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Austrian Airlines again on the Ljubljana - Vienna route

On Sunday, 28 March, 2004 Austrian Airlines reconnected the capitals of Slovenia and Austria. The aircraft Dash 8 flies to Vienna every day at 8.30 a.m.
 
On Sunday, 28 March, Austrian Airlines again started flying from Ljubljana airport. After running a successful daily route Vienna-Ljubljana-Vienna, in autumn 2001 Austrian Airlines temporarily discontinued it and instead operated the route to Vienna jointly with the Slovene carrier Adria Airways.
The route was reintroduced due to market demand. Passengers can now choose to fly from Brnik to Vienna with either the Austrian or Slovene carrier. Austrian Airlines' aircraft Dash 8 -300 Q leaves for Vienna every day at 8.30 a.m. This route offers a wide range of connecting flights from Vienna, which Austrian Airlines uses as a home base and it's hub.

To Budapest and back with Malév

From 3 May, 2004 Budapest will be only a short flight away from Ljubljana. Thanks to the renowned Hungarian airline - Malév Hungarian Airlines - offering two daily flights, businesspeople will no longer waste their valuable time on tiring and lengthy road drives. They will be able to do business quicker and much more comfortably in between the morning and evening flight. In addition to other scheduled destinations, the Hungarian carrier operates numerous flights connecting Budapest with Eastern and Southern Europe as well as the Mediterranean.

The Hungarian national carrier Malév, celebrating its 58th anniversary in March, is one of the leading airlines in Central and Eastern Europe, offering passenger, cargo and charter flights. Malév's fleet in 2003 counted 29 aircraft.

In the summer of 1992, Malév was transformed into a public limited company. Seven years later the national real estate agency A´PV Rt. purchased a 97.7% stake in Malév, whereas 2.1% remained in the hands of minority shareholders. In 2002 the carrier earned HUF 104 billion, carrying over two million passengers. At the end of 2003, Malév employed just under 3,000 staff. Last year it operated scheduled flights to 48 cities in 34 countries and ran charter flights to almost 90 destinations all over the world.

Malév's strategy relies on global alliances and quality assurance. In 2001 the airline signed framework agreements with KLM and Northwest Airlines. With such agreements airlines strengthen their partnership relations. By signing these agreements Malév made the most important step towards an alliance and consolidated its market position through synergies. In 2002, Malév signed co-operation agreements with Aeroflot and Air Europa. These agreements open the door to further opportunities for co-operation and at the same time offer a wider range of services to passengers.

Malév's operations are assessed by several major partner airlines each year. So far these assessments of the work of the Hungarian carrier were very positive. The Hungarian national carrier has been certified against the highest international air safety standards. Malév's passengers and business partners can rely on its full compliance with high and consistent standards. Moreover, Malév was awarded its Air Operators Certificate, an official confirmation of its compliance with JAR OPS 1 requirements. This proves that Malév complies with the benchmark standard of the aviation industry and professional requirements set out by the Joint Aviation Authorities at the European level.

On 3 May, 2004, Malév will launch the Budapest-Ljubljana-Budapest route twice daily on working days and once daily during the weekend. Businesspeople will thus be able to have business meetings during the day and fly home in the evening on the leased 33-seat SF340 aircraft.

In addition to good connections with Eastern and Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, Malév operates flights to Kiev, Odessa, Kishinev, Bucharest, Sofia, Varna, Athens, Thesaloniki, Larnaca, Tel Aviv, Damascus, Beirut, Cairo, Tripoli and other destinations.

Tickets are available from all IATA tourist agencies and at the counter of Malév's representative office at the Ljubljana airport, tel.: 04/20 61 676.

easyJet at the Ljubljana airport

On 28th April 2004 the first low cost airline - easyJet - started to fly at the London - Ljubljana route. Slovene passengers are able to fly from Ljubljana to London every day of the week with return fares from just EUR 45 on.

The British low cost carrier easyJet introduceed the Stanstead Brnik route on 28th April. In this way Aerodrom Ljubljana has provided an additional everyday route to London. Tickets can be bought online at easyJet's web site.

"Successful conclusion of the negotiations with easyJet is the first of the steps projected in the strategy of the consortium, which was founded with the aim of promoting Slovene tourism. It is estimated that the additional route to London will boost the number of British tourists in Slovenia. Slovenia is an attractive tourist destination, thanks to its winter tourist attractions and a wide variety of choices in the summer. The city of Ljubljana is an attraction by itself. Aerodrom Ljubljana is extremely satisfied that the one-year negotiations with easyJet are concluded, since this will significantly influence the operations of Aerodrom Ljubljana. Already last year we were pleased to record higher turnover and this year we expect to further increase the number of passengers as new routes will be offered," explained Vinko Može, President of the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d..

Time table on route Ljubljana-London (Stansted)-Ljubljana:

flight no.

travel day

departure

hour

arrival

hour

EZY3245

Saturday

Stansted

1215

Ljubljana

1525

EZY3248

Saturday

Ljubljana

1545

Stansted

1655

EZY3245

Sunday Friday

Stansted

1245

Ljubljana

1555

EZY3246

Sunday Friday

Ljubljana

1615

Stansted

1725

Please be advised that check-in counters are be open two hours before scheduled time of departure, and that the same close 30 minutes before departure. Two hours before departure a ticketing counter is open at the airport as well. It is good to know that the sooner you book your trip, the lower the prices are.

NEW:
As from November 2004 easyJet will fly from Ljubljana also to BERLIN
. The tickets are already available on the easyJet's web site.

Adria Airways introduces attractive novelties with the summer timetable

Like other air carriers, Adria Airways on 28 March 2004 started flying according to the summer timetable, valid until 30 October. In the summer period the airline of Slovenia operates on around 140 scheduled weekly flights from Ljubljana to 21 destinations, mainly within Europe. Some additional flights were added to the existing scheduled flights, thus Adria Airways enhanced its excellent offer of connecting flights to destinations in Europe and around the world in co-operation with its partners Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Air France, Aeroflot and others. During the summer time table, seasonal flights to Manchester, Tel Aviv and Dublin are added to the scheduled flights to Amsterdam, Brussels, Vienna, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Copenhagen, London, Moscow, Munich, Ohrid, Paris, Podgorica, Priština, Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana and Zurich.

Since 9 May 2004 Adria Airways flies on Ljubljana-Brussels route also on Sundays. So far, Adria Airways operated the Ljubljana-Brussels route ten times weekly on working days, but from now on passengers will be able to fly both ways also on Sunday evenings.

In summer 2004, Adria Airways' charter flights will connect Ljubljana with numerous holiday destinations, mainly in the Mediterranean. Adria Airways will fly weekly from Ljubljana to the following tourist resorts: in Greece to Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes, Santorini, Samos, Lesbos, Karpathos, Corfu, Kos, Zante, Preveza, Cephalonia and Athens, in Turkey to Antalya and Dalaman, in Spain to Minorca and Palma de Mallorca, in Tunisia to Tunis and Djerba, in Croatia to Dubrovnik and Split, in Romania to Constanca and elsewhere to Cyprus, Larnaca, and to Israel, Tel Aviv.

Moreover, the Ljubljana-Warsaw connection via Vienna was launched on 1 May, based on a code share co-operation agreement between Adria Airways and the Polish airline LOT. As a result of this co-operation a daily connection Ljubljana-Vienna-Warsaw was introduced, providing good further connections within the extensive network of the Polish airline.

Online tickets

With beginning of the summer timetable, you can book and buy tickets online on Adria Airways' website www.adria-airways.com. At the moment tickets can be bought online only for the flights from Slovenia, but soon passengers will be able to book and buy their tickets also for flights from abroad. Passengers can collect their tickets at Adria Airways' ticketing counters, at the Brnik airport or get them by express mail. Tickets purchased over the Internet for specific periods and for selected routes are offered at a special super favourable price of SIT 22,900 + airport charges.

SPECIAL ADRIA AIRWAYS' OFFERS FOR FLIGHTS FROM LJUBLJANA

Throughout the whole year, passengers can fly from Ljubljana with Adria Airways at special rates. All the prices are available through the online booking programme on the website www.adria-airways.com, together with all the terms and conditions regarding the journey, booking and ticket purchasing for individual packages.

Adria Airways offers favourable rates for individual journeys on as many as 20 regular flights. The return fares of flights to Amsterdam and Copenhagen start at SIT 41,818, flights to Dublin at SIT 53,322, to Paris at SIT 47,553, to Sarajevo at SIT 32,439, etc.

Another all-year offer not to be overlooked includes particularly attractive prices for the young, aged between 12 and 24, and for students up to 27 years of age. One-way tickets to Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen and Paris cost from SIT 21,745, to Frankfurt, London, Sarajevo and Skopje from SIT 16,249 and to Munich, Vienna and Zurich from SIT 15,055. The young can fly at special rates also to Moscow, Split and Podgorica.

Adria Airways' has long been known for its flights to London. Now, two passengers can fly together for just SIT 28,676 really a low rate per person!

For any additional information please dial the toll-free number of Adria Airways' booking and sales centre 080 13 00 or 00386 (0)1 369 10 10, if calling from abroad. You can contact them also via e-mail: booking@adria.si. (Please be advised that airport charges and other taxes are not included in the above rates and that the number of seats per individual offers is limited.)

Air Malta and Intelekta from Brnik

From now on you can fly with the renowned tourist agency Intelekta on the Air Malta wings from Ljubljana. From 22nd June to 21st September 2004 Air Malta will fly every Tuesday with the new Airbus 319 with 144 seats to the beautiful small island of Malta. Located in the hearth of Mediterranean the island is full of cultural, historical and natural beauties and waits for you with it's hidden romantic bays, cliffs and sandy beaches from SIT 78.800 on.

New parking order at the airport

A new parking house is to be build at the airport Ljubljana. The new premises will provide our passengers with over 1.300 new parking spaces. The parking house and the passenger terminal will be connected with a nice protective roof.

Construction works shall be finished by the beginning of the year 2005, till then a new parking order will be applied. Parking will be provided at the P2 parking lot (the one located on your right side when you enter the airport area), meanwhile the P1 parking will be under construction. Aerodrom Ljubljana would like to apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

July 2004

 

With easyJet in autumn also to Berlin

Low-cost carrier easyJet, who has been flying successfully on the route Ljubljana London since end of April 2004, will in November start its daily flights to Berlin.

After the successful start of this leading English low-cost carrier on the route Ljubljana London (Stansted), the carrier's management has decided to link the main Slovenian airport also with the German market. On the easyJet's website you can now buy a ticket to Berlin (Schönefeld) from 25th November 2004 on. One-way tickets are available from EUR 20.49 on, meanwhile the return ones will cost you EUR 40.98 and more (including passenger service tax). The new route will be served by a completely new aircraft Airbus 319 with 156 seats.

At the moment easyJet owns a fleet of 20 aircrafts type Airbus 319, of which the oldest one is 10 months old. Altogether easyJets routes are operated by 90 aircrafts; 70 of them are type Boeing 737. In the next three years easyJet is planning a purchase of additional hundred aircrafts A319.

Timetable on the route Ljubljana-Berlin (Schönefeld):

days

departure

time

arrival

time

12345-7 Berlin 14.50 Ljubljana 16.20
12345-7 Ljubljana 16.40 Berlin 18.15
- - - - -6-

Berlin

11.15

Ljubljana

12.45

- - - - -6-

Ljubljana

13.05

Berlin

14.35


Brnik, 27.7.2004

 

The number of passengers on the Ljubljana – London route increases

Ljubljana Airport has analyzed the Ljubljana-London-Ljubljana route for the period from May to July 2004. This is the period in which the British airline easyJet has been flying to and from Ljubljana Airport. Results suggest a positive impact on the operations of easyJet, Ljubljana Airport, the domestic carrier Adria Airways and on Slovenian tourism in general.   

In 2003, the Ljubljana London route had approximately 44,000 passengers. When, in May 2004, easyJet came to Ljubljana Airport, the number of passengers to London increased significantly. Preliminary results confirm easyJet's forecast of 90,000 passengers on this route per year. The passenger profile is interesting. 75 percent of them are from England, which means 60,000 passengers or 30,000 new English tourists in Slovenia per year.

  Together with passengers who travel by our domestic carrier, the Ljubljana London Ljubljana route will have around 130,000 passengers by the end of 2004. This is almost 50 percent more than in 1999, when Ljubljana Airport noted the most traffic in history on this route.

  Before May, some people expressed the fear of a negative impact of easyJet on the traffic of the national carrier. The analyses showed just the opposite. easyJet has not reduced the number of passengers; on the contrary, it has even generated new ones. Increased numbers were also the consequence of good media coverage of the route, which was stimulated by SPOT, the organization for the promotion of Slovenian tourism, in which Ljubljana Airport has a very active role. The arrival of easyJet, and the reaction of Adria Airways to it, confirmed that the defensive measures to prevent a decrease in the number of passengers at Ljubljana Airport were right, commented Zmago Skobir, deputy CEO of Aerodrom Ljubljana, responsible for strategic marketing.

  Brnik, 20 August 2004

 

Promising semiannual business results

The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., discussed the semiannual business report for 2004. In the first six months of 2004, the volume of traffic and operating revenues have increased.

Traffic in the January to June 2004 period was up from the same period last year. In the first six months of 2004, aircraft movements were up 6.4%, passengers carried were up 10.2% and air cargo warehouse volume handled was up 2.9%, all from the same period last year. Positive impact on the volume of traffic was noted, because of the large rise in charter traffic and because of the new flights of carriers Austrian Airlines, Malev and easyJet that were established in April and May.
 
The higher number of aircraft movements, the higher passenger numbers and the rise in cargo traffic were followed by operating revenues in the amount of 2,493 million tolars. This is up 11.5% from the comparable period in the previous year and equivalent to 48% of the figure in the annual plan. Of this amount, 84% was generated by the sale of services on the domestic market (9.8% higher than in the same period last year), 14% by sales on foreign markets (31.5% higher than in the same period last year) while 2% were other revenues.
Operating expenses amounted to 1,950 million tolars and were 5.3% higher than last year (50% of the annual plan). The net profit from operations was 41.2% higher than in the same period last year (42% of the annual plan). After including financial revenues and extraordinary revenues, and the financial expenses, extraordinary expenses and estimated corporate income tax, the net profit amounts to 732 million tolars, up 6.3% from the same period last year and 43% of the annual plan.
In the first half of 2004, the company invested 463.2 million tolars of its own investment funds, mostly in completing and finally settling investment projects carried out in 2003 (among them the general aviation hangar and apron) and in the new construction of the BIP area (for national inspection services that inspect consignments of plant and animal origin at the Schengen border crossing); the preliminary design for the new passenger terminal was completed and the extension to the garage building for the needs of the central warehouse and certain maintenance is under construction. June also saw a start on the construction of the multi-storey car park with commercial extension, which should be completed at the beginning of next year.

Among the most important projects in the first six months of 2004, recapitalization of Aerodrom Portorož d.o.o in the amount of 300 million tolars to a participating interest of 30.46% should be mentioned.

Construction Work in Front of the Passenger Terminal

Construction work is being carried out to build a parking garage in front of the main airport building. Traffic has been temporarily rerouted in this area because of the project.

The project includes the construction of a connecting corridor between the parking garage and the passenger terminal and is expected to be completed by 15 November. Until then this area is closed to traffic and traffic is also being rerouted in front of the passenger terminal. Lanes for private cars as well as stops for busses, taxis and rental vehicles are being temporarily redirected as the work progresses. Traffic to the airport customs warehouse and catering traffic is also affected.

We thank everyone using this area for their patience, and remind you to follow the instructions of police and security staff.

Brnik, 15 September 2004

 

Attractive charter flights in winter too

There was a great increase in charter flights at Ljubljana Airport this summer. Travel agencies predict a large number of charter flights and tourists in winter as well.
 
In June, July and August the number of charter flights passing through Ljubljana Airport increased significantly. In comparison to the same period last year, the number of such passengers grew by 46.4 percent. The number of those travelling on tours organized abroad grew in particular.

On the basis of excellent summer results and good experiences in 2003 and 2004, travel agencies are predicting a significant increase in the number of charter flights this winter. They say that there is an increasing tendency to travel outside the summer season because of lower fares. "Together with our partners Gulet Touristik and Slim Reisen of Austria, this winter we plan to organize scheduled charter flights to Turkey, Jerba and Egypt", says Matjaž Čede, the director of Ilirika Turizem. "We decided to work together with foreign travel agencies because they are more competitive based on the large number of tourists from all across Europe, and we can secure more advantageous rates with hotel chains and foreign airlines, as well as better hotel accommodations," he added.

And what do the business partners from abroad have to say about this? "The goal of Austria's Gulet Touristik is to become the travel agency that takes the largest number of passengers from Slovenia to the Mediterranean within two years. This summer we flew from Ljubljana to Rhodes, Crete, Turkey and Tunisia. This winter we will offer charter flights form Ljubljana to Turkey and Egypt, because we believe that quality service and attractive rates will win the loyalty of our customers", says Uve Schmidt, sales director at Gulet Touristik. Slimane Gülmeni, the director of the Austrian agency Slim Reisen, says: "Austria's Slim Reisen group specializes in charter flights to Tunisia. Experience shows that Tunisia, especially the island of Jerba, will also be a favourite winter tourist destination."

Brnik, 22 September 2004

Passengers Increase by 11.3 Percent

From January to September 2004 we recorded an 11.3 percent increase in passenger numbers at the airport in Brnik compared to the same period last year.

In September alone 115,321 passengers departed or arrived through Brnik. In comparison to September 2003, this represents 7.8 percent more passengers.

Jan - Sept 2003

Jan - Sept 2004

comparison 2003/2004

aircraft traffic 24.204 27.030 + 11,7 %
no. of passengers 729.916 812.397 + 11,3 %


These numbers strengthen our prediction that for the first time in its history Ljubljana Airport will serve more than one million passengers a year. We expect our millionth passenger in early December.

Brnik, 13 October 2004

Wanted: travellers from the Trieste hinterland

The Trieste branch of the Ilirika Turizem travel agency, announced some time ago, has finally opened its doors. It is located in Via San Lazzaro, in the city centres pedestrian zone. The opening of this branch is a project that has also enjoyed the support of Ljubljana Airport. The Friuli-Venezia Giulia region (north-east Italy) is relatively close to Brnik, and the range of destinations now available has made Ljubljana Airport an even more attractive option. The essential idea behind the project was to offer the products of Slovenian travel agencies and flights from Ljubljana Airport on the Italian market. Judging from the interest of passers-by, the project is going to be a success.

New multi-storey car park opening soon

The airports new multi-storey car park with office extension is growing rapidly. Ivan Zidar, CEO of contractors SCT, and Vinko Može, CEO of Ljubljana Airport, recently visited the site to see for themselves how the work is progressing. Work was due to be completed in the first month of 2005 but it now appears that construction will overrun by a couple of months. Nevertheless, we at the airport will make every effort to ensure that at least provisional parking is available in the new car park over the winter.

The new car park will have space for approximately 1,320 cars spread over four storeys. It will be fitted with the latest systems for detecting vacant parking spaces and directing drivers to them. The existing airport building will be connected to the car park building by means of a covered walkway particularly welcome in winter or on rainy days.

The office section of the new structure will provide just under 5,000 square metres of office space. It will include premises for the airport management and specialist services, traffic/technical sectors, car rental agencies, an airport clinic (also open to external users), a staff restaurant and a multipurpose conference hall seating over 100.

During construction of the new car park, special parking arrangements are in place at the airport. Parking is only possible in car park P2 (the car park on the right as you approach the airport). We apologise to all passengers and visitors for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Brnik, 9 September 2004

Air France from Brnik

On 15 November we welcomed a new airline to our airport: Air France, a member of the Sky Team global airline alliance. The regional French carrier Régional will operate the LjubljanaParis route for Air France with a 50-seat Embraer 145 regional jet. They will fly the LjubljanaParis route twice a day, Monday through Friday, and once a day on Saturday and Sunday. Flights to Paris through Air France will offer passengers from Ljubljana availability to the entire Air France and Sky Team alliance network, with 650 destinations around the globe. We expect the new Paris route and daily flights to Berlin, which easyJet began operating on 25 November, to significantly increase the number of passengers at Ljubljana's airport.

Brnik 15 November 2004

2004 Netko Gold Prize for Ljubljana Airport

On 24 November 2004, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia awarded its Netko prizes, which recognize the best web pages in Slovenia. The gold prize for large businesses in the web portal category was awarded to Ljubljana Airport.

The seven-member jury, which made the choice from among some one hundred web pages entered, said the following in its decision:

"Ljubljana Airport's web page stands out in quality not only among Slovenian web portals, but also stands head and shoulders with the web sites of the most well-known international airports.
Ljubljana Airport's approach to using the World Wide Web is technologically advanced, because it uses the web as a nexus for a number of different mobile paths for transferring information to the end user. The information structure of the portal is excellent, making access to information for various target groups fast, clear and simple, while links to key information are always at hand for all users. The portal is functionally designed with a consistent visual format at all levels of the web site, and it also combines various tools and technology well. The contents are presented with a proper ratio between information value and length, and are enriched by external links to help the end user of the airport site.
All of these qualities, and especially their effective combination, contribute to the excellence of Ljubljana Airport's web site. The site takes an ambitious approach, because it presents not only services for chance users of the airport, but also provides a first impression for potential business partners. Ljubljana's airport may still be working to place itself on the map of Europe, but its web portal already enjoys a recognized position."

At the airport we were very pleased with this recognition, because in its own way it shows that our web portal has achieved the goals we established. These include informativeness, usability and adaptation to target groups, especially airport passengers and visitors. In addition to recognition, the Netko prize also represents a responsibility to maintain the excellence of our web portal in the future as well.

We constructed our web portal in cooperation with the Hal Interactive company of Kamnik, and the preparation of the Ljubljana Airport web site involved a seven-member project team comprised of Robert Rauch (project leader), Klemen Bogataj, Irena Habe, Marjana Jančič, Robert Mulej, Milan Primožič and Jani Lapajne.

Brnik, 25 November 2004

easyJet launched route Ljubljana - Berlin

The leading low-cost carrier in Europe and the third largest intra-European carrier  launched its new route Berlin - Ljubljana on 25th November and will bring an affordable and reliable air connection between the Slovene and German capitals. Only seven months after easyJets first landing at Ljubljanas airport a new easyJet route in Slovenia starts to operate.

easyJet is the first airline carrier flying daily from Slovenia to Berlin. After great success on Londons route where easyJet flies on average over 7,500 passengers per month, they decided to open a new route to connect the German and Slovene capitals. Berlin has become one of the easyJets major European bases it is growing rapidly as an increasingly popular destination not only for leisure, but also for business. This combined with the fact that Slovenia has become a country of travellers which are not only looking for a pool or beach holiday, but are looking to experience culture and local heritage and regular weekend breaks in Europe, has resulted in easyJet starting this new route.

Yannis Capodistrias, Marketing manager for Slovenia for easyJet said:
It is expected that many Berliners would like to visit the city of Ljubljana and other attractions of Slovenia; as well Slovenes will travel to Berlin to get a taste of the city that never sleeps.

Vinko Može, the CEO of Ljubljana Airport, welcomed the new easyJet route: "We are very pleased to have this new route at the airport and have great expectations for it. With its London flights, easyJet has already shown itself to be an excellent partner for the airport, as is also shown by its new Berlin flights. I hope that this partnership, which is having a very positive effect on the development of the Slovenian tourist industry, will also expand in the future."

Brnik, 26 November 2004

One Million Passengers Annually for the First Time

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.

The millionth passenger Irena Jernej, bought her ticket for an Adria Airways flight from Ljubljana to Frankfurt, and will take a connecting flight to Australia from Frankfurt. As promised, in honour of its millionth passenger Ljubljana Airport prepared a special reception and paid for the passenger's trip.

Milijonta potnica Irena Jernej ob razglasitvi

"The millionth passenger is a developmental milestone that we long anticipated, and we will use this to show that we are not lagging in development. New passengers spur us on to a new cycle of development with new goals, updated infrastructure and streamlined operations," said Vinko Može, the CEO of Ljubljana Airport, on the occasion. Traffic at the airport would not be what it is today if the airport had not made investments to update its infrastructure and develop its commercial services.

Passenger numbers did not grow to one million on their own. In the past decade the airport has enlarged its landing platform, renovated and expanded its passenger terminal, renovated its runway, extended its taxiway, updated its light navigation, built a general aviation hangar and airport platform in front of it, expanded its public car park, built a garage for airport vehicles for aircraft takeoff and landing, rebuilt its service road, added to its safety, utility, and energy infrastructure, and updated cargo facilities. All of these projects ensured a level of service that means that airlines are increasingly choosing Brnik rather than neighbouring airports. New carriers are operating at the airport: this year saw the arrivals of Malev (Budapest), easyJet (London and Berlin) and Air France (Paris). The goal of the airport is for airlines to operate here in the near future that will link Slovenia to Spain and Portugal, Italy, parts of Scandinavia and Russia.


