Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

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Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
Letališče Jožeta Pučnika Ljubljana
Ljubljana Airport with mountains and Adria Airways planes 2015.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Fraport
Serves Ljubljana, Slovenia
Location Zgornji Brnik
Hub for Adria Airways
Elevation AMSL 388 m / 1,273 ft
Coordinates 46°13′28″N 14°27′22″E / 46.22444°N 14.45611°E / 46.22444; 14.45611 (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport)Coordinates: 46°13′28″N 14°27′22″E / 46.22444°N 14.45611°E / 46.22444; 14.45611 (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport)
Website lju-airport.si
LJU is located in Slovenia
Location of airport in Slovenia
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
Statistics (2016)
Passengers 1,404,831
Passenger change 15–16 Decrease 2.3%
Aircraft Movements 32,701
Movements change 15–16 Decrease 0.6%
Source: Slovenian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]
Statistics from Ljubljana Airport[2]

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (IATA: LJUICAO: LJLJ) (Slovene: Letališče Jožeta Pučnika Ljubljana), also known by its previous name Brnik Airport, is the international airport of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The airport is located near the village of Brnik, 24 km (15 mi) northwest[1] of Ljubljana and 9.5 km (5.9 mi) east of Kranj on the road between Kranj and Mengeš. It serves as the homebase for Adria Airways, the Slovenian flag carrier.


The airport was officially opened in December 1963.[3] It replaced Polje Airport in the former Municipality of Polje near Ljubljana,[4] which served as the city's airport from 1933 and was Slovenia's first civil airport.[5] Regular flights from the new airport at Brnik began in January 1964.[3]

On December 8, 2004, the airport received its first annual millionth passenger. Overall, the airport handled 1,438,304 passengers in 2015, representing a 10% rise in traffic figures compared to the previous year.

In 2007, the then centre-right government proposed renaming the airport from Aerodrom Ljubljana to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Jože Pučnik was a Slovene public intellectual, dissident, politician, and leader of the Democratic Opposition of Slovenia (Demos) between 1989 and 1992.

Due to growing air traffic and Slovenia's EU entry, which requires the separation of traffic into Schengen and non-Schengen, Aerodrom Ljubljana Airport Authorities have prepared a redevelopment plan for the passenger terminal with emphasis on expanding passenger capacity in the mid- to long-term time frame. The terminal expansion will be concluded in two phases. Works on the first phase began in early July 2007 to accommodate Slovenia's entry into the Schengen Area in December 2007. The terminal building (T1) was extended with a new upper level added to it and completely renovated; the floor that was added on top of the departure lounge added an additional 4,000 m2 (43,000 sq ft), and four jetways have also been installed so that passengers have easier access to the terminal and aircraft. A walkway to the second terminal building (T2) will be added after the T2 terminal is approved. With completion of the work on T1, the airport gained extra floor area, which in the short term will ensure the separation of Schengen and non-Schengen traffic.

In 2016 a refurbishment of the current terminal (T1) at the airport has begun. The renewed terminal will feature a new baggage sorting facility for departing baggage, a modernised facility for arriving baggage, larger baggage carousels and a relocated airport security point. Shopping and hospitality facilities will be rearranged and the departures hall will be enlarged. The construction is supposed to be completed till 2018.[6]



The airport has a 3,300 m × 45 m (10,827 ft × 148 ft) paved runway which is equipped with ILS Cat IIIb on runway 30. NDB and VOR approach are also available. The runway of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport was closed to air traffic in April 2010 during which time, the entire length of the asphalt surface of the runway was renovated, as well as the asphalt surface on some parts of the taxiways.

Expansion plan[edit]

The second phase of the expansion,[7] which had been planned to begin in 2013, but was postponed indefinitely by minority shareholders of Aerodrom Ljubljana,[8] includes the construction of a completely new airport terminal (T2). It will be built right next to the old one (T1), using the existing infrastructure as a connecting walkway. The new terminal building (T2) will expand over 32,000 m2 (340,000 sq ft), where 40 check-in counters will be set up (including some automatic ones) and the installation of three baggage carousels is planned for luggage claim. It will also offer 8 jetways for direct entry from the terminal to the aircraft. There will be room in the terminal for airlines, travel agencies, restaurants and shops, and there are also plans for business lounges and additional services for passengers. The capacity of T2 will be 2.5 million passengers annually (850 departing and 850 arriving passengers per hour). T2 will only be used for Schengen traffic, and non-Schengen traffic will flow through the new part of the old terminal (T1). This will create some redundant space in T1, which will be converted for commercial purposes. The opening of T2 was originally planned for May 2015 but the new date is currently unknown.[9]

