Jože Pučnik Aeroport Ljubljana

Important notice: From 12 May without air traffic restrictions

On 12 May 2020 the Government of the Republic of Slovenia is withdrawing measures that were restricting air transport in Slovenia. It has assessed that this measure is no longer necessary.

The restrictions are lifted for international air services from both the European Union and third countries.

Fraport Slovenia is welcoming the government's decision, as the release of restrictions is of crucial importance for operational flight planning by the airlines. Most airlines canceled passenger flights to our airport by the end of May. Regardless of this fact, in the past few days we have been preparing for the reception of the first passengers and installed necessary safety measures to restart passenger traffic.

All passengers who should travel to/from Ljubljana Airport in the coming days are advised to contact the airline or the point of sale where they bought their tickets for more detailed information about the possible travel.

For the purpose of containing the spread of coronavirus the Government of the Republic of Slovenia banned the operation of passenger air transport in the country on 17 March. The Decree prohibited the performance of international air transport of passengers from all countries to Slovenia, including within the European Union. The ban did not apply to cargo flights, special non-passenger flights and state flights.

We are looking forward to greeting you again at Ljubljana Airport, when again possible!



Air passengers' rights and steps with flight ticket changes due to the coronavirus epidemic

For the purpose of containing the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 the Government of the Republic of Slovenia has banned passenger air traffic in Slovenia. Regular air traffic operations in European Union from/to Ljubljana Airport will be temporarily suspended, from 17. 3. 2020 from 00:00 to 30. 3. 2020 to 24:00. International passenger air traffic from/to countries outside EU, is banned from 17. 3. from 00:00 until further notice. Read more here.

Due to necessary measures to contain the spread of coronavirus countries all over the world have been implementing, numerous passengers have been left without their flights or have been forced to find alternatives for their travels. Because of extraordinary circumstances many passengers can also face doubts about their travel plans. On European Commission's website they can find Q&A's for air passengers – click for the document here. If you have reserved your travel as a package information about your rights are available here.

 

More on air passenger rights in general can be found on the website of European Consumer Center Slovenia

Zg. Brnik, 18. 3. 2020



Airport food and beverage services and shops temporarily closed

In order to contain and manage the COVID-19 epidemic The Government of Republic of Slovenia adopted an ordinance on a temporary ban on the sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia. Therefore, airport shops, bars and self-service restaurant have been closed from March 16 from 00:00.

In the international area of the passenger terminal passengers can buy the most essential goods from vending machines.

We are sorry for the inconvenience. The closure of shops and catering services is a necessary measure in an effort to contain and manage the COVID-19 epidemic in Slovenia.

We wish you a safe journey to your destination!

Zg. Brnik, 16. 3. 2020



From Ljubljana Airport soon to Madrid, Kiev and Tel Aviv

In the Summer Timetable, which will come into effect on March 29, 2020, the offer of flights from Ljubljana Airport is to be substantially expanded. Currently twelve regular air carriers will be joined by at least five during the summer season: British Airways with flights to London Heathrow, Finnair to Helsinki, Israir Airlines to Tel Aviv, Windrose to Kiev and Iberia to Madrid. Some connections will be strengthened by operating bigger airplanes or adding frequencies. Passengers will be able to choose from more than 160 weekly flights to 22 destinations in 15 countries. The volume of charter flights will be comparable to last year's, eight airlines will take passengers to 21 summer holiday destinations.

The Summer Schedule is almost finalized with 17 regular airlines, which will be connecting Slovenia to the world from March 29 to October 24, 2020. We will greet the first new carrier at the end of April – Windrose will establish two weekly flights (on Thursdays and Sundays) to Kiev, planned to be operated by Embraer 145 with 48 seats.

Informative Flight Schedule of flights to Kiev

Validity Days Departure Arrival Flight
03.05. - 17.05.20 - - - - - - 7 12:50 16:10 7W762
30.04. - 22.10.20  - - - 4 - - - 14:20 17:40 7W762
24.05. - 18.10.20 - - - - - - 7 14:20 17:40 7W762

 

In the peak of Summer Season Israir Airlines will offer regular flights to Tel Aviv from Brnik, every Tuesday and Saturday with 180-seats Airbus A320.

Informative Flight Schedule of flights to Tel Aviv

Validity Days Departure Arrival Flight
23.05. - 29.08.20 - - - - - 6 - 15:15 19:35 6H754
26.05. - 13.10.20  - 2 - - - - - 21:40 02:00* 6H752

 

End of July we will welcome the Spanish carrier Iberia at Ljubljana Airport for the first time, which will establish new flights to Madrid. The temperamental capital will be closer to Slovenian passengers with four weekly flights, planned to be operated with 200-seats Airbus A321.

