Jože Pučnik Aeroport Ljubljana

Broken Wing Exercise 2017

On Wednesday, 21st June 2017, an event called Broken Wing 2017, an exercise which enabled airport firefighters, military and civil plane crash investigators, the police, and representatives of the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief to show their skills and cooperation in the rescue and investigation of a plane crash, was held at Ljubljana Airport. The exercise was divided into two parts; the first part took place at the training field of Ljubljana Airport, while the second part, which lasted for two additional days, was carried out on Pokljuka.

The exercise was organized by the Military Aircraft Accident/Incident Investigation Board and the National Forensic Laboratory of the Ministry of the Interior, in cooperation with Fraport Slovenija. The plane crash scenario, a collision between a military aircraft with two crew members and a civil aircraft with 50 passengers and four crew members, offered a realistic crisis situation. In order to make the whole exercise even more challenging, the planners of the exercise decided that the cargo of one of the aircraft included hazardous goods and that it belonged to a foreign country which was a member of NATO. The firefighters, who needed no more than three minutes to reach the crash site, offered us an insight into the procedures of combating the fire and securing the location of the accident, while at the same time protecting possible evidence. The firefighters identified hazardous objects, and searched for possible victims and identified them, which is a demanding task. In our case there were eleven casualties, including the pilot of the military aircraft. Since the military aircraft belonged to a foreign nation, in a real case scenario it would be necessary to include military investigators and an investigator from the foreign country, in addition to the civil investigators.

At Ljubljana Airport there are currently 57 active firefighters, which is, according to the ICAO standards, a sufficient number. They can deal with aircraft up to and including the 9th category. According to Thomas Uihlein, Chief Administrative Officer of Fraport Slovenija and Director of Fraport Aviation Academy, firefighters have a really tough job; they must deal with difficulties concerning special airport infrastructure and with specific aviation crisis situations; for example, they need to know how to approach the damaged plane, how to rescue passengers, and how to remove damaged aircraft from the runway. Karl Christian Hahn, Senior Manager Airport Fire Safety in Fraport AG, highlighted the importance of cooperation and a quick response: “Fast and reliable communication is always crucial to success.’’

Since basic firefighter training does not normally equip firefighters with specific knowledge in the field of aviation, such as, for example, military aircraft, Fraport AG decided to build a special Training Centre in Ljubljana, which offers firefighters from all over the world special courses in the field of crisis management, suitable for all those who want to upgrade their basic knowledge. Fraport Aviation Academy offers its participants different courses, which have been very carefully designed in collaboration with other organizations and authorities. Branko Dervodel, Deputy General Manager of the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, highlighted that all the programmes consist of elements that can be points of interest for airport firefighters, such as hot fire training, which has its origin in Sweden.

In addition, Fraport Aviation Academy collaborates with the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, a member of the University of Maribor, which helped in the preparation of the programmes. According to Iztok Podbregar, Dean of the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, in future the faculty will implement part of the study, which will also be available to foreign participants: ‘’All programmes will be implemented in English and Slovene, and therefore are appropriate for participants from all global airports and aerodromes. Those who decide to participate in the Fraport Aviation Academy training will be offered further knowledge and competencies in the field of crisis management.’’

Plans fot the future

Fraport Aviation Academy currently offers 14 different rescue and firefighting courses; however, this number will be even higher in the future. The plan is to expand the training into different areas, not only aviation, and to collaborate with different organizations. Exercises such as the one that was just carried out demonstrate how important it is to get the right transition of theory into practice and the right collaboration between different organizations when ensuring safety and security within the airport area. With respect to this, the Fraport Aviation Academy has decided to purchase a helicopter mock-up, which will enable the implementation of further exercises required by the market. 

Fraport Aviation Academy stands on firm ground and has a bright future ahead. According to Thomas Uihlein, who presented the Academy together with his team at Intersec Dubai 2017, the biggest safety and security fair, the project also aroused interest in the Middle East. “I think we are heading in the right direction, on a good track, and we will be able to do much more for the safety and security of passengers and all the people who have to deal with all of this.’’


Strong traffic growth continues at Ljubljana Airport

This year the traffic growth at the Ljubljana Airport continues to show significant growth. Compared to the first half of 2016, the first half of 2017 recorded year-on-year increases of 20.8% in passenger numbers and 11.9% increase in aircraft movements. Total freight transport rose by 13.5%.

