)...

      that doesn't mean they won't force aditional frequencies as they did in BEG, we'll see...

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    3. TK and OU have 14 frequencies in code-share and those are absolutely organized for feeding TK in IST (even OU does not suit OU waves). So, basically TK has 14 frequencies out of ZAG just OU was powerful enough to force them to make 50% of those flights.

      Fight was on for one season where TK force OU to fly to IST in the middle of night because of “luck of slots” in IST. Than Croatian ministry of transportation respond as allowed TK to fly just 4 flights per week (from 7 flights per week before that) After all they sit on table and made compromise that they will have 50-50 code-share.

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    4. In summer timetable you can transit just fine to coast airports, so both companies have their benefits. Win-win situation.

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    5. Its so funny everybody knows that TK have most flights to PRN, 4 days weekly they even have 2 flights pr day, TK1017 and TK1019, I have worked for Turkish and Pegasus, Last year they transported over 300,000 PAX to and from the airport. Last week it was an made an special deal with the two delegacions(Kosovo & Turkey) About TK`S taxes and oppertunitys,First flight to PRN are 07:50 from IST and arrives at PRN 08:50 TK1017. And TK1019 that departures from IST 19:50(local time in Turkey,Europe 18:50) and arrives at PRN 19:50, Turns back to IST 20:50. Scandinavian Airlines have set up 3 weekly flights to Copenhagen , Before it was only one. TK have elleven weekly flights to PRN and Pegasus 7. 18 flights pr week to IST.

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    6. I cud not agree more my friend, Because of my work we fly this route once pr week, PRN-IST and all the flights i have been on this route the loads are werry high, Air Arabia had high costs on their and they wasent bringing an good offer and TK have captured many travellers from PRN.

      Last week PRN published statistics for 2013 and it shows that AUA(Austrian Airlines) Loses travellers from and to PRN because of TK offers better. But Germanwings is the biggest operator at the airport and will double its flights to PRN, Austrian have also 2 daily 3 times flights to PRN, AUA777 VIE arrives at PRN 12:05 and AUA769 arrives at PRN 22:05. This year PRN have the ability to reach up to 1,700 000 PAX. Source: http://airportpristina.com/en/

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    7. But does that mean that ZAG has one of the weakest O&D demand to Istanbul in comparison to the other cities in ex-Yugoslavia? Even Ljubljana which is much smaller has more flights proportionally to the size.

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    8. On this logic worst is BEG with 18 flights as ZAG has 14 and as city is much smaller.

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    9. Don't forget that BEG will also have Pegasus soon.

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    10. OK, that will make 21-22 flights per week. Still worst by same logic.

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    11. Hmm partially true, most of JU's flights are operated by the B733, while TK uses their 165 B738 and now we will have Pegasus with their high-configuration B738.
      Planes used between the two cities are large and this summer on some days there will be up to 4 daily flights, which means over 1000 seats offered in both directions.

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  4. Yes, I agree if we talk about currant situation. But time goes on and circumstances will by all means be changed soon or latter. Good infrastructure always brings further development and opportunities. Just think about recently built highways in Slo and Cro.

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    1. Yes but even if ZAG is not that competitive it still has far more options than LJU. That means that it is still far more attractive. Wizz Air's arrival into Ljubljana might change that.
      Then again, Wizz Air is not an airline that seeks good infrastructure so...

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    2. Partially the infrastructure is built for planes/vehicles ... but mostly is given to people that use it

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  5. The 8 bridges are needed because they are divided in Schengen and Non Schengen. Currently in the morning only 2 gatestands can be used for 4 CRJ9 and 2 A319 flights to Schengen Airports. Airports developments are planned according peak hour movements... So morning and evening rush hour will need up to 6-7 gatestands. And seeing how long in ex YU a project needs to be built, I agree that rather 1 bridge too much is built than 1 too less.. the new terminal is not oversized, it s long time needed

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    1. Yes, but if restructuring of Adria will abandon "HUB"-concept, there will be no more rush hours.

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    2. That is not true. You can split Schengen and NonSchengen zones by double glass corridors or multy-floor combination like in BUD and some other airports. So you can use same gates for both purposes as you need.

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  6. hehe Purger, kako si?

    u re right, u could build (Terminal B in ZRH is like double floor) and let s hope they will build like this to have more flexibility. But currently they have fix 2 gates for schengen and non schengen. Correct me if I m wrong.

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    1. bok BEGLAX ja sam poprilično dobro, hvala na pitanju, a ti?

      I don't know how they organize their terminal. I did not find any blueprints on net or media.

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  7. I cant understand why Ljubljana needs a new terminal, They are the most modern airportbuilding of all airports in ex-yu area? Anyway wish them good luck, Want also to congreet the admin for setting up good news every day, Thanks for having us updatet every day.

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  8. On a different note, Jat Airways have loaded their new summer schedule in GDS, and it includes lots of new flights - hopefully they will have a fleet that will enable it all to happen. Among others:

    - 2nd daily flight to CDG
    - 2nd daily flight on most days to SVO
    - 3rd daily flight on Fridays and Sundays to VIE (late night)

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    1. LH's FRA - BEG will be operated by LH mainline during S13

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    2. Wizzair is going 6x weekly on BEG - MMX and 4x weekly on BEG - GSE

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    3. JU will be offering 4x weekly flights between Belgrade and Split, as well as 4x weekly flights between Belgrade and Pula.

      OU will be offering 2x weekly flights between Split and Belgrade.

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    4. It's a pity that OU doesn't plan DBV - BEG flights this summer.

      For the moment, JU is planning 5x weekly flights on this route.

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    5. Not to mention EZY's coming to Belgrade, but Milan is really bad idea.

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    6. @Wizzair: does anyone know if Wizzair is going to base another aircraft in Belgrade? It seems to me they need to with increase in frequencies. Related question is will they change times for their BEG-BSL flights? Currently, it is really really hard to reach western switzerland by train (their flight simply arrive too late - you need to have no luggage and flight on time to catch the last train to Lausanne/Geneva)...

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  9. Let's hope that JU lease these aircraft then otherwise a lot of people will end up with cancelled flight's!

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