Informative Flight Schedule of flights to Madrid

Validity Days Departure Arrival Flight
25.07. - 29.08.20 - - - - - 6 - 12:10 15:00 IB3285
28.07. - 27.08.20  - 2 3 4 - - - 15:30 18:20 IB3287


»The establishment of new connections shows recognition of increasing potential of Slovene tourist market. We are confident that the growing number of tourists traveling on these destinations will result in well occupied routes, which be grounds for possible upgrades of these into all year-round services,« M. Sc. Janez Krašnja, Head of Airline Management in Fraport Slovenija, commented on the announcement of new flights.

Following a winter break British Airways is returning to Ljubljana Airport with flights to London Heathrow. The airline will extend their service for one month (until end of September) and double its frequency compared to last year. Passengers will be able to fly to Heathrow four times weekly (every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) with 186-seats Airbus A320.

EasyJet will broaden their offer of flights from Ljubljana Airport to London (currently they offer flights to Stansted and Gatwick) with establishing a connection to Luton, operating four weekly flights there, and by adding one frequency to Gatwick – offering five weekly flights in Summer.

Altogether passengers will be able to choose from 23 weekly flights from Ljubljana Airport to UK’s capital, what places the metropolitan city at the top of destinations with highest flight frequency and seat capacity.

The Lufthansa Group Airlines, which established flights to hubs in Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels and Zurich last year, continues with the volume of flights from Winter Season under carriers LufthansaSWISS and Brussels Airlines. A welcome change, particularly for business passengers, is the improvement of flight schedule to Frankfurt with a morning flight at 7.00AM.

Finnair is bringing back flights to Helsinki in Summer Schedule. The connection to Finland will be strengthened with two additional frequencies to daily flights.

The Russian carrier Aeroflot will double its flights from Ljubljana Airport – connecting Slovenia's and Russia's capitals twice daily, operating flights to Moscow with Airbus A320 and A321.

Turkish Airlines will be flying to Istanbul twice daily. In peak season their flights will be operated with Airbus A321 and connection capacity strengthened for more than 20 percent.

Montenegro Airlines will offer daily flights to Podgorica – two additional frequencies compared to last year. LOT Polish Airlines will be flying to Warsaw10 times weekly, adding two weekly flights compared to last year's Summer Season. Air France, which has doubled its operations in the Winter Timetable, will be offering two daily flights to Paris. Air Serbia will operate 19 weekly flights to Serbia, two to Niš and 17 to Belgrade.

Besides the aforementioned connections to London, in the Summer Timetable passengers will be able to fly with low-cost carriers to next destinations: with easyJet to Berlin (three times weekly), Wizz Air to Brussels (three times weekly) and Transavia to Amsterdam (four times weekly).

»Total volume of flights by foreign carriers is up 34 percent compared to last year, which is a clear indication of Ljubljana Airport's competitiveness and the growing attractiveness of Slovenia as a destination on foreign markets. Our efforts are aimed at expanding the flight network from Ljubljana Airport and optimizing the time schedule of existing connections,« adds Krašnja.

Informative Flight Schedule for all regular flights:
Departures
Arrivals

Wide offer of charter flights

For the Summer Timetable eight charter airlines have announced their flights, including Aegean Airlines, Croatia Airlines and Trade Air, which is to base their aircraft at Ljubljana Airport. Together with travel agencies they will be offering 21 charter connections to popular tourist destinations in Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, Israel and Cyprus.

In 2020 we expect to count at least 1.5 million passengers at Ljubljana Airport. The construction of the new terminal is in full progress and proceeding according to schedule. It is planned to be completed by Summer 2021. 

Zg. Brnik, 4. marec 2020



New resolution on the development of transport infrastructure in the vicinity of the Ljubljana Airport

Zgornji Brnik, 27 Feb. 2020 – Fraport Slovenija has introduced a resolution on the development of transport infrastructure in the vicinity of the Ljubljana Airport. The resolution has received support from all six of the neighbouring municipalities in the Gorenjska region.

Through its numerous commercial activities, Ljubljana Airport has a significant influence on the economic development of the Gorenjska and Central Slovenia regions. The airport is Slovenia’s main air traffic hub, and also the destination and source of traffic flows in the wider region, which significantly affect the transport infrastructure and consequently also urban planning in the local municipalities.

The transport links from the airport towards Ljubljana and Kranj are practically unchanged since the airport was opened in 1963. Except for the Gorenjska motorway, built in 1985, and the rerouting of a section of the state road that runs past the airport in 2018, there have been no investments or improvements to the existing infrastructure, which is an obstacle to the development of both the airport and the local municipalities.

