Jože Pučnik Aeroport Ljubljana

Young Olympians put passengers through their paces

At Ljubljana Airport we joined in the European Week of Sport, which took place in Slovenia for the fourth time, as part of our active airport event. Between 23 and 30 September, in collaboration with the Slovenian Olympic Committee, we were reminding passengers and colleagues of the importance of physical activity, and encouraging them to be more active in life. Young Slovenian Olympians handled the preparations, and were able to show passengers in the flesh how to feel better before or during a flight by exercising.

As part of the European Week of Sport, the SOC and Fraport Slovenija, one of the SOC’s gold partners, combined forces to raise passengers’ awareness of the importance of moving. At Ljubljana Airport, which was during that time transformed into an active airport, passengers were encouraged at several points in the terminal to be active while travelling. The Guide to stretching and strengthening exercises, which was drawn up under the aegis of the SOC, was displayed on advertising surfaces, on digital screens and in leaflets. Passengers could use them to improve their physical wellbeing while travelling, either in the terminal or on the aircraft.

Members of Slovenia’s team for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics visited the aiport to kick start active airport event. Passengers waiting for flights to Brussels, Helsinki and Frankfurt were given a live demonstration of stretching and strengthening exercises to use when travelling. Those flying on to other destinations around the world were advised to repeat the exercises every 50 minutes. The passengers were happy to enjoy some active diversion while waiting for their flights, and were particularly enthusiastic about being in the company of likeable young athletes. Their response can be seen in the video below.

A special communications campaign was also prepared for staff of Fraport Slovenija, who are being given a 10-minute work-out during these days to improve their physical wellbeing in the workplace. It includes a combination of stretching and strengthening exercises, with body weight and wall exercisesdesk exercises and chair exercises.

At Fraport Slovenija promoting health in relation to our staff is one of the major strategic objectives in the area of occupational health and safety. We place great emphasis on encouraging the active enjoyment of their free time. Under our annual plan we provide funding for various sports activities, the most popular of which are running and cycling. Company staff ran a total of 792 km and cycled a total of 1,400 km in various sports events in 2017.   

You can read more about the European Week of Sport at ewos.olympic.si.

Photos: Aleš Fevžer

Zg. Brnik, 27. 9. 2018



Promoting health through our staff’s exceptional sporting achievements

Promoting health through sport is a favourite activity for staff at Ljubljana Airport, many of whom participate in running and cycling events in particular. Further evidence of the success of these activities comes from those staff members who favour the most difficult sporting challenges, to whom we give our full support, such as Alenka Pavc and Anže Habjan. They both recently achieved exceptional results in their disciplines.

Alenka, who works in passenger handling, competed in the Ultra Trail Vipava Valley ultra-marathon, where in tough weather conditions of heat and hail she ran 107 km and scaled a total elevation gain of 5,300 m to win her class and claim outright victory among the women. The challenges faced by the runners present a truly demanding examination, as Alenka describes: “The race was tough for me, particularly because of the extreme weather conditions of heat, and rain mixed with hail, which in the toughest part of the race was actually a better option than the heat we otherwise had, while I also suffered stomach problems. I led my Hungarian competitor almost to the halfway point, but she overtook me, as she was unbelievably quick in downhill sections, but slower in the climbs. I tracked her all the same, and never let her out of my sight. A major crisis hit me in Podnanos, which I only overcame on the climb towards Vojkova Koča in Pleša. It was then that I overtook the Hungarian, and I never let up to the end.”

Alenka of course will not be resting for too long, as she has big plans for future competitions. She will take part in the Celje - Logarska Dolina ultra-marathon, the 2019 Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, the Spartathlon, the Ultra Pušelj Trail, and the 100 Miles of Istria, and she will of course compete again in the UTVV, where she will defend her title from this year.

Anže from the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting unit took part in the European championships of the Firefighter Combat Challenge, the most prestigious competition of its type, and took an excellent second place among 314 entrants from all over Europe. We wrote earlier about his achievements here.