Brnik 8 December 2004

Let's Help the People of Southeast Asia!

History records no other natural disaster with such far-reaching consequences. Twenty countries are suffering directly from a single submarine earthquake, and all of us feel the effects of the catastrophe in one way or another.

Many international organizations have launched a number of programmes to assist those affected, collecting the money and relief supplies needed for victims' survival. The opportunity and need to help are great, and all of us can offer help within our means.

Ljubljana Airport has joined in collecting money for the victims of the tsunami through the Slovenian Red Cross. We ask you to send your financial support to Nova Ljubljanska Banka account no. 02922 0019831742, ref. no. 4014, marked "Potres JV Azija", where the Slovenia Red Cross is collecting funds to help the earthquake victims.

The Slovenian Red Cross is also collecting funds through Mobitel and Si.mobil SMS messages. To help those affected in the Asian catastrophe, Mobitel and Si.mobil users can donate SIT 230 by sending an SMS with the keyword CUNAMI to the number 1919.

All assistance is welcome. Helping the victims of the catastrophe is a responsibility that we all share.


Brnik, 11 January 2005

Our Netko Award followed by an Izidor Award

In December 2004 our website won a gold Netko Award. Its excellence has now been confirmed once again this time by an Izidor Award. An expert jury singled out our website for the award in the Services category at the 4th Net conference held in Portorož on 20 and 21 January. Twenty websites participated in this category. Joining us on the shortlist were www.najdi.si and www.mojdenar.si.
 
The Izidor Award means a lot to Ljubljana Airport because, in the words of the organisers: The world wide web reflects and shapes the life of individuals and organisations. It is becoming an increasingly important support to our activities, in all aspects of our life and work. The Izidor Award rewards web excellence, a concept which combines three criteria: the aims of the project, the needs of users and the characteristics of the web as a medium and a communication environment. It looks for individuals and organisations in the Slovene environment who have discovered innovative ways of working, expressing themselves and communicating via the web.
 
Our website was designed in collaboration with Hal Interactive from Kamnik. The project group at Ljubljana Airport consisted of Janez Lozinšek, Robert Rauch (project leader), Klemen Bogataj, Irena Habe, Marjana Jančič, Robert Mulej, Milan Primožič and Jani Lapajne.

Brnik, 21 January 2005

Satisfaction with business last year

We ended the year with a 97% increase in the market value of our shares which also represented the highest returns on the Slovenian Stock Exchange in the past two years, with a 13% increase in the number of passengers compared to 2003 and with a net operating result in the amount of SIT 2.040 billion, which is 12% more than in 2003.

Turnover at Ljubljana Airport grew in 2004. Increases in charter traffic (37%) and the introduction of new scheduled routes by the foreign carriers Austrian Airlines, easyJet, Malév and Air France had a positive influence on this growth. For the first time in our history, the airport recorded over one million passengers in a single year. We finished 2004 with 1,048,238 passengers, which is a 13% increase over the previous year (104% of the annual plan). The number of aircraft takeoffs and landings increased from 31,737 in 2003 to 35,502 in 2004 (109% of the annual plan).

The company's operating revenues also followed the growth in traffic. At SIT 5.532 billion, operating revenues were 14% higher than the previous year (exceeding the annual plan by 6%). Operating expenses were higher by 7% (SIT 3.966 billion, exceeding the annual plan by 1%). Our operating result was 35% higher than in the same period last year, exceeding the plan by 22% (SIT 1.566 billion). At SIT 2.304 billion, which also includes financial and extraordinary income and expenses, our operating result grew by 6% in comparison to 2003 and exceeded the annual plan by 6%. After tax liabilities, our net operating result for the budgetary period amounts to SIT 2.040 billion, which is 12% more than the year before.

In addition to growth in traffic and good operating results, last year was marked at Ljubljana Airport by increased connections with tourism through the companies in the SPOT consortium, the construction of a new parking garage, renovation of our web pages and traffic and business information system, the purchase of 13.5 ha of land for the continued growth of the airport, the completion of construction of a general aviation hangar and a capital increase at Portorož Airport.

We expect this favourable trend in business at the airport to continue in 2005, when we plan a 15% increase in traffic and a 9% increase in operating revenues. We will continue the marketing strategy we have adopted. This means that the activities of the SPOT consortium will lead to the consolidation of major tourism service operators and even more intensive operation in the European market. We will also dedicate more attention to the development of freight traffic. Because of continually increasing demands in the area of ground supply, our priority projects will include the modernization of the information system for passenger inspections. The most important investments will also include the completion of the parking garage with its business wing and the preparation of documentation for the new passenger terminal.

Brnik, 1 March 2005

Third Award for Our Web Portal

At the 14th Slovenian Advertising Festival (SOF) our web portal was awarded a silver prize. This is the third in a series of awards that various professional juries have conferred upon us. The silver prize at SOF complements the gold Netko prize that we received in December 2004 and the Izidor prize we received this January.

All three awards mean a great deal to us and we are proud of them. They demonstrate that Ljubljana Airport's web portal ranks it among businesses that are achieving excellence in communicating with their environment. At the same time, these awards recognize an obligation and motivation to maintain our high level of communication and to add to it in the future as well.

We prepared our web portal in cooperation with Hal Interactive of Kamnik, and the Ljubljana Airport project group that participated in preparing it included Janez Lozinšek, Robert Rauch (project head), Klemen Bogataj, Irena Habe, Marjana Jančič, Robert Mulej, Milan Primožič and Jani Lapajne.

 

An end to parking problems at Ljubljana airport

Ljubljana airport's new multi-storey car park has passed its final inspection, and a permit for use was issued. The new car parking facilities were opened to the public Today 22 April at 08.00. The construction of this excellent addition to the facilities at Slovenia's premier airport, offering 1300 new parking spaces, has taken less than a year.

The construction of a multi-storey car park with offices began last July, and the parking areas were opened Today. Ljubljana airport and the construction company that built the car park, SCT, have managed to resolve the parking problems at the airport, before the first peak time of the year, the May Day holidays. Over the coming month the business section of the new building will also be open, and an official opening ceremony will be held, welcoming business partners, government representatives, local communities and the media.

The new facilities cover almost 40,000m2 (33,400m2 of car parking space, and 4270m2 of business premises). The external layout incorporates emergency lanes, access ramps, a landscaped area and the area between the car park and airport terminal. The car park is linked to the passenger terminal by a covered walkway, and is equipped with the latest security and detection systems, a system to indicate free parking space, as well as toilet facilities and lifts. The price for parking in the new facilities will be approximately 20 per cent more than in the open car park.

The business facilities section will house the airport management with specialist departments, the air traffic and aero-engineering sections, rent-a-car agencies, the airport clinic that can also be used by local residents, and a multi-purpose conference hall seating a hundred. The overall value of the investment was SIT 2.8 billion, and was fully financed by Ljubljana airport.

The modern multi-storey car park at Ljubljana airport offers the facilities one expects at a modern European airport. It also represents the first step in an investment phase that started last year. The rapid increase in travellers using the airport means we must provide sufficient capacity. At the start of next year the expansion will continue with a new passenger terminal. The multi-storey car park has made sure there will be sufficient parking space available during construction of the new terminal.

Brnik, 22 april 2005

Opening of Parking Garage with Business Wing Combined with Conference on Air Tourism Development

Transportation Minister Janez Božič and Vinko Može, the president of Ljubljana Airport, officially opened their latest achievement today: a modern parking garage with a business wing. Environment Minister Janez Podobnik also attended the opening. A conference on the future and development of air tourism in Slovenia took place earlier at the company's offices.

The number of passengers at Ljubljana Airport has been increasing for some years. Growth in 2004 was 11 percent, and predictions for 2005 are even more optimistic. In the first quarter of 2005 the number of passengers was 25-percent higher in comparison to the same period last year. Passenger growth demands greater and more up-to-date capacities. A permit for use was issued for the modern four-story parking garage with its business wing even before the May Day holidays, which are considered the first peak traffic period of the year. The facility was designed by architect Vladimir Koželj of Ljubljana's Eko Art architecture bureau and was built by the SCT company. The parking garage with its business wing represents the first move in an intense investment cycle at Ljubljana Airport. It encompasses nearly 40,000 m² (33,400 m² of parking and 4,270 m² for business).

In 2006 the airport will begin construction of a new passenger terminal, which will extend along the airport area towards Kranj. During construction, the car park that is currently open will be closed, and so it will be necessary to ensure that there is sufficient parking available. The plans include rerouting the current road north of the airport, renovating the runway, driving lanes and access routes, and building a commercial and logistics centre on the land north of the airport. In recent years significant funds have been invested to purchase this land.

"This parking garage points to the modern image that Ljubljana Airport will attain in five years and is a condition for further development. We have bold investment plans. At the same time, we are well aware that passengers will not come to us only because of modern, orderly infrastructure. We also see our mission in actively marketing and attracting new airlines to Slovenia. Far from new passengers benefiting Ljubljana Airport alone, both business passengers and those that arrive as tourists have numerous positive effects for the entire country," emphasized the president of Ljubljana Airport, Vinko Može, at the ceremonial opening of the garage.

The opening that took place today at Ljubljana Airport was also an opportunity to organize a roundtable on the future and development of air tourism in Slovenia.

The results of a study carried out among easyJet passengers this year were presented at the meeting. The study indicated that this carrier brought approximately 100,000 passengers to Slovenia in one year, who spent an average of approximately €... apiece on lodging in Slovenia, and an additional €... daily on non-lodging expenses. The roundtable was led by Dr Tanja Mihelič of the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Economics, and participants included Ljubljana Airport President Vinko Može, Adria Airways President Branko Lučovnik, Kompas CEO Janez Pergar, STO Director Barbara Gunčar, Ilirika travel agency Director Matjaž Čede, Andrej Šprajc from Sava's tourism division and Edi Lesnik from Morje Hotels, which are part of the Istrabenz Group. The participants in the roundtable, which represented those that can contribute the most to the growth of Slovenian air tourism through mutual connections, primarily discussed opportunities for bringing new successes to Slovenia comparable to that achieved with easyJet in the number of visitors and how much they spend.

Brnik, 1 June 2005

First Discount Travel Agency in Slovenia

Ilirika Turizem has entered the Slovenian market with a new trademark: TRAVEL DISKONT. This is the first discount travel agency in Slovenia and was opened at Ljubljana Airport.

The TRAVEL DISKONT trademark will offer holidays, hotels and airline tickets at discount rates such as those now available only on the Internet, especially on non-Slovene sites.

TRAVEL DISKONT is offering the lowest priced multi-day holiday packages throughout Europe on Adria Airways flights from Ljubljana Airport. Passengers can tailor their holidays themselves by choosing their destination and lodging category, and the lowest daily price will be prepared for them on this basis. This basically means that at the agency, for a particular tourism destination and quality level of service, travellers can choose the most affordable airline (the selection will also include low-cost airlines), the cheapest hotel and the cheapest transfer.

TRAVEL DISKONT's entire selection can be viewed on the web at www.traveldiskont.si and at the Ljubljana Airport office, which is open every day. Reservations can be made on line or at any Ilirika Turizem office throughout Slovenia.

Matjaž Čede, the director of Ilirika Turizem, commented at the opening: "At TRAVEL DISKONT we offer tourism services at all quality levels, from one-star to five-star. Based on a survey carried out before we opened our first office, we expect this trademark to take 20,000 travellers on the most affordable holidays this year."

Brnik, 3 June 2005

In Memory of the Events of the War of Independence

In honour of Statehood Day and in memory of the events of Slovenia's war of independence in June 1991, the Kranj Regional Association of Veterans of the War for Slovenia and the SEVER Police Veterans Association of Upper Carniola held a short memorial ceremony at Ljubljana's airport. Representatives of the Slovenian Armed Forces, the Police, and Ljubljana Airport were present to honour the memory of the decisive moments in the struggle for independence and the fourteenth anniversary of our nation's independence.


During the ten-day war of 1991, the recently renovated Ljubljana Airport was evacuated overnight. On the day independence was won, 26 June, the airport was closed. The airport had been surrounded by Yugoslav Army soldiers and some buildings had come under air attack. Fortunately the airport infrastructure was not badly damaged, but unfortunately the ten-day war cost two individuals their lives.


The closure of the airport outside of certain exceptional situations when the airport was open lasted until mid-February 1992, which represented an enormous loss of traffic and revenue. During that time travellers had to go to the Klagenfurt Airport by bus. Ljubljana Airport used the time of closure to renovate airport buildings, resurface aircraft parking platforms, and introduce information technology for airport personnel and travellers. When the airport reopened, in essence, it started operations completely afresh, as its traffic had been entirely restructured and its volume was nearly four times less.

Brnik, 27 June 2005

A New Tourist Information Centre at Ljubljana Airport

The arrivals waiting area at Ljubljana Airport has been housing a new Tourist Information Centre (TIC), whose opening was one of the first successfully completed tasks within the project entitled Tourist Destination Ljubljana Development of Organisational Structures, which has been funded by the European Fund for Regional Development under the Encouragement of Tourist Destination Development programme.

The new TIC is open daily, including Sundays and public holidays. The opening hours are from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and Sundays, and from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Saturdays. General and tourist information can be obtained both from the friendly TIC staff and a wide range of free tourist brochures and other printed materials. Already the first few days since the opening saw numerous passengers, tourists in particular, use the services provided by the new TIC.

The TIC at Ljubljana Brnik Airport is the fourth in the range of Tourist Information Centres operating under the auspices of the Ljubljana Tourist Board. It is part of a joint project run not only by Ljubljana Brnik Airport and the Ljubljana Tourist Board, but also by the other three members of the SPOT Business Interest Association, whose basic goal is to offer integral tourist information services at places where they are needed most by those who come to Slovenia without advance accommodation, transport and other tourist service booking.

Brnik, 4 July 2005

Direct Flights from Brnik to Warsaw

From 2nd September Ljubljana Airport is connected also to Warsaw.  New connection was established cooperation with Adria Airways and Polish airline LOT.

Ljubljana Airport has endeavoured to secure an air connection to Warsaw for more than two years, because the Polish market of 50 million people offers good profit potential. Until now, travellers have had to use Vienna and Munich airports as the starting points for their trips to the Polish capital.

Flights to Warsaw take place four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). Adria flies twice a week and LOT fllies twice a week. Both airlines are members of Star Alliance.

"There is an increasingly lively business exchange between Poland and Slovenia. More than 500 Slovenian companies have business ties with Poland, and around 50 have representation there. Warsaw Airport is also a very good point from which to continue on flights to other Eastern European countries. We expect that this connection will be used not only by business people, but also for Slovenian tourism, as that part of Europe has always been of interest to Slovenia. We estimate that LOT and Adria will carry about 12,000 passengers yearly on these lines," stated Zmago Skobir, a member of the board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d.

Brnik,  August 2005

Aerodrom Ljubljana ends first half with more passengers and higher revenues


The Aerodrom Ljubljana supervisory board met today at the companys offices to discuss Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d.s half-yearly business report. In the first six months of 2005 the company has recorded increases in both traffic and revenue.

Aircraft movements were up by 16% and the number of passengers handled was up by 19% from the same period in 2004. As expected, the air cargo warehouse handled 12% less cargo. As regards the structure of traffic, there was an increase in the number of passengers carried by foreign carriers, whose share has grown from 13% in the first six months of 2004 to 29% in the same period this year.

The companys operating revenues have kept pace with the growth in traffic. Operating revenues in the first half of the year amounted to SIT 2,795 million. This is up 12% from the comparable period last year and is equivalent to 46% of the figure in the annual plan. Operating expenses were 9% higher than last year and SIT 675 million lower than revenues. Aerodrom Ljubljana has recorded significant growth in earnings before interest and taxes compared to the same period last year: these are up by as much as 24%. Income from investments are down 28% compared to last year. The reason for this is a reduction in the extent of financial investments as a consequence of major investment projects, the largest of which was the completion of the multi-storey car park with commercial extension.

After taking into account income from investments, extraordinary revenues, financial expenses and extraordinary expenses, pre-tax income was SIT 937 million, which is equivalent to last years level and represents 41% of the annual plan.

If the figures represent less than 50% of the annual plan, this is due to the seasonal nature of a significant part of the companys activities. Traffic volume at the airport is lowest in January, February and March and highest in July, August and September. In the summer months there is a greater number of chater flights and flights on scheduled routes, and the aircraft are also carrying more passangers.

Of the important events to have occurred since the conclusion of the accounting period, the most important is the adoption of two physical planning documents: the location plan for the re-routing of the main road, and the planning regulatory conditions for the area around the airport. These two documents provide conditions for the further development of airport and off-airport programmes and are the foundation for the future development of the airport. 


Brnik, 25 August 2005

Netko 2005 for Outstanding Achievement by Ljubljana Airport

 

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia presented its Netko awards for the best web pages of 2005. Ljubljana Airport was awarded the Netko for outstanding achievement. This is the airport's fourth prestigious recognition in a row for excellent web communication following last year's golden Netko, this year's Izidor award and a silver medal at the Slovenian Advertising Festival.

This recognition means the most of all to us, because it demonstrates that the website www.lju-airport.si is not only exceptionally well-planned and presented, but also that the editorial group from Ljubljana Airport and the Hal Interactive agency, which designed the website, are maintaining it and adding to it with excellence.

The jury for this year's Netko wrote the following in justifying its decision:

"The Ljubljana Airport website already received the gold Netko award in 2004 as the best large Slovenian company website. This jury saw distinction in the technological advances, excellent information design, functional and minimalist graphic visual image, and contemporariness and suitability of the content built into the website.

A year later, this website can pride itself on having added to the excellence it already achieved with careful maintenance, in both commissioning it as well as its execution. The website thus furthers its ambition and achievement of high standards. It does not succumb to unused functionalism, deficits in content or inoperable technical solutions that beset many websites that are initially set up too broadly. Communication with various target groups in Slovenia and abroad remains impeccable and representative.

This year the Ljubljana Airport website therefore deserves the special award for maintaining quality and excellence achieved."


Brnik 20 October 2005

Ljubljana Airport: 17.9 percent more passengers through September


The supervisory board of Ljubljana Airport met for its third regular session and reviewed an analysis of scheduled, charter and freight traffic for 2003, 2004 and the first nine months of 2005, which will serve as the basis for all further market activity at Ljubljana Airport. In the first nine months of this year the number of passengers at Ljubljana Airport increased by 17.9 percent.

The analysis showed that the number of passengers to Balkan destinations has been falling from year to year, and that the airport is losing its status as a hub for the Balkans. Competition between airlines is continually growing (among seven scheduled airlines) and is especially noticeable for connections to London, Paris and Vienna. The former hubs for connections to additional destinations such as London, Munich and Frankfurt are being replaced or joined by additional ones such as Paris, Prague and Budapest. Competition between airlines has not only redirected passenger flows from one hub to another, but has also increased passenger numbers.

The analysis of charter flights (outgoing tourism) indicates increased activity by Slovenias domestic airline in this area in 2005. This is also being supplemented with exceptional success by foreign airlines, the number of which is constantly growing. In the first nine months of 2005 there was an appreciable increase in passenger numbers, which grew by 37.8 percent.

Stagnation in freight traffic following EU entry dictated that market activities be divided into two areas: truck freight and air freight. A new marketing strategy for freight traffic is also being carried out.

In the first nine months of 2005, there were a total of 956,115 passengers at the airport, which is a 17.9 percent increase over the same period last year. In comparison with last year, the market share of passengers carried by Slovenias domestic airline decreased by 11.6 percent, standing at 69.8 percent in the first nine months of 2005. This number has now reached 1,050,000 passengers, a number that was recorded at the end of December last year. The growth in traffic is a result of attentive monitoring and analysis of trends and planned marketing by Ljubljana Airport, which is oriented toward acquiring new passengers, scheduled, budget and charter airlines, and consolidation of Slovenias tourism operators.

As part of the third regular session, the supervisory board members also examined the airport as well as its operations, airport services and funds. They directed special attention to funds for winter service and for ensuring traffic safety. Today, as every year, Ljubljana Airport used the last working day before 1 November to lay out and inspect its winter equipment, which also symbolically marks the beginning of the winter season. As of today, the airports winter service is ready for action.

Brnik, 27 October 2005

Increased Traffic and Revenues at Ljubljana Airport

In the first nine months of 2005 Ljubljana Airport recorded an increase in both traffic and revenues. In comparison with last year, the share of passengers carried by foreign airlines increased from 13 to 28 percent.

The company's supervisory board has been presented with the report on operations in the first nine-months of 2005. Operating revenues during this period amounted to SIT 4.787 billion, which was 14 percent higher than last year and fulfilled 80 percent of the annual plan. Among operating revenues, the highest share (52 percent) is represented by revenues from airport services and 23 percent each by revenues from ground handling services and revenues from commercial activities. At SIT 3.148 billion, operating expenses were 10 percent higher than last year (71 percent of the annual plan). Our operating result of SIT 1.639 billion is 22 percent above that of the same period last year and exceeds the annual plan by 3 percent. Adding up financial and extraordinary income and taking into account financial and extraordinary expenses, the operating result before taxes amounts to SIT 2.016 billion and exceeds last year's amount by 5 percent (89 percent of the annual plan).

In scheduled passenger traffic the share of passengers travelling on foreign airlines increased from 13 percent in the first nine months of 2004 to 28 percent this year. The foreign carriers flying to Ljubljana Airport include Air France, Austrian Airlines, ČSA Czech Airlines, easyJet, Israir, JAT, LOT Polish Airlines and Malév.

A recent analysis of traffic at Ljubljana Airport in 2003, 2004 and the first nine months of 2005 indicates that the number of passengers flying to Balkan destinations has been falling from year to year and that the airport is losing its status as a hub for the Balkans. Former hubs for connections to more distant destinations, such as Vienna, Munich and Frankfurt, are being challenged or added to by new ones such as Paris, Prague and Budapest. An analysis of charter flights (outgoing tourism) indicates increased activity by Slovenia's domestic airline in this area in 2005. Foreign carriers, the number of which is constantly increasing, have also been very successful in serving this area.

In addition, the statistics for traffic through the end of October are also now available. Including October, Ljubljana Airport recorded 32,632 aircraft takeoffs and landings, which is 8.7 percent more than in the same period last year, and 1,061,004 passengers, which is an increase of 17.5 percent in comparison to last year. Ljubljana Airport served its millionth passenger on 13 October, and on 28 October achieved the volume of traffic recorded on the last day of 2004.


Brnik, 24 November 2005

Moderate Growth Planned for 2006

At Ljubljana Airport we are planning for a six percent increase in the overall number of passengers, which amounts to 1,280,019 passengers carried. We are anticipating two percent growth in the number of aircraft takeoffs and landings, or a total of 40,192. Growth of three percent in freight traffic is also planned, and we expect 12,052 tons of freight to pass through our airport in 2006.

In 2006 we are forecasting operating revenues in the amount of SIT 6.634 bio, which is 6 percent higher than the estimated revenues for 2005.

We will continue to realize the investment plans we have defined in the company's development strategy. In 2006 we are planning to invest SIT 2.437 bio in the company. The greatest investment will be represented by the extension of taxiway A to threshold 31. Preparatory work for the construction of a new passenger terminal is also expected. We will continue purchasing land in order to complete Ljubljana Airport's ownership in the area of the spatial planning conditions adjacent to the airport. We will also draft documentation for communal infrastructure in the new parcels of land in the spatial planning area as well as provide communal infrastructure for parcels of land designated for construction of the transport and logistics centre.

Brnik, 5 January 2006

Turkish Airlines coming to Brnik

On Monday, 16 January 2006, the first regular flight by Turkish air carrier Turkish Airlines will land at Brnik, further increasing the range of air carriers and flights available at Ljubljana Airport. A final agreement on the arrival of a new budget air carrier is also nearing completion.

Starting on Monday, Turkish Airlines will operate regular flights between Ljubljana and Istanbul three times a week. This route will be especially advantageous for people seeking connecting flights further into Asia. There will be many possibilities for connections with the Near and Middle East, says Zmago Skobir of the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana. We will be giving more information about the route at the press conference which will be held on Monday, 16 January, and which will be attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Slovenia Mr Sina Baydur, the entire Management Board of Turkish Airlines, and representatives of the tourism industry and the Turkish Ministry of Transport. Their presence indicates that the expectations in connection with this route are not inconsiderable, adds Skobir.

Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded a passenger volume of 1,218,896 people in 2005, a 16.3-percent increase over 2004. The number of flights was 37,765, an increase of 6.4 percent in comparison with the previous year. Slovene carrier Adria recorded a positive growth trend in the last month of 2005, which is continuing in the first days of the new year. Foreign air carriers accounted for over 30 percent of passengers last year, which is 10 percentage points above the previous year. One of the most important strategic goals of Aerodrom Ljubljana is to further increase the number of passengers flying with foreign carriers over the next few years. To that end we are continuing our active marketing policy, through which we are attempting to attract new carriers to our airport. At this time we are concluding negotiations with the budget airline Wizz Air. We are expecting to have two new destinations from Brnik in the near future, says Zmago Skobir. He stressed that it is not enough for the airport alone to work to attract new carriers; it requires the combined efforts of the entire tourism industry.