Since the introduction of vignettes in 2008, traffic on the Gorenjska motorway has increased significantly, due to the rerouting of local traffic and the overall increase in the traffic level. Industrial zones have sprung up near motorway junctions, while the layout, design and number of motorway junctions have remained the same.

No serious systemic solutions have been proposed to date, as all of the proposals have focused on individual, unrelated projects. Realising that the issue has not been sufficiently addressed, Fraport Slovenija has decided to take a more proactive approach and has drawn up concrete proposals for changes to the transport network in the vicinity of the airport. These changes include the construction of a new motorway junction and the modification of the existing junctions, new roads, and the construction of a high-capacity rail line in Pan-European Corridor X in the direct vicinity of the airport, with a shared rail station for Kranj, Šenčur and the airport, which would enable the development of a new multimodal logistics centre directly adjacent to the Gorenjska motorway.

“The region’s specific qualities underscore the need for a more efficient transport network. The spatial planning approaches to transport used in the past no longer meet the standards for efficient access and high-quality mobility. The inadequacy of the transport network is leading to congestion, overloading and traffic jams, and therefore it has to be redesigned,” said Managing Director of Fraport Slovenija Zmago Skobir at the presentation of the resolution.

“We are also aware of the limits in the national budget for such development, and therefore when designing the transport infrastructure we have tried to achieve the maximum efficacy of phased construction and immediate transport effects from the individual phases. We believe that our proposal offers a balanced approach to the construction of the proposed transport routes and that it is appropriate from the spatial planning and environmental viewpoints, and therefore also more favourable economically. These findings are outlined in the resolution, which offers solutions for overcoming the difficulties and aims for an optimal balance between transport and spatial development,” he added.

As the initiator of the resolution, Fraport Slovenija drafted the proposed infrastructure projects, reviewed them and presented them to the six neighbouring municipalities in the vicinity of the airport: the City of Kranj and the municipalities of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Šenčur, Škofja Loka, Komenda and Vodice. An agreement was reached, which was signed and presented in the form of a resolution which outlines the proposals for the critical infrastructure projects in the Central Gorenjska region and a timetable for the proposed measures.

The resolution was signed on 19 November 2019. The signatories sent the resolution and the concrete proposals to the Ministry of Infrastructure at the end of 2019 and called on the competent state authorities to make a comprehensive assessment of the proposal, and to conduct studies and implement measures in a timely manner.



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Zg. Brnik, 21. 2. 2020



1.72 million passengers and infrastructure investments in 2019

The year 2019 at the Ljubljana Airport was marked by major changes in traffic structure and extensive investments in airport infrastructure, including breaking ground on the new terminal. We ended 2019 at 1,721,355 passengers, which is down five percent on 2018.

The drop in passenger numbers can be attributed to the bankruptcy of Slovenia’s national air carrier, which up to its insolvency in early September had accounted for nearly half of all passengers at Ljubljana Airport. Nine of the 29 routes in the summer timetable were lost when Adria Airways stopped flying. In the winter timetable we have welcomed three new carriers to Brnik. Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines have established routes to Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Brussels. The majority of the other carriers that fly to/from Ljubljana Airport have increased the frequency of their flights or started using larger planes. In the current winter timetable, twelve air carriers are providing regular flights, and will be joined by at least three more during the summer: British Airways with four flights per week to London Heathrow, Iberia with four flights per week to Madrid, and Finnair with a daily connection to Helsinki.

 

 
 First flights of new cariers were celebrated with ceremonies for passengers, cabin crews and press. 
 
“We are satisfied with the compensation for the drop in volume in the last three months, as we initially expected a slightly larger drop in the number of passengers. According to current traffic forecasts we believe that traffic volume will continue to develop in accordance with expectations. In 2020 we are expecting at least 1.5 million passengers,” says Janez Krašnja, Head of Airline Management at Fraport Slovenija, with regard to the cessation of operations of Slovenia’s national airline.
 
Construction of the new passenger terminal is proceeding according to schedule.
 

Fraport Slovenija will also remember the past year as one of extensive investments in infrastructure. Construction of the new passenger terminal, which began in July, is proceeding according to schedule and will be completed by the summer of 2021. The concrete structure and load-bearing columns have already been built. The construction of the load-bearing structure for the first floor is nearing completion. We have already signed contracts for supply of the equipment for the baggage sorting area and for the provision of technical security at the new terminal.

