|Facelift for Ljubljana Airport following strong year|
The overhaul of Ljublaja Jože Pučnik Airport's terminal building will begin next year and is scheduled for completion in 2018. The long-awaited renovation will be carried out in several phases. Managing Director, Zmago Skobir, says the planned refurbishment will tackle "bottlenecks" at check-in and security. Furthermore, the airport plans to expand commercial and retail space and improve passenger comfort. During 2016, work will also start on moving a nearby road in a bid to enable better access to the terminal building and allow for the development of a commercial and logistics complex to the north. This summer, the airport overhauled part of the apron, with the asphalt carriageway, built in 1975, replaced with a new concrete surface covering an area of 780 square metres. The ground signalling system was also upgraded.
Prior to the airport's takeover by Germany's Fraport last year, minority shareholders blocked the construction of a multi million euro new terminal building, citing unfavourable economic conditions. The new terminal was meant to cover an area of 31.200 square metres, with its opening planned for this year. The original price tag for the project stood at 73 million euros but was reduced to 57 million. However, Mr Skobir says a brand new facility is still planned for Jože Pučnik Airport. "In the next phase a plan will flow, in accordance with passenger growth, for a second terminal, which will probably be a bit different from the exiting one", the Managing Director notes.
Ljubljana Airport has seen strong growth this year. By December 24, it handled 1.420.826 passengers, an increase of 10.3% compared to the same period last year. Aircraft movements grew 3.9% to 22.875, while the volume of processed commercial cargo rose by 2.5% to 9.939 tonnes. The growth is attributed to the arrival of new foreign carriers and the use of larger aircraft on existing routes. Adria Airways has seen its passenger numbers increase 5% from/to the Slovenian capital this year, while foreign carriers grew 22.2% in 2015. The airport says it expects "moderate" growth in 2016. It's busiest year on record remains 2008 when it registered 1.673.050 travellers through its doors.