|Ljubljana Airport looks to develop as passenger numbers rise|
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has recorded strong double digit passenger growth in June and handled over 600.000 travellers during the first half of the year. Ljubljana Airport, which is owned by Germany’s Fraport, welcomed 149.541 passengers last month, up a notable 17% compared to June 2014. Growth was driven by a considerable increase in the number of operated flights. Slovenia’s busiest airport registered 3.331 aircraft movements, an improvement of 10.8%. This summer, Ljubljana Airport offers 160 scheduled flights per week to 27 destinations operated by nine carriers. Contributing to the passenger growth this summer season is Swiss International Air Lines, which inaugurated services to the Slovenian capital in late March, as well as Adria which launched new flights to Berlin and Stockholm. Furthermore, Turkish Airlines boosted its operations with an additional three weekly flights for a total of ten services, while Finnair resumed its seasonal route from Helsinki with four weekly rotations.
During the first half of the year, Jože Pučnik Airport welcomed 626.525 passengers through its doors, an increase of 9.7% compared to the same period in 2014. During the six-month period, the number of flight operations totalled 15.511, up 0.4%. “We expect the growth in traffic to continue over the summer”, the airport said in a statement. A total of ten airlines will operate charter flights from Ljubljana this summer to 24 holiday destinations. Flights to the Greek islands are still among the most popular routes, with Adria holding the largest share of charter operations. Late last month, LOT Polish Airlines announced it would launch six weekly services from Warsaw to Ljubljana in March next year, becoming the second carrier to serve the route in addition to Adria.
Meanwhile, Ljubljana Airport’s management has called on the Slovenian government to update its spatial plan for the airport as soon as possible, warning that its development is no longer possible and is being hampered by state regulations. The biggest obstacle for the development of the airport is the regional road between Kranj and Mengeš, which should be relocated. The airport’s management believes it will take several years before the spatial plan is revised. 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. Fraport is currently drafting a medium-term strategy to improve traffic flow at Ljubljana Airport.