In 2006 Aerodrom Ljubljana is planning a five-percent increase in the total number of passengers, which would amount to a passenger volume of 1,280,019 people. A six-percent increase in the number of flights is planned, amounting to a total of 40,192 flights, along with a four-percent increase in cargo tonnage.

Brnik, 10 January 2006

Slovenia: the new destination for Turkish Airlines

From today forward, Turkish Airlines will fly three times a week between Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, and Istanbul. It plans to carry around 30,000 passengers on the route over the course of a year. Turkish Airlines has also opened a representative office at Ljubljana Airport.

A Turkish Airlines plane landed at Ljubljana Airport for the first time today, marking the start of a scheduled route between Istanbul and Ljubljana that will be served by 165-seater Boeing 737-800 aeroplanes. Turkish Airlines will link Ljubljana with Atatürk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, three times a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Turkish Airlines has also chosen today to open its own representative office in Slovenia here at Ljubljana Airport.

"We are very pleased that Turkish Airlines has expanded its already extensive programmes of scheduled air routes to include our airport. Turkish Airlines' services will be of particular interest on the Slovenian market to those travelling to Asia, as the company traditionally has very good connections between most countries in the Balkans and destinations in the Middle East and Far East. They are expecting their cooperation with Aerodrom Ljubljana to lead to a gain of around 30,000 new passengers per year. I very much hope that these flights will also be used by Turkish tourists interested in visiting Slovenia," said Vinko Može, President of the Board at Aerodrom Ljubljana.

Ljubljana airport is the major and central airport of the Republic of Slovenia, providing the people of Slovenia and neighbouring countries with airport and commercial services, and meeting their need for high-quality air connections to the rest of the world. The airport's geographically proximity to the capital means it plays a special role for the whole country.

The Ljubljana airport is managed by Ljubljana Aerodrom, a public limited company. Ljubljana Aerodrom's business policy is very much development orientated. Over the last decade the airport has been completely renovated and reorganised. On 1 June 2005 our latest successful project a modern parking garage with a business wing was officially opened. The parking garage with its business wing represents the first move in an intense investment cycle at Ljubljana Airport that includes a new passenger terminal.

Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded a passenger volume of 1,218,896 people in 2005, a 16.3-per cent increase on 2004. The number of flights was 37,765, an increase of 6.4 per cent in comparison with the previous year. One of Aerodrom Ljubljana's most important strategic goals is to further increase the number of passengers flying with foreign carriers over the next few years. In 2006 Aerodrom Ljubljana is planning a five-per cent increase in the total number of passengers, which would amount to a passenger volume of 1,280,019 people. A six-percent increase in the number of flights is planned, amounting to a total of 40,192 flights, along with a four-per cent increase in cargo tonnage.

Brnik, 16 January 2006

Wizz Air enters Slovenia with new flights from Ljubljana to London Luton and Brussels Charleroi

Wizz Air, the largest low fare - low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced that it would start flights from Ljubljana to London Luton and Brussels Charleroi as of 1 May 2006.

The new flights from Ljubljana to Brussels Charleroi and London Luton will commence on 1 and 2 May 2006, 4 and 3 times a week, respectively. Tickets for the flights are already on sale on the airlines website, wizzair.com. or can be purchased by calling the Wizz Air call centre on +48 22 351 94 99 /+36 1 470 94 99. As an introductory offer a limited number of seats are available at a promotional fare of EUR 28 including taxes and charges till 14 February 2006.

József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air said:
We pursue our strategy of developing Wizz Air into the leading low fare - low cost airline of Central and Eastern Europe and as such entering the Slovenian market is of an outstanding importance to us. Ljubljana and Slovenia is becoming an increasingly attractive target for tourists and business people from all over Europe. In order to capture this traffic flow and be appealing to the Slovenian people who whish to travel we are determined to offer continuously low fares and a great travel experience onboard of our young Airbus A320 fleet.

Wizz Air is Central & Eastern Europes leading low fare low cost airline. Wizz Air flies a young fleet of 180 seater Airbus A320 aircraft from Katowice, Warsaw, Gdansk and Poznan in Poland, from Budapest in Hungary, from Sofia in Bulgaria and from Kaunas in Lithuania. Soon flight will commence from Wroclaw in Poland, from Zagreb and Split in Croatia and from Ljubljana in Slovenia. Over the past 20 months Wizz Air has carried over 2.7 million passengers.


Brnik, 6 February 2006

Increased Traffic and Revenues

Ljubljana Airport is satisfied with its preliminary non-consolidated accounting statements for 2005. In comparison to the previous year, 2005 concluded with a 16 percent increase in passenger traffic, 14 percent higher operating revenues and 25 percent higher operating results.

Traffic at Ljubljana Airport increased in 2005. The number of passengers carried increased by 16 percent, which is the result of several years of effort and marketing campaigns. The year ended with 1,218,896 passengers served and 37,767 aircraft takeoffs and landings. One of Ljubljana Airports strategic goals includes increasing the share of passengers carried by foreign airlines in the coming years. In 2004, 20 percent of passengers were carried by foreign airlines, and in 2005 this share increased to 30 percent. In comparison to 2004, in 2005 two percent less freight was transported. The decrease in cargo traffic stopped in the second half of the year and the trend took an upward turn.
Operating revenues followed the growth in the number of passengers carried and in comparison to 2004 were 14 percent higher (surpassing the annual plan by 5 percent). Operating expenses were 10 percent higher than last year (2 percent below the annual plan). The operating result amounted to SIT 1.957 billion and was 25 percent higher than last year (and 23 percent higher than planned). Adding financial and extraordinary income to and subtracting financial and extraordinary expenses from the operating results, the operating result before taxes was SIT 2.462 billion, which is 7 percent more than last year (and exceeds the annual plan by 9 percent). The tax on profits for 2005 amounted to SIT 493 million, which was 87 percent higher in comparison with the previous year, and was also expressed in the significant growth in the actual tax rate on profits, which amounted to 20 percent in 2005, compared to 11 percent in 2004. The reason for this is a lower amount of applicable tax benefits for investment in tangible fixed assets and intangible long-term assets in 2005 in comparison to 2004, which derived primarily from lower investments in real estate and the legally defined lower rate of these benefits. The net operating result in 2005 amounted to SIT 1.969 billion and is a good 3 percent lower in comparison to 2004, which is the result of a greater tax burden on profits (and exceeded the annual plan by 6 percent).
The average AELG share price in 2005 was 24 percent higher than in 2004. There was a 30 percent increase in trading of Ljubljana Airport shares in comparison to the previous year.

Notable events last year at Ljubljana Airport include the completion of construction of the parking garage with its business wing, the purchase of 8 ha of land for further airport expansion and the adoption of two spatial implementation acts that provide the conditions for future development of airport and airport-related programmes. These include a site plan for rerouting the main road and the spatial planning conditions for the area adjacent to the airport.
Ljubljana Airport is planning moderate growth in 2006. There are plans for a 6 percent increase in aircraft takeoffs and landings, a 5 percent increase in passenger traffic, a 4 percent increase in freight and a 4 percent higher operating result. Much attention will be focused on realizing the investment plan. The beginning of construction for the first phase of the new passenger terminal and the expansion and modernization of manoeuvring areas will be a large financial investment. A second important project is the beginning of preparations for the construction of a business logistics centre on a 20-ha area for the development of tourism, marketing, warehousing, production and commercial offices connected with airport activities.

Brnik, 1 March 2006

Wizz Air took off from Ljubljana

Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europes largest low fare low cost airline launched its first flight from Ljubljana (Slovenia) to Brussels and London on 1 and 2 May respectively.

Our entry into Slovenia on the countrys EU accession anniversary is symbolic to us and it is a highly important step forward to reinforce our market leadership in Central and Eastern Europe. The booking projections on both destinations are very good and already in summer we expect 80% load factors on the new flights said Natasa Kázmér, Director of Corporate Communications of Wizz Air at the press conference at Ljubljana Airport.

Zmago Skobir, Deputy Chief Executive of Ljubljana Airport said: With the new Ljubljana-Luton and Ljubljana-Charleroi routes Wizz Air encourages residents of Belgium, Netherlands and Englad to come to Slovenia.  The new route will also bring more passengers from Italy, Austria and Croatia to Ljubljana Airport. We are very pleased that Wizz Air has expanded its already extensive programmes of scheduled air routes to include our airport. We are expecting their cooperation with Aerodrom Ljubljana to lead to a gain of around 90,000 new passengers per year.

The launch of the new flights comes in line with the airlines strategy of reinforcing its current home markets as well as expanding into more countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In the past 4 months Wizz Air has launched 28 new flights including Katowice Cork, Warsaw Gothenburg and Budapest Targu Mures, just to mention the most recent ones.

Tickets for the flights are already on sale on the airlines website, wizzair.com. or can be purchased by calling the Wizz Air call centre on +48 22 351 94 99 /+36 1 470 94 99 for as low as EUR 28 including taxes and charges

4 May 2006 

 

Increased Traffic and Higher Revenues in First Three Months

In comparison with first three months last year, the quarter ended with an 11 percent increase in the number of passengers, a 19 percent increase in freight transported, 12 percent higher operating revenues and a 54 percent higher operating result. The information on business operations was prepared in line with international accounting standards for the first time.

In comparison with the first three months of 2005, there was an 11 percent increase in passengers alongside an approximately equal number of aircraft takeoffs and landings. The growth in passenger numbers and tonnage of freight transported was also reflected in increased operating revenues for the company. In the first three months these amounted to SIT 1.392 billion, which is 12 percent more than in the same period last year. Operating expenses were up by 6 percent and the operating result by a full 54 percent. The net operating result for the period amounted to SIT 266 million, which is 24 percent higher than in the same period last year and represents 14 percent of the annual plan.

In comparison with the same period the previous year, operating results in the first quarter of 2006 showed growth in all areas. However, because of the seasonal nature of activity the achievement of the annual plan lags behind by a proportional amount. The least traffic at the airport is realized in January, February and March and the greatest share in July, August and September. During the summer months numerous charter connections are established, the number of scheduled flights is greater and the passenger load factor of aircraft is higher.

Regarding investment in construction, the greatest attention was directed toward preparations for beginning the first construction phase of the new passenger terminal, that is, adapting the passenger terminal for separate domestic (Schengen) and international traffic, which will be accomplished by 30 June 2007. A number of important events occurred at Ljubljana Airport following the end of the accounting period. These included the signing of a building permit agreement for a new passenger terminal and the announcement of a public tender to select a contractor to carry out construction of phase one of the new passenger terminal and adaptation of the existing terminal. In May an agreement was signed with DHL Express on the construction and long-term lease of facilities where DHL will conduct all of its operations in Slovenia (this will also be the first structure in the new commercial-logistics zone to be built at the airport). Since 1 May a new low-cost airline has been operating at the airport: the Polish-Hungarian company Wizz Air, which flies four times a week to London and Brussels. Adria Airways has also opened three new connections: to Tirana, Rome and Barcelona.


Brnik 25 May 2006

Malév is the number one on-time airline

The Association of European Airlines (AEA) has rated the Hungarian airline Malév as offering the most on-time service among its members.

According to information for the first quarter of 2006, on-time service among the 27 member airlines of the AEA stood at 97.7 percent, and a full 79.3 percent of all takeoffs and landings took place within 15 minutes of the scheduled time. The airline with the most on-time service was Malév, which has offered daily flights between Ljubljana and Budapest since Slovenias accession to the EU.

Malév recently concluded a project on changing classes of travel, thus overcoming one of the last major obstacles for membership in the oneworld airline alliance. The airline has already signed its declaration of intent to join and is expected to become a full member at the beginning of 2007. This will represent a great achievement for Malév, Ljubljana Airport and passengers as well as for the oneworld alliance because Málev will be the only airline in the alliance serving western Europe and also the only member that flies to Slovenia.

In 2005 Malév registered over 13,000 passengers at Ljubljana Airport, and 3,000 passengers in the first quarter of 2006. Malév offers flights to Budapest and back twice a day with 33- and 50-seat Saab aircraft. The airlines flight network covers practically all of Europe. There are especially good connections from Ljubljana via Budapest to eastern European destinations such as Kyiv, Sophia, Bucharest, Odesa and Cluj-Napoca. Malév offers several more distant destinations, included Cairo, Beirut, Toronto and New York, as well as a number of summer holiday destinations, including Athens, Larnaca, Varna and Burgas.

Brnik, 9 June 2006

A contract for airport apron expansion

The president and CEO of Aerodrom Ljubljana d. d., Vinko Može, and the chairman of the board of SCT d. d., Ivan Zidar, signed a contract for the expansion of the main airport apron. The total value of the contract is nearly SIT 204 million, and construction workers from SCT have already began their work. To avoid any stoppage in airport traffic, the work must be completed in two months, by 1 August 2006.

In addition to the expansion of the main airport apron (by approximately 5,800 m²), the contract signed today also covers elevation adjustments and partial renovation of the existing apron (approximately 5,000 m²), the application of a thin overlay resistant to petroleum derivatives, arranging drainage with oil separators, and setting up edge lights and a reflective pole for apron lighting. The value of the work covered by the contract signed today amounts to SIT 203,975,841.18.

SCT construction workers will begin by expanding the airport apron (earthwork and pavement structure), followed by renovation of the existing apron. The renovation work will take place so that the smallest possible part of the airport apron is closed to airport traffic. The final phase of work in the expansion of the airport apron will be completed with a thermoplastic surface dressing, ground markers and edge lighting.

The expansion of the main airport apron is a step forward in the modernization of Ljubljanas airport. The work must be completed before the first phase of construction begins on the new passenger terminal (the project is in the contractor selection phase). Tasks for Ljubljana Airport in the coming years include a taxiway extension along the runway, rerouting the road past the airport and a business-logistics zone that will offer space for the many companies connected to airport activity.

Brnik, 1 June 2006

Contract for the new terminal approved by shareholders at the 10th general meeting and by the supervisory board

Shareholders assembled today for Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d.s 10th general meeting. The supervisory board had met prior to this, and given its approval for the contract for the construction of the new passenger terminal.

The general meeting was attended by those representing 79.07% of the capital in terms of voting rights on ordinary shares, and 89.32% of the capital in terms of voting rights on ordinary shares and preference participating shares. The general meeting received the supervisory boards evaluation of the annual report for 2005, decided on the use of the distributable profit for the 2005 financial year, and conferred official approval on the management board and the supervisory board for their work during the previous financial year. KPMG Slovenija was appointed the official auditor for the companys performance and financial statements in the 2006 financial year. Decisions were also taken on remuneration for members of the supervisory board, the changeover to the euro, and the introduction of no-par-value shares. Details of the resolutions passed by the general meeting are given in the attached document, on the website of Ljubljana stock exchange (http://seonet.ljse.si), and on the website of Aerodrom Ljubljana (www.lju-airport.si).

The supervisory board held a session before the general meeting. The supervisory board gave the management board the go-ahead to sign the contract for the construction of Phase 1 of the new T2 passenger terminal and for the adaptation of the old T1 passenger terminal. Three bids were received in the public tender, of which one was late. Bids were submitted on time by SCT d.d. and Alpine Mayereder Bau GmbH. After reviewing and evaluating the bids, at the proposal of the commission the management board decided to accept the bid made by SCT d.d. in the amount of just over 2.3 billion tolars (excluding VAT).


Brink, 22 June 2005

Finnair launches direct flights to Ljubljana in April 2007

Finnair is to be the first airline to launch direct flights between Finland and Slovenias capital of Ljubljana.

The route, to be flown with Embraer 170 aircraft, will be opened in April 2007. Flights will be operated four times a week on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Finnair is focused on expanding its European network.

"We have added frequencies to many of our European destinations and only this year we have already launched five new scheduled services in Europe, with more growth on the way. The timetables of the Ljubljana flights support Finnairs Asian strategy and offer excellent return connections via Helsinki to Asia," explains Finnair SVP, Commercial Division, Mika Perho.

Brnik, 7 July 2006

Agreement on Passenger Terminal Construction Concluded

The president and CEO of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., Vinko Može, and the chairman of the board of SCT d.d., Ivan Zidar, signed an agreement on construction of the first phase of the new passenger terminal (T2) and adaptation of the existing terminal (T1) at Ljubljana Airport. The total contract value of the work agreed upon today amounts to nearly SIT 2.3 billion (without VAT).

The subject of the agreement is the adaptation of the existing terminal, an annex to the existing terminal, and construction of an upper floor for departure lounges and border control. The upper floor will later connect the existing terminal with the new T2 terminal, construction of which will begin in 2008. SCT, which was selected as the contractor on the basis of the best offer in a public tender, will fulfil its contractual obligations within 261 calendar days. To create the four-level structure (basement, ground floor and two upper floors), the STC team will use 11,770 cubic meters of formwork, 3,300 cubic meters of concrete, 290 tons of reinforcing steel and 244 tons of steel structure. The structure will have 6,000 square meters of surface area with 3,640 square meters of roofing and 4,600 square meters of facade material. Executing the entire project will be very demanding because operations at the airport must not be interrupted during the construction and all passenger and luggage safety standards must be met despite the work. Much of the work will take place at night. Preparation work will take place immediately, and actual construction will commence as soon as the airport apron has been expanded. This is expected to be completed in a few days and will also provide the airport with additional parking area for aircraft.

Vinko Može and Ivan Zidar

The total investment value of the adaptation of the T1 terminal and the construction of a connecting corridor to the new terminal amounts to €12 million. In addition to construction, finishing and installation work, this includes equipment purchases, the most important of which is four passenger boarding bridges for boarding aircraft. Aircraft parking will also be adapted to the passenger boarding bridges.

The adaptation and expansion of the existing terminal will primarily satisfy the requirements of the Schengen border system, which requires physical separation of passengers into domestic and international. Immediately after the completion of the first phase of construction, Ljubljana Airport will begin construction of the new T2 passenger terminal, which will be able to accommodate 850 arriving passengers and 850 departing passengers with 36 check-in windows. The terminal is expected to be completed in 2010, making 38,000 square meters of new floor area available to passengers. The investment value of the second part of the project exceeds €40 million.

Ljubljana Airport, which has the goal of developing into the leading regional airport in the next 15 years, will completely change its image. Together with the construction of the terminal, a business-logistics centre will be built on a 20 hectare area for the development of tourism, trade, warehousing, logistics and other airport-related activities. The KranjMengeš road will be rerouted to the north and the taxiway along the runway expanded, thus increasing safety and runway capacity. The airport grounds will also see the construction of new structures for business and administrative programmes with car parks, a hotel complex, recreational and sports facilities, production and business facilities, and facilities for aircraft maintenance and the airport's maintenance activity.

Brnik, 18 July 2006

Technical problems with wizzair.com website

Wizz Air has announced a technical problem with their wizzair.com website. The issue is expected to be solved within hours. Please note that wizzair.hu and wizzair.pl are fully operational.

Bookings can be made on wizzair.hu and wizzair.pl or their call centre in the meantime. wizzair.com will be restored asap.

Wizz Air is apologizing for the inconvenience.

Brnik, 7 August 2006

Flights between London and Ljubljana today operating on schedule

Two carriers are today operating flights between Ljubljana airport and London Adria Airways and easyJet. According to the latest reports neither carrier expects significant delays.

All necessary security precautions are being taken at Ljubljana airport. The threat level has not increased, but all our employees are being particularly vigilant in carrying out security tasks and all other work.
We advise passengers to allow sufficient time to arrive at the airport, and to ensure they are able to check in at least two hours before their flight.
We will be keeping passengers informed of any changes in the airports security arrangements through the media and the Ljubljana Airport website (www.lju-airport.si/).

Brnik, 11 August 2006

Sorry! We have had to close our observation deck due to construction work

The construction work to build Phase 1 of the new passenger terminal T2 and the renovation of T1 the current passenger terminal is already underway. The construction plans means that as of today, 21 August 2006, we have had to close the terrace offering visitors a view of the airport apron, and the Luna bar on the terrace.
 
The airport will not have a viewing terrace until June 2007, when a new viewing point will be opened as part of the renovated T1 terminal. We will keep our customers up-to-date about the construction work on our website.

We would like to apologise to all passengers and visitors that the terrace is now closed and thank them for their understanding.

Brnik, 21 August 2006

Wizz Air’s biggest price promotion in Central and Eastern Europe

Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europes largest low fare low cost airline today announces that it would put out 200,000 FREE seats (taxes and charges to be paid). The Big Wizz Winter Promotion is Wizz Airs largest promotion ever in Central and Eastern Europe and includes all the routes of the airline available in the winter period.

Wizz Air will increase its capacity by almost 30% and has added 19 new routes this winter compared to the same period last year. These include flights to brand new destinations such as Bucharest, Transylvania and Arad in Romania, Cork in Ireland and Doncaster Sheffield in the UK, alongside with some new routes between the existing destinations. All the flights for the winter period are on sale now on wizzair.com or via the Wizz Air call centre by calling +48 22 351 94 99.

Talking about the promotion, Natasa Kázmér Director of Corporate Communication and Public Affairs said: End of summer does not mean the end of travel season. By giving away 200,000 free seats we encourage everyone to get on board and enjoy a nice week-end or a longer vacation somewhere in Europe this autumn and winter. We keep on enlarging our network, so watch out for more exciting Wizz Air destinations on wizzair.com this winter.

To benefit from the largest promotion ever, passengers must book between 29 August and 4 September and travel between 1 October and 24 March 2007.

30 August 2006

“Aviation Accident 2006” Exercise

On Saturday, 14 October the annual national protection and rescue exercise Aviation Accident 2006 will be held at Ljubljana Airport. The organisers' aim is to check the readiness and training of protection, rescue and medical teams in the event of a major aviation accident.

The exercise scenario involves an incident during the landing of an Adria Airways' Airbus 320 with 152 passengers and six crew members, in which a crosswind causes the aeroplane to crash 400 metres to the right of the main runway. After hitting the ground the aeroplane splits in two, leading to fuel leakage and a fire. In the exercise scenario the initial information is that tens of passengers are dead and tens more very seriously injured.
The exercise is organised by the Ministry of Defences Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, the Ministry of Transport's Aviation Directorate and the Ministry of the Interiors General Police Directorate, as well as the Ministry of Health, the air traffic control company, Aerodrom Ljubljana, Adria Airways, the Inspectorate for Protection Against Natural and Other Disasters and the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem
To ensure that work at the airport continues uninterrupted, the exercise will be limited in time and area, and is intended for the relevant professional services only.

Brnik, 5 October 2006

New security measures at airports from 6 November

On 4 October 2006 the European Commission adopted a regulation restricting the taking of liquids aboard aircraft. The regulation is the European Commissions response to new threats in civil aviation and enters into force on 6 November 2006.

The regulation brings greater security for passengers and civil aviation, closes loopholes in defending against potential terrorist attacks using liquid explosives, and ensures that security measures within the EU are uniform. The new regulation limits the liquids that passengers can take past security control points at airports and then onto the aircraft. It applies to all flights departing from airports in the EU, regardless of their destination or the nationality of the carrier.

The new rules only apply to hand luggage. Passengers will still be allowed to carry small quantities of personal care products in their hand luggage (perfumes, creams, gels, etc.), provided that the containers or packaging do not contain more than 100 ml and can easily be placed in transparent plastic bags (volume: one litre). Passengers must show liquids stored in this way at the security control point and submit them for security checks. Certain exceptions are permitted such as medicines and food needed during the flight, including baby food.

Additionally the new rules require passengers to take off coats and jackets at security control points and to remove portable computers and larger electrical devices from their hand luggage. The regulation also specifies the maximum permitted dimensions for hand luggage (56 x 45 x 25 cm), with the possibility of certain exceptions such as musical instruments, although this provision will enter into force after a six-month transition period.

Brnik, 26 October 2006

Increased traffic and revenues

Aerodrom Ljubljana the Ljubljana airport company recorded an increase in traffic and revenues for the first nine months of 2006. Passenger traffic and cargo transport were both up.

Construction, Jure MežnaršičThe number of passengers carried in the first nine months of the year was 10% higher than the same period last year, while the volume of cargo increased by 23% on the first three-quarters of 2005. The increase in traffic is due to the active marketing strategy, innovation and involvement in a range of economic sectors. There were 31,056 aircraft movements at the airport, which is just under 6% more than in the same period last year (77 % of the annual plan). There were 1,051,433 passengers, which is 10% more than in the same period last year (82 % of the annual plan). There was an even greater increase in freight traffic, which was up 23% (83% of the annual plan).
The growth in the physical volume of traffic was matched by growth in revenues. The operating revenues were 9% higher than the same period last year (79% of the annual plan), while operating expenses increased by just under 3% (71% of the annual plan). The operating result totalled SIT 1973 million, and was 22% higher than in the previous year (98 % of the annual plan). The financial revenues for the first nine months of 2006 totalled SIT 360 million, which is 10% down on the same period last year (90% of annual plan). Adding the financial revenues and subtracting the financial expenses and tax liabilities to the operating profit, yields a net profit in the amount of SIT 1825 million, which is 17% higher than in the previous year (96% of the annual plan).

