Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ljubljana Airport readies for new terminal


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will start work on the construction of a new terminal building at the end of 2018 in order to open its doors to the public in time for the 2020 summer season. The airport has begun administrative procedures so as to commence necessary tenders related to the terminal development later this year. Initial construction work will involve the demolition of the old administrative building, which will take place in the fourth quarter, while the construction of the new terminal will be carried out mostly during 2019. The existing passenger terminal, which stretches over 13.000 square metres, will also be partially renovated. The two facilities will be joined to form a single functioning unit.

The entire renovated and expanded terminal complex will cover a total area of 22.000 square metres. As a result, the capacity of the departures area will grow from the existing 500 passengers per hour to 1.280 travellers. New features will include a large duty-free shop, a new premium lounge, as well as an updated food and beverage offering. The airport will also boast a new baggage sorting area, in addition to the existing one, while there will be a total of 22 check-in desks and five security lanes. Furthermore, the baggage claim area will be expanded to fit three carousels. However, the new terminal building will not feature air bridges. Ljubljana Airport's General Manager, Zmago Skobir, previously said that the existing terminal will remain partially in use and will be utilised by low cost and charter carriers in order to provide product differentiation and allow further passenger growth.


Ljubljana Airport is due to publish its passenger figures for last year on Monday. It is expected to have handled almost 1.7 million passengers, making 2017 its busiest on record. Overall, passenger growth is estimated to have stood at 20% compared to the year before. "The increase in traffic stems, above all, from the consolidation of our flight network in 2016 and 2017, resulting in more competitive services that are seeing passengers increasingly choose Ljubljana Airport for direct flights to nearby destinations, but also for services to more remote points that are accessible via major European hubs. A further contribution to growth comes from an increase in both domestic and foreign carrier traffic, the favourable economic climate and Slovenia's growing popularity as a tourist destination", operator Fraport Slovenia said. Adria Airways has so far announced the launch of six new routes from the Slovenian capital this year including Sofia, Bucharest, Hamburg, Geneva, Dubrovnik and Brač.

Apart from the construction of the new terminal building, Ljubljana Airport plans to launch several other projects in 2018. "A slight slowing in traffic growth is expected in the coming year, which cannot be said for the development of the airport. We started the expansion of the existing passenger terminal, the new airport bypass project is nearing completion, and in 2018 we will see the start of several other important projects in the business and logistics zones, among which will probably be a training centre for the Fraport Aviation Academy. The complete overhaul of the airport information system is also continuing. Once completed, this will increase the speed, quality and efficiency of our services", Fraport Slovenia concluded.

Floor plan of the terminal - ground level

Floor plan of the terminal - first level

67 comments:

  1. But why so long? They announced new terminal in April 2017 and they will start construction in December 2018 which will ne done in March 2020. Too long.

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    1. I agree, why are they waiting to start construction until the end of the year?

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    2. Because Fraport is a private company and their goal is to make money. They calculated that they don't need it before 2020.

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    3. The current terminal was originally built to handle 500,000 pax so they need to expand.

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    4. Do we know what will be the total annual capacity of the two terminals?

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    5. @10.19

      Yes but it has been expanded numerous times.

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  2. LJU had a fantastic performance in 2017 and I am sure by the end of 2019 it might reach 1.85 million.

    Yesterday we saw that BEG will get TK widebodies but I wouldn't be surprised if LJU gets some as well from time to time. TK did really well last year and LJU was one of the few ex-YU destinations not to see cuts in the past two, three years.

    Next step should be to have Wizz Air add another destination, maybe VIE?

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    1. Maybe easyJet could add a new destination? They have daily STN flights plus four weekly LGW from LJU.

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    2. Easy could go daily on LGW and start with Barcelona or Liverpool

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    3. Frequencies > huger aircraft, but i'm not sure if there are any feasible slots at the current TK hub IST...

      Mihael

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    4. Because of the lack of slots bigger aircraft make more sense. LJU is a good market for them.

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    5. TK gets no new widebodies until delivery of 789 and 359 slowly beginning in 2019

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  3. Fraport are maybe a bit slow in their actions, but at least they keep their words. LJU has a bright future indeed.
    Fraport is also busy with the construction of the 3rd FRA terminal.
    Also most Greek airports will see a change.
    Also VAR and BOJ benefited dramatically from Fraport so the same will be applied LJU.

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    1. +1
      Better late than never.

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  4. Just some extra info from a friend: all these renders and schematics were done by engineers from the airport. The architecture firm, that won the tender, are drawing interior and such on that plan of logistics, so the final look of the terminal will be some what different (there was one render that was published few months ago, but they had to take it down as per request from the airport. Logical). All plans have to be approved and finished by May 2018.

