Monday, October 27, 2014

Ljubljana Airport eyes new flights in 2015

Ljubljana Airport expects new airlines and destinations next year

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, which was recently acquired by Fraport, is anticipating further passenger growth in 2015 with the arrival of new airlines and the launch of additional flights. In a statement, the airport said it expects its busiest customer, Adria Airways, to launch flights from Slovenia's capital to Stockholm and either Madrid or Barcelona next year. Furthermore, the airport stressed the importance for the establishment of direct flights between Ljubljana and northern Germany. “In its endeavours to launch new routes and attract new airlines, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport sees the greatest potential in the north German market”, it said. Earlier in 2014 the airport reported it was negotiating with Wizz Air and easyJet on launching routes to northern Germany, as well as Scandinavia, towards the end of the year. In 2015, Ljubljana Airport will also see the arrival of Swiss International Air Lines, which will launch daily flights from Zurich starting March 29. Furthermore, next summer, Turkish Airlines will boost flights from Istanbul to the Slovenian capital from its existing daily service to ten flights per week. In addition, Air Serbia is also considering increasing its flights from Belgrade.

During the first nine months of the year, Ljubljana Airport handled 1.051.475 passengers, an increase of 1.7% compared to the same period last year. The modest growth is attributed to both Adria and foreign airlines. The result comes despite a dip in the number of operated flights. Jože Pučnik Airport recorded 24.425 arrivals and departures in the first three quarters, down 5.6% on 2013. Cargo tonnage improved 7.3% to 14.049 tonnes. In a statement, the airport said Adria, Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia attributed most to the passenger growth. On the other hand, Air France reduced its number of flights, however, this did not impact on passenger numbers since it increased capacity and recorded a solid load factor. Low cost airlines Wizz Air and easyJet also saw good loads while Finnair’s passenger numbers decreased slightly. The situation in the Middle East had a negative impact on traffic at the airport, as there was a significant fall in the number of passengers from Israel during the summer. Furthermore, Iran Air ceased refuelling at the airport in June 2014. “The forecast network expansion by airlines from Ljubljana give encouragement that the trend of rising passenger numbers will continue”, the airport said.

Meanwhile, Fraport, which recently acquired a 75.5% stake in operator Aerodrom Ljubljana, which manages Slovenia’s busiest airport, has announced the acquisition of the remaining 24.5% share. The German operator will pay 61.75 euros per share. Fraport has already forked out 177.1 million euros for its initial bid. With a complete buyout, the entire deal is set to be worth 234 million euros. The takeover is expected to be completed by the end of November. Fraport has previously said it intends on developing both passenger and cargo traffic at the airport and will act as a long term investor who is not looking for short term benefits.

72 comments:

  1. Nice for next year but 1.7% is nothing special. With all other airports in ex-Yu growing so much, I was expecting a much better result.

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  2. Looks like LJU has really solidified its future with the Germans, Fraport and LH group. I know they are separate companies but how much influence and cooperation exists between the two?

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  3. Actually SKP is so close to LJU that probably is going to overtake it next year..

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    1. It all depends whather SKP will be able to sustain growth next year. Unless Wizz announces a few new routes I doubt they will be able to keep 20% growth.

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    2. It's very probable they will. SKP is going from strength to strength.

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  4. Is it just me or does LH give Adria much more breathing space than Croatia Airlines? Adria is opening new routes, they have fifth freedom flights...

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    1. Slovenia is a small market and Lufthansa doesn't have that many connecting passengers from LJU like they do from Croatia. Even Adria has acknowledged its market is very small which is why they are flying routes like Lodz - Munich.

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    2. Slovenia is small matket indeed...but catchment area counts about 5 mio people that are by far the richest in ex -yu region. So it is a mattet of how LJU would attract these people to us it..I belive it that Fraport took this advantage into account.

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    3. LJU and surrounding airports service arround 6 mio pax. VCE is not included.

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    4. 6 million were? Of course you are including Friuli Venezia Giulia and south Austria. The problem of people in the Balkans is that they tend to think big.

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  5. Why don't rather attract new carriers? Like Norwegian, Vueling, Airbaltic and so on.

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    1. I am also wondering that and I also commented about this few times on this website. Hopefully eventually something will happen in this direction.

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    2. No real ambition to atract new carriers due to incompetence of the current management and previous orders from the governemnet to support only Adria.

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    3. Not any longer...for next 40 years if Fraport won't sell LJU back this airport will have any relations with government. Fraport has to get back 250 mios and make a profit as well. The only option is expansion. Let's give them some time.

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  6. new ASL promo video :)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp1uyp1RUCA

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    1. Air Serbia erroneous translation commentOctober 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Why was my comment deleted?