The Fraport Aviation Academy was opened in March, in October we completed the central energy facility and the aircraft supply hangar, in November we completed the renovation and expansion of the firefighting and rescue station, and the construction of the internal road network, which allows the further development of the Airport City commercial zone, is also in its final stages. Last year, Fraport Slovenija also selected a new provider of civil aviation security services at the airport – Aktiva Varovanje, which began operations when the winter timetable went into effect.

In 2020, our efforts with regard to infrastructure development will be focused on the terminal, which is planned to be opened by the summer of 2021. We are also making preparations for the construction of two service car parks, which will be intended for our employees and all others who work at the airport. We have also initiated procedures for expansion of the main airport apron. The expansion will be carried out in two phases, and is planned to be completed no later than the end of 2022. 

Renovated and expanded firefighting and rescue station.  
 
Traffic in 2019 for the Fraport Group
 
Photos: Peter Irman and Fraport Slovenij archive


New premises for airport firefighters

Fraport Slovenija has officially opened the newly renovated and expanded firefighting and rescue service premises at Ljubljana Airport. The service has been at the airport since it opened in 1963. 
 
The service’s beginnings were modest in terms of both equipment and number of firefighters. Today, 56 years later, the airport’s firefighting and rescue service can take pride in quite a few achievements. Beside the fact that the unit can reach any part of the runway or other taxiway within three minutes of being notified of an accident, it is also the largest professional unit in Gorenjska. 
 
 
The unit is an extremely important part of the airport system, not only overseeing aviation traffic safety but also securing the entire airport zone and its infrastructure from fire, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
 
The renovated and expanded premises will make an important contribution to improving the working conditions at the unit, while the modernised and upgraded equipment, including the state-of-the-art rescue vehicles, will help the unit to act in a more effective and sophisticated way when dealing with incidents.
 
 
 
Managing director Zmago Skobir addressed the gathered company at the opening, saying: “A professional, technically well-equipped and well-trained firefighting and rescue unit is something every airport needs. The new premises will improve the working conditions of our firefighters still further. The opening of this multi-million-euro project brings to an end a year that has been extremely busy in investment terms. In addition to the renovation and expansion of the firefighters’ premises, there have been a number of other important projects: we opened the Fraport Aviation Academy in March, and have renovated the business information system, continued the construction and updating of the internal road network, and built an aircraft supply hangar and central energy facility. This year, and over the next four years, we will invest more than EUR 40 million in modernising and equipping the airport. More than half the funds will go towards the new passenger terminal, which we began to build in July and which will open by summer 2021.”
 
 
 
In comparison with other firefighting units, the airport firefighting and rescue unit performs a very specific set of tasks, with unit members being entrusted with a very great responsibility: to ensure the safety of all passengers and staff at the airport and to respond effectively and swiftly if lives need to be saved. This highly specialised unit is also responsible for ensuring that the airport buildings and facilities are safe from fire. 
 
 
 
Airport firefighters respond to over 400 incidents a year, so the unit focuses heavily on education and training, and on maintaining and organising protective, rescue and technical firefighting equipment. 
 
“Of course, it’s not all about equipment and training. We also have to ensure that our response times are quick enough. When I take a quick look around your new premises today, I am more than satisfied that you have given rapid response the special attention it requires, and arranged the premises, equipment and devices in such a way as to enable firefighters to intervene quickly. If we add all of this together, we can conclude that safety at your airport is stepping up to a higher level for staff and passengers alike,” said Milan Korošak, president of the professional firefighters association
 
 
 
The need to intervene in response to a wide variety of events means that the firefighting and rescue unit must pay particular attention to vehicles and vehicle equipment. In the last year, the unit has therefore taken possession of two new vehicles: a special AB-ROLL vehicle with two modules or containers for carrying various items of technical equipment and a hydraulic lift, used for technical intervention procedures, and a command vehicle (VW Transporter) for managing major accidents and incidents.
 
The firefighting and rescue unit employs 59 firefighters, and their head, Primož Mali, had this to say at the opening: “The unit had good staff, a great deal of knowledge and adequate equipment before the renovation. From today though, we also have very good working conditions. After talking to my fellow firefighters, I would go as far as to say that they are the best working conditions the professional firefighting unit at Brnik have ever enjoyed. In short, airport firefighters have every reason for looking to the future more optimistically than ever before.”
 
The renovated and expanded premises of the airport firefighting and rescue unit are an important milestone in the operations of the unit, and the renovation and expansion have provided the firefighters with modern working premises and equipment. The unit, which would not have become as successful as it is today without exceptional cooperation and coordination, now has very good working conditions as well.  
 
Photos: Peter Irman


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