Photo: Brane Habjan 

Given the demands of working at Fraport Slovenija at all levels and in all positions, awareness of the importance of health and capacity to work is extremely important at the company. We consistently endeavour to ensure that staff are active, that they take care of their physical fitness, and that they are able to socialise and make good use of their free time through sport and recreation.

Boris Možek, our occupational health and safety expert, commented: “We have introduced systemic measures for our staff to help them eat healthily and exercise regularly. I should also highlight our role in raising awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical movement, not only for staff but also for their families and the wider local community. Our aim is also to transmit this awareness of an active lifestyle and participation in sport and exercise to our customers: passengers and visitors to Ljubljana Airport. In late September we will become an Active Airport: there will be sports events in the passenger terminal to mark the European Week of Sport.”

In our promotion of health at Fraport Slovenija we encourage staff in a host of sporting and social activities, activities within the framework of our Family Friendly Company Certification, the use of bikes in the airport zone, and healthy eating with the organised delivery of seasonal fruit from local producers every week, we support initiatives and collect suggestions for improvements, we encourage safe work and the active enjoyment of free time in the workplace, we organise social events and immunisation drives, we conduct surveys of staff satisfaction, and we earmark money for staff members who are competing in sports.



Anže Habjan takes second place in the European Firefighter Combat Challenge

Anže Habjan takes second place in the European Firefighter Combat Challenge 

The European championships of the Firefighter Combat Challenge, the most prestigious competition of its type, were recently held in the town of Ediger-Eller in the Mosel region of Germany. Eleven firefighters from Slovenia were among the competitors. They included Anže Habjan from the Fraport Slovenija fire department, whose excellent performance brought him second place in his category among the 314 competitors. Anže also improved his personal best during the competition. 

There are various stages to the competition: individual, pairs, relay and team. Performance is measured by times, while standard protective equipment is worn during competition. The competition consists of various disciplines, such as victim rescue, hose advance, hose hoist and pack carrying. Each discipline has precise rules, while the level of the demands and the protective equipment that must be worn by competitors have led many to describe it as the “hardest two minutes in sport”. 

 

After his success at the European championships, Anže is preparing for the world championships, which will be held in Sacramento, California in October. Around 600 of the finest firefighters from all over the world will gather there. When asked how he prepares for such demanding competition, he said: “Training lasts around two hours, and I train six times a week, and sometimes twice a day. Before the world championships I will do eight sessions a week with one rest day.” He added that he is mainly driven by a desire to keep fit, and to maintain a healthy way of life. We congratulate Anže, and wish him every success in his upcoming competitions. 

At Fraport Slovenija we encourage and support our employees in their sporting endeavours and health-related pursuits, both in a purely recreational sense, and at the professional level. Support for the promotion of health is provided at the highest level of the company, and is firmly anchored in the company’s business strategy. Given the demands of work at all levels and in all positions, awareness of the importance of health and capacity to work is extremely important. The company is constantly working to ensure that employees remain active, that they take care of their physical fitness, and that they socialise and enjoy their time off through sport and recreational sporting activities.  

The company is active in hiring sports halls and playing areas throughout the year, and organising winter and autumn sports games, while it also offers employees favourable accommodation at the resorts of Rogla, Bovec and Čateške Toplice, organises trips and picnics, and subsidises participation in sports events, in particular cycling and running events. Bikes are available to employees for moving around the airport zone, while the company also attends to healthy nutrition: it organises deliveries of seasonal fruit for employees, purchased from local producers.

In this demonstration video of the Fraport Academy Academy, Anze will show you firsthand how a challenging FCC test looks like: 

Photos: Brane Habjan

Zg. Brnik, August 22 2018



EasyJet now flying from Ljubljana to Berlin

Low-cost airline easyJet’s Ljubljana-Berlin route is a new addition to the low-cost flights available at Ljubljana Airport. Passengers have a choice of three flights a week when flying to the German capital.