The 20.8% increase in the number of passengers continues the positive trends witnessed at the end of 2016 and the beginning of this year, with both domestic and foreign carriers both doing well. Passenger numbers for foreign carriers were up 33.3% year on year for the first half of 2017, as the efforts made to strengthen the flight network last year continue to bear fruit – just recently, at the beginning of April this year, the low-cost airline Transavia established a connection between Ljubljana and Amsterdam. This was one of the reasons why figures peaked in April with a 31.5% jump in monthly traffic growth. The three most popular destinations in the first half of 2017 were London (114,915 passengers), Frankfurt (64,283 passengers) and Istanbul (62,547 passengers).

In the first half of 2017, the airport served a total of 722,943 passengers, up from 598,271 passengers for the same period last year. The number of aircraft movements reached 11,965 in the first half of the year, which is a 11.9% year-on-year increase on the 10,697 aircraft movements for the same period last year. Airfreight increased by 13%, totalling 5,652 tonnes, while the total amount of freight transported in the first half of the year came to 10,725 tonnes, or 13.5% more.

The increase in traffic is caused mainly by the strengthening of flight network and the increase in both domestic and foreign carrier traffic, a favourable economic climate and Slovenia’s growing popularity as a tourist destination. Further contributing to this growth, charter flights will continue in the summer months, connecting Ljubljana to 23 destinations this year.

Air traffic at Ljubljana Airport is at its peak at this time due to the holiday period being in full swing and the resulting considerable increase in passenger numbers. In order to avoid overcrowding and to make sure their travels get off to the best possible start, all passengers are advised to arrive at the airport in time (two hours earlier) and to prepare properly for their flights. For this purpose, the campaign Sproščeno na pot z letalom! has been launched to raise awareness and ease both the travel preparations and the travel experience itself with information about documents, baggage, liquids, security checks and the like. More information is available at: http://bit.ly/sprosceno_na_pot

 



Spring at the airport

Karting - New season, new karts

A visit to the airport is an excellent idea, not only when you are travelling or seeing someone off: it can also be a great day out, whatever your age. Watching planes take off and land, the atmosphere of the airport, the bustle of departing and arriving travellers, and a choice of places to eat and drink all adds up to a special experience. Add to that a few laps in a state-of-the-art racing go-kart and you have the recipe for an unforgettable afternoon.

With the arrival of spring, this year's karting season has begun at the Prokarting circuit opposite the airport entrance. The new season brings a number of new features to guarantee adrenaline junkies and racing enthusiasts even more pleasure and even better fun.

For example, a brand-new fleet of karts from the prestigious German kart-maker Rimo, for the perfect racing experience. The new Alpha 2 karts are fitted with 390 cc, 13 hp engines, they are lighter, and offer better weight distribution. Other features include a unique dual-circuit hydraulic braking system and a specially designed transmission. They also have adjustable seats, which means they are also suitable for taller drivers. Further evidence of the quality of these karts is the fact that the same model is used at Michael Schumacher's karting centre in Kerpen, Germany. As well as new karts, the circuit boasts newly renovated infrastructure – including a remodelled track that is now 523 metres long – and an outdoor lap time display, to guarantee an unforgettable experience.

The karting centre is located on the main Brnik–Kranj road, in the car park opposite the main entrance to Ljubljana Airport. Ideal for anyone who is interested in discovering the secrets of racing and safe driving on a circuit that meets rigorous safety standards.

The karting centre is open from 12.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. For more details call 041 280 800 or 041 782 913 or write to info@karting-ljubljana.si.

Welcome to our terraces

Although spring officially begins at the end of March, or with the arrival of the swallows, these days the clearest sign that spring has arrived is when bars and restaurants start setting up their outdoor terraces. We can assure you that spring is in full bloom at the airport: on fine days the terraces of the airport bars and restaurants – serving a diverse range of high-quality food and beverages – are full to capacity.

The spacious terrace of the Polet bar, in the Departures section of the terminal, is the perfect place to enjoy a wide choice of refreshing hot and cold beverages, tasty snacks and desserts. Sit in the sun and treat yourself to something tasty or refreshing as you wait for your flight or to see off family or friends. Opening hours are coordinated with the flight timetable.

The panoramic terrace of the Avionček bar, from where you can watch the planes taking off and landing every day, offers a special experience. Choose from a wide range of cakes, sandwiches and ice creams and an extensive selection of refreshing beverages. The panoramic terrace is open every day from 6.00 a.m. to midnight. The bar is open from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. in May and from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. in summer.