The largest investment the first nine months of 2006 was the construction of Phase 1 of the new passenger terminal, which includes the extension and adaptation of the existing terminal. This work will be completed by June 2007, with Phase 2 which involves a new 30,000m2 passenger terminal planned for completion by 2010.
Two public tenders were issued to select a supplier of passenger boarding bridges (PBBs), and a contractor for the construction and trades work and installation work of the PBBs. The construction work will be carried out by the Ljubljana-based company SCT d.d., and the PBBs will be supplied by Thyssenkrupp from Spain. The construction and trades work is already underway.
The changes in parking on the airport aprons due to the construction of the PBBs in the new terminal have led to a 5000m2 extension of the existing apron for parking aircraft. Work has also started on the runway extension.
We continued with the purchase of land in the complex regulated by the planning and regulatory conditions document for the airport area. The preliminary plans for the water mains, sewage system, electricity and telecommunications were prepared, as were the technical plans for infrastructure in new and existing areas covered by the planning and regulatory condition document for the airport area.

Brnik, 6 November 2006

Ljubljana Airport Becomes Air Freight Hub

UPS has started a daily air freight connection between Brnik and Cologne as part of its business network expansion. Freight will be carried to onward destinations on Adria Airways flights.

The start of the daily air freight route was marked today by a detailed presentation of the strategic cooperation between the partners: UPS, Aerodrom Ljubljana, Intereuropa and Adria Airways. Information was provided on the expansion of the UPS network, their cooperation with Intereuropa and the impact that UPS will have on the business development of Aerodrom Ljubljana and Adria Airways. Adria Airways and Aerodrom Ljubljana have long planned to make Ljubljana airport the air freight hub for Southeastern Europe, and Adria Airways will now become the regions major air freight carrier.

Zmago Skobir, the Aerodrom Ljubljana management board member responsible for marketing strategy: Cooperation with UPS means making a reality of our forecast that we would become an important air freight hub for this part of Europe. The arrival of UPS is an extremely important business move, which will increase the volume of freight we handle together with Aerodrom Ljubljana by 50%. I have to emphasise how much this is a joint project involving many partners. I think its a fine example of partnership that will benefit all of us involved in air freight. This is also an opportunity for Slovenia, because this is the first time it has really appeared on the European map in this sector, and because it offers Slovenia a genuine competitive advantage over neighbouring countries.

Goran Travner, director of UPS Slovenija, said: We have enjoyed an excellent business relationship with Intereuropa since we started working together in 1991. These flights will allow us to distribute packages of all sizes for our clients, in Slovenia and neighbouring countries.

Zvezdan Markežič, deputy president of the management board Intereuropa, d.d., also spoke, saying: Since 1989 Intereuropa d.d. has successfully operated as an agent for the global courier services of the Atlanta-based package delivery company UPS. Intereuropa d.d. has an exclusive contract to provide these services for UPS in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. For Intereuropa, the new daily flights with a Boeing 767 freight aircraft between Cologne and Brnik are a mark of the considerable trust that UPS, our senior partner, has in us, and recognition of our work to date. Opening the loading terminal at Brnik is the first case of the UPS company entrusting these kinds of services outside its own organisational structure, i.e. to one of its agents. In addition to the recognition this brings to Intereuropa, the new loading terminal also adds value to our services, as it will significantly reduce transit time for our customers cargo, increasing the competitiveness of our services. The positive impact will not only be felt in Slovenia, but also in Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the other Balkan countries.

"Adria Airways is committed to this UPS project as the connecting freight carrier, said Janez Krašnja, assistant to the Adria Airways management board, at the presentation of the new agreement, and explained: The increased demand that UPS will bring has led to us opening two new freight routes, to Sofia and Zagreb. We will also be using connections within the air freight network we have developed this year with routes to Sarajevo, Belgrade and Priština, and strengthening freight flows on our network to destinations in Southeastern Europe via Ljubljana airport. This years expansion of the air freight network has meant a 30% growth in cargo traffic. We expect the new routes to lead 20% more growth in the coming year."

Brnik, 21 November 2006

Srebrni Sejalec 2006 for Ljubljana Airport and GIZ SPOT

On 7 December 2006, at the 9th Slovenian Tourism Forum, the Slovenian Tourist Organisation awarded us the Srebrni Sejalec [Silver Sower] 2006, a prize for creative and innovative achievements in tourism contributing to the greater exposure of Slovenias tourist attractions and services.

The SPOT consortium is organised as a commercial interest association. It emerged for the purpose of organising faster and more numerous arrivals in Slovenia of guests by air. The founders of the consortium are Aerodrom Ljubljana [Ljubljana Airport], the Istrabenz Group, G&P Hotels and the Grand Hotel Toplice within the Sava Group, Globtour and the Ljubljana Institute for Tourism. There are now more than 30 partners in the association. Partners contribute funds for the joint promotion of services in markets where there are low-fare flight connections to Slovenia. Since the consortium has been in operation, it has taken some of the credit for the establishing of two budget air connections to Slovenia. The number of tourists travelling by air to Slovenia has risen markedly, something that has also been felt by numerous tourism service providers in Slovenia. The results of the new features of this entry are the reason why GIZ SPOT has earned the prize for innovative achievements in tourism contributing to the greater exposure and number of people visiting Slovenia, reads the citation.

This year the Slovenian Tourist Organisation call for entries for the Sejalec prize elicited 27 entries of innovative achievements. In June we submitted a pre-registration of entry. Then 15 candidates were selected to prepare detailed final entries, which we submitted electronically in September. All the entries were studied by the seven-member expert committee, coordinated by Dejan Križaj MA of Turistica, University of Primorska. The committee comprises a representative of the Tourism Directorate, a representative of the Slovenian Tourist Organisation, three representatives of academic institutions and two people from business. The members visited individual candidates or invited them for an interview. Then they evaluated the electronic entries separately, with the sum of all the evaluations determining the winners.

Brnik, 10 December 2006

First Choice Launched New Direct Charter Flights to Slovenia for Winter 2006

Slovenia  was new to the First Choice Snowsports programme in Winter 2005/06, introducing flights to Kranjska Gora. This year, First Choice Holidays was delighted to announce the launch of the first  ever  UK  charter  flight  to Ljubljana for the Winter 2006/2007 ski season.

Photo: Pavel BarabasFirst  Choice  Airways  will  operate  an  Airbus A320 aircraft weekly from London Gatwick, departing at 0655 and arriving into Ljubljana at 1000 local time  every  Saturday.  The return flight will depart Ljubljana at 1110 and will  return  to London Gatwick at 1220 from the 23rd December 2006 to 24th March 2007.

First  Choice  continues  to  invest  in  Slovenian  ski  resorts, with the introduction  of  the  charter  with 150 seats and a brand new First Choice operated  Kids  Club at the Hotel Alpina in Kranjska Gora.  The Kids Club is  a brand new offering in Slovenia which includes an evening crčche, half or full day childcare programmes with qualified and experienced nannies.

A  special  Slovenian  package  including tuition and a daily escort to the slopes has also been developed for First Choice, working with the local Ski Schools.   The  fantastic  Learn  to package is available in Slovenia for complete  beginners,  as  well  as Experts being able to try out the famous World Cup run!

This  season  First  Choice  will  have  seven staff based in the resort of Kranjska Gora, under the management of Simon Sharpe, Area Manager Italy and Slovenia,  and  Petra  Krzan, Resort Supervisor for Slovenia.  First Choice expects to bring over 2000 customers to Slovenia this winter.

Simon  Pepperdine,  Head of First Choice Snowsports comments Slovenia is a fantastic  country and we at First Choice are delighted to be launching our charter flight with First Choice Airways and Kids Club for this season. We are  also  very pleased to announce today that for the Winter 2007/2008 ski season, we will continue to operate our flight from London and add a second charter from Manchester, the UKs second largest city.

Brnik, 23 December 2006

Aerodrom Ljubljana wins the Rating of the Year award

Aerodrom Ljubljana is one of three Slovenian companies with the highest credit rating to receive the prestigious Rating of the Year award. For the eleventh year in a row, the winners were chosen by the credit-rating companies Dun&Bradstreet and I d.o.o.

The award ceremony took place at the Town Hall, under the patronage of the Mayor of Ljubljana, Mr Zoran Janković. Aerodrom Ljubljana, Akrapovič and Litostroj E.I. are the top three among the 384 companies in Slovenia to receive an A1 credit rating in 2006.

'This is a prestigious award for business efficiency and an obligation to continue working well in the future. The credit for this award belongs to the entire Aerodrom Ljubljana team and to the business policy we have chosen. It means a lot to us and we will guard it carefully,' said Aerodrom Ljubljana CEO Vinko Može at the award ceremony.

I d.o.o. noted that the awards had gone to companies that have the best risk rating, settle their obligations on time, operate efficiently and do not permit themselves business or capital decisions that could put them at risk. This makes them reliable partners trusted by suppliers, banks and insurance companies.

Ljubljana, 13 February 2007

 

30th anniversary of the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society and charity auction

The Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society (Gorenjska Sonček Society), the Cerebral Palsy Association of Slovenia (Sonček Association) and Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. held a joint event to mark the 30th anniversary of the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society. The occasion also saw the appointment of Dr Tatjana Dolenc Veličkovič as honorary president of the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society. The well-known actors Janez Škof and Jurij Zrnec acted as masters of ceremony. The event also included a charity auction, the profits from which will help pay for alterations to the Sonček Centre in Kranj. Music was provided by the vocal group Xplozion.


 
During the gala event, members of the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society conferred the title of honorary president of the society on Dr Tatjana Dolenc Veličkovič in recognition of her many years of tireless work and visionary activity. Mojca Žižek, the current president of the society, used the occasion to give a presentation of the society's 30 years of activity and to introduce a fund-raising campaign for the Sonček Centre in Kranj. Iztok Suhadolnik, president of the Sonček Association, which incorporates all the cerebral palsy societies in the country, stressed the importance of the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society as the driving force behind the founding of a professional organisation in 1983. The host of the event, Aerodrom Ljubljana CEO Vinko Može, highlighted the importance of the work of organisations such as the Sonček Association. He expressed his satisfaction that Aerodrom Ljubljana could help, and in this way contribute something to activities of this type.
 
The event was enlivened by a charity auction of items provided by Aerodrom Ljubljana. These consisted of liquids that air passengers are not permitted to carry in their hand luggage and which they therefore had to surrender before passing through security checks at the airport. The money raised at the action will go towards the renovation of the Sonček Centre in Kranj; the total cost of the renovation is estimated at €208,646. The sale of drinks at the auction raised €2,553.16, but sales of surrendered items will of course continue. The campaign has also been supported by Sava and Merkur, which have contributed funds for the renovation of a residential community. Radio Kranj, as media sponsor, is calling on its listeners to raise funds to improve the quality of life of people with special needs in Gorenjska.

Brnik, 27th March 2007

Ljubljana to Helsinki with Finnair

A new scheduled route between Ljubljana and Helsinki has been up and running since 6 April, operated by Finnair. There are four flights a week, on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Tickets are available from €300, excluding airport taxes and other fees.

Finnair, which carries 9 million passengers annually, is one of the oldest airlines in the world; it also records the fewest number of delays to its flights. The company flies to more than 40 European destinations.

Finnair is also one of the fastest-growing airlines linking Europe and Asia. Its home airport, Helsinki-Vantaa, is an excellent departure point, and one used by all airlines for flights between the two continents. Its ideal location gives Finnair passengers fuss-free transfer between Asian and European routes. Helsinki-Vantaa is also one of the least congested airports. Finnair currently offers over 60 weekly flights to ten destinations in Asia: Delhi, Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou (Canton), Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. In June the company will commence flights to a second Indian destination, Mumbai. 

Ralf Masserman, Finnair sales director for Austria and Slovenia, had this to say on the opening of the new LjubljanaHelsinki route: The new LjubljanaHelsinki route is very important for us. We are expanding our network of destinations throughout Europe, which enables us to offer excellent links with Asian countries via Helsinki. That is the key to our future success.

Vinko Može, president of the management board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, on the new route: The Helsinki route is a real boost for Ljubljana airport and we expect to gain around 20,000 new passengers from it. Slovenia will thus be reconnected to Scandinavia, which is the outcome of the efforts we have made over a number of years. We expect the route to be of interest to domestic as well as foreign passengers, and to be used by businesspeople as well as tourists.

Birgitta Stenius-Mladenov, Finnish ambassador to Slovenia, took the opportunity to say that since the opening of the Finnish embassy in Ljubljana three years ago, we have been constantly aware of the good links between Finland and Slovenia in terms of new business opportunities and political connections. The opening of a scheduled airline route is extremely welcome, enabling as it does the expansion and deepening of communication and contacts that have already been established, and more especially we are delighted with the new opportunity it gives to raise awareness of both countries. The fact that quite a large number of seats have already been booked for the summer flights means that Finland is an interesting tourist destination for Slovenia as well. I wish the new route every success.

Brnik, 12 April 2007

First three months far exceed plans

Compared to the same period last year, the first three months at Aerodrom Ljubljana ended with increased passenger and cargo business. Operating profits were as much as 62 percent higher, with net profits up 41 percent.

In the first three months of 2007, Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded 9,981 aircraft movements, an increase of 27 percent over the same period last year (22 percent of the annual plan). We served 253,693 passengers, which is 7 percent more than in the same period last year (18% of the annual plan). Of these passengers, 29 percent travelled on charter flights and 71 percent on scheduled services. Cargo business increased by 67 percent (4,890 tons) and reached 29 percent of the annual plan. The high growth in cargo carried by aircraft is a consequence of the establishing of the UPS air cargo centre for South Eastern Europe in November 2006.

The first three months of 2007 saw the generation of a total of EUR 6.856 million in operating revenues, which is 18 percent more than in the first three months of last year. Operating costs were 8 percent higher, but operating profits grew by as much as 62 percent. Net profits from the period amount to EUR 1.563 million, an increase of 41 percent over the same period last year.

Earnings grew in the first quarter in all categories, and given the seasonal nature of this business, their lag behind the total annual plan is in proportion. The airports quietest business period is in fact in January, February and March.

As for investments, the main focus of attention was on completion of the first phase of the new passenger terminal. With this building the airport will be in time to meet the requirements for providing a Schengen border point, and the opening ceremony for the first phase of the new passenger terminal will be held on 9 July 2007.                  

Zgornji Brnik, 29 May 2007

Welcome at a brand new view!

There's a brand new view Terasa Avionček - opened at the airport Jože Pučnik Ljubljana. You can watch more than hundred planes daily taking off and landing from the terrace. Even if your time for holidays hasn't come yet, you can fly far away in your mind while we will be taking special care of you. You can pick up delicious cakes, cool off with various ice creams or refreshing drinks or you might come there just to grab a cup of cappuccino. We also thought of your babies. There's a playground on soft grounding that will make children's day more beautiful and at the same time parents will be able to have a carefree chat.
Welcome to Terasa Avionček (in the new terminal building, facing entrance into the airport). Open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Zgornji Brnik, 10 July 2007

Instrument landing system reactivated

Tonight we reactivated the instrument landing system (ILS) for limited visibility conditions at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The system had been deactivated for the last two weeks. There was only one day of poor weather resulting in delays and the rerouting of aircraft. We once again apologise to passengers for any inconveniences.

The reason for the partial deactivation of the ILS was the repair of the aircraft runway. During this time, 330 metres of runway were repaired and two new taxiways were constructed. Work continued almost uninterrupted 24 hours a day, even in poor weather conditions. All activities were carried out as scheduled.

The ILS supports aircraft control via radio signals. The pilot controls the angle of descent and landing direction towards the runway in conditions of limited visibility and positions the aircraft in line with the landing route.

On Monday, 27 August we began construction on the apron in front of the new General Aviation Centre. The purpose of the work is to expand the apron to allow for the parking of an increased number of aircraft.

All this projects are part of Aerodrom Ljubljanas wider plans to develop Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport into one of the leading regional airports over the next 15 years. A business and logistics centre called Airport City is now being developed, which will offer tourist facilities, retail, warehousing, logistics and other airport-related services. A rail link to the airport is planned, and the Kranj-Mengeš main road will be re-routed to the north to make way for the new development. New business and administration buildings will be built at the airport with car parking, hotel, recreation and sports facilities, production and commercial facilities and aircraft and airport maintenance facilities.

Zgornji Brnik, 4 September 2007

 

First half of the year with excellent results

The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana met and discussed the company's business report for the first half of 2007. The operating results are excellent as the company recorded significant growth in traffic, income and profit during the first half of the year.

In the first six months of 2007, Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. handled 640,888 passengers, an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year. Arrivals and departures rose by 18%, while cargo traffic rose by 58%.

Operating revenues of EUR 17,094 thousand were generated in the first half of the year, an increase of 33% compared to the first half of last year. Operating expenses rose by 19% compared to the same period last year, amounting to EUR 10,995 thousand. Operating profit, in the amount of EUR 6,098 thousand, was 70% higher than that generated last year. Net profit for the accounting period was EUR 7,495 thousand, an increase of 106%.

The value of one share nearly doubled in the first half of the year. The average share price in the accounting period was 93% higher than in the first half of 2006. Significant growth of transactions of AELG shares (224%) was recorded during the accounting period.

In the first half of 2007, Aerodrom Ljubljana invested EUR 15,297 thousand of its own funds for the construction of buildings, the purchase of equipment for regular activities and computer equipment. The company's primary investment activity was the completion of the first phase of the new passenger terminal, which opened on 9 July. In addition to the opening of the passenger terminal one of the most significant events following the close of the accounting period was changes to the company's Management Board. On 4 July the term of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d.'s previous Management Board President expired. The company is now headed by Zmago Skobir. As of the aforementioned day, Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. is once again governed by a two-member Management Board.

Zg. Brnik, 28 August 2007

DHL opens new terminal

DHL has opened its new operations terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. From now on this will be the joint location for the activities of DHL's two units in Slovenia. The terminal is the first facility in the business-logistics zone known as Airport City that Aerodrom Ljubljana is planning at the airport.

The activities of DHL's two units in Slovenia at the airport will now be concentrated at the airport: handling, sorting and customs clearance of DHL express shipments within its Express division and groupage road freight within its Freight division. Centralisation is also taking place at DHL's other European logistics centres, enabling optimisation of operations and thus reducing delivery time. The improvements to operations at the new terminal will mean improvements to the EXPRESS 12:00 service, which offers delivery by 12.00 pm (midday) to all major cities in the world, and the EXPRESS 9:00 service, which offers delivery by 9.00 am.

The new terminal is the first facility in the newly created business-logistics zone known as Airport City. With Airport City, Aerodrom Ljubljana plans to develop Slovenia's main airport into a transport terminal that will function as a logistics, business and commercial zone in the true sense of the word as a junction of road, rail and air routes. The various operations involved in the transhipment of goods to different means of transport will be carried out at the airport. The facility will also meet warehousing and other logistics needs in goods transfer operations. DHL's activity at the airport is a step towards the realisation of one of Aerodrom Ljubljana's main development goals: that of increasing the volume of freight traffic.

The DHL facility was built by a partnership involving companies of the GH Holding group and Aerodrom Ljubljana. Aerodrom Ljubljana provided the site and infrastructure worth EUR 0.6 million euros. Intering Holding d.o.o. invested EUR 2.5 million euros. The builder of the more than 2000 m2 of warehousing space for the processing of shipments and the 700 m2 of office space was SGP Pomgrad of Murska Sobota. Construction lasted five months, beginning in late April and ending in late August this year.


Zg. Brnik, 17 October 2007

Informative summer timetable

We would like to inform passengers and visitors of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport that informative summer timetable has been published on Aerodrom Ljubljana's website. It is valid from 30 March. The information contained in the timetable are subject to modifications without notice. Please consult your airline or travel agent before you make your reservation. We would also like to inform you that check-in time is two hours prior to departure of your aircraft.

Zg. Brnik, 21 March 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temporarily interruptions on our website

We would like to inform airline passengers and visitors of the website www.lju-airport.si on the temporarily interruptions which will occur on Wednesday, 24 October, from 03.00 p.m. until 06.00 p.m. For all the information on arrivals and departures of aircrafts, please contact our passenger information centre on +386 4 20 61 981. Thank you for your understanding.

More comfort in our renovated business lounge

Business travellers will now even more comfortably wait for the departure of their airplane. New plasma television, information monitor and extra electrical sockets were installed into our renewed business lounge. We now also have new computer room with internet access.

New direct service to Brussels

Brussels Airlines has inaugurated a new direct service between the European Capital and Slovenia. As from now the airline will offer 6 weekly flights between Ljubljana and Brussels. In this way Brussels Airlines opens the welcome to Slovenias EU presidency starting in January 2008. Thanks to the arrival of Brussels Airlines in the market, passengers can now enjoy one way fares starting from 49,99 euro all taxes included.

The Republic of Slovenia has been a EU member since May 2004 and will be the first of the recent Member States to host the EU Presidency. The country is enjoying a prosperous economic development, and its economic levels are on line with the EU convergence levels, it in fact recently introduced the euro. This is a great boom to the country as well as to the tourism industry and Ljubljana airport.

Reasons enough for Brussels Airlines, the airline based in the European capital, to launch a 6 weekly service between Ljubljana and Brussels.

Zg. Brnik, 20 November 2007

In the company of the most respected employers

On 21 November, Aerodrom Ljubljana was voted one of the most respected employers in Slovenia. We are extremely proud of this distinguished recognition which is the result of extensive research in the labour market. We constantly strive to ensure good working conditions and a pleasant organisational climate for our employees.

This certainly contributed to our favourable recognition in a professional research project in which almost 9,000 people participated. The purpose of the internet survey, carried out by the company Moje Delo between December 2006 and October 2007, was to determine what type of reputation Slovenian companies enjoy amongst candidates in the labour market and which, according to their opinion, are the most respected. The best companies were announced in the scope of the Kariera07 (Career07) fair. The reputation of an individual employer was determined by a special ratio comprised of the recognisability and consideration given to a company as a possible employer, as well as the first choice of an individual survey respondent. Our company was selected amongst the 20 best companies of the nearly 300 which participated. This distinguished recognition earned us a certificate as respected employer. 


At Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., where we manage Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, we offer our employees the opportunity to build a career from the moment of employment. We offer our workers secure employment and stimulate a sense of belonging and personal development through an established work plan. Most airport professions require specific knowledge and legally prescribed work permits which can only be obtained through workplace training. That is why we continuously provide for education made possible by funds received through public tender for the co-financing of employee training and education from the European Social Fund.
 
Zg. Brnik, 23 November 2007

Net profit more than doubles

Aerodrom Ljubljana's excellent operating results continue. In the first nine months of 2007, the company recorded substantial growth in traffic, particularly cargo, revenues and profit.

In the first nine months of 2007, the airport served 1,182,528 passengers, an increase of 13% compared to the same period last year (82% of the annual plan). The number of aircraft movements rose by 14%, reaching 35,538 (78% of the annual plan) in the first nine months of the year. Cargo traffic in the first nine months of the year totalled 15,915 tonnes, an increase of 59% compared to the same period last year (95% of the annual plan). Air cargo, road cargo and postal cargo rose by 102%, 20% and 12%, respectively.

Operating revenues of EUR 28,301 thousand were generated during the accounting period, an increase of 30%. Operating expenses rose by 21%, reaching EUR 16,469. Operating profit of EUR 11,832 thousand was recorded, an increase of 44% compared to last year. Taking into account financial revenues and financial expenses and estimated corporate income tax, net profit for the period totalled EUR 15,554 thousand, an increase of 104% compared to the net profit recorded in the same period last year. The positive results of operations were also reflected in the trust of investors. The value of AELG shares more than doubled in the first nine months of the year.

In the first half of 2007, Aerodrom Ljubljana invested EUR 15,297 thousand of its own funds in the construction of buildings and the purchase of airport and computer equipment. The company's primary activity was the completion of the first phase of the new passenger terminal. In the scope of this investment, the B sorting unit was expanded and baggage sorting system upgraded.

Due to preparations of the airport infrastructure for a Schengen border crossing point, we also adapted the general aviation hangar in which a general aviation passenger terminal was constructed.

In September, construction of the DHL cargo terminal was completed. An extension of taxiway TWY A and two entrance and exit taxiways to the runway were constructed. During the extension of the taxiway, the runway was also extended by 300 metres. In the coming days the extension of general aviation parking apron to 10,000 m2 will also be completed.

Brnik, 28 November 2007

New issue of AL magazine

We published new issue of AL magazine. It is available through the internet link on our website, or via ordinary mail. You can order it through our web form.

 

Extra line for security examinations

Security examinations on the border control at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport were frequently the cause of impatience among passengers. We now opened extra line for security checkups. It is meant to ensure higher passenger flow on the border and reduce throng. We expect it to be particularly beneficial in the morning peak hours and during Slovenian EU Presidency. Security examinations will be performed with three X-ray machines and two metal detector doors.

