Ljubljana Airport marks anniversary


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is marking 55 years since its opened its doors to the public on December 24, 1963. Since then, it has handled over 47.7 million passengers, with 2018 set to become its busiest on record.

The first aircraft to land in Ljubljana was an Adra Aviopromet DC-6B at 10.45, followed by a JAT Yugoslav Airlines Caravelle jet. Regular operations commenced on January 9, 1964. At the time, JAT maintained scheduled flights to Belgrade, Dubrovnik and London, while Adria operated services to Belgrade and Algiers.

Over the decades that followed, the airport was modernised on several occasions, with its apron, taxiways and runway extended. In 1976, Ljubljana was linked with scheduled nonstop flights to the United States, which would run until 1991.

In 2004, Ljubljana Airport handled over one million passengers for the first time in its history. As a result of the global financial crisis and the restructuring at Adria Airways, Ljubljana Airport's passenger numbers declined significantly in 2009, with the trend reversed in 2013. Germany's Fraport took over Ljubljana Airport in March 2015.

This year marks another record breaker for the airport. It surpassed 2017's end-of-year result on November 25 and will handle over 1.8 million travellers by year's end.


  1. Anonymous10:41

    Amazing report and super photos, thank you very much. It was like travelling in time.
    It's also amazing how glorious the situation used to be by having direct flights to America.

    Happy holidays and pozdravi ot Sofia.

  2. Ovo me vraća u mlade godine. Kad sam bio dijete pa sam obitelji išao na terasu aerodroma gledat avione. Neću zaboravit prvi "susret" s DC10. Bio sam tako zbunjen. Oni auti koji su ga opskrbljivali izgledali su mi kao igračke. Imao sam i dvije od ove razglednice: Aviogenex i JATov DC10. Ne znam di su mi nestale.
    Sve je preživio ovaj aerodrom. Partiju, rat, ali nije preživio "demokraciju", "samostalnost"... Ne boli me toliko što smo ga prodali strancima.
    Boli što se prikazivalo kao nešto pozitivno, napredak. Ali što nitko nije imao hrabrost/pamet reći da je Fraport državna firma jer više od pola udjela imaju savezna zemlja Hessen i grad Frankfurt. A oni nama pametuju kako treba državu maknuti iz gospodarstva.
    A uz to je meni FRA od velikih europskih aerodroma najgori. Najružniji, najgora gastronomska ponuda, najkaotičniji, najnepraktičniji i s najneljubaznijim personalom. Spram MUC ovo je treći svijet.

  3. Anonymous12:44

    Happy anniversary, LJU! Beautiful photos! Wish you all the best from Dubrovnik!

  4. JU520 BEGLAX16:09

    Now we just need a new terminal and some more jetbridge gates, then LJU would finally arrive in the 21st century

  5. Anonymous17:50

    Sorry BEGLAX, but Slovenija has already visited the 21st century long before the rest of the ex-YU.
    It has visited it intellectually, economically & socially.
    There has to be a richer and developed part, don't you think?

    1. JU520 BEGLAX19:11

      Judging the infrastructure for airports, rail, bus stations, Slovenia is still in the 20th century. What new rail links hve been built after Austro-Hungarian empire?? Nothing. What a shame!

    2. Anonymous20:20

      If you make some very basic research:

      The majority of Slovenian terrain is hilly or mountainous, with around 90% of the surface 200 m or more above sea level. Over half of the country (11,823 km2) is covered by forests. This makes Slovenia the third most forested country in Europe, after Finland and Sweden.

      Why deforest and build trains to destroy the trees?

      Country size is comfortable enough to have maxiumum 2 airports. No shame here.

    3. JU520 BEGLAX00:03

      Similar terrain to Switzerland and Japan, but those two countries have the best train networks in the world. Its a question of mentality and visions. Slovenians are definitely no visionars and thats why the infrastructure lacks so behind. Every EUR of investments yields out to 2 EUR ROI. Seems that this calculation did not make it yet to the region. Thats why a train ride of 110 km fm LJU to Koper still takes almost 2.5h, with the resultat Slovenians drive the distance on the highway, which again is very eco friendly....

  6. @Athos_cro, LJU airport was born because CK ZKS gave an order to do so. They knew the importance of having own inftastructure. Same was with creation of Adria Airways, Port of Koper etc. But this were the 60', when Party was still far from neo-liberal and nationalistic twist as it happend in 70'.

  7. Anonymous09:50

    It can be clearly seen that in the past the best architects were involved in the development of the airport. The terminal on the first floor with air bridges is still one of the nicest and most elegant in the world, with a beautiful view of Alps when the weather is sunny. On the other hand, the entrance hall is in shambles. It looks like some mid-eastern bazaar with serious overcrowding several times a day. The new terminal is unimpressive and leaves the observer underwhelmed.


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