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    2. I'll repeat it again: the English version of the video is horribly wrong and a huge embarrassment. Couldn't they find someone who speaks proper English to translate the video? Hard to understand when half of your management comes from Anglophone countries? Did they check it, did they aporove it? How much is this gonna cost Air Serbia? The expression 'city that never stoos beating' is inexistant i.e can't be applied to this context, it's "city that never sleeps" if to translate correctly the Serbian version. Then the cherry on the cake is at the end: "inspired by our nation"? When 'zemlja' started to be translated by "nation" instead of "country"?

      Shame.

      It seems that this video, though visually beautul, has been done by those who neither can write in Cyrillic, neither speak proper English.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iC2OTFKUG-o

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    3. Your comment was not deleted, it was automatically categorised as spam by Blogspot and wasn't published as a result.

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    4. Im pretty sure that the HEART never stops beating :)
      As for "nation" im sure that it is supposed to mean being serbian while country would mean SERBIA itself.

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    5. let me add this: i dont know why different messages would be a problem, after all the target group is not the same when the commercial is broadcasted abroad

      look for instance what national geographic did: all over belgrade there are commercials saying "devedesete, decenija koja nas je povezala" with bill clinton playing sax as the center image. that is a kind of thing you need to adapt in my opinion.

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    6. As someone who has lived in North America since the age of three, and I am currently studying at the University level, I see nothing wrong with the grammar or expression of the English version of the advertisment.

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    10. Admin, could you please clean up this rubbish? I love this site because this is the only place I can discuss Ex-Yu aviation and where I can express myself perfectly because I do not know any technical terms in our language, but some individuals demand that they transform this site into an arena for name calling.

      Also, as a general note, it is not a cool thing to mock how well others know a language. I will never make fun of people who don't know English as well as I do, because I do not know our language as well as people who have been educated there. Very few people know both languages at the level of a native speaker, so don't mock someone who is trying to communicate as best as they can.

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    11. Gospodine Aleksandre jedan ste od retkih ovde sto je kulturan i ne vredja nikoga svaka cast :))
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    13. I think Anonymous at 1:43PM was just trying to present that video as an 'horrible advertisement', probably because he hates ASL...And I don't see what is so wrong in English version, it is fine.

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    14. Anonymous at 1.43pm criticizes the supposed the "poor" English in the advertisement, yet has problems with English himself - "beautul" - This is surely a case of the pot calling the kettle black ?

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    15. '' The expression 'city that never stoos beating' is inexistant i.e can't be applied to this context, it's "city that never sleeps" if to translate correctly the Serbian version. Then the cherry on the cake is at the end: "inspired by our nation"? When 'zemlja' started to be translated by "nation" instead of "country"?''

      Buddy, I'm a native speaker and what you stated is utter rubbish to say the least. I had some time and watched the Air Serbia video over and over again... you should too.. watch the ad again and you'll see that they say - in proper English, ''to a heart of a city that never stops beating''... there's nothing wrong with this statement... also your latter comment on ''we are inspired by our nation''... nothing wrong there either mate... I'd rather be worried about the grammar and spelling in your comment... that's where embarrassment resides...

      Well done Air Serbia... nice one!

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    16. LOL, Air Serbia zombies. I guess you deserved the Latin in your in-flight review. Good bye.

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    17. No. goodbye TO YOU.

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    18. ASL je ponos srbije <33 =D
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    19. Anon 8:42 Thank you for spending time to decipher it completely.

      This is a textbook case how something taken out of context proves a point by just excluding one single word on purpose or by mistake, probably former.

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  7. Catchment area counts about 5 mil people? are you nuts?

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    1. sum inhabitants living in radius of 200 km from Ljubljana

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    2. And you get 5 mil?? How?? :-D

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  8. SLO: 2.050 mio
    AT: Carinthia - 0.560 mio
    Styria (southern part) - 0.600
    IT: Friuli - 1.200
    HR: west + Zg - 1.200
    Isria -0.200

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    1. Unfortunately in this area you have much more strong airports. Lj is doing nothing to attract those people. If you only serve mother LH, nothing will happen. Why should somebody from zg go to Lj to fly to Munich? Or Frankfurt? Why did Flydubai avoided Lj?

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  9. Add Rijeka and surrpundings and the sum will be almost 6 mio

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  10. OT: found this comment on airliners.net:

    Well, Serbia finally go the Category 1 status so that's a start. However a new bilateral should be signed even if it is not a prerequisite for the establishment of direct flights between Belgrade and the U.S. The problem is that they can't agree on how to define Kosovo. The FAA doesn't really care and they are willing to use the same terminology as they did with Israel and the Dutch Antilles but it's the State Department that is taking a tough stance on this issue as they want to force Serbia to give up its claims on Kosovo. So this has become a political issue which is unfortunate.