The first easyJet aircraft from Berlin Tegel landed at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport on August 2. From now on the British low-cost airline will operate this service three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Passengers on the first departing and arriving flights were treated to cake served on cocktail sticks in the airline’s colours, while a photo call and video shoot with the crew was organised for the media on the apron.

The new service to Berlin Tegel, where easyJet has a base, offers passengers quick access to the centre of the city, and is therefore an excellent starting point for tourists in exploring the German capital, and for those on business trips. Passengers from Slovenia can now fly with easyJet to Germany’s largest city for as little as EUR 20.37*. Tickets can be purchased online at easyJet.com, on the easyJet mobile app, and in the GDS.

Berlin is the 34th destination served by scheduled flights from Ljubljana Airport, and the eighth new destination this year. The new destinations offered by Ljubljana Airport are in keeping with the growth in traffic and the development of the airport. Passenger numbers hit a record high last year, and traffic has also been growing this year. Passenger numbers in the first half of this year were up 15% on the same period last year.

In addition to easyJet, which flies to London Stansted, London Gatwick and Berlin Tegel, low-cost services are also provided by Wizz Air, which operates routes to London Luton and Brussels Charleroi, and by Transavia, which flies to Amsterdam. Low-cost airlines currently account for 20% of total passenger numbers at Ljubljana Airport. The three low-cost airlines operate a total of 25 flights a week from Ljubljana.

*One-way ticket per person, including admin fees and credit card charge, if booked for two people.

 

Zg. Brnik, 14.8. 2018



Sustainability Report 2017 and acquisition of certificates and awards

Fraport Slovenija is well aware that as part of the aviation industry in its active role in providing public interest in safe, regular and undisturbed air traffic, the company significantly affects the environment in the economic, social and environmental aspects. Part of our sustainable pledge is also our annual sustainability report where we systematically and transparently collect all our endeavours in line with the envisaged sustainable development. The report is prepared in line with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) Standards.

The forecasts made in last year’s sustainability report have become reality. In 2017 we surpassed the previous record number of passengers and handled the most cargo by that time. All further company’s objectives will be implemented by the company’s employees under the new name Fraport Slovenija, which was the final step to the integration of Aerodrom Ljubljana into Fraport Group. The year was marked by events having a lasting impact on the company’s performance. In 2017 the new by-pass road or the access road to the airport was completed, a new strategy of the company’s operations was adopted and the company entered a new investment cycle. Our primary investment is the new passenger terminal which is scheduled to be opened in 2020. By doing so, the company wishes to adjust its basic infrastructure to the current needs of traffic growth and, above all, to raise the level of services for all users of our airport services. This investment means an introduction into the implementation of the company’s strategy which is based on four basic pillars of future business development: aviation, commercial services, cargo, and Aviation Academy. The implementation of the new company’s strategy will positively affect our competitive position among the neighbouring airports. Above all, it will enable passengers a much greater range of good quality services. The above described business development will be directed through the prism of sustainability policy.

Sustainability Report 2017 [click on cover]

The implementation of the four strategic development pillars of the company is also facilitated by the update of the Master Plan. The Master Plan for the period 2010-2040 was drawn up in 2010 on the basis of the results of the high rate of traffic growth in the preceding years. The global economic crisis which followed and the process of the sale of the airport subsequently had a significant effect on transport indices and the dynamics of the investment projects. The main differences in the updated Master Plan relate to lower forecasts of passenger traffic and aircraft and cargo movements. and thus the integration of the air and railway systems, and the possibility of building a multimodal logistics centre. The area between the runway and the motorway is now (we have abandoned the planned high-speed rail line past the airport) planned for the long-term development of the airport (second runway and ancillary services). The investment values and design of the phases of the individual structures have also been changed.