Aerodrom Ljubljana rebrands as Fraport Slovenija, terminal expansion about to begin

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o. has been fully owned by Fraport AG since 31 March 2015. According to the Fraport Group’s guidelines, the renaming and rebranding is the final step of integrating Aerodrom Ljubljana into the Fraport Group, a process which has taken over two years. This clearly demonstrates how Fraport's 32 companies (including 27 airport managing companies) throughout the world all have equal membership in the global Group. Fraport's single global brand strategy defines and illustrates intra-group relations and enhances its strength and visibility on the international stage.

Regarding the rebranding, Christoph Nanke, Chairman of the Investor's Committee of Fraport Slovenija, d.o.o., explained: “Airports are of course important to the local area but at the same time they operate in a highly competitive international business environment. We believe that the Fraport brand will bring added value to the international visibility, image and business status of our Slovenian subsidiary.”

The new name and its corresponding graphic design are entering enter into force on April 20 2017. The long version of the company name reads Fraport Slovenija, upravljanje letališč (airport management), d.o.o. and the short one as Fraport Slovenija, d.o.o. The naming convention follows well-established group practice where the name of the country where the subsidiary is located is generally used along with the name of the parent company. Permission to use the country name “Slovenija” in the company name was granted by the Slovenian government on 14 March 2017.

Airside image of new terminal

 

Together with its brand presentation, Fraport Slovenija is also set to unveil the expansion of the passenger terminal. The expansion will solve the operational constraints at Ljubljana Airport that have been triggered by passenger growth and changed traffic patterns, which have in turn manifested themselves in higher peaks and an increasing number of transfer passengers. The terminal development will also provide product differentiation to allow further passenger growth.

Zmago Skobir, managing director of Fraport Slovenija, explained:“A modular solution is planned for the terminal expansion. This means that construction can be carried out in phases that are effectively and efficiently adapted to traffic development needs. At the same time, a convenient and high-quality passenger experience will also be provided.”

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. Following the expansion, the entire terminal construction is expected to commence immediately and will be completed by the time the new terminal greets its first passengers in spring 2020. The entire renovated and expanded terminal complex will cover a total of 22,000 square metres.

Zgornji Brnik, 20 April 2017.


 

 

 



Transavia launches new route from Ljubljana to Amsterdam

The Summer Timetable 2017 brings a great novelty for passengers of Ljubljana Airport. Transavia, the Dutch low cost airline now offers three weekly direct flights between Ljubljana and Amsterdam. Their first plane landed at Ljubljana Airport on the 4th of April.

Transavia, the low cost airline part of the Air France / KLM Group, now offers three weekly direct flights between Ljubljana and Amsterdam. At the request of many within the travel industry, Transavia decided to add Ljubljana to her network of scheduled flights, the airline explains. The first flight landed at Ljubljana on the 4th of April. It was accompanied by a symbolic water salute from the airport's firefighting vehicles and the passengers and the crew were surprised with sweet cake pops in Transavia colors.  

Anita Sunter, Spokesperson at Transavia declares: “We are very glad to offer scheduled services 3 days a week between Ljubljana and Amsterdam. It is a pleasure to welcome Slovenian people on board and offer passengers an attractive price. We believe very strongly in this route which we want to retain and grow further in the future.”

The airline will be flying to Ljubljana with Boeing 737-800 with 189 seats. Tickets from Ljubljana to Amsterdam are already offered for the fare of 35€ (depending on availability, one-way fares, incl. booking and payments fees) and can be booked via the website www.transavia.com, or their call center (+352 27002728). 

Destination

Day

Fares*

Amsterdam

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

35 €

 
 * One way fares per person. Including taxes, VAT, booking & payment fees. Check the entire schedule on www.transavia.com.  

Bart Twaalfhoven, Netherlands Ambassador to Slovenia: »Good relations between countries can only be strengthened by excellent and frequent communication. Therefore, I am happy that the Dutch low cost carrier Transavia will start flying three times per week directly between Amsterdam and Ljubljana. Great business opportunities and exciting city trips can’t be missed anymore.”

Janez Krašnja, MsC, Head of Airline Management at Aerodrom Ljubljana, welcomed the opening of the new connection with following words: »The Netherlands is an attractive market for Slovene travellers and we are very happy to offer an additional, low cost connection of Transavia to Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is a lively tourist destination and at the same time a great gateway for onward travels, especially within the flight network of group Air France KLM, which Transavia is part of. We anticipate that the new connection will also attract additional Dutch tourists to Slovenia, which is more and more tempting as a safe, active and green destination. It is expected that this service will generate at least 25,000 extra passengers until end of 2017.”

