Ljubljana Airport poised for record summer


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is expected to see a busy 2018 summer season with Adria Airways launching seven new routes and foreign carriers adding extra frequencies on existing services. Following on from a record 2017, the airport has continued to post strong results in the new year. In January, Ljubljana Airport handled 100.375 passengers, representing an increase of 12.3% on the year before. The number of aircraft movements grew 11.4% to 2.465. Furthermore, the airport processed 1.016 tons of cargo, up 18% on January 2017. 

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN100.373 12.3

Apart from the seven new routes being added by Adria this summer, which include Sofia, Bucharest, Hamburg, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Dubrovnik and Brač, the Slovenian carrier will also be running flights to Kiev, which were launched over the 2017/18 winter season, maintaining the service three times per week this summer. Furthermore, it plans to operate extra frequencies to several destinations including an additional four weekly flights to Podgorica for a total of eleven, two weekly services to Prague for a total of five, one weekly flight to Skopje and Vienna, as well as three weekly services to Tirana all resulting in double daily operations. Adria also intends on running a number of holiday charters from Ljubljana. ”We are pleased that Adria Airways made a significant contribution to the number of passengers at Ljubljana Airport last year. By introducing scheduled flights to Kiev, it also increased the number of destinations from our airport, and thus contributed to our efforts to provide the widest possible range of flights from Ljubljana. Since Adria Airways has announced new destinations for 2018, we look forward to the future with great optimism”, the General Manager of Ljubljana Airport, Zmago Skobir, said.

Foreign carriers will also strengthen their presence in the Slovenian capital. Budget airline easyJet will inaugurate three weekly flights from Berlin to Ljubljana, complementing its existing services from London's Gatwick and Stansted airports. "Given that Germany is Slovenia's largest economic partner, we are convinced that this and all future flights from our airport to German cities will be successful and contribute significantly to a further rise in the number of tourists in Slovenia", Mr Skobir said. Low cost airline Transavia will increase its number of flights from Amsterdam to five weekly during the height of the summer season, up from three last year. Furthermore, LOT Polish airlines will run daily services from Warsaw, an increase from six per week last summer.

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  1. well done Ljubljana. I think it will be the big surprise this year.

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    1. Fraport have been doing a great job lately.

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    2. Adria, Fraport not realy.

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    3. Yes but the airport has also attracted new airlines/routes and they are about to start construction of the new terminal.

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    4. Honestly I was expecting that more and more airlines would launch flights to LJU after Fraport took over but so far not too much action. I really hope things change. I'm happy Easy Jet will start new flights.

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    5. It's a real shame the airport didn't try more to keep Aegean Airlines when they started flights in 2016.

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    6. Maybe Adria will reconsider Athens next year.

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    7. Just 4 new routes (exempt Adria) in 4 years. That is not a good result for Fraport at all.

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  2. Good to see that foreign airlines will also be adding flights.

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    1. LOT is expanding like crazy in ex-Yu. Either new routes or opening up new frequencies.

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  3. Is there a chance Flydubai or Qatar Airways will start LJU?

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    1. Too late for summer. Maybe in winter. Apparently they are talking to both.

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  4. Ljubljana could handle 2 million pax in 2018.

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    1. Probably not really. But 1.900.000 could happen realistically if Adria manages to deliver what is meant to.

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  5. Great to see LJU booming again.

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    1. And especially LCCs growing. Shame Wizz Air isn't more active.

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    2. Actually Wizz will have the only decrease this summer of all airlines flying to LJU. They will fly London 3 instead of 4 times (obviously competition from easy jet having an affect). Other than that they keep Charleroi 2x per week and all other airlines are either keeping the same frequencies or increasing them like the article mentions.

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    3. I don't understand how Wizz does not see potential to launch new routes from LJU. There are many potential destinations they could launch.

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    4. It's probably too expensive for them. It's good they fly what they do considering they don't fly to ZAG.

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    5. Actually Wizz will still be flying 4 times per week to LTN this summer season:)

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    6. Oops my mistake. I thought it was only three but on their website the dates that are coloured in indicate when there are no flights, I thought it showed when there are flights. Good!

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    7. But unfortunately their plans to operate A321 on London route did not happen.

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    8. Sooner or later I am sure that Wizz Air will be expanding there is the future. LJU can be a nice cheaper alternative to Zagreb.

