|Ljubljana Airport starts two-year terminal upgrade|
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has begun upgrading its terminal building with the refurbishment to be carried out in several phases, until its completion in 2018. Slovenia's busiest airport has already added an additional arrivals and departures gate and is clearing space in a bid to expand commercial and retail areas, as well as improve passenger comfort. Furthermore, the airport will tackle "bottlenecks" at check-in and security with the aim of cutting down on queuing time. The brunt of the work will take place next year, when both the check-in area and baggage handling facilities will be expanded, while additional capacity will be added at baggage claim. Work will also start on moving a nearby road so as to enable better access to the terminal building and allow for the development of a commercial and logistics complex to the north.
Prior to the airport's takeover by Germany's Fraport in 2013, minority shareholders rejected plans for 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 2015. The original price tag for the project stood at 73 million euros but was reduced to 57 million. However, the Managing Director of Juže Pučnik Airport, Zmago Skobir, says a brand new facility is still planned. "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", he notes.
Ljubljana Airport's terminal building was opened in 1973 but has since been reconstructed and refurbished. It stretches over 13.000 square metres. Ljubljana Airport handled 1.438.304 passengers in 2015, an increase of 10% on the year before. It welcomed 73.567 travellers this January, up 0.6%. The airport says it expects "moderate" growth during the year. Adria Airways is set to boost frequencies from Ljubljana this summer season and will introduce flights to Cologne, while LOT Polish Airlines will launch services from Warsaw in two days. It aims to carry 30.000 travellers on the route during its first year. Furthermore, Aegean Airlines will introduce flights from Athens in June.