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Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
Letališče Jožeta Pučnika Ljubljana
Ljubljana Airport with mountains and Adria Airways planes 2015.jpg
Summary
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
Map
LJU is located in Slovenia
LJU
LJU
Location of airport in Slovenia
Runways
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 largest airline in Slovenia.

History[edit]

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 began. 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]

Facilities[edit]

Passenger terminal

Runway[edit]

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]

In April 2017 the airport operator Fraport Slovenia announced a plan to expand the existing passenger terminal.[7] A modular solution is planned which means that construction can be carried out in phases that are effectively and efficiently adapted to traffic development needs.

In the first phase of the terminal expansion, capacity of the departures area will be increased from the current 500 passengers per hour to 1,280 passengers per hour. It will include a large duty-free shop, a new business lounge, as well as renovated food & beverage and promotional areas. There will be 22 check-in desks and 5 long security lines. A new baggage sorting area will be added to the existing one. In addition, the baggage reclaim area will be expanded and equipped with three long carousels.

The existing passenger terminal, which covers 13,000 square metres, will be partly renovated and functionally incorporated with the new building. The entire terminal construction is expected to commence immediately and will be completed in spring 2020. The entire renovated and expanded terminal complex will cover a total of 22,000 square metres.

To the north, a business and logistics center named Aeropolis Ljubljana[8] is planned to be built. 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Airbus A320 of Adria Airways

The following airlines operate regular scheduled flights to and from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport:[9]

Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Kiev–Boryspil (begins 29 October 2017),[10] Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Munich, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Zürich
Seasonal: Manchester, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Seasonal charter: Antalya, Chios, Corfu, Girona, Heraklion, Hurghada, Karpathos, Kefallinia, Kos, Lamezia Terme, Lesbos, Preveza–Lefkada, Santorini, Rhodes, Samos, Skiathos, Thira, Zakynthos
Air France
operated by HOP!
Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Air Serbia Belgrade
All Nippon Airways Seasonal charter: Tokyo–Narita, Osaka-Kansai
easyJet London–Gatwick, London–Stansted
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Israir Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Montenegro Airlines Podgorica
Sun D'Or
operated by El Al
Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Transavia Amsterdam
Tunis Air Seasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk
Windrose Airlines Kiev–Boryspil (begins 16 December 2017)[11]
Wizz Air Charleroi, London–Luton

Cargo[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

Traffic figures[edit]

