Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has seen its passenger numbers decline over 10% during April, following several months of successive growth. Slovenia's busiest airport welcomed 100.549 travellers through its doors, a decrease of 10.5% compared to the same month last year. The number of operated flights also decreased, totalling 2.601, down 3.4%. The disappointing figures come primarily as a result of Adria Airways' network cuts, with the airline suspending services to Istanbul and Stockholm since the start of the year. On the other hand, Swiss International Air Lines has discontinued its operations from Zurich. These were not offset by the recent launch of LOT Polish Airlines' new route from Warsaw to the Slovenian capital.
Ljubljana Airport's General Manager, Zmago Skobir, recently said, "We expect a slower growth rate to that of last year and we would like to close at 1.5 million passengers. That will be heavily influenced by how Adria Airways' new owners manage the airline, which has a market share of 60% - 65% at our airport". A recent company report notes, "Air traffic growth in Ljubljana is forecast to be moderate, but stable. Passenger numbers are expected to reach 1.8 million a year by 2020, with the average growth rate of over 4%. At the same time, changes in the traffic structure are expected to go in favour of an increased share of foreign air carriers".
Overall this year, Ljubljana Airport handled 346.015 travellers, a decrease of 0.7% compared to the same period in 2015. The number of aircraft movements stood at 9.026, down 3.2%. Ljubljana Airport is yet to surpass its all time passenger record, achieved in 2008, when it handled 1.673.050 travellers, followed by 2007 when it saw 1.524.028 passengers pass through its doors. In 2015, the airport improved its numbers by 10% compared to the year before. In a month's time, Ljubljana will welcome yet another new arrival, with Aegean Airlines to launch seasonal flights from Athens, which should provide a boost to the airport's figures.