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  6. Excellent news for Slovenian consumers.

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  7. Two million this year? I think it's possible

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    1. I wish but I think that would be difficult. Like someone said above, 1.9 million seems more realistic but I hope for the best.

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  8. The airport has really woken up lately. A lot of new flights from Adria, new flights from easy, Trasavia and LOT too. It would also be nice for Finnair to go year-long.

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    1. Well it took them a good 3 years to wake up.

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    2. Looks like Finnair will be sticking to 4 flights per week during summer. Doesn't seem to be enough demand in winter.

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    3. “Ljubljana is developing well and we hope that someday it will be feasible to operate there year round. We actively follow many markets where we could either increase frequencies or make them year round operations”

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/11/finnair-sees-ex-yu-market-potential.html

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    4. It would be nice. They have been flying to LJU during the summer for years.

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  9. I think that's the first time Ljubljana has had over 100,000 passengers in January.

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    1. Yes. It's best January on record.

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    2. yes, the previous best january was in 2008 with about 95000 passengers.

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  10. It's still problematic in my opinion that Adria holds over 75% of the market. They need more competition. Now it is great for the airport because Adria is growing but remember what happened 2 years ago when Adria was cutting flights and LJU fell behind Pristina and Skopje.

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    1. A few months at the end of last year Ljubljana was handling more passengers than Pristina actually. I think it started in October.

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  11. Will ANA fly its charters from Japan to Ljubljana this year too?

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    1. They should. Usually they have these flights in August/September.

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    2. Dubrovnik as well!

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    3. it was just 2 flights last year all season.

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  12. Great news for Ljubljana Airport. I'm glad things are finally picking up with new airlines and routes, plans for a terminal expansion and passenger numbers growing.

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    1. LJU is really moving forward this year! Good luck, Slovenia!

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    2. It's good to see some positive news coming from Slovenia again with both Adria and Ljubljana Airport recovering.

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    3. Future is looking good at the moment.

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  13. It would be interesting to see how many Slovenian passengers use Zagreb, Trieste and Venice for travel and whather this number is increasing or decreasing.

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    1. Attracting more and more LCCs is the best way to compete against Zagreb and other surrounding airports at the moment. And also the best way too boost passengers numbers without depending on Adria.

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    2. Well I think LJU's recent growth only goes to show that the airport is finally learning how to attract the market around it.

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  14. Nice. How many passengers can we expects Ljubljana to end up with this year?

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    1. My guess is 1.9 million tops.

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    2. Even more interesting will be to see how many passengers Adria might have this year. It should be huge growth.

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  15. Great numbers. When does construction of the new terminal starts?

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    1. Great finally. And do you know when it's supposed to be finished?

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    2. Nice. Hope it all goes to schedule and that it results in some new airlines.

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  16. I think Norwegian may be coming soon too.

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    1. They said ages ago they were interested in flying to LJU but since then nothing.

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    2. There's 0 news on Norwegian and it's too late to announce a new route now anyway. Maybe next year,but I doubt it

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  17. It just shows how the aviation business is always changing. In 2016 we were disappointed with declining figures at LJU and overall bad situation. This year and last we are celebrating strong growth and new routes.

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    1. That's because they still need to bring in new airlines. Their entire growth (and demise) over the years has been completely dependent on Adria.

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  18. I would love to see an LCC takeover some monopoly routes by Adria. Vienna with Wizz Air would be nice.

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    1. Doubt it. Adria already competes against a low cost option between these two cities - the bus.

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    2. You can’t compete on LJU-VIE with A320. You would need at least two daily and there’s just not enough demand.

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  19. Adria is becoming everything Air Serbia always wanted to be. A transfer airline between east and west.

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    1. True. And they are actually serving most of the region with more than one daily flight which was Air Serbia's original aim.

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    2. Air Serbia also flies to the majority of the cities in the region more than daily.

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    3. The situation gets even more impressive when you look at BEG's connectivity in stead of JU's.

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  20. Question is will all these new Adria routes be kept after summer. I know DBV and BWK are seasonal bu the rest are planned as year round. But let's see if there is enough demand.

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    1. All of the routes are operated with a plane that has a capacity of only 50 seats so I think it's safe to say they can fill them during the winter too. Kiev was launched during the winter and it is doing extremely well.