Pre-2000[12]
Year Passengers Change Cargo (t) Change Aircraft Movements Change
1964 78,179 / 88 / 2,343 /
1965 133,184 Increase 70% 177 Increase 101% 3,180 Increase 36%
1966 136,584 Increase 3% 235 Increase 33% 4,099 Increase 29%
1967 136,665 Steady 0% 306 Increase 30% 4,479 Increase 9%
1968 68,303 Decrease 50% 304 Decrease 1% 3,807 Decrease 15%
1969 96,108 Increase 41% 1,068 Increase 251% 4,474 Increase 18%
1970 171,503 Increase 78% 1,879 Increase 76% 5,728 Increase 28%
1971 273,946 Increase 60% 2,288 Increase 22% 6,509 Increase 14%
1972 275,460 Increase 1% 3,016 Increase 32% 8,525 Increase 31%
1973 367,872 Increase 34% 4,578 Increase 52% 8,633 Increase 1%
1974 668,599 Increase 82% 7,210 Increase 57% 13,123 Increase 52%
1975 553,565 Decrease 17% 7,376 Increase 2% 11,645 Decrease 11%
1976 528,490 Decrease 5% 5,922 Decrease 20% 10,797 Decrease 7%
1977 541,592 Increase 2% 6,179 Increase 4% 10,964 Increase 2%
1978 475,242 Decrease 12% 5,758 Decrease 7% 8,941 Decrease 18%
1979 661,254 Increase 39% 7,602 Increase 32% 12,397 Increase 39%
1980 581,103 Decrease 12% 6,085 Decrease 20% 11,312 Decrease 9%
1981 659,465 Increase 13% 7,328 Increase 20% 11,805 Increase 4%
1982 627,931 Decrease 5% 6,627 Decrease 10% 10,870 Decrease 8%
1983 595,260 Decrease 5% 6,808 Increase 3% 9,743 Decrease 10%
1984 623,588 Increase 5% 7,356 Increase 8% 10,050 Increase 3%
1985 668,285 Increase 7% 6,751 Decrease 8% 11,624 Increase 16%
1986 785,281 Increase 18% 7,507 Increase 11% 12,518 Increase 8%
1987 886,281 Increase 13% 7,450 Decrease 1% 14,038 Increase 12%
1988 835,206 Decrease 6% 7,261 Decrease 3% 13,716 Decrease 2%
1989 725,064 Decrease 13% 6,752 Decrease 7% 14,296 Increase 4%
1990 765,033 Increase 6% 5,878 Decrease 13% 16,253 Increase 14%
1991 347,583 Decrease 55% 4,662 Decrease 21% 8,794 Decrease 46%
1992 248,851 Decrease 28% 5,074 Increase 9% 8,861 Increase 1%
1993 402,563 Increase 62% 8,420 Increase 66% 12,898 Increase 46%
1994 497,456 Increase 24% 9,881 Increase 17% 15,821 Increase 23%
1995 638,268 Increase 28% 10,499 Increase 6% 17,868 Increase 13%
1996 668,532 Increase 5% 9,294 Decrease 11% 18,190 Increase 2%
1997 713,696 Increase 7% 10,161 Increase 9% 20,279 Increase 11%
1998 786,600 Increase 10% 10,953 Increase 8% 25,723 Increase 27%
1999 895,540 Increase 14% 11,093 Increase 1% 27,219 Increase 6%
Traffic at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
Year Passengers Change Cargo (t) Change Aircraft Movements Change
2000 991,693 Increase 11% 12,396 Increase 12% 29,965 Increase 10%
2001 894,130 Decrease 10% 12,403 Increase 1% 29,050 Decrease 3%
2002 872,966 Decrease 2% 12,021 Decrease 3% 28,751 Decrease 1%
2003 928,397 Increase 6% 12,080 Increase 1% 31,737 Increase 10%
2004 1,048,238 Increase 13% 11,780 Decrease 2% 35,502 Increase 12%
2005 1,218,896 Increase 16% 11,560 Decrease 2% 37,767 Increase 6%
2006 1,334,355 Increase 9% 15,309 Increase 32% 40,991 Increase 9%
2007 1,524,028 Increase 14% 21,717 Increase 42% 46,517 Increase 13%
2008 1,673,050 Increase 10% 17,188 Decrease 21% 47,926 Increase 3%
2009 1,433,855 Decrease 14% 14,333 Decrease 17% 45,492 Decrease 5%
2010 1,388,651 Decrease 3% 17,310 Increase 21% 42,569 Decrease 6%
2011 1,369,485 Decrease 1% 19,659 Increase 14% 39,267 Decrease 8%
2012 1,198,911 Decrease 12% 17,031 Decrease 13% 35,019 Decrease 11%
2013 1,321,100 Increase 10% 17,777 Increase 4% 33,112 Decrease 5%
2014 1,338,619 Increase 1.3% 18,983 Increase 6.8% 31,405 Decrease 5.0%
2015 1,438,304 Increase 10.0% 18,570 Decrease 0.2% 32,849 Increase 5.0%
2016 1,404,831 Decrease 2.3% 10,379 Decrease 2.4% 32,700 Decrease 0%
2017 (30.9.) 1,297,877 Increase 20.4% 8,705 Increase 15.2% 26,008 Increase 3.5%
Source: Fraport[13]
Traffic at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport - graphical demonstration
Passenger numbers
500,000
1,000,000
1,500,000
2,000,000
2000
2002
2004
2006
2008
2010
2012
2014
2016
Traffic at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport by month (2017)
Month Passengers Change Cargo (t) Change Aircraft Movements Change
January 89,396 Increase 21.5% 861 Increase 14.6% 2,212 Increase 12.1%
February 89,995 Increase 15.4% 836 Increase 7.0% 2,147 Increase 10.1%
March 108,964 Increase 16.0% 1,026 Increase 16.1% 2,840 Increase 13.6%
1st quarter 288,355 (Increase) 17.5% 2,723 (Increase) 12.7% 7,199 (Increase) 12.0%
April 132,239 Increase 31.5% 879 Increase 3.3% 2,661 Increase 2.3%
May 146,257 Increase 25.5% 1,010 Increase 17.4% 3,175 Increase 11.3%
June 156,092 Increase 15.0% 1,043 Increase 18.7% 3,280 Increase 1.6%
2nd quarter 722,943 (Increase) 20.8% 5,655 (Increase) 13.0% 16,315 (Increase) 8.0%
July 198,138 Increase 21.4% 947 Increase 13.0% 3,273 Increase 1.8%
August 196,416 Increase 18.9% 1,035 Increase 31.0% 3,393 Decrease 2.9%
September 180,380 Increase 18.9% 1,068 Increase 15.7% 3,027 Decrease 8.3%
3rd quarter 1,297,877 (Increase) 20.4% 8,705 (Increase) 15.2% 26,008 (Increase) 3.5%
October
November
December
Source: Fraport[14][15]
Traffic at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport by month (2017) - graphical demonstration
Passengers Cargo (t) Aircraft movements
50,000
100,000
150,000
200,000
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
250
500
750
1,000
1,250
1,500
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
1,000
2,000
3,000
4,000
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
Source: Fraport[16][17]

