Ljubljana Airport starts work on new terminal


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has begun preparatory work for the construction of its new passenger terminal. It comes a week following the signing of a 17.3 million euro deal with contractors GIC Gradnje and Elcom. The joint bid was the lowest out of the six companies which were vying to build the new facility. According to the airport's planned timeline, construction is set to run for some eighteen months. Testing of the new terminal and its equipment is scheduled to commence in January 2021, while its opening is set to take place in June that same year, just ahead of Slovenia's six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which begins in July.


Stretching over 10.000 square metres, the new terminal will feature a new departures hall with 22 check-in counters, five security lanes, three baggage carousels, a new baggage sorting facility, a large duty free shop, a new premium lounge, as well as new food and beverage facilities. The existing passenger terminal, which stretches over 13.000 square metres, will also be partially renovated. The two facilities will then be joined to form a single functioning unit. “The new terminal will allow us to serve peak traffic periods better, as well as future-proof the airport for the next fifteen to twenty years, resulting in an improved experience for passengers and airlines", Ljubljana Airport's General Manager, Zmago Skobir, said. The new terminal will significantly boost capacity from 500 to 1.280 passengers per hour. Mr Skobir previously noted that part of the existing terminal which will not be overhauled will likely be utilised by low cost and charter carriers in order to provide product differentiation and allow further passenger growth.


Operator Fraport Slovenija is also pushing ahead with its Airport City project, which aims to develop the airport’s commercial infrastructure in order to meet the needs for logistic services, hotel accommodation, office space and commercial premises. "The development of the surrounding business zone has been enabled with the recent relocation of the road passing by the airport. We will start building internal road infrastructure in the near future, and we have already attracted some investors to build their facilities in the business zone. Negotiations are also underway with a large international chain for the construction of a hotel near the airport", Mr Skobir previously said.




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  1. Replies
    1. At last! This airport at the moment is an insult to Slovenia.

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  2. Yes they closed down the parking today which will be cleared. Even though its been delayed by almost half a year I'm happy work is finally starting.

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    1. The outdoor parking lot, located right next to the airport building and along the airport platform, has closed today and will remain closed until the opening of the new terminal.

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  3. It's been a long time coming but I'm glad there will be some new construction work in Ljubljana.

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    1. The current terminal was originally built to handle 500,000 pax so they need to expand.

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    2. Yes but it has been expanded numerous times.

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  4. Good. A new terminal has been needed for 20 years already...

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  5. But what happens if JP goes bankrupt. Will a new terminal be needed?

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    1. No, nobody will fly to LJU and airport will be closed.

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    2. At the risk of sounding malicious, but why is the new airport being built? The current one is more than enough for the handful of airlines and routes serving Ljubljana, and Slovenia for that matter.

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    3. True. Turn LJU into a LCC base, for the rest there is ZAG and VCE. Why do you need a new terminal when your biggest airline will be soon bankrupt?

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    4. People have been saying Adria will go bankrupt for a better part of a decade and it's still around.

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    5. @ Anon 11:03 - so are you saying that Adria will manage to survive? I wouldn't put my money on this happening. However, even if they manage to dig themselves out of this mud their presence at LJU still doesn't justify new terminal. At this point in time (and I even guess more than few years ahead) there is simply no need for new terminal - no shade intended, but just trying to keep it real.

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    6. Adria has just had its accounts blocked by two banks. So I don't think they will be around for long.

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    7. THE STATEMENT ABOVE IS A MALICIOUS LIE.

      As per today's standing, JP's accounts are not "blocked" .

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  6. Will there be any additional jet bridges on the new part?

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    1. I don't think so.

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    2. Yes it will. 'Newer' part of old terminal will be extended to accommodate one more air bridge. Two exits will be added on the ground floor beneath it.

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  7. Ljubljana needs more new airlines urgently.

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    1. BA starts flights in 10 days.

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    2. Next step should be to have Wizz Air add another destination, maybe VIE?

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    3. Easy could start Barcelona or Liverpool.

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    4. no dramatic change should be expected in LJU, unless JP goes bankrupt. Then only we can see LCCs basing aircrafts there.

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    5. Hopefully they focus on getting more airlines. Along with this project, the airport should be ok. Passenger numbers are going up.

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    6. What could LJU do to attract more pax? I'm sure there is a market between Italy an Slovenia.

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  8. Do we know what will be the total annual capacity of the two terminals?

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  9. Fraport are maybe a bit slow in their actions, but at least they keep their words. LJU has a bright future indeed.

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    1. +1
      Better late than never.

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    2. Fraport is development-oriented, but has a very cautious and conservative development policy

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  10. If the new terminal won't have air bridges. wouldn't it be more logical for it to become an LCC terminal and the one that is already there to remain a terminal for full fare airlines?

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    1. The gate area will be shared by both buildings.

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    2. They have done a similar thing to the current BEG airport. They will have two terminals for check-in but the departures area will be used jointly by both.

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  11. Should look good
    https://i.imgur.com/W32cqjJ.jpg

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    1. That render was an early-early work in progress.

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    2. Those were preliminary renders published by Plan B architects. Fraport is keeping a lid closed on the project.

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  12. So new and old terminal combined will be around 22000sqm. I can see there's room for more expansion further down the line.

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  13. This is good news but I think they are late in the game. If they built the new terminal as planned with 31,200 sqm and had it completed by 2015, they could have converted the current terminal for low cost use and capitalized on the fact that Zagreb is not that low cost friendly. Could have been a win in attracting Croats to fly from Ljubljana but also make yourself more competitive against ZAG.

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    1. What's even more unfortunate is that the EU agreed to fund part of the new terminal back then. No chance of that happening now.

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  14. Good to see some development at Ljubljana Airport.

