Decision on Ljubljana Airport’s new terminal on September 16
Shareholders of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will decide on September 16 whether to go ahead with the planned construction of a new multi million euro terminal. Minority shareholders are firmly against idea as they believe the new project will be a white elephant and unprofitable. The majority shareholder, the Slovenian government, has not decided whether it is for or against the project and has earmarked Ljubljana Airport for sale this year in an effort to cut the country's budget deficit and avoid becoming the latest euro zone member to seek a bailout.
Zmago Skobir, the CEO of Ljubljana Airport, believes the investment is essential for the future growth of Slovenia’s busiest airport. “A new terminal would ensure long term traffic development at the airport. Today, during the busiest part of the day, the airport has insufficient capacity to handle all passengers as the terminal was built in 1973”, Mr. Skobir notes. During a recent visit to Slovenia, the Russian Minister for Communication and Mass Media, Nikolai Nikiforov, said Russian companies are considering bidding for a stake in Ljubljana Airport. China Southern Airlines has also expressed interest in purchasing the airport.
Earlier this year, Ljubljana Airport signed a contract to co-fund a 73 million euro new terminal to be in use by January 2015. The airport management team has since said the project could be completed for less than sixty million euros. The new terminal, which is to be built next to the existing passenger building, would cover an area of 31.200 square metres. Furthermore, the airport would have the capacity to handle 1.800 passengers per hour compared to the current 700 passengers. Earlier this spring a new 24 million euro air traffic control centre was opened near Jože Pučnik Airport.