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    1. Yeah? So? It was reported on here that Hogan said that there were some bureaucratic difficulties which needed to be overcome. Then he went on to say that the numbers must add up first bla bla...

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    2. What is the connection between last comment and the post above?

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    3. Spain does not recognize them and that's not stopping Iberia from flying to the US.

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    4. Recognise who? Kosovo? Your example is rather stupid since there are open skies between the EU and the US.

      Furthermore, when each country is making a bilateral with the US they have to define the territory they control. Serbia insists that Kosovo is part of Serbia while the US doesn't. Quite simple.

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    5. You would have to agree with me there are currently countries out there who define their territory differently than what US recognizes yet their carriers have direct flights to the US. It seems that compromise or functional workaround could be made, even if it's not pretty. For example in ATC space Hungarocontrol is responsible for sector KFOR. Question is: is there political will on both sides, and if not, what would it take to make it happen?

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    6. Air Serbia does fly to some other countries that recognize Kosovo, i.e. countries that insist Kosovo is not part of Serbia. It's not a showstopper.

      On the lighter side, if I represented (Air) Serbia I'd offer to buy a couple of brand new 787 from US' biggest exporter instead of taking those old A330 after Etihad is done with them. And lease 787's from a US based leasing company until Boeing can deliver them. Wouldn't that be a win-win?

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    7. Have they money for 787 and would it be profitable? I guess it's too expensive to just make a experiment with it.

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    8. I hope you noticed and understood the meaning of "On the lighter side..." expression preceding 787 comment.

      However if you did and are still serious about that 787 comment, here's my sobering response: spanking new 787 would be a lot more "profitable" doing rounds between Belgrade and a bunch of North American destinations than a "free" A330 doing rounds from BEG to say, China. Why China? Because US did not yet allow flights to the USA. Does that put your "profitability experiment" in a different perspective?

      Granted, that 787 example was grotesque, but the point is: if you want to fly to the States, you better get serious and ready to jump when they tell you to do so. Some items may understandably seem like a PR suicide for the GoS side, but at least go the extra mile to enthusiastically bend over backwards and show willingness to accommodate any other request from the US side. If you don't keep focus on US interests, those A330's will be flying to PEK only.

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    9. It doesn't matter that Serbia flies to places that recognize Kosovo because the creation of a new bilateral is unique to each country. As far as the Americans go, they have the mechanism to get around this but middle level bureaucrats at the State Department think otherwise. Eventually, they will be bypassed since they hold no real power once politicians get involved. As it was already mentioned, Air Serbia can fly to the US with the current agreement but it would be better and easier to have a new one.

      Cheers.

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  11. Kako to da LJU ima skoro 1.051.475 a tamo lete BA-KLM-AF i ima nesto vise putnika nego regionalni INN.
    Naravno da ADR moze da obavlja kad ce da sluzi LH kroz nemacku ;))
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  12. I have one question:
    Why wouldn't Air Serbia order maybe 10 some regional jets like Embraer 170 or 190, 15 A320neo and 5 B787 or A350? I think that would be a perfect fleet because with Embraer jets they can go to regional destinationas like Sarajevo, Podgorica, Zgreb, Bucharest, Sofia, Budapest etc. and with A320neo they can go to destinations in Europe, Africa and Asia (AUH). With Dreamliners or A350 they could go to ORD, YYZ, JFK, PEK, PVG, SIN etc. Could this work?

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    1. Moze posto ne placa nista i sto to onda nemoze ima i za Auckland i Sydney da se leti dzabe sa A380 =DD
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    2. inn-ns postaje glas razuma, svaka čast. Obično ovakvi komentari dolaze od tebe moram da primetim.

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    3. Pa to bas i nije isplativo letovi za Australiju iz Evrope uopste i nisu nesto isplativi ali ASL bi mogla da postane najveca aviokompanija na Balkanu i jedna od vodecih u Evropi u narednih 7-8 godina ako ovako nastavi, ozbiljno.

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    4. SM
      Na sta tacno mislite i vi ste jedan veliki gospodin =DD
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    5. All of those regional destinations you mentioned are better served by ATRs because they are more profitable. The economics of turboprops on these very short sectors will beat regional jets.

      I still think there is a place for regional jets in Air Serbia's fleet. There are some destinations where even a A319 is too large. One destination I can think of where a regional jet could work is perhaps Algeirs. A lot of our people go there to work in the oil industry. There isn't a lot of demand, but I think that it would be high yielding enough to justify a Embraer. Add in some transit passengers, and everything is set to go.

