Fraport Academy to open in Ljubljana


German airport operator Fraport will establish an aviation academy at Ljubljana Airport at the end of 2016 to meet the training requirements of the German group. The academy will be managed by Aerodrom Ljubljana, which runs Ljubljana Airport and is fully owned by Fraport. According to Aerodrom Ljubljana, the academy will become an important training centre for all Fraport employees and complement the existing training activities of Frankfurt Airport. "The creation of the Fraport Aviation Academy as a new “center of excellence and learning” underscores Fraport’s commitment to enhancing Ljubljana as a sustainable location. Diversifying non-aeronautical businesses is a key element of Fraport’s strategy for its airport portfolio. We wish to harness the inherent synergies available at Ljubljana Airport, which has developed its own significant know-how as a full-service airport company in operations, handling and emergency services. Furthermore, the Ljubljana region is the perfect location where we can develop innovative world-class solutions in aviation training", Thomas Uihlein, Head of the Academy and Aerodrom Ljubljana's Chief Administrative Officer, said. Training will be carried out by experts from Aerodrom Ljubljana, as well as staff from the entire Fraport Group and other partners. "A long-term objective of the Fraport Aviation Academy is not only to pass on knowledge but also to link the different areas of aviation into an integrated learning concept", Mr Uihlein added. Initially, the Fraport Aviation Academy will offer training in airport management, ramp handling, passenger handling, dangerous goods, occupational safety and fire services - training areas where Aerodrom Ljubljana has already been active for some years. Later on, the Fraport Aviation Academy will also get a brand new training centre. Valued at €3.9 million, the training centre will be built on a site near Ljubljana’s General Aviation Terminal. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2017 and the opening is expected in early 2018.