2001 - 2010
2001 was not a good year for global air traffic, and this impacted on Ljubljana Aerodrom as well. Following the terrorist attack in New York on 11 September, international air traffic went into crisis as the number of passengers dropped drastically overnight. A very important occasion in 2001 was the top-level meeting between the Presidents of the USA and Russia, in June. A total of 10 US and 7 Russian aircraft landed. This occasion required special organisation and, therefore, regular traffic was redirected to Zagreb and Klagenfurt. In 2001, traffic at Brnik fell for the first time since 1995.
The occasion of the year, 2002, was undoubtedly the top-level meeting of Central European presidents. The majority of 16 presidents arrived by aircraft and were taken care of by airport personnel. All aircraft landed within two hours. Due to the faultless organisation of reception and care, as well as security and protocol, the whole operation was executed without a problem.
2003 marked an anniversary for Ljubljana airport. The celebration of its 40th anniversary was marked by publication of a monograph, an extensive and attractive review of the airports history. In 2003, construction of the general aviation hanger and renovation of the general aviation platform began. We also expanded our list of services by offering wireless internet access (WLAN), bringing additional quality to our range of airport services.
For passengers looking for cheap travels, the new Last Minute Centre was a welcome addition.
In 2004 four new airlines started to fly from Ljubljana Airport: low-cost carrier easyJet, Austrian Airlines, Malev Hungarian Airlines and Air France.
For the first time in the airport's history, Ljubljana Airport has served its millionth passenger in a single year. This is a round number that has great symbolic value: it confirms that the airport made the proper moves in the past, and obligates it to undertake new development projects in the future.
Before the summer we opened a new, state-of-the-art multi-storey car park with 1,300 spaces, and with a commercial annex. With this new structure the airport has started to acquire the kind of image enjoyed by modern airports around the world. Two zoning acts were also adopted, one a location plan for moving the main road and the other concerning the spatial arrangement conditions for the area around the airport, and these have ensured the conditions for the further development of plans involving the airport and its surrounding area.
Construction began on a new passenger terminal, and the parking apron for aircraft was expanded by just under 6,000 square metres. And with the arrival of UPS cargo services, the airport started developing into a cargo hub. In the passenger transport sector, the range of services and connections was supplemented to include Turkish Airlines and the Polish-Hungarian budget carrier Wizz Air.
The most important events of the year, were opening of the new terminal building and changes in the management board. Company received prestigious award Rating of the year and became one of the most respected employers. Two new airlines, Finnair and Brussels Airlines, opened regular services to Helsinki and Brussels. In june Ljubljana airport was renamed into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. In October the first building of Airport City has been opened. At the end of the year runway extension was concluded. The general aviation apron was expanded due to the transfer of the General Aviation Centre to a new location.
In January we introduced web check-in and concluded runway extension. The controls at internal air borders were abolished in March. That month Adria Airways also opened scheduled flights to Bucharest, Athens, Stockholm and Oslo. The first Clickair aircraft landed at the airport at July 4. We also started construction on the north car park, with an access road and link to the main terminal. In the end of August we greeted the landing of JAL's aicraft that came to our airport directly from Tokio. In September we selected the contructor and managing company of the new hotel which will open in 2010. In December noise monitoring began in the area of the airport.
Due to economic crises in 2009, the airport faced a substantial reduction in traffic. Despite decreased revenues, Aerodrom Ljubljana did not retreat from from its primary infrastructure investment plan. According to the plan, the main apron was repaved and another ca. 40 000 square meters of new apron surface was built. During the summer, the two-phased construction work on the runway was in progress, During that time a shorter, 2 100-meter runway was used for take offs and landings.
Although there was a general air traffic recovery throughout Europe, air traffic at our airport continued to decline. It was also a year of severe business and payment troubles of our domestic air carrier. The renovation of the central part of the take-off/landing runway was completed. During the two-week reconstruction, the airport was closed for all traffic. With the completion of runway reconstruction, a cycle of investment in the airport’s primary infrastructure lasting several years was concluded. The package of investments of around €23 million included not just the runway, but also connections, the parallel taxiway, an apron for small aircraft parking and the expansion of the main apron.