All passengers are advised to attend security checkup as soon as possible, so all the necessary formalities are arranged without stress. Please note that passengers are only allowed to take small quantities of liquids in their hand luggage. These liquids must be individual containers with a maximum capacity of 100 milliliters each.   They must also be packed in transparent, re-sealable plastic bags of not more than one liter capacity per passenger. Please also note that sharp and pointy objects are prohibited and all metal objects and electronic devices must be examined separately. More information on the standard hand baggage allowance on flights is available on our website.

Zg. Brnik, 17 December 2007.

 

We are introducing Web check in

With online flight check in, passengers at Ljubljana's Jože Pučnik Airport are now offered greater choice in completing formalities before the departure of their flight. This is one of the first airports in Europe to offer passengers check in over the Internet. Approximately 300,000 passengers are expected to use this service in a single year.

Using the Internet for web check in is a technological advancement that allows check in to be completed on any computer with Internet access. By using the simple application on the website www.lju-airport.si passengers can check in for their flight even before they get to the airport. In this way they can avoid waiting in line at the check in counter and save time.

Passengers can check in on the Internet from 24 hours to 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the aircraft. By clicking on the promotional button on the website, they can first find out about check in procedure, restrictions and conditions. Then they must enter their information, select a seat in the aircraft and finally print out the boarding card for their flight. The bottom portion of the boarding card has a special bar code which is used to let passengers board the aircraft. Passengers who also wish to check in baggage must go to the drop off counter at the airport (marked B1), where they can use their already printed boarding card to check in their baggage.

Web check in is available for direct flights with scheduled service carriers, but not for connecting, charter and budget flights (passengers travelling on easyJet can check in for their flights at http://www.easyjet.com/en/book/index.asp). At the end of February it will also be possible to check in online for connecting flights and flights to the United Kingdom, which the application does not allow for the moment.

And web check in is not the only new technological feature at Ljubljanas Jože Pučnik Airport. Since the middle of December, free WiFi Internet access has been offered in the main passenger terminal and the General Aviation Centre. The Airport Public connection is an open type, which means that to get online you do not need any keys or security settings on the device you are connecting to the Internet.

Brnik, 18 January 2008

Runway extension

Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. recently concluded a runway extension, increasing the safety of aircraft, cargo and passenger services at Ljubljana-Jože Pučnik Airport. The extension increased the runway capacity by a third.

The runway extension enhances apron taxiing capacity while also serving as a runway, increasing existing take-off and landing capacity at Ljubljana-Jože Pučnik Airport. The runway was extended by 1300 metres (from 2000 to 3300m). The runway can now allow between 20 and 25 take-offs or landings per hour, compared to the previous limit of 15 aircraft per hour. The extension will reduce the burden of taxiing aircraft on the runway, which will improve airport safety.  The new runway area will cover approximately 45,000m2. 

Extending the runway is part of a larger project that started on 1 August last year. The project included the construction of two 170m taxiways, while the runway was also resurfaced, and the parking apron in front of the general aviation hanger was extended by 9600m2.

The resurfacing of a 315m-section of the runway included filling in potholes, installing new lights, laying new asphalt and a new surface lining, and remarking the runway. The general aviation apron was expanded due to the transfer of the General Aviation Centre to a new location. A modern, new general aviation terminal was constructed with a passenger lounge, two VIP lounges, a border area, and facilities for crew and staff. The expanded general aviation apron includes three parking areas for helicopters. The new facilities were constructed in accordance with Schengen regulations.

The expansion of airport infrastructure is far from being over. In March work will start to expand the main apron, which will include five parking spaces for larger cargo aircraft. At the same time an additional connecting taxiway will increase flow between the apron and runway. Aerodrom Ljubljanas main investment this year is undoubtedly the new passenger terminal, with construction starting in the second half of 2008. Completion of the 60 million-euro project is planned for 2010. Terminal capacity (throughout) will be 2.5 million passengers per year, or 850 passengers per hour, arrivals and departures. The terminal will provide rapid, effective and high quality implementation of passenger arrivals and departures and their baggage, and carrying out border and customs controls in line with Schengen border standards.

Brnik, 23 January 2008

This year we will increase traffic and revenues

Aerodrom Ljubljana is planning 11% growth in the number of passengers served, 13% growth in aircraft movements and 17% growth in freight carried.

In 2007 a total of 1,524,028 passengers passed through Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, there were 46,517 aircraft movements and transported 21,717 tonnes of cargo. There were 14.2% more passengers compared to 2006, 13.5% more aircraft movements and 42% more cargo. We will continue actively marketing services to acquire new passengers on our target markets of Italy and Austria, as well as acquiring new connections, primarily with the markets of Germany, Spain, England and Scandinavia.

The growth in transport will be matched by growth in revenues from the sale of services, which will exceed the growth in business expenses. In 2008 we will continue with our intense investment cycle and increasing airport capacity. Competition from airports in the region does not allow any significant increase in prices, so the growth in revenues will be closely linked to increased traffic volume.

The planned operating profit in 2008 will remain the same as the planned level for 2007 for the reasons set out above. The pre-tax profit should also remain at the same level as the last year.

This year we will invest 28.6 million euros in buildings, equipment to support activities and computer equipment. This will increase airport infrastructure capacity and improve service quality. The investment principal will be financed from own funds.

Brnik, 29 January 2008

Record-breaking Business Results in 2007

The unaudited financial results of Aerodrom Ljubljana reached record levels in the number of provided services for both passengers and cargo, as also in terms of operating revenues and profits.  

The amount of traffic at the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport continued to grow in 2007. 1,524,028 passengers passed through the airport, which is up a good 14% on 2006, surpassing the plan by more than 5%. There were 44,517 aircraft movements, which is just under 14% less in comparison to 2006, representing just under 2% more than planned. Cargo traffic saw the highest increase, growing by 42% in comparison to 2006, exceeding the plan by 29%. Last year two airlines, the Finnish Finnair and Belgian Brussels Airlines, began providing scheduled flights from the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport.    

All key company performance indicators are above both the 2006 figures and also the anticipated values. In 2007 the company generated EUR 37.2 million of operating income, which is 30% more than in 2006 and 6% above the planned figure. The company generated EUR 21.6 million in pre-tax profit, thus exceeding the plan by 86%. Net profit amounted to EUR 16.7 million, which is 74% above the business plan. The final profit was largely influenced by financial revenues, mostly attributed to capital gains generated with sales of investments. The price of AELG shares on the last trading day of 2007 was EUR 147.15, which is 156% more than on the last trading day of 2006. 

It is worth highlighting the opening of the first phase of the new passenger terminal among the most notable events of the past year. We shall continue the modernisation and upgrading of the airport infrastructure in 2008. We shall invest EUR 28.6 million in buildings, purchase of airport equipment and computer equipment. The most significant investments include the expansion of the aircraft apron, start of the second phase of construction for the new passenger terminal (T2), completing external connections for the municipal infrastructure, a garage for equipment for the staff handling the arrival and departure of aircrafts, and two multi-storey car parks.

In 2008, the upward trend in traffic will continue. We are expecting 1,688,759 passengers, representing an 11% growth over 2007; 52,709 aircraft movements, a 13% rise over 2007; and 25,795 tons of cargo, exceeding the 2007 figure by 17%.

Brnik, 26 February 2008

Start of air connection to Milan postponed

The Italian low-cost air carrier Volareweb has reported that at present it will not be establishing a direct air connection between Ljubljana and Milan. The Italian budget carrier's first flight had been anticipated on 20 May this year.

According to David Defini, director of new business at Volare s.p.a., the reasons for the postponement are restrictions with the air fleet and scheduling at Milano-Malpensa airport, making it impossible to set up an optimal schedule between Ljubljana and Milan that would generate the expected number of passengers.

Janez Krašnja, Director of the Commercial Sector at Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d., said: We regret the decision, however, Aerodrom Ljubljana has done everything possible to make the route a reality. We expect another attempt to set the route out will happen in September. We hope that we will welcome Volareweb to our airport this year.

Brnik, 18 March 2008

Controls at internal air borders were abolished

After the lifting of checks at internal land and sea borders with the Schengen area Member States on 21 December 2007 when Slovenia, together with eight EU Member States , entered the common area of free movement without internal border controls based on a decision by the EU interior ministers, border checks will also be lifted at air borders on 30 March 2008. This will represent the final step in the abolition of controls at internal borders.

Based on its assessment that all nine candidates for the enlargement of the Schengen area, including Slovenia, were ready for full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis, the JHA Council on 6 December 2007 adopted Council Decision on the full application of the Schengen acquis in the Czech Republic, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Hungary, Republic of Malta, Republic of Poland, Republic of Slovenia and Slovak Republic ( http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2007:323:0034:01:SL:HTML). With Slovenias entry into Schengen, border controls at the borders with Austria, Italy and Hungary were abolished, while at the same time border controls at the border with Croatia were reinforced since this is now EU external border. The entry into force of the Council Decision allowed for the lifting of checks at internal land and sea borders on 21 December 2007 and at air borders on 30 March 2008.

The decision to abolish controls at airports at a later time has to do with the changes of flight schedules, which are made twice a year - in spring and in autumn. Apart from that, the reasons are also technical, as the implementation of the Schengen regime at airports imposes a strict separation between the passengers on internal Schengen flights and other passengers in international traffic. In addition to high standards of physical border surveillance at land border crossing points and the use of the Schengen information system, the rules of Schengen external border control also require a state-of-the-art technology for border checks at airports, which are simultaneously border crossing points at the external Schengen border (for extra-Schengen flights) and point of crossing internal borders without border checks (for intra-Schengen flights).

To be able to meet the Schengen standards in air border control as well, Slovenia had to upgrade the airport infrastructure to allow for separation of passengers on Schengen and non-Schengen flights. Last year certain construction works and other measures were carried out at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to ensure the separation of internal and external flight passengers (a new passenger terminal at the Jože Pučnik Airport was officially opened on 9 July 2007).

For air passenger this means in practice that from 30 March onwards border checks will only be carried out on non-Schengen flights, i.e. flights involving the crossing of the external border. On these flights, border checks will be carried out for all passengers entering or exiting the Schengen area (including transit passengers catching a connecting intra-Schengen flight). There will be no border checks for internal flights from one Schengen country to another. The only remaining checks will be security checks, and they will be performed by a security company and not the police.

Passenger flows at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport can be seen here.

Brnik, 30 March 2008

Upgraded Web check in

Web check in can now be used by passengers on connecting flights and those travelling to US. They can still check in at least one hour prior to their flight. Those who also wish to check in baggage must go to the drop off counter B1. Now even more passangers can save time before their flight.

Zgornji Brnik, 19 May 2008

We are sponsoring Slovenian Olympic Team

Aerodrom Ljubljana joined a family of highly respected Slovenian companies. As a sponsor of our Olympic Team, we are proud to support our top athletes and create optimal opportunities for their performance. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport represents their departure and entrance point to all major competitions and we are looking forward to their new successes.

 

Zg. Brnik, 21 May 2008

 

 

Passenger notification regarding airport security measures during the US president's visit to Slovenia

Dear Passengers,

Due to the EU - USA summit in Slovenia special security measures will be implemented at Ljubljana-Jože Pučnik Airport from Friday 6 June to Tuesday 10 June 2008:
-       From 21.00 on Friday 6 June partial restrictions will be introduced to parking in the external car park and the multi-storey car park.
-       From 06.00 on Monday 9 June parking and stopping vehicles directly in front of the passenger terminal will be prohibited.
-       15 minutes before the landing of the aircraft carrying President Bush, all movement of persons or vehicles in the airport area will be prohibited.
-       From 21.00 on Sunday 8 June there will be additional security control points within the airport perimeter at the entrance to various public spaces (car parks, public areas of the passenger terminal and service area).
-       The service entrance to the airport will be closed from 21.00 on Sunday 8 June to, provisionally, 17.00 on Tuesday 10 June. Entrance to the service area will be possible via the main airport entrance (past the passenger terminal). 
-       Roads will be fully blocked and all traffic stopped on the roads leading to the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport on Monday, 9 June from 18.00 to 22.00  and Tuesday, 10 June from 13.00 to 17.00.

Please give yourself sufficient time to arrive at the airport taking these measures into account, and follow the instructions of security staff and the police. The majority of flights is going to arrive or depart as scheduled. Nevertheless we would like to advise  you to check with your air carrier or on the website www.lju-airport.si for information on your flight before arriving at the airport.

We will publish any changes to these arrangements on the website and via other public media.

We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. d.

New scheduled flights to Barcelona

The first Clickair aircraft to land at Ljubljana airport will arrive on 4 July. This will be the second scheduled route between Barcelona and the Slovenian capital.

The Spanish no-frills airline, Clickair, will fly from Ljubljana-Jože Pučnik Airport to the El Prat airport, Barcelona, every Monday and Friday at least until 15 September. One-way tickets are currently available from 55 euros and up, including all taxes. They can be reserved on the website www.clickair.com or via tourist agencies. There is considerable demand for flights to the Iberian peninsula, so Aerodrom Ljubljana, which manages Ljubljana-Jože Pučnik Airport, expects the flights to have a high occupancy. Aerodrom Ljubljana expects the new airline to carry approximately 7,000 passengers between Ljubljana and Barcelona over the summer.

Clickair is one of the most punctual airlines in Europe. It was established two years ago and has a fleet of 24 Airbus A-320s, currently flying to fifty destinations in Spain, the UK and Ireland, Central Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Last year it carried 4.5 million passengers and this year is planning to carry 7 million.

Zg. Brnik, 5 June

 

New air connection with Barcelona

We have welcomed an aircraft from the Spanish low-cost air carrier Clickair for the first time. Overall Aerodrom Ljubljana ended the first half of 2008 with thenumber of passengers up by 15.8% compared to the first half of last year.

Clickair will fly to the Barcelona airport El Prat every Monday and Friday until 15 September. Prices for a one-way ticket start at 55 euros, including all taxes and charges. They can be reserved on the website www.clickair.com or via travel agents. There is a high level of demand for connections to the Iberian peninsula, so we expect the flights to be popular. Clickair is also satisfied with reservations made so far. It plans to carry around 7,000 passengers on the new Ljubljana-Barcelona route.
Clickair is the most punctual air carrier in Europe. It was established two years ago and has a fleet of 24 Airbus A-320 aircraft currently flying to 50 destinations in Spain, the UK and Ireland, Central Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Last year it carried 4.5 million passengers, and this year expects that number to reach 7 million.
The Spanish air carrier is the 11th scheduled air carrier (the second low-cost carrier) to join the network of direct flights from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The airport has scheduled connections with 31 cities around Europe, including all the major European air hubs; the busiest lines are the routes to London, Paris and Frankfurt. Scheduled flights are supplemented by a wide range of charter flights; there will be 26 this summer. The most popular charter flight destinations are the Greek islands, Egypt, and Djerbo, while a new destination garnering considerable interest this summer is Ibiza.
Passenger data indicates that traffic grew above the anticipated rate in the first half of the year. We served almost 16% more passengers and 5% more aircraft. A rapid rise has also been recorded in the general aviation sector, with 64% more passengers than in the first half of 2007, due largely to the period coinciding with Slovenias presidency of the European Union.

Zgornji Brnik, 4 July

Aerodrom Ljubljana begins construction of north car park

In the past few days airport operator Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. has started construction on the north car park, with an access road and link to the main terminal. The works contractor is SCT d.d., and the project should be completed by November 2008.

SCT d.d. was selected as the works contractor from among seven bidders in a public tender, and the contract is valued at around 1.5 million euros. The value of the project in its entirety is estimated at approximately 2.6 million euros. The emerging car park will be able to accommodate up to 960 vehicles and will replace the existing open-air car park P2, which will be closed on the start of construction work on passenger terminal T2. This is envisaged in the first half of the coming year. The new car park will also involve the construction of an access road, minor modifications to the existing crossroads at the main entrance to the airport (pedestrian crossing) and access to the main passenger terminal. The crossing over the main road will be regulated by traffic lights. The car park will be entirely paved, and equipped with an automated parking system at the covered entrance, lighting, a video surveillance system and perimeter fencing.
A machine will be installed at the entrance for payment of parking fees, while it will also be possible to pay at the existing payment counters in the terminal area. A small bus stop will be situated by the entrance to the car park for the purpose of transferring passengers and baggage to the front of the main airport terminal.
This will be the first airport structure to be constructed on the other side of the national road G2-104 along section 1136 (Kranj Spodnji Brnik), on land owned by Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d.

Following the opening of the terminal, this project will be the next step towards fulfilling the target of developing the airport in the next 15 years into the leading regional airport. Development is under way in the area around the airport on a business and logistics centre, called Airport City, which will see the development of tourism, retail trade, storage, logistics and other activities associated with the airport. Recently bids were gathered for investor and operator of the airport hotel. Four bids were submitted within the required deadline, and Aerodrom Ljubljana anticipates that the selection process will be finally concluded in September, when a contract awarding structural rights should be signed with the selected bidder.

As part of the construction of the Airport City there are plans to establish a rail link with the airport, while the section of the Kranj Mengeš road by the airport will be shifted to the north. In the area of the airport there will also be new structures built for commercial and administrative operations, with car parks, recreation and sports facilities, manufacturing and commercial buildings and buildings for maintaining aircraft and airport maintenance operations.

Brnik, 16 July 2008

International golf tournament for European airports and airlines

Last week we and Adria Airways held the 1st 66-yard first flight international golf tournament at the Kings Course at Bled. This brought together European airlines, European airports and their partners to celebrate the pioneer of Slovenian aviation, Edvard Rusjan.

We brought the life story of the first Slovenian aviator to more than a hundred participants from Slovenia and the rest of the world. In the spirit and image of the tournament and the entire accompanying programme there was a return to the early 20th century, bringing it closer to our current era. The golfers competed for 25 prizes in two groups (avio and guests). Airport representatives also took on airline representatives for an additional team prize, sporting luck on this occasion favouring the latter.

The tournament was an 18-hole Stableford competition, and is set to become a regular fixture. The tournament was held under the amateur status rules of the Royal and Ancient, local rules approved the tournament committee, the EGA Handicap System 2007/10 and the rules of the Golf Association of Slovenia.

Those participating in the accompanying programme had a tour of Bled and its surroundings, and attended a retro golf school, before competing to hit the ball 66 yards, the length of Rusjans first flight. The official close of the tournament was a flight by a replica of Eda 5, made by constructor Albin Novak, part of the legacy of the first Slovenian aviator.

One of the golfers competing was the CEO of Munich Airport, Dr Michael Kerkloh, who after the tournament said: I would like to thank Aerodrom Ljubljana and Adria Airways for organising this exceptional event. My compliments to the organisers for an unforgettable weekend in Bled. I am delighted to have been able to take part.

For more information about the golf tournament see www.aa-golf.si, while the life and achievements of Edvard Rusjan are described in detail at www.edvard-rusjan.it/russlo.html.

Brnik, 28 August

Heavier traffic but higher costs in the first half of the year

The supervisory board of Aerodrom Ljubljana was briefed on the companys unaudited interim results. These show heavier traffic and higher revenues, but also higher costs compared with the same period last year.

In the first six months of the year we served 779,062 passengers (46.1% of the forecast in the annual plan), up 21.6% on the same period last year, while the number of aircraft movements was up 5.8% on the same period last year at 23,741 (45% of the forecast in the annual plan). There was 8,835 tonnes of cargo carried (34.3% of the forecast in the annual plan), down 13.8% on the same period last year.

Despite the downturn in macroeconomic conditions compared with last year, the companys performance in the first half of this year was stable and satisfactory. The results fall slightly short of those in the same period last year, which can to a great extent be attributed to the increased operating costs associated with the new facilities and the expansion of traffic in physical terms.

The operating revenues of EUR 19,025 thousand and operating expenses of EUR 13,338 thousand generated an operating result (EBIT) of EUR 5,686 thousand, down 6.8% on the same period last year, and 43.4% of the forecast in the annual plan. The EBITDA figure presents a more favourable picture, up 4.3% on the same period last year at EUR 8,732 thousand (46.2% of the forecast in the annual plan).

Despite the slight decline on the same period last year, the EBIT margin (the ratio of earnings before interest and tax to operating revenues) and the EBITDA margin (the ratio of earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to operating revenues) are still encouraging, at 29.9% and 45.9% respectively.

The declared net profit for the accounting period of EUR 5,133 thousand was down 31.5% on the same period last year as a result of the capital gains generated by the sale of investments in the first half of 2007 (excluding capital gains, this years net profit would be up 4.5% on that generated in the same period last year). The relatively low realisation of the net profit forecast in the annual plan (30.0%) is to a great extent the result of sales of investments planned for 2008 not having been made in the first half of the year.

 

Brnik, 26 August

Bidder selected for building and operating airport hotel

The airport hotel at Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana will be built by Vegrad d.d., and will be operated by the Rezidor Hotel Group under its Park Inn brand.The hotel will open by 30 September 2010.

The call for bids was published this June by Aerodrom Ljubljana, the operator of the airport. The subject of the bid was the building and operation of a hotel in the business zone at the airport. The primary policy in building the business zone has been that Aerodrom Ljubljana is not an investor in the facilities, but leases the land out. The terms and conditions of the tender stated that the hotel had to be operated by an established international hotel group that operates at least 20 hotels, had to meet four-star standards, and had to offer at least 150 rooms, a conference centre, a restaurant and a modern fitness and wellness centre.

Four bidders submitted bids by the deadline. After a thorough review of the bids, two bidders were selected for the second stage of further negotiations: Vegrad d.d. and Austrian company WPG d.o.o. The two bidders proposed the same renamed hotel group as the operator of the hotel. The bid review commission selected Vegrad d.d. as the best bidder.

The hotel is the latest in a series of development investments at the airport. Aerodrom Ljubljana is currently building a north car park, and is completing the process of obtaining a building permit for expanding the airport apron, which will be built by the spring of next year. The inventories for the new T2 terminal are also being finalised. A Europe-wide tender for the terminal will be published in December or January, and building will commence next spring if there are no objections. It should be completed by early 2011, and will be opened in May of the same year. The renovation of the runway, another multi-storey car park, and the moving of the regional road running past the airport are also planned.

Brnik, 18 September

Notice

We would like to inform all pasengers and visitors of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport that, due to the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh there are no planned delays in the air traffic. We also do not plan any major road blockages around the airport. All changes will be published on our website.

Satisfactory and stable operations over the first nine months of 2008

The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana d. d. was briefed today on the companys unaudited nine-month operating results. The results indicate increased traffic and higher revenues, but also higher costs compared with the same period last year on account of the increased traffic and new facilities.

In the first nine months of 2008, the airport served 1,352,189 passengers (80.1% of the annual plan), up 14.3% on the same period last year, while the number of aircraft movements was up 5.9% on the same period last year at 37,631 (71.4% of the annual plan). A total of 13,033 tonnes of cargo was carried (50.5% of the annual plan), down 18.1% on the same period last year.

Despite unfavourable macroeconomic conditions, the company's operations in the first nine months of this year were satisfactory and stable, and remain in line with plans. The company generated operating revenue of EUR 31,036 thousand, an increase of 9.7% on the same period last year, while operating expenses totalled EUR 19,854 thousand, up 20.6% on the same period in 2007.

A favourable picture is provided by the company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA), which amounted to EUR 15,749 thousand, an increase of 3% from the same period last year. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) totalling EUR 11,182 thousand (85.3% of the annual plan) were down 5.5% on the same period last year, primarily due to rising operating expenses linked to increased operations and new facilities in use since July 2007.

The EBIT margin (the ratio of earnings before interest and taxes to operating revenues) and the EBITDA margin (the ratio of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation to operating revenues) are also encouraging, at 36% and 50.7%, with the margins exceeding planned levels by 4.8 percentage points and 5.6 percentage points, respectively.

The disclosed net profit for the accounting period of EUR 9,707 thousand was down 37.5% as a result of the capital gains generated by the sale of investments in the same period in 2007 (excluding capital gains in the first nine months of 2007, net profit generated in the first nine months of 2008 would be similar to last year's level). The relatively low realisation of the net profit forecast in the annual plan (56.6%) was driven by the fact that sales of investments planned for 2008 were not carried out in the first nine months of the year due to unfavourable conditions.

We assess that passenger and aircraft traffic until the end of 2008 will be in line with the annual plan. Given the current economic conditions and results achieved thus far, operating results are also expected to be in line with planned results.

Brnik, 20 November 2008

Web Check-in saves time at the airport

Using the Internet for Web Check-in is a technological advancement that allows check in to be completed on any computer with Internet access. By using the simple application on our website or at www.adria.si or www.airfrance.com passengers can check in for their flight even before they get to the airport. In this way they can avoid waiting in line at the check in counter and save time before flight to numerous European destinations.