 

In 2018 we successfully renewed our Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Certificate for the third time; the ACA is a scheme that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at European airports. Last year our absolute CO2 emissions fell by 10% on the average over the previous three years (2014–2016). Taking passenger numbers and cargo tonnage into account, emissions per individual passenger and per 100 kg of cargo in 2017 were down 25.1% and 28.9% respectively on the 2014–2016 average. The main reason for a significant reduction in relative carbon footprint is almost 20% or 23% growth in passenger or cargo traffic in 2017. In 2018, we successfully passed an external audit for the transition to the new version of the environmental ISO 14001 standard, thus obtaining a Certificate ISO 14001: 2015 and an external audit for the renewal of the EGO Certificate (European Green Office). In the framework of the EGO project, we also upgraded the measures from our Mobility Plan and purchased additional company’s bikes and introduced the rule for the exclusive use of an electric vehicle for business trips to Ljubljana and Kranj, which will make a significant contribution to reducing the carbon footprint from business trips.

          

At this point, the acquisition of the Aerodrome Certificate and Aerodrome Operator Certificate should also be mentioned. Airport certification has been one of our most relevant projects in recent years. Fraport Slovenija project team ofexperts had been managing the project for over three years, while the deadline for obtaining the certificate was 31st December 2017. Civil Aviation Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, the national competent authority for certification and supervision of aerodromes, granted the airport with the Aerodrome Certificate and the Aerodrome Operator Certificate on 18th December 2017. Upon obtaining the certificate we also proved that our airport infrastructure, its organisation and airport services, fully comply with the EU and local safety regulations and standards. This certification also proved that we had so far built, maintained and operated the airport correctly mostly by using our own knowledge and efforts, while keeping the level of good quality.

Fraport Slovenija ensure safe and healthy working environment for all employees. In order to achieve even higher quality of occupational safety and health, we started in 2017 with activities for certification of occupational safety system accordingly to ISO 45001 standard. The purpose of this system is much greater transparency of documenting, monitoring legislation and taking responsibilities of individuals, timely identifying risks and providing responsiveness in cases of extraordinary events. In May 2018 we obtained ISO 45001 certificate after a successful external audit of our occupational safety system and become one of the first certified companies in Slovenia and Fraport Group.

In 2018 also our quality management system, which ensures the high quality of our services and focuses on continual improvement and the effectiveness of our operations, passed a successful external audit within Fraport certification group. Results of the audit confirmed that the system is fullfilling all the requirements of the new version of the ISO 9001:2015 standard. In 2017, in addition to checking the satisfaction of our passengers through the mystery shopping method, we also conducted an expanded survey, which revealed our strengths and weaknesses and areas where potential improvements are possible.

Fraport Slovenija is a well aware, that the cornerstone of sustainable development means investing in employees, their knowledge and well-being, thus we continued with the development of our personnel policy and confirmed our status in the category of caring, safe and respectful employer. Fraport Slovenija was again awarded (three awards in a row) for a respectable employer of the year. This year we had also for the first time received the certificate for 1st place for most respectable employer in the transport, procurement and logistics sector. Through a variety of measures we are constantly engaged in ensuring the well being of our staff and their families; our efforts have been rewarded with a full Family Friendly Enterprise Certificate. The certifikate is renewed regurarly and upgraded with new measures.

In 2017 we also formally established Fraport Aviation Academy. Aviation Academy is currently offering 25 trainings in the fields of airport operation, aircraft ground handling, firefighting and rescuing, and crisis response. Several new trainings were developed in 2017. Their development was among others related to the acquisition of the new helicopter simulator. At the end of 2018 we are planning to perform firefighting trainings at Ljubljana Airport, when a new training centre will be completed.

In the future we mainly wish to join knowledge from various aviation fields and to incorporate all the knowledge into a comprehensive educational concept. For this reason, we prepared a new study programme in the field of crisis management in 2017 in cooperation with the Faculty of Organisational Sciences in Kranj of the University of Maribor, and we also established partnerships with several significant stakeholders within the aviation industry.

The Sustainability Report also contains additional data about basic company profile (important events, description of the company’s business operations, safety, protection and security systems), a presentation of the principles of sustainable communication, details of specific projects that demonstrate the company’s sustainable approach towards its employees, passengers, contractors, visitors, suppliers, business partners and the environment, and also our activities relating to social responsibility.

