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
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 Slovenian flag carrier.

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 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]

Facilities[edit]

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]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights to and from Ljubljana:[9]

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

Cargo[edit]

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

Statistics[edit]

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[10][11]
Year Passengers Change Cargo (t) Change Aircraft Movements Change
1964 78,179 88 2,343
1965 133,184 70% 177 101% 3,180 36%
1966 136,584 3% 235 33% 4,099 29%
1967 136,665 0% 306 30% 4,479 9%
1968 68,303 -50% 304 -1% 3,807 -15%
1969 96,108 41% 1,068 251% 4,474 18%
1970 171,503 78% 1,879 76% 5,728 28%
1971 273,946 60% 2,288 22% 6,509 14%
1972 275,460 1% 3,016 32% 8,525 31%
1973 367,872 34% 4,578 52% 8,633 1%
1974 668,599 82% 7,210 57% 13,123 52%
1975 553,565 -17% 7,376 2% 11,645 -11%
1976 528,490 -5% 5,922 -20% 10,797 -7%
1977 541,592 2% 6,179 4% 10,964 2%
1978 475,242 -12% 5,758 -7% 8,941 -18%
1979 661,254 39% 7,602 32% 12,397 39%
1980 581,103 -12% 6,085 -20% 11,312 -9%
1981 659,465 13% 7,328 20% 11,805 4%
1982 627,931 -5% 6,627 -10% 10,870 -8%
1983 595,260 -5% 6,808 3% 9,743 -10%
1984 623,588 5% 7,356 8% 10,050 3%
1985 668,285 7% 6,751 -8% 11,624 16%
1986 785,281 18% 7,507 11% 12,518 8%
1987 886,281 13% 7,450 -1% 14,038 12%
1988 835,206 -6% 7,261 -3% 13,716 -2%
1989 725,064 -13% 6,752 -7% 14,296 4%
1990 765,033 6% 5,878 -13% 16,253 14%
1991 347,583 -55% 4,662 -21% 8,794 -46%
1992 248,851 -28% 5,074 9% 8,861 1%
1993 402,563 62% 8,420 66% 12,898 46%
1994 497,456 24% 9,881 17% 15,821 23%
1995 638,268 28% 10,499 6% 17,868 13%
1996 668,532 5% 9,294 -11% 18,190 2%
1997 713,696 7% 10,161 9% 20,279 11%
1998 786,600 10% 10,953 8% 25,723 27%
1999 895,540 14% 11,093 1% 27,219 6%
2000 991,693 11% 12,396 12% 29,965 10%
2001 894,130 Decrease 10% 12,403 Increase 1% 29,050 -3%
2002 872,966 Decrease 2% 12,021 Decrease 3% 28,751 -1%
2003 928,397 Increase 6% 12,080 Increase 1% 31,737 10%
2004 1,048,238 Increase 13% 11,780 Decrease 2% 35,502 12%
2005 1,218,896 Increase 16% 11,560 Decrease 2% 37,767 6%
2006 1,334,355 Increase 9% 15,309 Increase 32% 40,991 9%
2007 1,524,028 Increase 14% 21,717 Increase 42% 46,517 13%
2008 1,673,050 Increase 10% 17,188 Decrease 21% 47,926 3%
2009 1,433,855 Decrease 14% 14,333 Decrease 17% 45,492 -5%
2010 1,388,651 Decrease 3% 17,310 Increase 21% 42,569 -6%
2011 1,369,485 Decrease 1% 19,659 Increase 14% 39,267 -8%
2012 1,198,911 Decrease 12% 17,031 Decrease 13% 35,019 -11%
2013 1,321,100 Increase 10% 17,777 Increase 4% 33,112 -5%
2014 1,338,619 Increase 1.3% 18,983 Increase 6.8% 31,405 -5%
2015 [12] 1,438,304 Increase 10.0% 18,570 Decrease 0.2% 32,849 5%
2016 [13] 1,404,831 Decrease 2.3% 10,379 Decrease 2.4% 32,700 0%
2017 (1.1.-30.4.) [14] 420,594 Increase 21.6% 3,602 Increase 10.3% 9,860 Increase 9.3%

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes out of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport[15]
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

Access[edit]

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]

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. ^ "Press - Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d.". lju-airport.si. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Traffic Figures - Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d." (PDF). 
  12. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures December 2015" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures December 2016" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "Fraport Traffic Figures April 2017" (PDF). Fraport. Fraport. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Vozni red". Retrieved 28 March 2017. 

External links[edit]

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