      I heard a lot of great things about the Sukhoi Superjet. Apparently Interjet really likes theirs.

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    6. Well I would like to see some B77 or 787 in ASL livery :). Btw I think these planes they have now are borrowed, except 3 ATRs, right? So they can't do much with 10 A320neo. And they will have to return 2 of ATR aircrafts in 2017, so they need some 'new' regional jets, and with 10 A320neo they can perform about 30 flights daily to Europe, Africa etc., which is not bad, but I think they need at least 4-5 more airplanes with about 150 seats.And at least 3 longhaul planes so they could perform ORD and YYZ daily, and maybe 3 flights per week to JFK and four to PEK. I hope they will order some new planes soon.

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    7. Najbolje bi bilo
      10 A320 Neo
      6 A321 Neo
      8-10 Atr 72-600
      4 EMB 190
      2-4 A350-900XWB
      ili
      2-4 787-9
      Ili 777X
      A posle 1-2 A380 ako bi se odrzavao profit konstantno ne placanjem :))
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    8. + regarding the ATRs

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    9. Ja bi stavio
      15 A320neo
      3 A321neo
      10 ATR72
      7 A350 (sa 250-270 sedista)
      Mada to bi bio malo preveliki skok u floti, a i nema nista od toga dok se ne izgradi Terminal 3, s ovim i ovako ASL jedva izdrzava, vidis koliko kasnjenja i brkanja prtljaga ima

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    10. +your last claim. That maybe could work but they need new terminal so they can work normally.

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  13. obično ti imaš ovakve komentare tipa kakva flota bi trebala biti, učini mi se da u ovom slučaju spustas loptu na zemlju.

    Btw slab sam ti ja gospodin i slobodno me ne persiraj, dovoljno sam star, nemoras me jos podsećati. Puno pozdrava sa ove strane Atlantika.

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    1. Ovaj put nisam ja :)
      I vama puno pozdrava iz Evrope :)
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    2. Zaboravio sam reci i jedan od retkih kulturnih ljudi ovde :))
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  14. I hope LJU gets better, but again, Zagreb is near, Wienna...Hard to be some sort of hub.

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  15. Chatter says Air Serbia A319's are getting onboard wifi. Is it internet only or does it also provide streaming IFE to customer's devices on longer trips?

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  16. A ocemo li ikada saznati kako adria puni svoje kabine na lodj minhen letovima? Sta kazu poljaci? Dosadno jw vise samo o asl-u. Nasmejana i brizna stjuardesa pokriva devojcicu da ne nazebe. A ona zaspala fino na jutarnjem letu za ams ili cdg. Ipak je asl kasnila sat dva. Dete se umorilo od cekanja. Ali razigrani decak bas voli avioncic u bojama nac.kompanije. a zbog one tradicionalne kuhinje u biznis klasi jedan svedjanin ce zaista leteti sa arn za ath preko beg-a. Divota jedna. Prosto mi dodje da duplo vise platim kartu za lhr za direktan let nego da se klackam preko vie ili fra. Ja sam se dao ubediti! Bravo air serbia! Pa nek i dnevno gubite na stotine kofera. Predlazem kargo avione u floti kako bi se izgubljeni prtljag vracao vlasnicima sirom Evrope!

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    1. Gade mi se ljudi kao sto si ti. Ajde reci nesto pozitivno jednom u zivotu...Duhovit si mnogo, ali se malo smiri. Pola tih prica o gubljenju prtljaga su lazi, a sve to generalno su posledice naglog rasta broja letova i putnika, pa je aerodrom nekako pretrpan. I drugi su ove godine gubili prtljag sa BEG-a, jer aerodrom ocigledno nije sposoban da podnese ovoliki rast broja putnika. The end. A ti govori svoje misljenje, nemoj da vredjas, ASL je odlicna aviokompanija u poredjenju sa mnogima, ne samo u regionu nego u svetu. Mislim da je reklama odlicna, ali ti i dalje budi tako bukvalan i ravnodusan, ne zasluzujes nista bolje od izgubljenig prtljaga.

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    2. ...I ne zaboravi da me nazoves botom molim te....

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  17. brussels airlines Adds 6 Destinations in S15

    eff 25APR15 Brussels – Dubrovnik 1 weekly (Day 6, until 03OCT14. 2nd weekly on Day 2 from 16JUN15)
    SN3351 BRU0600 – 0830DBV AR1 2
    SN3351 BRU1845 – 2105DBV 319 6

    SN3352 DBV0900 – 1140BRU AR1 2
    SN3352 DBV2135 – 0005+1BRU 319 6

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