The fact that our reporting on sustainable development and practices is indeed sustainably oriented is confirmed by the Award for the best annual report on sustainable development for 2016, awarded by the Slovenian newspaper Finance.

Zg. Brnik, 9. August 2018



Broken Wing Exercise 2018

On Wednesday, 20th June 2018, a traditional emergency response exercise called Broken Wing 2018 took place at the military Air Base of Airport Ljubljana. Broken Wing 2018 was organized by the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Board of the Ministry of Defence, in cooperation with the General Police Directorate and Fraport Slovenija. The focus of this year’s exercise, which involved around 70 individuals, was on the detection and identification of hazardous materials. More than 130 people attended the exercise, including the Minister of Defence, Andreja Katič, and special guests from aircraft investigation authorities in Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany.On Wednesday, 20th June 2018, a traditional emergency response exercise called Broken Wing 2018 took place at the military Air Base of Airport Ljubljana. Broken Wing 2018 was organized by the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Board of the Ministry of Defence, in cooperation with the General Police Directorate and Fraport Slovenija. The focus of this year’s exercise, which involved around 70 individuals, was on the detection and identification of hazardous materials. More than 130 people attended the exercise, including the Minister of Defence, Andreja Katič, and special guests from aircraft investigation authorities in Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany.

The scenario involved a cargo aircraft, registered in the Middle East, which was flying across Slovenia when, due to technical issues, it attempted an emergency landing at Ljubljana Airport. The landing was unsuccessful and the aircraft crashed into the military part of the airport, where two other aircraft, a Bell 412 helicopter and a Pilatus PC 9 aeroplane, were parked. The aircraft incident resulted in six casualties, and a vessel containing a substance with a suspicious smell was found at the crash scene. According to the information available, the aircraft had been transporting unidentified dangerous chemical or biological substances.

The first to arrive at the scene were the airport firefighters, who demonstrated the process of extinguishing the fire. Milan Dubrovac, ARFF Commander of Fraport Slovenija, said that in the event of triggering the highest alarm rate they would activate the Airport Emergency Plan which, in addition to other authorities, alerts firefighters from the surrounding areas. In the event of an aircraft accident with a lot of casualties, firefighters would also activate the rescue process directly after extinguishing the fire.

After the successful firefighting operation, the investigators offered the visitors an insight into the procedures for securing the location of the crash site and checking whether it is safe to make an approach. They took aerial photographs, rescued possible survivors, examined the accident area and identified possible explosives with the help of special service dogs. Peter Levstek, MSc, Senior Military Specialist, Class XIV, and Head of the Veterinary Unit of the Slovenian Armed Forces, said that the specially trained dogs, who have more than five years work experience, are able to search a large crash site in a very short time. They can detect the presence of explosives and by doing so protect everybody entering the accident area.

The exercise continued with a demonstration of the process of the identification and protection of evidence, forensic activities, taking samples of the unknown dangerous substances, and their identification by rapid methods in the mobile laboratory of the Medical Unit of the Slovenian Armed Forces, followed by the appropriate transportation of the samples for further analysis. At the end of the exercise Dr. Matej Trapečar from the National Forensic Laboratory presented the activities of the Body Identification Unit.

Colonel Mihael Klavžar, Chief Investigator of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Slovenia, said that the focus of this year’s exercise, unlike previous ones, was on the identification of dangerous substances, such as explosives and chemical and biological materials. He added: “We have activated various units within the Slovenian Armed Forces, Civil Protection and the Police, and also presented the special helicopter simulator, which enables firefighters to learn about the specifics of extinguishing fires on helicopters. These exercises contribute to the improvement in the responsiveness and professionalism of all those presented with such events. Together with Fraport Slovenija we are trying to inform fire brigades about the help that they can offer in case of such accidents.”
 