Passengers can check in on our website from 24 hours to 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the aircraft. By clicking on the promotional button,   they can first find out about check in procedure, restrictions and conditions. Then they must enter their information, select a seat in the aircraft and finally print out the boarding card for their flight. The bottom portion of the boarding card has a special bar code which is used to let passengers board the aircraft. Passengers who also wish to check in baggage for Adria Airways flights must go to the drop off counters B1 or B2 at the airport or at counters for business flights for other airlines. They can use their already printed boarding card to check in their baggage.

Passengers can find useful information on important data for the Web Check-in in the attached file.

 

Diaspora project

From 08th until 13th of December our passenger terminal hosts Diaspora project. In cooperation with Zavod Maska we prepared a series of short videos in sound clips on modern nomads.

This is multimedia project that uses our internal sound system and plazma screens to show members of the public refugee problems, migrations and the role of the airport within it. Diaspora is a part of multimedia projects on migrations that artists Irena Pivka and Brane Zorman prepare since year 2002.

The term diaspora refers any population sharing common ethnic identity who were either forced to leave or voluntarily left their settled territory, and became residents in areas often far removed from the former.Diaspora is converse to the nomadic lifestyle. Diaspora cultural development often assumes a different course to the population in the original place of settlement, and tends to vary between remotely separated communities in culture, traditions and other factors.

Diaspora is one of the inter-media projects regarding migration. Diaspora is a common identity for migrants within the environment of their new settlement. The members of a Diaspora, as a rule, dont want to assimilate into their new society and act as if they havent moved to another country at all. The artists use audio, video and graphic announcements taken from public spaces within an airport. Short messages are used to show the position of a local community in the wider economic or political sense.

Zg. Brnik, 8th of December 2008

Strike at Budapest Airport

Due to the current strike situation at Ferihegy Airport, Malév has decided to cancel 3 flights on Tuesday, 16th December 2008. 

Cancelled flights:
MA 564/565 Zürich (ZRH)
MA 670/671 Berlin (TXL)
MA 820/821 Prague (PRG)

Malev offers alternative flights to Zürich, Berlin and Prague the same day. 

The airline rebooks free of charge an air ticket for a cancelled (and only cancelled) flight to another flight operated by Malév or by another oneworld alliance member airline travelling to the same destination, or it refunds, at no charge, the cost of the air ticket. 

Malév continues to request its passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before flight departure. This is necessary because bottlenecks around the flight safety checkpoints are likely to increase the time it takes to access the transit area on Thursday.

Travellers should continue to reckon on facing delays. If the situation at the airport normalizes, Malév will immediately start running services according to the timetable. 

Further information is available from the Malév Call Center on +36-1-235-3888 and at the airlines website at www.malev.com alternatively, you can contact Malév Slovenia on 04 2061 665 or 04 2061 676.

Once again Malév would like to thank all of its customers for their understanding and patience. 

 

Traffic update from Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport expects seamless traffic on Wednesday, Arriving and departing flights will very likely be on schedule. BA does not expect extra waiting time as security screening is working with full capacity. Budapest Airport expects the same conditions for the whole day. All flights will land and leave on time. In the view of the improving traffic situation Budapest Airport asks all passengers to arrive two hours before the departure of their flight instead of three hours.

 

 

Noise monitoring begins in the area of the airport

At three out of four selected locations in the area around Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, continuous measurement and monitoring of noise has begun in the past few days.The airport operator, Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., selected the company ZVD Zavod za varstvo pri delu d.d. in a public tender for the monitoring contract.

Previously, in agreement with the local community certain measures were adopted as a solution to the complex issue of limiting and monitoring noise. One of the key measures, continuous monitoring and measuring of noise, which will also enable the identification of violators, has been implemented in the past few days. The system of noise monitoring is part of the integrated approach to the issue of noise in the areas around the airport, and will help in a non-discriminatory way to improve the quality of life in the municipalities that surround the airport.

In line with the contract, the company ZVD d.d. has already set up three measuring terminals, which comprise a measuring system and computer as well as wireless connections, and they have been located at Vodice (Lokarje), Lahovče and Šenčur. Unfortunately owing to the negative response from local residents and landowners, the placing of a fourth measuring point in the area of the village of Voklo-Voglje has not been completed. The measuring points were selected on the basis of the most exposed settlements or locations under the approach and take-off paths. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has in this way joined more than 40 other European airports that have already implemented this kind of monitoring for the noise burden.

The measuring is conducted with the measuring terminals collecting data on noise levels, recording the sound of individual events and sending data continuously via the mobile phone network to a control centre, which is located at the head office of ZVD d.d. in Ljubljana. At the control centre data analysis is performed, and using various methods they determine the environmental burden from noise, individual sources of noise and daily and annual burdens of noise. In the near future we also anticipate a link with the source of radar data from air traffic controllers, which will enable easier distinguishing of individual noise events. Until then, using the audio recordings of noise events, the separation of individual noise sources will be performed manually. By listening to audio recordings and analysing the noise, which the system enables, in the majority of cases it will be possible to distinguish between individual sources of airport noise (aircraft) and other noise sources (traffic, field work, special events, exploding fireworks, dogs barking and so forth).

The company ZVD d.d. has many years of experience in measuring noise in the natural and living environment, and has performed similar monitoring for more than a year in the area of the Port of Koper. In the first phase the monitoring and measuring of noise will allow an estimate of the actual environmental burden of noise at measuring points. On the basis of results obtained, and using a noise map, the most heavily burdened areas will be determined, along with possible measures to reduce the burden on neighbouring populations from aircraft noise.

Brnik, 17 December 2008

45 Years of Aerodrom Ljubljana

An event, named Times Flies By, was held yesterday to mark the 45th anniversary of the Aerodrom Ljubljana company, which administers the Ljubljana-Jože Pučnik Airport. Over the past 45 years it has served approximately 28.6 million passengers at the airport.

The first aircraft to land at the airport, which was a DC 6B belonging the Slovenian air carrier, then known as Adria Aviopromet (today Adria Airways), arrived on 24 December 1963. Scheduled flights began on 9 January the following year. Over 45 years the airport has served 28,603,914 passengers, recorded 739,723 aircraft movements (take-off or landing), and 336,281 tonnes of cargo.

The event took place at the Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre and  included a look back at the airports major historical milestones, including the first landing, major infrastructural expansions, the war for Slovenia, the ownership transformation of Aerodrom Ljubljana and Slovenias entry to the EU, which ushered in the single market, allowing Aerodrom Ljubljana to compete for passengers, air carriers and other non-aviation revenues on an equal footing with its competitors. In thanks for their efforts towards the successful development of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d., three ex-directors of the company France Sever, Jurij Štirn and Vinko Može were presented with special awards at the ceremonial event.

Considerable focus was placed at the Time Flies By event on the future development of the airport and the company that manages it. The airports vision is to develop into the leading airport for cargo and passenger traffic in a region with 4 million inhabitants. Ljubljana airport wants to be number one, ahead of competitors such as Zagreb, Trieste, Klagenfurt, Graz and even further afield. The key development projects include extending the aircraft aprons, the construction of new passenger terminal with related infrastructure, the re-routing of the main approach road to the north, a business and logistics centre, a railway line to the airport, and a multi-modal logistics centre for South-East Europe, which will unite all means of transport on the airport site, not just aviation. The plan includes investment of around 120 million euros up until 2020. The President of the Aerodrom Ljubljana Management Board, Zmago Skobir, has emphasised the importance of being aware of the global crisis, but said it was also the right time to gain a competitive advantage over rivals, so despite the crisis there is no plan to stop the infrastructural and professional development. He is convinced that the airport has realistic plans, based on an airport development plan for the coming 40 years, on the knowledge and experience and the sound financial and business standing of Aerodrom Ljubljana company.

The special guest speaker at the event was the Minister of Transport Dr Patrick Vlačič, who said: Good transport infrastructure forms a platform for economic development, and there is no doubt that the airport is a vital building block in that platform. The favourable geo-strategic conditions at the crossroads of European transport corridors 5 and 10, the proximity of the motorway, the planned rail link and the connections to the Port of Koper mean this could develop into a central multi-modal logistics hub, which makes its development a project of national importance.

Brnik, 16 January 2009 

Tin sky exhibition

Tin sky is a multimedia project by the art group Artornado in the passenger terminal. The project incorporates a variety of approaches to and views of the world of aviation.

Project leader Nino Mihalek, a master of international aviation/aerial photography, once again surprises us with his refined sensibility for original and consummately professional, full documentation of the IAS 2008 international aviation event in Maribor.  Video artist Tilen Pribela offers us some sequences from his video on gliding exhibitions, presenting them in interesting stroboscopically regulated graphical units.
Painter and multimedia artist Gregor Nartnik has managed to capture the massiveness and solidity of flying machines at rest using the anaglyph technique of stereoscopic photography. 3D glasses need to be worn to view these works!
Painter Zoran Lesjak's contribution to the exhibition includes, alongside his studio paintings, a number of sketches made on the spot at IAS 2008. These offer us a dramatic representation of the bold manoeuvres executed by the flying aces at the air show.
The exhibition will be shown until first of March.

 

Brnik, 22 January 2009

Passenger notice

 Air traffic controllers in France are set to strike today. Consequently the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) will limit the number of flights for each airline operating during that day. 
In this context:
- Air France will operate 100% of its long-haul flights.
- On its short- and medium- haul network, Air France will have to suspend 30 % of its flights at Paris-Orly and 10 % at Paris-Charles de Gaulle as a precautionary measure. Other flights might have to be cancelled during the day. Some delays may also be possible.
Air France foresees to transport all its customers to their final destination.
Air France ground and sales staff will do their utmost to inform passengers whose flights are cancelled and, if necessary, offer an alternative booking on either Air France, KLM via Amsterdam or one of the SkyTeam partners.
Passengers are invited to consult the flight status section on their website for all the latest information or contact their travel agent.

For all information regarding Adria Airways flights to Charles de Gaulle airport please contact: +386 4 259 42 45.

 

Signing of contract on enlargement and rearrangement of airport apron

SCT management board chairman Ivan Zidar and Aerodrom Ljubljana CEO Zmago Skobir today signed a contract on the enlargement and rearrangement of the main apron at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.

The contractor was selected on the basis of a call for tenders and expects to start work in March. Over the course of three months, the airport will gain additional stands for aircraft, a larger area for de-icing aircraft, an emergency access road, an internal petrol station and a modernised water pumping station for firefighting purposes. The contractual value of the construction, surfacing and installation work to be carried out by SCT is EUR 5.9 million including VAT.

The existing main apron will be extended to the north-west by approximately 38,500 m2. This will provide the airport with five aircraft stands. The extended section of the apron will be connected to the existing taxiway by means of a new connecting section. The new aircraft de-icing areas on the south-western side of the existing apron will make aircraft de-icing procedures easier in winter.

The 109-metre emergency access road will link the existing apron and the runway. An internal petrol station for the use of the aircraft ground handling service will be built on the south-eastern part of the apron. The project also envisages the modernisation of the water pumping station for firefighting purposes.

The enlargement of the apron is also necessary because of the need for substitute aircraft stands to take the place of those that will be closed during construction of the new passenger terminal. This EUR 50 million project is expected to be completed in accordance with plans. The capacity  (passenger throughput) of the terminal will be 2.5 million passengers per year or 850 arriving passengers per hour and the same number of departing passengers. The terminal will provide rapid, effective and high-quality implementation of passenger arrivals and departures (including baggage handling) and border and customs procedures in line with Schengen border standards.

Zgornji Brnik, 5 February

 

 

Contract to build new hangar signed

Aerodrom Ljubljana CEO Zmago Skobir and GH Holding CEO Blaž Miklavčič have signed a contract on the planning and construction of a new hangar for aircraft ground handling equipment.

The contract has a value of 1.3 million euros. GH Holding was selected as contractor on the basis of a call for tenders. Planning began this month and construction is expected to begin in the second half of the year. By the end of the year the airport will thus have gained just under 2000 m2 of covered space for equipment such as baggage transporters, cargo platforms, stairs, utilities vehicles, shuttle buses and other aircraft ground handling equipment. The new building will provide urgently needed space for the storage and protection of airport equipment. To date this has been stored in various locations around the airport and frequently exposed to the elements. The building will be 78 metres long, 26 metres wide and 9 metres high. It will be situated between the existing road leading past the airport, the end of outdoor car park P2, and the main apron.

Brnik, 13. marec 2009

Notice

Due to the work on the main road Spodnji Brnik - Kranj, access to the airport may be partially limited today between 14.00 and 16.00. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding.

Finnair reintroduces Ljubljana–Helsinki service

Finnish flag carrier Finnair returns to Ljubljana Airport following the winter break. EasyJet adds flights to its summer timetable. Other new routes include the Adria Airways service to Madrid.
 
As of Sunday 29 March and the introduction of the summer timetable, it is once again possible to fly from Ljubljana to Helsinki (four times a week: on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday). The return of this service is very welcome since it was popular with both domestic and foreign passengers business travellers and tourists and cabin occupancy levels were over 80%. Finnair's home airport, Helsinki-Vantaa, is also an excellent starting-point for flights between Asia and Europe and is used by many airlines.
 
EasyJet has also announced additional flights over the summer season: 5 flights a week to London Stansted from 31 March, increasing to 1 flight a day from 4 July and 10 flights a week in August and September. Another new feature of the timetable is the Adria Airways service to Madrid. Adria has also reintroduced last year's scheduled summer destinations Barcelona, Manchester and Dublin.
 
This summer 9 scheduled airlines will serve 32 destinations, while 12 charter airlines will carry passengers to 30 charter destinations. For more information about the summer timetable, visit http://www.lju-airport.si/eng/flight_schedule.asp?mode=d&IDm=212

Exhibition of covers of the In-Flight Magazine


Since 2 April the departure area of the passenger terminal has been hosting an exhibition of the covers of every single issue of Adria's In-Flight Magazine published in the two decades since the magazine was founded. The exhibition is expected to remain on view for two months. Alongside the panels on which the covers are displayed are two stands where passengers can browse through older issues of Adria's magazine and even take a copy away with them. The In-Flight Magazine is without a doubt one of the better airline magazines, and every issue offers readers interesting contents in an attractive package. Among the authors of the articles we find the winners of numerous awards for achievements in the fields of literature, design and photography. The magazine has recorded all the significant moments in the history of Slovenia's national airline over the last twenty years.

 

Special offer at Air France

French airline has April special offer with cheaper flights around the world. More information on their website.

 

Aerodrom Ljubljana and SCT sign a contract on construction work as part of runway renovation

Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. CEO Zmago Skobir and SCT d.d. management board chairman Ivan Zidar signed a contract on construction work as part of the runway renovation. 

Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. is continuing its airport infrastructure modernisation and construction projects. The contract for the construction work involved in the renovation of the runway has been awarded to SCT. The contract due to be signed today is worth 7,740,025.00 (excluding VAT).

The construction work involved in the renovation of the runway includes the renovation of asphalt surfaces across the entire breadth of the runway over a length of approximately 3000 metres (300 metres were resurfaced in 2007), the renovation of asphalt surfaces on part of the taxiways TWY K and TWY G, construction work in connection with the replacement of the lighting system and the installation of additional cable trenches. The renovation will above all increase the safety of the runway, which is 3,300 metres long and 60 metres wide. The runway was asphalted in 1978 and its last complete overhaul was in 1992, when a thin coating was applied.

The renovation of the runway is a demanding project in terms of organisation. Preparations, which have lasted almost a year, have included, besides Aerodrom Ljubljana, the most important users of the airport: airlines, Slovenia Control, the Ministry of Transport and the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia. Construction work will take place in three phases, with the first two phases due to be completed this year. The first phase will take place between 10 and 25 June 2009 and the second between 30 June and 15 July 2009. During these periods a shorter runway will be used for take-offs and landings. No major changes in the timetable are envisaged, although there may be some hindrance to traffic because while the work is going on the instrument landing system (for landing in conditions of reduced visibility) will be switched off. The third phase of the renovation will take place over a fifteen-day period in the second quarter of 2010. This phase will involve work on the middle of the runway, which means that the runway will have to be closed while the work is going on and traffic temporarily diverted to an alternative airport.

Two other major construction projects are taking place at the airport at the same time: the widening of the apron and the construction of a hangar for aircraft ground handling equipment. Airport City, a business and logistics centre adjacent to the airport is currently being developed. The centre will include tourist facilities, retail, warehousing, logistics and other airport-related services. A rail link to the airport is planned, and the KranjMengeš main road will be re-routed to the north to make way for the new development. New business and administration facilities at the airport are due to be complete by 2015. These will include car parks, a hotel complex, recreation and sports facilities, production and logistics facilities and aircraft maintenance facilities.

 

Zgornji Brnik, 21 April 2009

NOTICE TO PASSENGERS ON NOVEL INFLUENZA VIRUS

Dear passengers!

There has been a recent outbreak of a novel influenza virus which spreads from human to human. Cases of human infection have been reported in various parts of the world, most cases have been recorded in Mexico. You are kindly advised to read a notice on novel influenza virus when travelling to or from the area where cases of virus have already been reported.

INFORMATION BEFORE TRAVELLING

INFORMATION AFTER TRAVELLING

Read the information which is available on the web pages of the National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (http://www.ivz.si), the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (http://ecdc.europa.eu/).

Instrument landing system partly disabled

From midnight on 10 June the instrument landing system at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, used for conditions of reduced visibility, is temporarily disabled. We do not anticipate inconvenience for passengers, despite the fact that it can, in thick fog, lead to delays or the rerouting of flights to neighbouring airports.

As part of refurbishment work on the runway, we partly disabled the instrument landing system (ILS), used for landing aircraft in conditions of reduced visibility, for approximately 12 days. Fog, which is a very rare occurrence at this time of year at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, can lead to delays or the rerouting of flights to neighbouring airports. Aerodrom Ljubljana, which manages the airport, would like to offer its apologies to passengers and to thank them for their patience.

The reason for the partial disabling of the ILS is the refurbishment of the runway, which is divided into three phases. The first phase will last from 11 to 23 June. The second phase will last from 30 June to 15 July. The third phase will take place in the second quarter of next year. During the first and second phases, the runway will be shortened. This will not endanger the safety of air traffic.

Another major project is also taking place at the airport at the same time the expansion of the airport apron. We will present both projects, total cost EUR 14 million.

Zg. Brnik, 10 June 2009

Modernisation of airport infrastructure

Two important infrastructure projects are currently under way at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport: renovation of the runway and widening of the main apron. A progress inspection was made today by Zmago Skobir, the CEO of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., and Ivan Zidar, the CEO of SCT, which is carrying out the work.

The construction work involved in the renovation of the runway includes the renovation of asphalt surfaces across the entire breadth of the runway over a length of approximately 3,000 metres (300 metres were resurfaced in 2007), the renovation of asphalt surfaces on part of the taxiways, construction work in connection with the replacement of the lighting system, and the installation of additional cable trenches. The renovation will above all increase the safety of the runway, which is 3,300 metres long and 60 metres wide. The runway was asphalted in 1978 and its last complete overhaul was in 1992, when a thin coating was applied. The work will take place in three phases. The current first phase will be completed on 25 June. Work will begin on phase two on 30 June and is due to end on 15 July.  During these periods a shorter runway will be used for take-offs and landings. The third phase of the renovation will be carried out over the course of a fortnight in the second quarter of 2010.
A second major project, the widening of the main apron, will be completed by the end of the summer. As a result of this project, the airport will gain additional stands for aircraft, a larger area for de-icing aircraft, an emergency access road, an internal petrol station and a modernised water pumping station for firefighting purposes. The existing main apron will be extended to the north-west by approximately 38,500 m2. This will provide the airport with five aircraft stands. The extended section of the apron will be connected to the existing taxiway by means of a new connecting section. The new aircraft de-icing areas on the south-western side of the existing apron will make aircraft de-icing procedures easier in winter. The 109-metre emergency access road will link the existing apron and the runway. An internal petrol station for the use of the aircraft ground handling service will be built on the south-eastern part of the apron. The project also envisages the modernisation of the water pumping station for firefighting purposes.
The combined value of the two projects is 14 million euros. The work is being financed in full by Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., the airport operator. Ljubljana-based construction firm SCT was selected for the construction work in the two projects on the basis of Europe-wide invitations to tender.
The progress of the work was today inspected by the CEOs of the two companies, Zmago Skobir and Ivan Zidar. They were satisfied with what they saw, since the work is proceeding according to schedule. Following the inspection, Aerodrom Ljubljana CEO Zmago Skobir gave the following statement: "The runway is our key fixed asset and must be perfectly maintained at all times. Both these projects are extremely demanding in terms of organisation, since they have to be carried out in such a way as not to interfere with traffic or compromise safety. With these projects we are a step closer to realising our vision of positioning Ljubljana's airport as the leading airport in the region."

Second phase of runway renovation

From midnight on 01 July the instrument landing system at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, used for conditions of reduced visibility, is temporarily disabled. We do not anticipate inconvenience for passengers, despite the fact that it can, in thick fog, lead to delays or the rerouting of flights to neighbouring airports.

As part of refurbishment work on the runway, we partly disabled the instrument landing system (ILS), used for landing aircraft in conditions of reduced visibility, for approximately 16 days.   Fog, which is a very rare occurrence at this time of year at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, can lead to delays or the rerouting of flights to neighbouring airports. Aerodrom Ljubljana, which manages the airport, would like to offer its apologies to passengers and to thank them for their patience.

The reason for the partial disabling of the ILS is the refurbishment of the runway, which is divided into three phases. We concluded first phase on 23 June. The second phase will last until 15 July. The third phase will take place in the second quarter of next year. The runway will be shortened but the safety of air traffic will not be endangered.

Zg. Brnik, 01 July 2009

 

Runway back to full length

Since this morning the runway at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has been functioning again without restrictions. The full 3,300 metres of runway are in use, and the instrument landing system is again operating. This marks the conclusion of the first two phases of runway renovation by Aerodrom Ljubljana.

The reconditioning of the runway includes resurfacing of the asphalt as well as asphalt on part of the taxiways, replacing the lighting system and installing additional cable conduits. It is being carried out in three phases, with two planned for this year, one covering the north-western and the other the south-eastern sections of the runway. The first phase, covering around 800 metres, was concluded on 25 June, while reconditioning of the other section, involving over 1,000 metres of runway, was completed in the early hours of this morning. Reconditioning of the central section of the runway will be started in the second quarter of 2010.

Last night we carried out the concluding operations on work planned for this year. At around 12.30 am (after the last aircraft had taken off), the airport was closed for several hours. During this time the landing threshold was shifted, re-extending the landing strip from 2,100 metres to 3,300 metres of useful surface. The airport was re-opened at 6 am, when the reduced visibility instrument landing system was again fully operational.

The reconditioning to date has been carried out in line with plans, and despite several days of bad weather, works were concluded within the envisaged deadlines. During construction work, traffic at the airport proceeded normally, although the runway functioned with certain restrictions. While work was in progress, only 2,100 metres of runway were in use, although this is sufficient for all types of aircraft that regularly take off or land at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. During the works, the reduced visibility instrument landing system was also partly taken off line. No delays or diversions of aircraft owing to the work were recorded.

The reconditioning project was entirely planned, organised, managed and supervised by Aeroinženiring Aerodroma Ljubljana, d.d. The contractor for the construction work was the company SCT, which built into the runway a total of 17,270 tons of asphalt mixture. On the night of Saturday 4 July to Sunday 5 July, a unique kind of record was achieved, with a full 3,500 tons of asphalt being laid in nine hours, a major achievement in construction work. Workers from Elektroištalacije Bidovec installed in the runway 215 kilometres of primary and secondary cables, while a total of 440 Siemens lights were taken apart and reassembled, along with the same number of transformers.

Brnik, 15 July 2008

One fifth fewer passengers in first six months, slightly better in summer

At the half-year mark we recorded 612,779 or more than a fifth fewer passengers than in the same period of last year. During this period the company generated 2.9 million euros in profits, which is over 42 percent less than in the same period last year, when profits amounted to 5.1 million euros.

The number of aircraft movements in the first half of this year fell by just under 10 percent compared to the same period last year, while cargo handling fell by more than a quarter or 6467 tons. Alongside the tough economic conditions, the lag behind the first half of last year can be ascribed to the fact that last year Slovenia held the EU Presidency, for which reason the physical volume of traffic during that period was significantly increased.

The drop in traffic in Slovenia was slightly greater than the average for European airports. According to data from the European arm of the association of airport operators (ACI Europe) in the first six months of this year the number of passengers at European airports was down 9.6 percent on the same period last year, while cargo traffic showed a year-on-year decline of 23.7 percent. ACI Europe anticipates that the situation will improve somewhat in the second half, but it still expects a decline of around 8 percent for the year in the number of passengers and 16 percent less cargo traffic. Our data on traffic for July and August do indeed point to a slightly better second half. In July we serviced 9.1 percent fewer passengers than in the same month last year, while cargo traffic was down 29 percent. And so far the figures for August have been even better. While cargo traffic is still lagging 26 percent behind the comparable period of last year, the number of passengers is just a little over 4 percent down on last year. In total, according to the latest data we are lagging behind the comparable performance of last year by 16.7 percent in terms of passenger numbers, while cargo traffic is down by one third.