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    1. Yay some positive news from LJU Airport :))

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  15. Is the Novartis warehouse under construction in the Airport City zone?

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    1. It already up and running. Kuehne + Nagel takes care of distribution for Novartis.
      https://www.revija-tranzit.si/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/1920_pharmawarehouse-slovenia-643446.jpg

      Cargo partner warehouse on the opposite side of the airport is coming along nicely.

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    2. Ah great. I missed that. I hope it results in even more cargo traffic at LJU

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  16. And the whole thing only costs 17 million EUR?

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    1. This doesn't include furniture and other equiptment. Final cost will be around 22 million.

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    2. With 22 million EUR they will not build a lot.

      100 million ZAD expansion
      120 million BEG modernization
      180 million SPU expansion
      200 million PRN new terminal
      250 million SKP new terminal
      290 million ZAG new terminal
      350 million DBV expansion

      So, what can they do with 20 million?

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    3. they seem to be getting a lot of bang for their Euro

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    4. 22 milion € is not so little. New Air Traffic Control building in LJU was built for that money, including all the equipment and other infrastructure which is not cheap.

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    5. And this is the building
      https://www.dri.si/uploads/gallery/31/i00141.JPG

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  17. So since no new jetbridges will be built, how far left u will hve to walk to reach gate 1 and 2?
    Typical SLO infrastructure misery, instead of adding at least two more bridges to hve the exits in front of the new terminal you ll hve to walk now all the way left to reach the jetbridge gates, with 1 and 2 being almost 200m away

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    1. There will be one more extra jetbridge. Scroll a bit up.

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    2. Actually one more jet bridge will be added !

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    3. JP's flight are so delayed anyway, might as well exercise a bit :)

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    4. Do not read anything in the text. Also they chosed the cheapest offer. Wtf unbelievable. I like those smarties, going always for the cheapest

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    5. @anon 10:06 Typical JP whining. Most of the times I fly flights in LJU were ready but boarding and departure delayed due to security and airports incapability to start boarding on time. With the new airport I hope this airport can process flights faster. I am disappointed we dont have new jet bridges.

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  18. How long does Fraport's concession run for?

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    1. It's not a concession. It's a full privatization. It means Fraport owns LJU.

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    2. Actually the infrastructure itself is owned by the state of Slovenia. Fraport owns the operating company Aerodrom Ljubljana.

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  19. Looking at the cover photo, the existing terminal at LJU looks very nice and modern from the outside.

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    1. Also is that building across the terminal a car park?

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    2. It's a car park garage, yes.

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    3. And what is the building just to the right of the terminal? The glass building?

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    4. It's just offices for Intereuropa (logistic company).

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  20. Groundfloor blueprint here: https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=160294016&postcount=3744

    With extra comments to makes sense of it here: https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=160293780&postcount=3743

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  21. Is the old basement small boarding area stil used?
    was a great east meets west clash in the 90s :D

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  22. More important then new terminal is new airlines.

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    1. They are equally important but I completely agree we need more airlines.

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  23. I hope the arrival of new airlines will follow the capacity expansion.

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    1. Good infrastructure always brings further development and opportunities.

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  24. Not bad, this should increase capacity to 3.5 million pax. Ljubljana should hit 3.5 million by 2030.

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    1. I think it will be 4 million.

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  25. Congratulations Ljubljana

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  26. It's been a couple of years since Fraport took over LJU. I have kind of mixed opinion about their success. What do you guys think?

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    1. Fraport was not a good choice. They are so dhy of development.

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    2. They working and they pressing on people which want to stop development.
      Till now they do good job (not great) but you must know that in Slovenia is very hard to develop infrastructure because of bureaucracy.

      Fraport wanted to start building in January, but some companies complained about the tender... classic Slovenia (like for Karavanke tunnel...)

      I think that with the modernization of the terminal, new airlines will come. Why would you modernization and increased the terminal?

      Just my personal opinion

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  27. Hoping for the best!

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  28. Hope they will release the final renderings soon.

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  29. I wish LJU the best. At one point it was truly the most modern airport in ex-Yu. But times have really changed and everyone has picked up their pace while LJU has been left behind. So I really hope this new terminal will shake things up.

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  30. This will be very good for Ljubljana. Finally something moving.

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  31. Good to see Ljubljana hasn't fallen victim to putting A380s on airport renders like the rest of ex-Yu :D

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  32. Nice. Just the size Ljubljana Airport actually needs to cater for the future.

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    1. Well like the CEO says in the article, it would satisfy the airport's needs for next 15-20 yrs.

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  33. Things are progressing well for Ljubljana.

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  34. I don't get why don't they show us the final design of the building. What's so top secret? They are afraid someone will steal their state of the art 17 million euros terminal solution.

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  35. They always said they plan a smaller terminal, so that will be perfectly enough for the increased traffic LJU will be having. They won't see a massive tourism boom like Croatia did, but their numbers will slowly rise every year, so a new smaller terminal makes perfect sense. it's future proofing, rather than competing with other neighbouring airports.

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    1. Bingo! I think the capacity of the current terminal is 2 million. Ljubljana is not quite there yet but it is not far either. Since it will take 2 years to build this terminal they are thinking ahead.

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  36. Excellent news. LJU is quite a mess during peak hours already.

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  37. New terminal sounds good.

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  38. Without an expansion in Adria there wont be any massive increase in pax

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    1. There would be, if they lowered the fees and allow the LCC expansion.

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    2. The airport is privatised, not sure how much LCC the new owners really want as it would slash profits

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  39. it's obvious LJU needs new terminal, specially check-in area, security check, arrival area

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    1. And schengen gates lower floor for sure

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  40. Bravo Slovenia!

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  41. A rail line from the airport to the city would be excellent.

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  42. Few years too late

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