Ljubljana Airport sees August growth


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport saw its passenger numbers improve 3.1% in August by handling 202.423 travellers. The number of aircraft movements stood at 3.451, up 1.7% compared to the same month last year. During the January - August period, Slovenia's busiest airport welcomed 1.232.529 passengers through its doors, an increase of 10.3%. Aircraft movements grew 4.3% to 23.970. In a statement, airport operator Fraport forecasts overall annual growth in the low double digits.

MonthPAXChange (%)
JAN100.375 12.3
FEB99.213 10.2
MAR129.624 19.0
APR157.837 19.4
MAY167.257 14.4
JUN176.784 13.3
JUL198.911 0.4
AUG202.423 3.1


  1. Anonymous10:50

    Really bad period for Slovenia. First JP suspends GVA and now LJU growth starts collapsing. It means Adria new flights must be empty. Ouch.

    1. Anonymous11:02

      The drop will be compensated with easyJet because they have bigger planes..

    2. Anonymous11:36

      Yes but looking at their (short time) pricing also quite empty...

    3. Anonymous16:23

      I flew with LOT from LJU to WAW and it was half empty, LF about 30%.

  2. Anonymous11:00

    This is pathetic growth. Compared to August last year, Adria operated 7 new routes, a few routes from other carriers were increased in frequencies and Easyjet flew 2/3 of the month with a new route. Despite all that, the growth was just 3%. That's just sad.

    1. Anonymous11:07

      Market oversaturation.

    2. Anonymous11:23

      Oh c'mon, it was still 202k pax...

    3. Anonymous12:44

      10,3 % on last year results, while moevements were 4,3 % in the same timeframe s really not bad at all. August laggs a bit behind, but itz is far from pathetic and sad ...but you aren't Anonymous13 September 2018 at 11:00

  3. Anonymous11:09

    Bravo Ljubljana!

  4. Anonymous11:12

    I think LJU showed that this is it's maximum capacity in terms of people who are willing to fly out of LJU to it's destinations. Adding pax to this is just hard and difficult as it already shows. I don't think LJU can sustain more than 2m pax in the coming 15 years. There's just not that many people here that would travel with planes. And since Slovenia will also not become a tourist destination like Croatia or Spain or Iceland, people won't flock here like that either.

    1. Anonymous11:25

      Will not become a tourist destination?
      Ljubljana is crowded with dutch tourists after Transavia launched flights, so there for sure is potential for flights that can attract people to Slovenia - but they should mostly be LCC.
      Not to mention that the growth of tourists that visited Slovenia this year grew 15% compared to 2017!

    2. Anonymous11:36

      Ljubljana is not whole Slovenia tho. And yes, the tourists percentage grow year over year, but almost all that growth is by people who drive into the country, not travel here by planes. What I tried saying is that Slovenia as a whole nation will not become a tourist destination like Some other parts of the world that can attract tourist through flights and then disperse them across the country. Most of plane tourists in Slovenia are here for a few days and they don't venture out of Ljubljana and if they do, they go to Bled.

    3. Anonymous11:50

      That is stupid analysis. Ljubljana is a city of 300 000 inhabitants in well to do country. Lets compare this number to similar sized city in the EU and you'll get potential of Ljubljana.

      This year Ljubljana should handle around 1.85 million passengers, next year, 2 million quite possibly. Growth of 3.1% isn't bad, it is a growth.

      Long term Ljubljana should handle around 4-5 million passengers, say 4 million in 2030, Ljubljana is quite close to Zagreb, only 120km, most Slovenes would use Zagreb for major international flights, Emirates, Qatar, Korean Air, BA, Air France... but LCCs can still maintain good service out of Ljubljana. If Belgrade and Skopje can have 1 million LCC customers, trust me Ljubljana can too.

      In fact the pays in Slovenia are twice that of average Serbian or Macedonian worker, in many cases 3 times the average, so they can afford to travel anywhere in Europe, without major difficulties.

      For your reference:

      Average monthly pays in ex-YU.

      Slovenia: €1085 (average 1085 euros https://www.stat.si/StatWeb/en/News/Index/7391)
      Croatia: €870 (average 6450 kunahttps://www.dzs.hr/Hrv_Eng/publication/2018/09-01-01_04_2018.htm)
      Serbia: €426 (average 50400 RSD http://publikacije.stat.gov.rs/G2018/pdf/G20181202.pdf)
      Bosnia: €439 (870 BMA http://bhas.ba/saopstenja/2018/LAB_04_2018_01_0_BS.pdf)
      Macedonia: 393 (average MKD 24,203 http://www.stat.gov.mk/PrikaziSoopstenie_en.aspx?rbrtxt=40)

    4. Anonymous12:04

      Slovenia is too close to its biggest incoming tourist markets. Germany and Austria and others coming are usually touring the country with their cars. The outgoing market is simply too small to generate too many flights. Even if Slovenes were the richest on earth, it is the size that matters here. Statistically every Slovene would need to travel multiple times a year. Unlike SKP or PRN there is no need to fly as you can reach Germany, Austria Switzerland quite comfortably and easily in no time without flying.

    5. Anonymous12:15

      @Anonymous13 September 2018 at 12:04 ;)


    6. Anonymous13:20

      Anonymous13 September 2018 at 11:50

      coould you pls also provide us with pax numbers at LJU for 2040, 2050, and 2060??
      and while your at it, also for 2100, 2200 and 2300?

    7. Anonymous13:26

      Nothing wrong with projections, nobody said they have to be true at the end it's called>>> AVIATION ENTHUSIASM!! Live with it.
      The same goes for the number of visited tourists per country.

    8. Anonymous13:51

      I didn't write it was wrong, but since you included a qualification, then i will add mine too:
      i think it is ridiculous to predict what a number of pax at a certain airport (or number of tourists) at a particular airport/country would be in 22 years.
      it has nothing to do with enthusiasm, but with sane logic.

    9. Anonymous19:14

      @Anonymous13 September 2018 at 13:51

      You clearly are insane, no one here projected 22 years worth of data, however it can be estimated if current trends continues what we can expect, you just love to troll when you can't put a decent agrument. If you don't like what someone posts, don't read it, don't respond to it.

      And again Ljubljana could hit 4.0+ million in 2030, come back to me in 2030, and prove me wrong. mk'ay.

    10. The second part of your last sentence clearly shows whos insane here

  5. Anonymous11:20

    Any data about the load factor ( JP ) on the routes from Ljubljana to Kijev, Bucharest and Sofia? Are they performing well?

    1. Anonymous12:59

      KBP and SOF for sure are doing well.

    2. Anonymous14:05


    3. Anonymous15:24

      Working at lju airport, is it enough for you?

  6. It would be great to see LF of the new routes. And I keep fingers crossed for LED to be launched in the winter schedule

  7. Anonymous11:26

    Maybe is problem with airport capacity, it is almost breaking at rush hour and it is imposible to work here and also fly

    1. Anonymous12:49

      Therefore a new terminal extension is under construction....

  8. Anonymous13:18

    Still, comparing the other regional airports, LJU has a quite strong position:


    Ljubljana is currently competing Santorini and Varna by traffic.
    Antalya growth is just more than crazy +22,5%!!
    Bourgas put Sofia to shame last month with 911,407!!
    Frankfurt will surpass Heathrow soon if grow continues to be 8-9%

  9. Anonymous14:06

    so much for overtaking other airports (SKP&PRN) ...

    1. Anonymous15:52

      SKP will face the same scenario in November, those constant double digits are extremely difficult to maintain all the time...SKP will become 2-3% growth.


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