The drop in the number of passengers is also reflected in the reduction in operating income, which has totalled 15.4 million euros, a fall of 18 percent compared to the same period last year. Operating expenditure amounts to 12.7 million euros, which is 4.6 percent less than in the same period last year.

Owing to the seasonal effect of greater activity, Aerodrom Ljubljana saw a slight improvement in profit margins in the second quarter. In the first six months, operating profits reached 2.75 million euros, which is 52 percent less than in the same period last year. Net profits for the first half-year amount to 2.95 million euros, a drop of 43 percent relative to the first six months of last year. In the second quarter alone, Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded 2.27 million euros of net profit, which is 38 percent less than in the same period last year.

Owing to the investments carried out by the company in May and June, as at 30 June short-term operating liabilities were 123 percent higher than at the end of last year, and amounted to 8.8 million euros. Major investments included execution of the first phase of reconstruction of the runway, which cost the company 2.9 million euros, and expansion of the main apron, for which 2.5 million euros had been allocated up to the end of the summer.

Brnik, 27 August 2009

 

National campaign

Ministry of Health and National Institute of Public Health have prepared national information campaign "Let's stop the flu!" with general information on pandemic flu in the pamflet and special information for travellers on thier website. 

Malev closed Slovenian office

Malev Hungarian Airlines closed its Slovenian office and will no longer operate from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. New contact number for passengers, information and reservation is +36 1 452 3613.

Regularly updated timetable on our website

A week ago new scheduled flights timetable for winter season was published on our website. Until the end of March 2010, seven different airlines will connect us with 23 cities across the Europe. We also prepared a novelty for passengers regularly updated timetable on our website, so every arrival or departure is published in accordance with data, send to us from airlines.
On 1 November new information booklet was also published and is available on our website or stands across the passenger terminal.
The information in the flights timetable is still subject to modifications without notice. For further information and reservation please contact your airline.

Zg. Brnik, 2 November 2009

Exhibition Space in the passenger terminal

Our passenger terminal is being adorned with works of art of young artists. In the  We are displaying works of art made by children from 19 Slovenian and 3 Italian elementary  schools, who were creating their works on the theme of Space. The art contest was born on Jakob Aljaž Elementary School in memory of the academic painter Evelina Batista Abaza-Dada, who, as an art teacher, was expanding artistic horizons of young artists for many years. Thus, the contest is named Dada's art contest and every year there are more elementary schools joining it. Last year's exhibition, which was entitled Flowers, is adorning the premises of the Ministry of Education and Sport. However, since this year's theme is closely related to Space vehicles and hence to our airport's activity, we are pleased that our employees as well as our travellers will have the opportunity to admire the works of young artists at the airport.

Exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the first flight of Edvard Rusjan

It has been 100 years since the first flight of Edvard Rusjan, the first Slovenian aviator. Rusjan realized his first flight on November  11, 1909 in Male Rojice near Gorica with two-winged plane EDA I constructed by himself and thus wrote his name in history as the twelfth man in the world who flew a power plane. On the anniversary of this important event, which marked the beginning of Slovenian aviation, we are going to host a philatelic exhibition in collaboration with the Post of Slovenia and the Philatelic Association Lovro Košir from Škofja Loka.

The exhibition presents philatelic collection on the history of Slovenian airports and events in Slovenian aviation. The first power plane flight above the city of Ljubljana was carried out in 1912 and druing the World War I there were already several airports in the vicinity of the city. From 1918 on there was a military airport operating in Šiška and in 1933 there was another airport opened in Polje.  After the World War II, the airport post office in Polje got its own post stamp. Airport Ljubljana was opened on 24.12.1963 and last year the Philatelic Association of Slovenia marked the anniversary of the opening by publishing a commemorative envelope and using an occasional stamp at the Post Office Cerklje na Gorenjskem. There was an amateur commemoraitve  envelope created with a printed stamp of the Post Office of Brnik Airport as well as a stamp of the former Airport Post Office Cerklje na Gorenjskem.


Author: Borut Podgorsek, www.sierra5.net

Airport to close for runway renovation

Ljubljana Airport will close to all traffic for 15 days in April next year. During the closure most flights will be able to fly to and from Maribor.

Next year, Aerodrom Ljubljana will be dealing with the third, main stage of runway renovation.  The first and second stages renovation of the east and west part of the runway were successfully completed this summer when the airport operated with a shortened, 2,100 metre-long section. It was announced in the summer that the renovation of the runways central section would probably require closing the airport.
Based on economic estimates and the assessed level of risk for traffic activity and after harmonisation with airport users and the Ministry of Transport, it was decided that the works would be carried out between 7 and 21 April 2010, when Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will be closed to all traffic. 

The construction work involved in the renovation of the runway includes the renovation of asphalt surfaces across the entire breadth of the runway over a length of approximately 3,000 metres (300 metres were resurfaced in 2007), renovation of asphalt surfaces on part of the taxiways, replacement of the lighting system with cable connections and installation of additional cable trenches. The renovation will above all increase the safety of the runway, which is 3,300 metres long and 60 metres wide. The runway was asphalted in 1978 and its last complete overhaul was in 1992, when a thin coating was applied.

At the press conference, Aerodrom Ljubljana CEO Zmago Skobir made the following statement: "The runway is our key fixed asset and must be perfectly maintained at all times. In deciding how to renovate the runways central section, our choice was between full and night-time-only closure. We concluded that full closure would mean lower risk, in terms of both safety and finance."

Mirko Komac, Director of the Civil Aviation Directorate of the Ministry of Transport, went on to say:  "Safety comes first in civil aviation, and flawless maintenance of fixed assets and equipment is a prerequisite for it. Since safety at the airport may at no time be compromised by construction works, our ministry seconds the manner of renovation that was chosen."

During renovation, most of the traffic will use the airport at Maribor instead of Ljubljana, which is also where Adria Airways will move its operations, which account for approximately 75 percent of all passenger traffic at Brnik. According to early reports, operations will be also moved to Maribor by Turkish Airlines, whereas JAT is to be flying from Portorož. Other regular carriers flying from Ljubljana Airport will make their decisions known in the days to come.

"Our passengers will have to travel from Maribor instead of Ljubljana, which means they will have to allow for the extra transfer time when planning their travel.  Free coach transfer will be arranged for passengers who might want it from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport. The timetable of transfers will be posted on the Adria Airways website in January. The number of flights will be somewhat reduced, the flight timetable (arrival and departure times) will be unchanged during renovation, and passengers will be informed of changes as they buy tickets and through the media," said Adrijana Šelj from Adria Airways at the press conference.

Aerodrom Maribor director Matjaž Sonc made assurances that Maribor Airport would be ready to take over the extra traffic. "Intensive harmonisation with Aerodrom Ljubljana and air carriers is underway. By April, we will set up some additional facilities, and an agreement will be made with Aerodrom Ljubljana to supplement existing resources and staff," he said.

Aerodrom Ljubljana and the airlines will post timely notices of all changes for passengers on their websites and through the media. Difficulties or a negative impact on air traffic regularity are not expected. Nevertheless, they wish to apologise in advance to passengers for any inconveniences and ask for their understanding.

Opening of the exhibition

Today, the opening ceremony of exhibition »No to war... On police activities in the fight for the independent and democratic Slovenia« was held in the passenger terminal.

The exhibition presents the events that took place before Slovenia was attacked by the aggressor and covers the period from 1 December 1989 when »the meeting of truth« was prevented, until 26 October 1991, when the last soldier left the Koper harbor.

More on the exhibition is attached.

 

Zg. Brnik, 12 January 2010

New IT facilities

With the aim of lowering costs, increasing reliability and improving user experiences, several new IT services have been introduced recently at the airport.To some extent these are the fruit of in-house knowledge among the staff at Aerodrom Ljubljana, and of good cooperation between employees and external contractors.   

In this way, the first few days of this year saw the successful conclusion of a virtualisation project and optimisation of the server infrastructure.The project achieved simpler administration of the IT infrastructure, greater reliability and operative availability, significantly lower costs for purchasing the actual system and approximately halved costs for purchasing subsequent licences, maintenance and energy.This ranks Ljubljanas Jože Pučnik Airport among those using the very latest technology to support their IT systems, both in Slovenia and around the world. This is also recognised by the Microsoft company, which is presenting the state-of-the-art and energy-efficient virtualisation of our data system as a model project.

Alongside the virtualisation project and optimisation of the server infrastructure, processes in the air cargo warehouse have also been automated. Numerous air cargo consignments are composed of various groups of items supported by different support processes in the supply chain.For this reason, with the overhauling of warehousing processes, the exchanging of documents in electronic form was introduced, together with the objective of paper-free warehouse operations, which will depend on the others involved in the supply chain.Currently the required messages about current status of consignments and electronic cargo manifests are already being sent automatically.In the future they are seeking to join the e-freight air cargo network, which was created as a pilot project by the IATA.

Currently the airport has also been testing overhauled software for displaying data on public information monitors intended to provide information to passengers and visitors about traffic at the airport. The overhaul means upgraded functionality for the IT system, and users will see the difference primarily in the greater accessibility and readability of information.

 Zg. Brnik, 19.02.2010

 

Airport closure planned due to renovation work


We have planned the closure of the airport to all traffic for 15 days from 7 to 21 April 2010. The final decision on the closure will shortly be issued by the Ministry of Transport. Aeroplanes will fly from alternative airports during the period.

In April, Aerodrom Ljubljana will be dealing with the third, main stage of runway renovation.  The first and second stages renovation of the east and west part of the runway were successfully completed this summer when the airport operated with a shortened, 2,100 metre-long section. It was announced in the summer that the renovation of the runways central section would probably require closing the airport.

Most flights will be directed from Ljubljana to Maribor airport during the renovation period, where Adria Airways which carries 75% of all passenger traffic at Brnik will relocate for the period. Adria Airways has organised a free bus service between Ljubljana and Maribor for all passengers. The schedule has been published on its website www.adria.si. Additional information is available from the Passenger Relations Centre at the number 080 13 00.
Turkish Airlines will also fly to Maribor over the period. Passengers can call +386 4 20 61 680 or use the email address thyljubljana@siol.com for more information. Air France will fly from Trieste over the period passengers should call the Air France office on + 386 1 24 43 447 for more information.
ČSA Czech Airlines and easyJet have cancelled all flights from Slovenia over the period. We are still waiting for official flight information from JAT Airways for the period, but their initial comment indicated they would fly from Portorož airport.

Passengers should contact air carriers directly for all additional information and ticket reservations. Contact information can be found on our website.

Passengers arriving or travelling during the airport closure will be entitled to park free-of-charge in the outdoor car park (P2). To do so passengers must identify themselves at the car park cash desk with a travel certificate (airline ticket, eticket or entry voucher) and a personal document.

Aerodrom Ljubljana and the airlines will post timely notices of all changes for passengers on their websites and through the media. Difficulties or a negative impact on air traffic regularity are not expected. Nevertheless, they wish to apologise in advance to passengers for any inconveniences and ask for their understanding.

Brnik, 5 March 2010

Air traffic during the closure of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport

The runway of the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will be closed to air traffic between 7 and 21 April. During that time, the entire width of the asphalt surface of the runway will be renovated in the total length of approximately 1,200 metres, as well as the asphalt surface on part of the taxiways. Moreover, the navigation lighting system will be replaced with cable connections and the installation of additional cable trenches. The renovation will increase the safety of the runway, which is 3,300 metres long and 60 metres wide.

Airlines
The majority of traffic will be rerouted to the Maribor Airport during the runway closure. Adria Airways and Turkish Airlines will operate a reduced number of flights from Maribor.
Adria Airways has organised a free bus transfer from the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to the Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport. An informative schedule of bus transfers between the Ljubljana and Maribor airports is published on a special website at www.adria.si/mbx. The transfer bus will also make an intermediate stop in Dolgi most in Ljubljana.
Turkish Airlines will not arrange special transport. Passengers may obtain information at telephone no. 04 20 61 680 or via email at thyljubljana@siol.com.
Adria Airway's lost baggage service will operate at the Maribor Airport in accordance with the valid timetable, and provide the same service for Turkish Airlines.
Air France will operate flights from Trieste during this time. Passengers will check in for flights at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, and then be transferred free-of-charge to Trieste. Information for passengers is available at telephone no. 01 24 43 447. More information is avaliable here.
easyJet, ČSA Czech Airlines, Montenegro Airlines and JAT Airways have cancelled all flights during this time.
The cargo air carriers DHL, UPS and TNT will move their entire operations to the Maribor Airport.

Parking and transport
Passengers arriving or travelling during the airport closure will be entitled to park free-of-charge in the outdoor car park (P2). To do so passengers must identify themselves at the car park cash desk with a travel certificate (e.g. airline ticket, e-ticket or boarding pass) and a personal document. The names on the travel and personal documents must match. Otherwise, the passenger will not be entitled to free parking. Parking will also be free at the Maribor Airport.
In addition to transfer buses to alternative airports, two transfer service providers will provide regular transport, one of which will provide these services solely on the basis of orders.  Public bus transport to the Ljubljana Airport will be provided in accordance with the regular timetable. Taxi transport will be provided at both the Ljubljana and Maribor Airports in line with demand.

Flight information
Information regarding scheduled flights will be available at the www.lju-airport.si website, in the departure hall of the Ljubljana Airport and on RTV Slovenija, teletext pages 178 and 179. Passengers should note that information will be updated daily, but will not include a dynamic illustration of the actual status of a specific flight (e.g. delays, landing and boarding information, etc.).
The call centre will function normally. Passengers may call telephone no. 04 20 61 981 between 6 am and 10 pm or send an email to info@lju-airport.si. In addition, an information counter will be available in the passenger terminal.
Information regarding flights at the Maribor Airport will be available to passengers between 6 am and midnight at the information counter, at telephone no. 02 629 17 90 and via email at stw@maribor-airport.si  

Functioning of other services and companies
The Brnik general aviation centre will be closed, while the air cargo warehouse will only be open during the week between 7.30 am and 6 pm for the purpose of servicing truck cargo traffic. The Customs Office at the Brnik Airport will carry out its work in part at Brnik and in part in Maribor. Fire fighters, a duty doctor, a portion of the Brnik Airport police force and the security service will be present at all times.
Catering establishments at the Ljubljana Airport will be open in line with modified business hours, as will retail outlets and rent-a-car service providers. All of the aforementioned services will also be provided at the Maribor Airport.

Passengers will be informed of changes on the airport's website and through the media. We kindly ask for your understanding and apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

Runway Works According to Schedule

Brnik, 13 April 2010 - The renovation of the central part of the take-off/landing runway is going on as scheduled.The progress of the construction works has been viewed today by Mr Zmago Skobir, the CEO of the investor, i.e. the public limited company Aerodrom Ljubljana, and Mr Ivan Zidar, the CEO of SCT, a contruction works general contractor.    

In the civil aviation, safety is always paramount. Therefore, all safety conditions have to be met, and a perfect condition of capital assets and equipment forms the basis for each airport. Accordingly, Aerodrom Ljubljana plc, a company managing Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport, has undertaken the renovation of the take-off/landing runaway measuring 3,300 m in length and 60 m in width. In a good weeks time works on the runways central part will be finished, thus bringing to an end an investment cycle in the basic airport infrastructure begun in 2006 and worth approximately EUR 23 million.   Apart from the take-off/landing runway, the investment also includes connecting ways, a taxiway along the take-off/landing runway, small aircraft parking apron, and the extension of the main airport ramp.   

Aerodrom Ljubljana plc has invested EUR 10 million of its own resources merely in the renovation of the take-off/landing runway. In a European public tender the company SCT plc has been selected as a general contractor.   The renovation works include the renovation of asphalt surfaces on the runway and on the part of taxiways, construction works for the replacement of thelighting system as well as the laying of additional cable shafts.   The renovation will increase the safety of the runway asphalted in 1978, and previously completely renovated in 1992 with a thin coating.A complex and exacting project is carried out in phases. The first and second parts, measuring approximately 1,000 m in length, on either end of the runway, were renovated last year.   It was possible to carry out these works without any major impact on air traffic flows. Despite construction works, the airport could then operate with a shortened take-off and landing runway and switched off instrument system for landing in restricted visibility conditions. On the other hand, the renovation of the third, central part has required the airport's closure.      

The works on the runways central part are being carried out for the eighth day in a row, having commenced on 7 April at 2 a.m.   So far, SCT workers have removed from the runway 20,300 tons of old asphalt layers and repaired lower asphalt layers (approximately 3,200 square metres of damaged areas and around 10,000 metres of cracks).   Upon finishing repair works asphalting has begun, and approximately 12,100 tons of mixture have been built in the runway until today.   Till the works end about 8,100 will be built in, in total the amount that will be transported by 804 lorries. Since the very beginning of the renovation, construction works are being done also for electrical installations as well as a set of electrical installation works for the replacement of lights embedded into the runway's asphalt surface and the replacement of cable connections with transformers. Accordingly, by the third phase's conclusion also 212 lights, 46 cable shafts and 42.6 kilometres of cables will be built in the runway.  

It needs to be stressed that all three phases of the runways renovation are indeed a project of excess.   In total, 48,371 tons of asphalt layers have been removed from the runway, and the same amount of asphalt mixture will be built in. Moreover, 125 runway edge lights and 472 runway centerline lights will be removed and refitted.    Furthermore, 121,000 metres of primary and 95,000 metres of secondary cables will be installed in the runway.  

Today the works progress was viewed by the head figures of both companies, Mr Zmago Skobir and Mr Ivan Zidar.   They were satisfied as the works are going on as scheduled.   Following the viewing, Mr Zmago Skobir, Aerodrom Ljubljanas CEO, said: "All project phases present an enormous organisational task. The general contractor has once again excelled itself. In spite of rainy weather in the recent days, the company is carrying out the plan in a quality way as well as sticking to the deadline. This means that the airport can be opened for air traffic according to schedule, at the latest on 21 April in the evening." 

 

 

 

Notice to passengers

All Adria Airways and Air France passengers are kindly advised to contact airlines for further information regarding air traffic closure due to volcanic ashes.

Adria Airways contacts:
- www.adria.si
- Passenger service on Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport: tel. +386 4 259 4245. Working hours: from 03:45 until 16:00.
- Passenger service on Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport:  + 386 30 315 501. Working hours: from 05:30 until 23:30.

Air France contacts:
- www.airfrance.si

- +386 1 24 43 447

Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport passenger contacts:
- +386 2 629 17 90

- stw@maribor-airport.si

 

Exhibition of protected animals and plants

The Slovenian Customs and Environmental Agency together with Ljubljana Airport have organised an exhibition of animals and plants protected by CITES Convention and seized by the Customs in recent years.

Passengers, while waiting for boarding, can examine numerous protected animals and plants exhibited in showcases and on information panels on the ground and the first floor of the main airport building. Stuffed crocodiles, turtles, snake skins, snakes in alcohol, big cats fur, rhinoceros's horn, which is the most valuable specimen exhibited, cactuses, products made of ivory, etc., are on display. All specimens are protected by international CITES Convention.   The Convention protects 34 thousand endangered animal and plant species (live specimens, their parts or products made of them). The panels also include information on the Convention, instructions for passengers, what and under which conditions is allowed to bring into the EU and which species are protected.

At the opening of the exhibition, Rajko Skubic, Director-General of the Slovenian Customs Administration, stated that the customs officers make checks whether specimen are protected and whether they are accompanied by appropriate proper documents on import, export and transit. The Environmental Agency helps them with their work. In the period 20042009 the customs officer detected 156 violations of the Convention and seized 2851 specimens, the majority of them at the Airport Ljubljana Office. In the first three months of 2010 there were four specimen seized. However, the reducing number of such seizures shows that passengers are well informed of the regulations. That is the credit both of the Customs Administration and the Environmental Agency. They frequently organise presentations and exhibitions for public in order to send message that care for the environment and nature is our common task. When buying souvenirs abroad one has to be extremely careful not to buy a protected specimen.

In international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora there are huge amounts of money in question. According to the World Customs Organisation, the trade is worth several hundred billion dollars, 20 billion alone in trading in CITES specimens. On 23 April this year, it has been 10 years since the Convention entered into force in Slovenia.

Please note the attacher pictures (source: Customs Administration of the Republic of Slovenia)

Zgornji Brnik, 23 April

New Control Centre

During renovation of the take-off/landing runway, which took place from 7 till 21 April, Aerodrom Ljubljana carried out modernisation of some other airport systems. The most important of them is the completion of the renovation of the security operations centre, which is in charge of a complete video security control of the airport.

Providing a high security level and meeting high safety standards in force in civil aviation are crucial for the operation of an airport as well as an essential part of Aerodrom Ljubljanas mission.  The quality of the civil aviation security is on a constant rise. The latest improvement is the modernisation of technical control of the airport, which is performed continuously, without a pause, every hour of the day and every day in the week by the security operations centre using cameras and control of transition points.  

252 square metres of a building, once headquarters of the airport police, were refurbished and adapted to meet the needs of a new centre.  The refurbishment was an investment worth 435,000 euros which were spent on the adaptation and furnishings of the rooms as well as the purchase of additional technical security equipment.
The security operations centre began its operations back in 1999, when critical airport points were controlled by 38 cameras, while 30 transition points were fitted with access control. Building and upgrading existing airport facilities as well as increasing security requirements meant a rise in the number of cameras and transition points equipped with access control. Today, access control is fitted to over 100 transition points, while the entire airport perimeter has more than 200 cameras installed, of which 70 are high resolution ones enabling surveillance in night time and in restricted visibility conditions, e.g. fog.

All information supplied by the technical video control system is monitored in a new, technologically modernised control room.  Furthermore, other important acquisitions of the security operations centre are a storeroom for classified information, an archive and a crisis management room. The latter is appropriately equipped for managing the airport in emergency or crisis situations such as a plane crash.

Brnik, 6 May 2010

New service to Barcelona

On 25 June Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling will land at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport for the first time. Vueling will fly between Barcelona and Slovenia twice a week.

Vueling plans to operate an Airbus A320 between Ljubljana and Barcelona El Prat Airport twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) from 25 June to 10 September. One-way tickets are currently available from €60, including all taxes. They can be booked online at www.vueling.comor via travel agents. There is great demand for services to the Iberian Peninsula and Aerodrom Ljubljana expects a good seat occupancy rate on the flights. The new carrier expects to carry slightly over 5,000 passengers between Ljubljana and Barcelona over the summer.

Vueling is the eigth scheduled carrier (including two low-cost carriers) to form part of the network of direct services from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Scheduled services connect Ljubljana to 28 cities throughout Europe. These include all major European hubs, with London, Paris and Frankfurt the most important destinations in terms of passenger numbers. Scheduled services are complemented by a wide range of charter flights, serving approximately 30 different destinations in the summer months. The most popular charter destinations are the Greek islands, Egypt and Djerba, while two interesting new destinations this summer are Enfidha (Tunisia) and Catania (Sicily).

Figures for the number of passengers handled indicate that the fall in traffic resulting from the recession has halted. In the first quarter of this year we handled 240,588 passengers, which is 0.6% more than in the same period last year. Air cargo traffic is showing satisfactory growth and was up 15% in the first quarter. Growth is also encouraging in the general aviation sector, where passenger numbers were up 14% on the same period last year.

 



Resolutions adopted by the 14th general meeting of shareholders

Pursuant to the provisions of the Financial Instruments Market Act and the Rules of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. hereby publishes the resolutions passed at the 14th general meeting of shareholders held on 23 June 2010 at the company's registered office.

easyJet launches new routes from Ljubljana to Paris and Milan

easyJet passenger numbers in Slovenia will grow by 70 percent next year in comparison to 2010

This Thursday easyJet, Europes leading low-fares airline, will put on sale two new flights from Ljubljana to Paris and Milan. The new routes will start operating in first days of December. Tickets will be available from as little as 19.99 EUR, including taxes and charges.

The new flights to Paris and Milan takes easyJets destinations count from Ljubljana to three for the winter season. The routes will be served thrice weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

ROUTE START DATE FREQUENCY One way fares inc taxes & charges / return
Ljubljana to Paris Charles de Gaulle 2 December 2010 Tue, Thu, Sat 24.99 EUR
Ljubljana to Milan Malpensa 9 December 2010 Tue, Thu, Sat 19.99 EUR

Peter Voets, easyJets Marketing Manager for Switzerland, Austria & Eastern Europe, said:
"easyJets passengers numbers will be shooting up from 95,000 this year to 160,000 next year so we are delighted to be offering even more routes from Slovenia. easyJet will grow in Slovenia in the next twelve months by 68%, offering its familiar combination of low-fares with care and convenience."

Janez Krasnja, Sales Director in Aerodrom Ljubljana said: "easyJet has started flying to Slovenia immediately after the countrys integration into the EU, and has proven as an outstanding and reliable partner of Aerodrom Ljubljana ever since. Since the beginning of flying till today we have cared for around 600,000 easyJet passengers. Launching two new routes is on the one hand a sign of good partnership integration, and more importantly, a prospect that passenger numbers at our airport as well as air guest numbers in Slovenia will start to rise again."