To the north, a business and logistics center named Aeropolis Ljubljana[10] is planned to be built by 2020. It will consist of four parts: a business center, business park, logistic center, and hotel-conference complex. Other major projects include relocation of the road from Kranj to Mengeš to the north and a new train station, which will connect the airport and its logistics center with surrounding cities.[11]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Ljubljana:[12]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Manchester, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Corfu, Rhodes
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia Belgrade
Dniproavia Kiev-Boryspil (begins 27 June 2017)
easyJet London–Gatwick, London-Stansted
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Transavia Amsterdam
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Wizz Air Charleroi, London–Luton


Airlines Destinations
ASL Airlines Belgium Liège, Munich
ASL Airlines Switzerland Bucharest
DHL Aviation
operated by European Air Transport Leipzig
Leipzig/Halle, Linz, Munich
Solinair Belgrade, Sarajevo
UPS Airlines
operated by ASL Airlines Switzerland
Cologne/Bonn, Zagreb


Traffic figures[edit]

Aerial view
Passenger terminal
Adria Airways Airbus A320-200 in Ljubljana, where it maintains its homebase
Traffic at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport[13]
Year Passengers Change Cargo (t) Change
2000 991,693 12,396
2001 894,130 Decrease 10% 12,403 Increase 1%
2002 872,966 Decrease 2% 12,021 Decrease 3%
2003 928,397 Increase 6% 12,080 Increase 1%
2004 1,048,238 Increase 13% 11,780 Decrease 2%
2005 1,218,896 Increase 16% 11,560 Decrease 2%
2006 1,334,355 Increase 9% 15,309 Increase 32%
2007 1,524,028 Increase 14% 21,717 Increase 42%
2008 1,673,050 Increase 10% 17,188 Decrease 21%
2009 1,433,855 Decrease 14% 14,333 Decrease 17%
2010 1,388,651 Decrease 3% 17,310 Increase 21%
2011 1,369,485 Decrease 1% 19,659 Increase 14%
2012 1,198,911 Decrease 12% 17,031 Decrease 13%
2013 1,321,100 Increase 10% 17,777 Increase 4%
2014 1,338,619 Increase 1.3% 18,983 Increase 6.8%
2015 [14] 1,438,304 Increase 10.0% 18,570 Decrease 0.2%
2016 [15] 1,404,831 Decrease 2.3% 10,379 Decrease 2.4%
2017 (1.1.-31.3.) [16] 288,355 Increase 17.5% 2,723 Increase 12.7%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes out of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport[17]
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(Summer 2017)
Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
Adria Airways
Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich Zürich Airport
Adria Airways
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Stansted, Luton, and Gatwick
EasyJet, Wizz Air
Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Adria Airways, Wizz Air
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Atatürk Airport
Turkish Airlines
Flag of Germany.svg Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport
Adria Airways
Flag of France.svg Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Adria Airways, Hop!
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Schwechat Airport
Adria Airways
Flag of Serbia.svg Belgrade Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport
Air Serbia
Flag of Macedonia.svg Skopje Alexander the Great Airport
Adria Airways
Flag of Albania.svg Tirana Nënë Tereza Airport
Adria Airways
Flag of Poland.svg Warsaw Warsaw–Chopin
Adria Airways, LOT Polish Airlines


The airport is served by an exit off the A2 motorway and by bus service connecting it with Ljubljana and Kranj. There is also a bus connection between Ljubljana Airport and Klagenfurt Airport in Austria.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "EAD Basic - Error Page". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Ljubljana Airport statistics
  3. ^ a b Pirc, Samanta (March 2005). "Zgodovinski pregled letališč v Republiki Sloveniji s poudarkom na cerkljansko letališče" [A Historical Overview of Airports in the Republic of Slovenia with an Emphasis on the Cerklje Airport] (PDF) (in Slovenian). High School of Commerce and Business, Celje. pp. 13–14. 
  4. ^ Pataky, Nenad (17 November 2010). "Izgubljena Ljubljana" [Lost Ljubljana]. Dnevnik (in Slovenian). 
  5. ^ "7622: Ljubljana - Staro letališče" [Ljubljana: The Old Airport]. Register of the Cultural Heritage of Slovenia (in Slovenian). Ministry of Culture, Slovenia. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.lju-airport.si/en/press/6491
  7. ^ Ljublana airport's development strategy 2007-2015
  8. ^ "Mali delničarji za, "veliki mali delničarji" pa proti novemu terminalu". Prvi interaktivni multimedijski portal, MMC RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o.". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Aeropolis - main page
  11. ^ aeropolis.si - Expansion plan
  12. ^ lju-airport.si - Flight Schedules retrieved 2 February 2017
  13. ^ "Press - Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d.". lju-airport.si. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures December 2015" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures December 2016" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures February 2017" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Vozni red". Retrieved 28 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

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