Ljubljana Airport records strong passenger growth
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has seen its passenger numbers surge in the first two months of the year. Slovenia’s busiest airport recorded growth of 15.6% compared to the same period in 2013 but did not report exact passenger figures. The airport says both Adria and foreign airlines operating to Ljubljana attributed to the improved numbers. Apart from Adria, figures were primarily boosted by Air Serbia which launched flights to the Slovenian capital last December, the airport said in statement. It added that other foreign carriers also recorded healthy loads on their flights to and from Ljubljana. Growth in cargo traffic was also noted with an increase of 11.7% on the same period last year. During February Jože Pučnik Airport handled the greatest amount of cargo in a single day since opening its doors.
Ljubljana Airport is anticipating a busy summer ahead by offering 200 scheduled flights per week to 24 destinations in Europe operated by eight different airlines. Adria Airways will launch two new destinations this summer - Prague and Warsaw - and will also resume seasonal flights to London Gatwick, Manchester and Tel Aviv. On the other hand, Finnair will resume its seasonal summer flights from Helsinki starting April 16. They will operate four times per week until the end of the 2014 summer season in late October. In addition, Arkia Israeli Airlines will launch seasonal services from Tel Aviv while Tunisair will run regular charters from Monastir (once per week, increasing to two weekly during peak season) and Djerba (once per week). Both will operate with the Airbus A320 and will launch on April 23 and May 27 respectively.
Meanwhile, the airport is expected to be privatised during the summer. Interested parties were to be called to start sending in their bids on Monday, March 3. However, the process has been delayed until further notice. Officially, the holdup comes as a result of missing documentation relating to the airport’s runway, which is to be finalised by the Ministry for Transport. Earlier this year, CEO Zmago Skobir said the airport should be sold by the summer of 2014. Investors from Italy and Russia have already expressed interest. Ljubljana Airport recorded a 5.2 million euro net profit last year, which is on par with results from 2012 and 3.8% above the projected profits. Slovenia’s busiest airport handled 1.321.100 passengers in 2013, up 10.2% on the year before.