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  21. What's with the sudden interest from/to the German market? 3 new routes this summer.

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    1. Biggest economic and trade partner, increased tourism, the airport is owned by Germans, the national airline is owned by Germans. No big surprise.

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  22. Ljubljana Airport is getting close to Skopje again. Good results.

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    1. Really? Skopje will probably have 2.1 million while LJU is looking at 1.9 million.

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    2. Ljubljana should be handling 2 million pax by now.

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    3. Skopje had around 145k in january

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    4. I think LJU will surpass SKP in April no doubt. But W6 will deploy its A321, so it will be a tough competition.

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    5. seriously?? SKP has 6 new wizz routes started last July (expect a growth of 10-20% each month). The only chance of LJU getting close is the second half of the year when they JP will start the expansion

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    6. its already 44.000 ahead

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    7. No way of LJU surpassing SKP. With the additional WAW flights and the A321 of W6 this is mission impossible.
      SKP will have a tough fight with PRN this year.

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    8. LJU will overtake SKP when two things happen:

      1. government subsidies end
      2. PRN gets its act together

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    9. Good luck LJU overtaking SKP with the SBs which will be deployed on the new routes, great capacity added right there.

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    10. @anon 7.13 you must be Einstein

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  23. Still no flights to Spain, the Middle East, Italy, Greece...

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    1. Just a few years ago Adria used to serve all those markets. Well except the Middle East.

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    2. It would be fantastic to finally get some scheduled flights to Spain again so I'm really hoping for Vueling.

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    3. I agree. I think Spain is underserved from Ljubljana and I also think there is potential for more flights to the Scandinavian market.

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    4. Adria already flew to Spain and it didn't work out. I don't know why people think it would be any different now.

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    5. Anon @11:47 times change

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  24. It will be a great year for LJU! Good luck! Does Air France still fly there from Paris?

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    1. Hop flies to Ljubljana daily. Plus Adria.

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    2. LJU should try to get Paris flights upgraded from HOP! to AF.

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  25. This is good news for Ljubljana Airport which desperately needs more destinations and airlines.

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  26. Who would have thought that London would be the number one destination from Ljubljana with three airports being served.

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    1. Especially since it's a destination which is not served by Adria.

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    2. 15 flights per week from Ljubljana to London in S18. Not bad for an airport of Ljubljana's size.

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    3. And if you look at easyjet prices in may/june its not enough still... barely any fare under 100eur one way (no luggage of course)

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  27. Still waiting for Ryanair

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    1. I think you will be waiting for quite a while.

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  28. Now imagine how the growth would look like if they would attract more LCC traffic

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    1. LCC ne donose place na stol.
      Brojke su jedno.
      Korist od brojki nesto sasvim drugo.

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    2. If you read the article you will see they are doing just that.

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  29. there was article on uporabna stran that LJU airport will get one more fuel distributor... maybe it will help getting new airlines

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    1. That is good news. I think in this case competition is good.

      While there's many optimistic plans and good news coming from LJU, the (predicted) growth seems to be wholly dependent in JP.

      I think that is problematic on two counts. One, we still don't really know what's going on with JP - the thing with Darwinb the SAABs and all that. And two, there's little competition, seems like JP will actually increase its market share, which can't really be good for the consumers' pockets.

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  30. Fraport have been very effective lately. In FRA they went friendly with FR, in Greece they are heavily investing in most regional aiports, Bulgarian coastal airports have improved dramatically and LJU is now expanding with JP and new terminal will be opened.

    Here is where you can find info about LJU:

    https://www.fraport.com/content/fraport/en/misc/binaer/traffic-figures/traffic-figures-fraport-group/2018/monthly-traffic-figures/current-group-traffic-figures/jcr:content.file/traffic-sheet-2018-januar_en.pdf

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  31. Congratulations to LJU, Fraport and Slovenia for turning around the situation at the airport. LJU has a massive catchment area and only now things will start to change in the region. For too long LJU was sleeping in ZAG and VCE shadow but no more.

    easyJet is expanding in LJU while ignoring ZAG for a reason, same with Wizz Air. I think LJU might be the next place they expand or open a base.

    More good news to come, more good news to come. :)

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  32. Sometimes reading the threats here I was wondering does folks smokes something.

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    1. Do you get a lot of....threats?

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  33. Congratulations, this is a great news, Fraport is doing a great job!

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