Projected traffic growth
After traffic has significantly increased in the first half of 2017 with over 20% it is forecasted to reach 2,2 million passengers a year by 2025, with an average annual growth rate of 3.9%. At the same time, changes in the traffic structure are expected in favor of an increased share of foreign air carriers. When forecasting the number of aircraft movements, a trend of an increased aircraft capacity was taken into consideration due to network optimization of air carriers. This anticipates average annual growth rate of 1.8%. Air cargo traffic is expected to increase with 3.2% per year.
Development of airport infrastructure
In order to face this growth the infrastructure of Ljubljana Airport was and will be developed:
State Road Relocation
The project of relocating the road passing by the airport is in progress and will be finished in 2017. The road section in the length of 2.4 km including three roundabouts will provide first class access to the terminal and the airport city.
Passenger Terminal Extension
The existing passenger terminal reaches its capacity ceilings at the time of the highest season. That is why it will be expanded with foreseen inauguration in summer 2020. Additional 9.000 m² will be added, including a new departure hall with 22 check-in counters in total, 5 security lines, 3 baggage reclaim carousels, a new baggage sorting area, a large duty-free shop, a new business lounge, as well as renovated food & beverage and promotional areas. The capacity will be increased from 500 to 1,280 passengers per hour.
An airport can do more than perform its traditional aviation services: The project of building an Airport City is going to develop the airport’s commercial infrastructure and meet the needs for hotel accommodation, office space, commercial premises and logistics services, not currently available at the airport.
The project foresees the development of three areas (approx. 12.8 ha):
Area 1 (YELLOW): approx. 2.2 ha can accommodate a hotel
Area 2 (RED): total size approx. 5 ha (2.7 ha and 2.3 ha,) is suited perfectly for logistic facilities
Area 3 (BLUE): total size approx. 5.6 ha (2.6 ha and 3.0 ha) is suited perfectly for logistic facilities
A spatial plan is available that allows great flexibility in the size of facilities and in changing the purpose among the individual construction districts. Now Fraport Slovenija, d.o.o. is looking for investors for the facilities and offers communal equipped lands according to the system:
- providing the longterm building right for a certain number of years
- joint venture (Fraport Slovenija – communal equipped land, investor – financing, construction and operation of the facility).