Ljubljana Airport to close

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
In April 2010, Slovenia’s largest airport, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik, will close for 2 weeks as the third and final phase of the airport’s runway redevelopment project will be carried out. The third phase of the project comprises of the reconditioning of the central section of the runway. The overhaul of the runway includes resurfacing the asphalt as well as expanding parts of the taxiways, replacing the lighting system and installing additional cable conduits. The first phase, covering around 800 metres, was concluded on June 25, while the reconditioning of the other section, involving over 1.000 metres of runway, was completed in the early hours of July 15, this year. The final phase is the most time consuming.

Work will begin on April 7 and will be completed by April 21. During this period aircraft will be rerouted to Maribor, which is approximately 100 kilometres north-east from the Slovenian capital. The entire runway upgrade project will cost Ljubljana Airport 9 million Euros. It will be the first time since 1978 that the runway has been upgraded.

The resurfacing of the runway is just one in a line of many projects being carried out or planned for the airport. More about the complete project can be found here.