During the launch of new connection to Amsterdam Ljubljana Airport is marked by a touch of Holland. We have surprised passengers of the first arriving and departing flight with cake pops in Transavia colours, and welcomed the crew with a bouquet of tulips. In the first floor of the terminal special scenery is arousing the first impression and anticipation of their final destination among passengers – bicycles, decorated with traditional Holland clogs and baskets full of tulips are reminding and inviting them to discover Holland. The new flights to Amsterdam are communicated to passengers and visitors on airport advertising surfaces and soon the news will also spread online through a prize winning quiz.

Transavia is part of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group and has been flying scheduled and charter flight services for 50 years. It now has over 110 destinations, mainly in Europe and North Africa. It is the most accessible budget airline in Europe, and leads the way in hospitality, service and digitalization, the airline tells. Transavia offers attractive basic ticket prices for both leisure and business travellers, as well as additional (paid) products and services. The low cost transports 11 million passengers annually and has a modern, environmentally friendly fleet of aircraft. Transavia operates from seven hubs in Europe: in the Netherlands at Amsterdam, Rotterdam/The Hague and Eindhoven; in France from Paris, Nantes and Lyon; and in Germany from Munich.

Zg. Brnik, April 5 2017



Wider flight network, new low-cost Transavia in April

The new 2017 Summer Timetable will come into effect on Sunday, 26 March. Passengers will be able to choose from more than 230 scheduled direct flights a week from Ljubljana, to 25 destinations in 20 countries. Ljubljana Airport will welcome a new low-cost airline Transavia, which will commence flights to Amsterdam on 4 April.

During the summer season there will be more flights on offer from Ljubljana than last year. Adria Airways will increase the number of flights to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Moscow, Podgorica, Sarajevo, Skopje and Warsaw. Over the summer months, the domestic carrier will fly direct to 11 other destinations: Brussels, Vienna, Frankfurt, Manchester, Munich, Paris, Prague, Priština, Tel Aviv, Tirana and Zürich. 

New low-cost airline Transavia

We will welcome a new low-cost airline on 4 April, the Dutch Transavia, which will operate three weekly flights between Ljubljana and Amsterdam (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). Passengers can reserve the flight tickets on carrier's website www.transavia.com, already from 35 € for one way ticket.

Following a winter break, Finnair is returning to Ljubljana Airport with five weekly flights to Helsinki. Low cost easyJet will continue with four weekly flights to London Gatwick (introduced during winter schedule) and nine weekly flights to London Stansted. Air Serbia will offer 12 weekly flights to Belgrade, two flights per week less compared to Summer Timetable 2016, but one additional in comparison to Winter Timetable 2016/2017.

Other foreign scheduled airlines will be operating their destinations throughout the summer season. Turkish Airlines will connect Ljubljana and Istanbul twice daily. Passengers can fly to Paris with Air France every day of the week and to Warsaw with LOT Polish Airlines six times weekly. Low-cost Wizz Air will offer two weekly flights to Brussels (Charleroi) and four weekly flights to London Luton. Montenegro Airlines will operate three flights a week between Ljubljana and Podgorica.

The number of charter flights will be comparable to last year. The current forecast for charter services indicates that a choice of 20 destinations with nine airlines will be available this summer. 

DEPARTURES SUMMER 2017

ARRIVALS SUMMER 2017

New low-cost airline Transavia

We will welcome a new low-cost airline on 4 April, the Dutch Transavia, which will operate three weekly flights between Ljubljana and Amsterdam (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). Passengers can reserve the flight tickets on carrier's website www.transavia.com, already from 35 € for one way ticket.

Following a winter break, Finnair is returning to Ljubljana Airport with five weekly flights to Helsinki. Low cost easyJet will continue with four weekly flights to London Gatwick (introduced during winter schedule) and nine weekly flights to London Stansted. Air Serbia will offer 12 weekly flights to Belgrade, two flights per week less compared to Summer Timetable 2016, but one additional in comparison to Winter Timetable 2016/2017.

Other foreign scheduled airlines will be operating their destinations throughout the summer season. Turkish Airlines will connect Ljubljana and Istanbul twice daily. Passengers can fly to Paris with Air France every day of the week and to Warsaw with LOT Polish Airlines six times weekly. Low-cost Wizz Air will offer two weekly flights to Brussels (Charleroi) and four weekly flights to London Luton. Montenegro Airlines will operate three flights a week between Ljubljana and Podgorica.

The number of charter flights will be comparable to last year. The current forecast for charter services indicates that a choice of 20 destinations with nine airlines will be available this summer. 

DEPARTURES SUMMER 2017
ARRIVALS SUMMER 2017



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