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    1. Do you maybe know which architecture firm they chose to do the design?

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    2. Plan B from Maribor (well, they also have offices in Ljubljana tho)

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    3. Anyone have a screenshot of that design they released and then took down? I remember it looked quite nice.

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    4. https://i.imgur.com/W32cqjJ.jpg

      But that was early-early work in progress.

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    5. Looks nice actually.

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  5. If the new terminal won't have air bridges. wouldn't it be more logical for it to become an LCC terminal and the one that is already there to remain a terminal for full fare airlines?

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    1. The gate area will be shared by both buildings.

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    2. They have done a similar thing to the current BEG airport. They will have two terminals for check-in but the departures area will be used jointly by both.

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  6. So new and old terminal combined will be around 22000sqm. I can see there's room for more expansion further down the line,

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    1. Better to build it bigger now in case traffic grows, then to become too small after 10 years.

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  7. This is good news but I think they are late in the game. If they built the new terminal as planned with 31,200 sqm and had it completed by 2015, they could have converted the current terminal for low cost use and capitalized on the fact that Zagreb is not that low cost friendly. Could have been a win in attracting Croats to fly from Ljubljana but also make yourself more competitive against ZAG.

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    1. Yeah but unlike ZAG they have Wizz and easyJet.

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    2. And Eurowings will start flights to LJU as soon as they resolve the problems they now have after taking over Air Berlin.

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    3. they are not taking over Air Berlin

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    4. Ok they purchased parts of it. You understood what I mean. As you can see they have canceled many new planned routes and have not announced any new routes for the last 2 months because of this.

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  8. Good to see some development at Ljubljana Airport.

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    1. It's been a long time coming but I'm glad there will be some new construction work in Ljubljana.

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    2. I mean Ljubljana Airport not Ljubljana city. Plenty of development there :)

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    3. Yup, + storage facilities are coming up nicely (biggest Novartis warehouse in Europe) and construction of two more should start soon

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    4. Isn't a new rail station also about to be built?

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  9. Impressive passenger results for 2017. Do they have any plans to expand cargo traffic?

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  10. And the whole thing only costs 16 million EUR?

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    1. they seem to be getting a lot for that money.

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    2. As they say "koliko para toliko muzike" but I think it looks good overall and will meet LJU's needs for the immediate future.

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    3. It's actually 22 million euros.

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    4. Still not much for construction of new and reconstruction of old terminal.

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  11. Yay some positive news from LJU Airport :))

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  12. Not something really exciting. Product of wellknown SLO/German rationalism with not a well developped sense for aesthetics.
    The most I miss are additional jetbridge gates, they should have easily added another 2 or 3.

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    1. Slovenians are rational and that is the best thing about them. If they wouldn't have been this way then their finances would be like in other exyu countries.

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    2. More progressivity would not harm them. In terms of public transportation infrastrcture they are amoung the lower ranked in the EU. Rail network dates back to Austro Hungaro times.
      Infarstructure is crucial for progress and prosperity. If Swiss would be like Slovenians we definitely wouldnt have 3 Gotthard tunnels today

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    3. Progressive policies never did any good to anyone.

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  13. They have completed the bypass road but it hasn't been opened yet.

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  14. How long does Fraport's concession run for?

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    1. It's not a concession. It's a full privatization. It means Fraport owns LJU.

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    2. Not true, Fraport owns the company, previously named Aerodrom Ljubljana, now called Fraport Slovenija. the infrastructure in itself is owned by the state of Slovenia.

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  15. More important then new terminal is new airlines.

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    1. They are equally important but I completely agree we need more airlines. Last year only new airline at LJU was Transavia.

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    2. After Transavia came, Skobir said another two new airlines would start flying to LJU but nothing...

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  16. Good. A new terminal has been needed for 20 years already...

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  17. Is the Aeropolis project still valid for LJU?

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    1. Yes. The completed new bypass is part of it. And the planned new logistics zones they talk about in the article is a part of it.

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    2. Oh but keep in mimd this is a long term project which is expected to be finished in 2035.

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    3. Thanks, I know it's an ambitious project but wasn't sure if it's still going ahead.

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    4. Is there anywhere we can see the Aeropolis plans?

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    5. http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/08/ljubljana-airport-expansion-plans-get.html

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  18. I hope the arrival of new airlines will follow the capacity expansion.

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  19. Congratulations Ljubljana.

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    1. u mean:
      bravo Slovenija!

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  20. I know it isn't directly corelated to the new terminal, but it is indeed needed. Flew this week to Amsterdam and back with Transavia, didn't see any free seat on the way there and only two free seats on the way back. The vonnection seems to be a great success!

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