Busiest routes[edit]

10 busiest routes at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport
City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(Summer 2017)
Airline(s)
Flag of Germany.svg Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport
21
Adria Airways
Flag of Switzerland.svg Zürich Zürich Airport
20
Adria Airways
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Stansted, Luton, and Gatwick
17
EasyJet, Wizz Air
Flag of Belgium.svg Brussels Brussels Airport and Brussels South Charleroi Airport
15
Adria Airways, Wizz Air
Flag of France.svg Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
15
Adria Airways, Hop!
Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul Atatürk Airport
14
Turkish Airlines
Flag of Germany.svg Munich Franz Josef Strauss Airport
14
Adria Airways
Flag of Kosovo.svg Pristina Adem Jashari International Airport
14
Adria Airways
Flag of Austria.svg Vienna Schwechat Airport
14
Adria Airways
Flag of Macedonia.svg Skopje Alexander the Great Airport
13
Adria Airways
Source: Ljubljana Airport[18]

International traffic per country[edit]

Scheduled flights (2016)
Rank Country Destination airport(s) Airline(s) Passengers Change
(2015)
Rank
(2015)
1
Germany Germany Frankfurt, Munich Adria Airways 232,100 Increase 0.1 %
1
2
United Kingdom United Kingdom London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester Adria Airways, easyJet, Wizz Air 186,500 Increase 19.1 %
2
3
Turkey Turkey Istanbul-Atatürk Turkish Airlines 100,800 Decrease 16.7 %
4
4
Switzerland Switzerland Zürich Adria Airways, Swiss[nb 1] 97,200 Decrease 21.4 %
3
5
Belgium Belgium Brussels, Charleroi Adria Airways, Wizz Air 96,400 Decrease 6.6 %
6
6
France France Paris-Charles de Gaulle Adria Airways, HOP! 74,200 Increase 1.9 %
7
7
Serbia Serbia Belgrade Air Serbia 65,900 Increase 51.9 %
12
8
Austria Austria Vienna Adria Airways 63,200 Decrease 0.7 %
8
9
Albania Albania Tirana Adria Airways 51,900 Decrease 12.8 %
9
10
Russia Russia Moscow-Sheremetyevo Adria Airways 42,400 Decrease 1.3 %
11
Source: SURS[19]
  1. ^ Swiss Global Air Lines ceased operations to Ljubljana in Spring 2016
Charter flights (2016)
Rank Country Passengers Change
(2015)
Rank
(2015)
1
Greece Greece 45,800 Decrease 24.6 %
1
2
Turkey Turkey 9,500 Decrease 51.4 %
2
3
Tunisia Tunisia 6,700 Increase 73.1 %
6
4
Spain Spain 5,800 Increase 372.8 %
11
5
Malta Malta 4,300 Increase 9.9 %
7
6
Italy Italy 3,900 Increase 163.5 %
10
7
Israel Israel 3,900 Decrease 67.2 %
4
8
Iceland Iceland 3,300 Increase 3.7 %
8
9
Cyprus Cyprus 2,200 Increase 25.5 %
9
10
Egypt Egypt 1,500 Decrease 92.1 %
3
Source: SURS[20]

Access[edit]

The airport is served by an exit off the A2 motorway and by bus service connecting it with sorrounding cities of Ljubljana, Kranj, Kamnik as well as Klagenfurt and it's airport in Austria. Plans about a railway line connecting the airport with the city of Ljubljana and possibly also Kranj and Kamnik have been presented in the past, however the line most likely won't be built in the near future.

See also[edit]

References[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. Archived from the original on 6 July 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.lju-airport.si/en/press/6491
  7. ^ Expansion of the passenger terminal announcement
  8. ^ Aeropolis Ljubljana
  9. ^ lju-airport.si - Flight Schedules retrieved 2 February 2017
  10. ^ "Od oktobra trikrat tedensko iz Ljubljane v Kijev" (in Slovenian). MMC RTV Slovenija. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Windrose to launch Ljubljana service". exyuaviation.com. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "Traffic Figures - Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d." (PDF). 
  13. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures September 2017" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures June 2017" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures September 2017" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures June 2017" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 12 July 2017. 
  17. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures September 2017" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 13 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Vozni red". Retrieved 28 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Zračni transport, Slovenija, 2016". stat.si. SURS. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 
  20. ^ "Zračni transport, Slovenija, 2016". stat.si. SURS. Retrieved 12 August 2017. 

External links[edit]

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