 
The exercise was also attended by Professor Jože Balažic, the Chief of the Body Identification Unit of the Institute of Forensic Medicine and a current member of the Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation Board of the Ministry of Defence, who stated: “In the event of an accident, we all gather within 30 minutes and go to the crash site. When talking about an aircraft accident, bodies are usually extremely injured and deformed, sometimes even into separate pieces. Identification usually takes us a lot of time. The number of casualties may be very low but we will still have an enormous amount of work; on the other hand, identification may be very quick even in the event of large numbers of casualties. These exercises are very welcome, since they enable us to detect our own errors which we can make during the course of our work. We must be aware that no two accidents are exactly the same, which often means lot of improvisation. This is exactly what makes these exercises interesting. Such procedures are very difficult and present a great responsibility. Our main priority is to return loved ones to their relatives.” 
 


Adria celebrates the launch of seven new destinations

The advent of the summer timetable and the announcement of seven new destinations was marked by Adria Airways on Sunday, 25 March with the launch of a new route to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. To celebrate the first flight, passengers and guests heard speeches by Peter Gašperšič, the infrastructure minister, Holger Kowarsch, the director of Adria Airways, and Zmago Skobir, the managing director of Fraport Slovenija.

Mr Gašperšič took the opportunity to say: “At the Ministry of Infrastructure we are creating new opportunities for airlines through new air transport agreements that provide the basis for launching scheduled air services. These agreements not only allow for the launch of scheduled services, they make it possible for airlines to reach commercial agreements such as code-sharing arrangements. The most recent bilateral agreements that we have signed are with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and with China. Good connections between Slovenia and the rest of the world are of key importance for the economy, particularly for tourism. Although Adria is no longer Slovenian-owned, we still consider it our flag carrier, and its success is therefore very important to us.”

President Borut Pahor also made use of the new service at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, by taking a delegation to a working meeting in Sofia. The Slovenian airline’s aircraft and its important guests on board were given a water salute on their departure, while their arrival in Sofia was accompanied by the national guard and full state formalities.

A Ljubljana to Bucharest service launched this week, and April will see the introduction of services between Ljubljana and Hamburg (starting on 1 April). Passengers will be also able to fly to Düsseldorf for the first time and to Dubrovnik from 26 April and 27 April respectively. Flights from Ljubljana to the last of the seven new destinations, the Croatian island of Brač, will begin on 28 April, and three new aircraft will be added to the fleet.

 



Provisional summer flight schedule released

The summer flight schedule will become effective on Sunday. Between 25 March and 27 October 2018, passengers will be able to enjoy regular flights from Ljubljana Airport to 34 destinations in 23 countries. The new flight schedule sees the introduction of eight new air routes, an increased number of flights on existing routes, and more charter flights than last year.

The schedule of regular flights from Ljubljana Airport has grown this year. Eight new routes have been added. Adria Airways is planning to establish new routes to Geneva (three times a week), Hamburg (four times a week), Düsseldorf (four times a week), Sofia (three times a week), Bucharest (four times a week), Dubrovnik (twice a week) and Brač (twice a week). And in August, EasyJet will introduce a new regular flight to Berlin. Flights to the German capital will be available three times a week.

Three airlines have also announced increased flight frequencies on existing routes. Adria Airways will increase its number of flights to Paris (from seven to ten per week), Podgorica (from seven to eleven per week), Copenhagen (from five to seven per week) and Prague (from four to five per week). It has also announced an increased number of flights to Skopje, Pristina and Tirana. Transavia will also be increasing its number of flights. The Dutch airline will offer flights to Amsterdam five times a week (except in July and August). The Polish airline LOT also announced an additional weekly flight.

Increased charter flights will also contribute to the growth in air traffic during the summer. The current forecast indicates an 11% increase over last year.

The summer flight schedule can be viewed here. The flight schedule is provisional and subject to modifications. Owing to the possibility of seasonal or operational changes, we request that upon making your reservations you check the precise flight times with your airline.



New Airport User Regulations

We inform our users that the airport operator Fraport Slovenija, d.o.o. has accepted new Airport User Regulations. The document will enter into force on January 31, 2018 and is published on our webpage under navigation link Documents. All major changes are indicated in the document with yellow colour. We kindly ask you to familiarize yourself with them.

In case of questions, you can contact our Safety & Security department.



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