Zg. Brnik, 7 July 2010

Win a prize voucher in our Scan&Win action!

We would like to inform all the passengers flying from the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport in the period from July 30th up to and including August 01st 2010 that in this particular time period they are entitled to participating in the promotion known as Scan&Win. In front of Travel Value&Duty Free shop on the ground floor of the international departure terminal an airline hostess will be distributing fliers, with which you shall go up to the prize desk and hand it out for scanning. This way you will obtain a prize coupon in the amount of 5€, 10€ or 20€.*

* Only one voucher per person and purchase of € 35 and more. Voucher is also valid for reduced and special offer products until 01.08.2010 in the following store:Travel Value & Duty Free Shop Ljubljana. Cigarettes areexcluded from prize competition. Prizes cannot beawarded in cash.

European Commission launches campaign to inform passengers about their rights

Passengers will enjoy easier access to information about their rights when travelling by rail or air thanks to a Europe-wide publicity campaign in 23 languages launched by the European Commission today. Although the Commission has in recent years introduced legislation to ensure air and rail passengers benefit from the same standards of treatment throughout the European Union, not all passengers are yet aware of what they are entitled to. To remedy this, posters reminding people of their rights will be displayed in airports and train stations in all Member States starting today in time for the beginning of the holiday season. Travellers will also be able to consult free leaflets and a specially designed website in all of the European Union's official languages.

Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "As millions of Europeans prepare to set off for a well deserved holiday this summer, we want to make it as easy as possible for them to travel, knowing that they have rights and how to get support in claiming them if they need to.  There can never be too much information. We hope that with eye catching posters in airports across Europe, and using leaflets and online information all EU languages we can reach out to millions of passengers travelling this summer and in the months to come. 

As part of the Your Passenger Rights At Hand campaign a website has been launched on http://ec.europa.eu/transport/passenger-rights/index.html Here people are able to find out what their rights are for each of the transport modes. Leaflets and posters outlining basic rights will also be available at anything from train stations to airports. All of this is available in all of the EU's official languages so that it is possible to get informed in the own language.

Passenger rights stipulate what people are entitled to when things go wrong during their trip. For example when their journey gets delayed or cancelled, or when their luggage gets lost or damaged. They also guarantee equal treatment for people with a disability or reduced mobility.

The Commission is working on extending passenger rights to other transport modes. In particular, it has launched proposals for passengers travelling by sea or inland waterways and for those travelling by bus or coach. Depending on legislative developments at European Parliament and   Council, such proposals might be adopted as early as this year.

As soon as this happens, passengers will be updated through the campaign, which will run over two years.

 

Exhibition INCOMPLETE in passenger terminal

Parallel to the artist's colourful compositions, which experiment with various formats and techniques, is a desire to reach both a younger and an older public. Employing modern techniques that belong to the field of pop and street art and making use of various recycled materials, the works point in the direction of the name of the exhibition: INCOMPLETE. This is not an area where techniques are strictly classified, typified, sorted into various subgroups and destined for specific social groups. Rather, they tend to move away from this and towards general new urban culture and the use of its symbols, where the rules have not yet been written and are therefore INCOMPLETE. This is reflected in a certain casualness. Indifference towards aesthetic quality and symbols and their placement on public buildings from palaces to shopping centres indicates the spontaneity of this action and the need for expression. These images now stand before you as a set of impressions from various urban, cultural and social environments and as the artist's naked spiritual interpretation of them.

The artist, Andrej Jakil, born in Ljubljana and working in the fields of architecture and fine arts, has been present on the art scene for several years. He has exhibited both in Slovenia and abroad. The language of his artistic expression is moving increasingly in the direction of pop and street art the language of the urban environment tending towards communication with the urban medium.

The exhibition is on until September.

Check in faster - buy cheaper!

Aerodrom Ljubljana and the company Regal GH have prepared a campaign for passengers »Check in faster - buy cheaper! « In it, they offer passengers who reserve a flight via their website www.lju-airport.si a coupon for a 10 percent discount at Travel Value & Duty Free, Last Minute Shop and the Lacoste Shop in the passenger terminal.  

Simply print the coupon you receive after reserving a flight on the website and then just show it to the sales clerk prior to payment at the cash register. They will automatically recognize a ten percent discount on the final value of the goods purchased and for goods on sale. The discount coupon shall be valid on the day of the year.  

Web check in is a technological advancement that allows check in to be completed on any computer with Internet access. By using the simple application on the website www.lju-airport.si passengers can check in for their flight even before they get to the airport. In this way they can avoid waiting in line at the check in counter and save time.

Passengers can check in on the Internet from 24 hours to 60 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the aircraft. By clicking on the promotional button on the website, they can first find out about check in procedure, restrictions and conditions. Then they must enter their information, select a seat in the aircraft and finally print out the boarding card for their flight. The bottom portion of the boarding card has a special bar code which is used to let passengers board the aircraft. Passengers who also wish to check in baggage must go to the drop off counter at the airport (marked B1), where they can use their already printed boarding card to check in their baggage.

Welcome to Aleš Bravničar’s Miniverse at the Ljubljana Airport

Since yesterday, the passenger terminal at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has been graced with an exhibition by Aleš Bravničar, called Miniverse II. It will be on display to departing passengers until 31 October.

The project was developed with the support of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. and in cooperation with Galerija Fotografija, where Bravničar has previously exhibited this series of photographs. This time he has added a few photos and slightly changed the presentation, and put it on display right where the majority of the trips on which the photographs in the exhibition were taken began and ended.

In Miniverse II, the photographer depicts actual places through his lens as miniature models. Galerija Fotografija described them in an accompanying text as a piece of the world which in its vastness extends through unlimited space. If you were to remove the component of depth, you would instantly arrive at a tiny miniature which had little in common with reality. These places would become their own simulacra, products of a synthesis of the actual locations and their virtual miniaturization. Furthermore, the newly-created images would, reminiscent of detailed and carefully constructed models, raise questions about every difference between the real and the imaginary, the true and the false.

At Aerodrom Ljubljana we believe that with Bravničars exhibition we have given the passenger terminal and the experience of travelling new content and new value. Miniverse II entirely fulfils this mission through its content, aesthetic, the quality of the artist and the gallery that represents him. Furthermore, it offers Slovenian and foreign travellers an opportunity to become familiar with Slovenian artistic photography.

The exhibition will be on display until 31 October. After the day of the opening it will be viewable only by passengers travelling from the airport or by prior agreement at tel. +386 (0)4 206 1115 or by e-mail at lea.jarc@lju-airport.si

More about Aleš Bravničar:
Aleš Bravničar (b. 1975) became seriously involved in photography in the mid-1990s and soon became one of Slovenias most sought-after photographers.
He works in fashion, editorial and commercial photography, and has also created several series of original photographs, which he has presented at solo exhibitions (Route 66, BOF, Ljubljana 2003; Pop!, Mala galerija CD, Ljubljana 2006; Miniverse, Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana 2008; Antiheroes, MAXI, Ljubljana 2010).
He has participated in numerous group exhibitions (Salon of Modern Slovenian Photography, Ljubljana Fairgrounds, Ljubljana 2003; Figurae Cameris, Regional Post-Secondary Centre, Ptuj 2004; Erotica - salon of modern erotic photography 2004; Erotica 2 - salon of modern erotic photography, Galerija Photon, Ljubljana 2005; Foto8; HOST Gallery (Summershow), London 2009; Mall Galleries, London 2009. Kalman Krane Gallery, Brighton 2010; New York Photo Festival 2010; VII Gallery New York 2010. His series of photographs entitled What did the Dolphin See? earned honorary mention from the jury at Slovenia Press Photo Awards 2009, and his series of photographs entitled Androgynous took first place (best story) at Slovenia Press Photo Awards 2010.
Aleš Bravničar lives and works in Ljubljana. He is represented by Galerija Fotografija.

 

 

 

Airport push-chairs

We make travelling with children even easier with free airport push-chairs. They can be found on the first floor of the departure area of the passenger terminal, near the childrens playground. Push chairs are offered to small children, since their own trolleys have previously been checked-in.
Transfer passengers are expected to be the most frequent users of the airport push-chairs, since only those with tag »Delivery At Aircraft« can be provided immediately after landing. All others push-chairs can be claimed with the rest of the luggage at the baggage claim.
Push-chairs are only provided for the use in the passenger terminal until boarding of the aircraft. If the passenger might need any information regarding free push-chairs, our personnel are available for help. Push-chairs are cleaned daily and returned to the first floor of the terminal by our personnel. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is now even more children friendly. For other interesting travel information please visit our travel tips.

Zg. Brnik, 17 november 2010

Air Accident Exercise

The Aerodrom Ljubljana, company that manages Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, today carried out an air accident exercise designed to test the airport services readiness to react to such an event.
 

A field exercise entitled Air Accident 2010 was held this morning at the airport in order to test and improve the organisation, readiness and capability of the airport services for protection, rescue and assistance in the event of an air traffic accident. It took place on site, as traffic to the airport took place according to the regular schedule, despite the exercise.

The exercise scenario envisaged a CRJ 200 aircraft of the Happy Flight company on a charter flight from Nice sliding off the runway on landing into the grass verge at around 8.30 in the morning and bursting into flames. The aircraft was first noticed by the traffic coordinator with the alert immediately called. The aircraft had 25 passengers and 4 crew members. On the aircraft 19 people remained uninjured, including the crew, while 7 were injured and 3 dead.

The aims of the internal exercise were to test:
- familiarity with the Protection and Rescue Plan in the event of an air accident at Ljubljana-Jože Pučnik among members of the airport services
- effectiveness and coordination of the plans measures
- alerting and activation of protection, rescue and assistance units
- management, leadership and implementation of actions such as firefighting, and identifying and rescuing injured people.

Regular training for the airport services is part of the Airport Protection and Rescue Plan in the Event of an Air Accident, as well as ICAO recommendations, and is carried out every one or two years.  External services are sometimes invited to participate in the training events. The last air accident exercise took place at the airport in March 2009.

An analysis was carried out after the exercise, which will be used to propose potential changes and improvements to the Airport Plan for Protection and Rescue in the Event of an Air Accident.

The only catastrophic plane crash near the airport happened on 01 September 1966, when aircraft Bristol 175 of Brittania Airways, due to badly adjusted altimeter, crashed into the trees. 98 of 117 passengers on board were killed.

Some photos from the exercise are attached.


Zgornji Brnik, 23 November 2010

December at the airport dedicated to the Sonček charity

Until the end of this year, there will be a sales exhibition in the departure section of the terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport for Sonček, the Slovenian Cerebral Palsy Association. As part of the exhibition, seasonal hand-made gifts will be on sale to passengers and airport visitors.

During this festive month people will be able to view and buy hand-made silk-screen pictures made by people with disabilities from the Sonček Koper Sheltered Work Centre. The pictures come in a range of sizes and motifs, with many portraying Slovenia's coastal towns.

Between 06:30 and 18.00 on 3 December the exhibition will be joined by a stand selling Sonček Association products in the check-in hall, which is freely accessible to the public. The Sonček stand will offer various articles made by hand by people with cerebral palsy from Sonček Centre Kranj. The products, which will make ideal presents (such as greetings cards, puppets, decorations, pottery) for the coming holidays are aimed at passengers, visitors and airport employees. If sales prove successful, the event will be repeated on 10 and 17 December, so the Sonček Association and Aerodrom Ljubljana invite visitors to come and see the Sonček stand in great numbers.

Profits from the sales of the exhibited pictures and stand products will go to help people with disabilities who work at the Sonček sheltered work centres as a reward for their efforts.

Aerodrom Ljubljana is helping to organise these activities in order to further its cooperation with the Sonček Association, which goes back a number of years. The cooperation started in 2006 via the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society which is part of the Sonček Association. We offer the society donations every year, while our employees have also hit upon an interesting way of helping the society out. Every December airport staff collect voluntary contributions, raising money for charity from the sale of things, left by air passengers for security reasons when passing through security check-points. This is fast becoming a tradition, and will be repeated this year.

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Sonček, the Slovenian Cerebral Palsy Association, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and apolitical national organisation for disabled people, which was created in 1983 by the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society and the Maribor Cerebral Palsy Society. Originally an organisation for parents, it has developed into a professional organisation that operates in the field of protection for disabled people and implementing programmes and services for people with disabilities, professionals in the field, and the parents of children with special needs and their other relatives. This includes services at sheltered work centres and accommodation programmes in residential groups, as well as offering programmes such as rehabilitation, medical therapy colonies, holidays, counselling, education and transport. The association now unites 15 regional cerebral palsy societies, the Premature Baby Assistance Society, the Sonček Club and the Žarek Cerebral Palsy Sports Society. These societies bring together over 4,000 people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their relatives, as well as professionals from this field.

More information is available at: www.soncek.org

Brnik, 01 December 2010

easyJet will start to operate new route to Paris

On 4 December easyJet will start to operate flights between Ljubljana and Paris. New route compliments low-fares flights from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.

Tomorrow easyJet, European leading low-fares airline, launches new route from Ljubljana to airport Charles de Gaulle in Paris. New route is addition to a successful connection between Slovenia's capital and London Stansted, established in april 2004.

The routes will be served thrice weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays with 156 seat Airbus A319 aircraft. One way tickets are avaliable from 24.99 EUR, including taxes and charges. Approximately 40.000 passengers are expected to travel on that route in the first year. We also announced that easyJet will provide route to Milano, but due to inadequate ticket purchase, that news has been cancelled.

Passengers can now choose between three airline flights to Paris since Adria Airways and Air France also operate routes there.

More on timetable is available here

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About easyJet:

easyJet is now Europe's No. 1 air transport network due to itsleading presence on Europes top 100 routes and at Europes 50 largest airports. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hours drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline.

By offering thel owest fares to the most convenient airports, this year easyJet will grow profitably by 10% and will carry 50 million passengers on over 520 routes between 122 airports in 29 countries.

easyJet is the UKs largest and Europes fourth largest airline by passenger numbers. In 2009, the airline carried 28 million passengers in the UK and 46 million in total. On average easyJet flies passengers 1100 km.

Brnik, 3 December 2010

Noise in the area around the airport can now be monitored “live” on the website

Aerodrom Ljubljana has set up an application on its website that enables the live monitoring of current data on noise produced by aircraft.In this way Aerodrom is working to enhance its solutions to the complex issue of limiting and monitoring noise around the airport.

The application, which shows not just the current state but also offers data going back 24 hours and aircraft identification, is accessible to all internet users and was created for Aerodrom Ljubljana by the company Hal Interactive of Kamnik. It offers simple graphic monitoring of the noise level and identification of sources and producers. The basis for the display is radar data on individual flights and noise data, which are continuously measured at four measuring stations set up at the most noise-burdened points around the airport, Šenčur, Lokarje and Lahovče.

This application, which presents the noise level in a graphic display, serves to enhance the solutions to the complex issue of limiting and monitoring noise in the area around the airport. To this end, certain limiting measures were already put in place and implemented a number of years ago. One key measure, continuous monitoring and measuring of noise, which also enables identification of violators, has already been implemented for two years, and three-monthly reports on noise pollution are continuously published on the Aerodrom Ljubljana website. The introduction of continuous monitoring of noise in December 2008 saw the airport at Brnik join more than 40 other European airports that have introduced similar monitoring of noise pollution.

The measurements and reports are provided by an authorised institution, Zavod za varstvo pri delu, d.d (ZVD - Occupational Safety Public Institute).Measurements are carried out through the collection of data on noise levels at measurement terminals, with sound recordings for individual events and data being sent continuously via the GSM network to the control centre, which is situated at the office of ZVD d.d. in Ljubljana. The control centre performs data analysis, and using various methods they determine the environmental noise burden, individual sources of noise and daily and annual noise burdens.


The noise monitoring system in place is a reflection of the responsibility that Aerodrom Ljubljana is showing with regard to the issue of noise and to local residents. It is part of the integrated approach to dealing with the issue of noise in areas around the airport, and will help improve the quality of life in neighbouring municipalities. At this stage it enables the identification of violators, and following the adoption of the relevant legislation it will also serve as a basis for implementing specific measures (restrictions on flying, charging fees).

Brnik, 23 December 2010

Kindly invited to general aviation show in Feiedrichshafen!


Every year there are over 500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries participating on 80,000 m2. And this year general aviation service of Ljubljana and Portorož Airport will be represented at the show.

You are kindly invited!

Authorised economic operator (AEO) status acquired


Ljubljana Customs Office recently granted us the status of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO). This is an important recognition for Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. in the field of customs simplification and security and safety. The status is valid throughout the entire territory of the European Union.
 
The European legislators’ aim for this pan-European project is to give recognition to companies that operate with high quality standards, are financially solvent, respect the highest standards for security and safety, and comply consistently with European customs legislation. The new status offers a number of advantages in addition to the recognition it gives our work:
- It confirms our company around the world as a secure and reliable business partner.
- We will be given a lower risk rating in supply chain risk analysis systems.
- We will undergo fewer physical inspections and documentation reviews.
- We will have lower requirements in terms of the quantity of data required for entry and exit summary declarations.
- We have acquired a more favourable status for use of simplified customs procedures.
- There is also the possibility of recognised status outside the European Union.
The procedure to acquire this status took a year, and included the submission of a wide range of company data to the Slovenian Customs Administration, the preparation of new internal instructions for employees and two audits by the Ljubljana Customs Office. The procedure was carried out in full by internal staff members.
Last year we handled 17,309.7 tonnes of freight at Jože Pučnik-Ljubljana Airport, which is 20.8% more than the previous year. The quantity of freight handled by Aerodrom Ljubljana has continued to increase in 2011.
 

The Triglav National Park and the Alpine Convention on view to air passengers

In the context of Slovenia's Presidency of the Alpine Convention in the period 2009–2011, the Triglav National Park has created a travelling exhibition called "The Triglav National Park and the Alpine Convention". The exhibition will be on view until the end of April on the first floor of the passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The purpose of the exhibition is to draw attention to the sensitive Alpine region, an important source of drinking water and an area of remarkable natural and cultural heritage.

Exhibitions, be they artistic, photographic or educational, have become something of a constant at the airport, enhancing the space and introducing a valuable new dimension for passengers. The current exhibition serves both educational and promotional purposes, providing domestic and foreign passengers with information about the riches of the Triglav National Park and the importance of the Alpine Convention – not just for Slovenia but also more widely.

The exhibition highlights the importance of the Alpine Convention as a new hope for the Alps and underlines the common responsibility that we share for finding a balance between protecting nature and managing its resources, conserving the remarkable natural and cultural diversity of the Alps, and improving the quality of life of the Alpine population. The area of the Alpine Convention is visited by 100 million visitors every year. This exhibition is also an opportunity to present the importance of the conserved nature and cultural heritage of the Triglav National Park and the Alps from the point of view of the tourism sector.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Alpine Convention and the 30th anniversary of the legal establishment of the Triglav National Park. In May 1981 Slovenia's only national park got its own law, on the basis of which it was officially established. The law also set out the park's fundamental objectives and purposes, defined the external boundaries of the protected area and designated individual protection areas and protection regimes.

Survey on customer satisfaction

Aerodrom Ljubljana is conducting a survey on satisfaction of our customers. Its purpose is to even better understand needs of our passengers and visitors and to improve the quality of our service. Survey will be conducted until May 15.
Questionnaire is available in three languages with our passenger handling staff and it consists of several questions regarding general satisfaction with the airport and its personnel, security control, catering and other service, parking facilities and advertising.

Aerodrom Ljubljana’s first quarter better than last year

Compared with the same period last year, Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded similar passenger numbers and an increase of 28% in cargo tonnage in the first quarter. Overall performance also surpassed the first quarter of last year.

In the first three months of 2011, Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded 8,870 aircraft movements, down 4% on the same period last year (20.1% of the forecast in the annual plan). A total of 239,633 passengers were served, down just 0.4% on the same period last year, and equivalent to 17.1% of the forecast in the annual plan.

The majority of passengers travelled with scheduled airlines, of which there were eight at the airport during the period in question. The airport at Brnik operated routes to 27 different destinations; Istanbul, Paris, Frankfurt, London and Munich accounted for the largest passenger numbers. In the passenger segment, the first quarter saw a decline in the number of transit passengers and charter passengers. There were fewer charters because of the situation in North Africa, where instability brought a significant decline in the number of tourists. The recovery in traffic is primarily being expressed at foreign airlines, their passenger numbers increasing by 27.7%.

Cargo tonnage continued to grow, increasing by 28.3% (4,765 tonnes) and reaching 24.8% of the forecast in the annual plan. An increase was recorded in all categories of cargo (air cargo tonnage was up 6.5% on the same period last year, truck cargo tonnage was up 12.1% and mail tonnage was up 11.9%.). The largest increase was recorded by ship and road break-bulk cargo, which involves receiving ship and road containers, carrying out customs procedures, and resorting in terms of final recipient.

Performance in the first quarter surpassed that in the same period last year. Operating revenues were up 3.6% on those generated in the same period last year at EUR 6,991 thousand (21.7% of the forecast in the annual plan). Operating expenses were down 1.5% (at 24.2% of the forecast in the annual plan) as a result of continuous cost controls and the constant adjustment of costs to the situation on the market.

EBITDA was up 20.3% on the same period last year at EUR 2,163 thousand (equivalent to 17.9% of the forecast in the annual plan). EBIT stood at EUR 510 thousand (up 201.4% on the first quarter of last year, and equivalent to 9.4% of the forecast in the annual plan).

Taking into account net finance income in the amount of EUR 320 thousand, the company's pre-tax profit stood at EUR 830 thousand (equivalent to 13.3% of the forecast in the annual plan), up 56.4% on the same period last year. There was a similar increase in net profit, which was up 55.8% on the same period last year at EUR 661 thousand (equivalent to 13.2% of the forecast in the annual plan).

The seasonal nature of the company’s operations means that it lies proportionately behind in its implementation of the annual plan (with the exception of cargo). The volume of traffic is highest in the summer, from June to September, as a result of the establishment of charter routes and an increase in the number of scheduled flights, while load factors are also higher at this time.

Zgornji Brnik, 25 May 2011

Opening of L'Occitane Shop

The L'Occitane shop opened on 01 June in the departure area of the passenger terminal. Because the L'Occitane brand receives inspiration from the Mediterranean landscape and tradition, they have developed fragrances and skincare products that are authentic, natural and deliver the benefits promised. There are no animal ingredients used in the manufacturing process, apart from bee hives, honey, propolis and royal jelly. Values such as sensuality, authenticity and respect have made L'Occitane cosmetics a global success story.

Border control on internal borders with Austria to be restored temporarily

Passengers are notified that, between June 4 to 9, Austria will restore temporary border control on all internal Schengen borders, including Slovenian. Passengers are therefore advised to check validity of their documents before travelling, since that includes border control on Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.

Austria between June 7 to 9 hosts The World Economic Forum in Vienna, so to ensure avoidance of any possible turmoil at the event, border control will be temporarily restored on Slovenian, German, Italian, Swiss, Hungarian, Czech and Slovakian borders.

Zg. Brnik, 2 June 2011

Adria Airways and Aerodrom Ljubljana sign Memorandum of Understanding with Air India

In the framework of Slovenian Prime Minister Borut Pahor's visit to India alongside a Slovenian economic delegation, the Boards of Adria Airways and Aerodrom Ljubljana signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of the Transport Ministers of Slovenia and India. The document lays the groundwork for further discussions on cooperation between Air India, Adria Airways and Aerodrom Ljubljana.

The cooperation centres on Air India flights between India and North America with a stopover at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Owing to the size and rapid growth of the Indian market, this presents an enormous opportunity for increasing the volume of passenger and cargo traffic handled by Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.

Through the deal, Aerodrom Ljubljana is looking to make the leap among airports that offer intercontinental flights. By entering into cooperation of this kind, it will position itself as an important hub in the South Eastern Europe area and fortify its strategic role as the region's leading airport for passenger and cargo flights.

By working with Air India, Adria Airways will have direct access to India and the US market, and will also ensure an additional number of passengers on already existing routes. The Indian national carrier will gain access to passengers from Europe (the EU region) as well as the "use" of Adria Airways' network of flights.

New Delhi, India,14 June 2011

Aerodrom Ljubljana rewards loyalty

With BMW Vertriebs GmbH - Podružnica Ljubljana, we are making it possible for our travellers to purchase a BMW Series 1 at a very affordable price. Upon submission of a loyalty voucher, which may be obtained with a boarding pass for any flight to/from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, or by correctly answering a question and registering on the website www.fly-ljubljana.si, or by completing the registration form when checking in for your flight, or at a sales location of an airline or travel agency listed on the website www.fly-ljubljana.si (no purchase required to participate in the promotion), travellers will have the option of purchasing a BMW 116d. It can be arranged with financing provided by BMW Financial Services or with a one-time cash payment in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Fly-Ljubljana.si promotion.
Loyalty vouchers can be obtained at the information desk in the check-in area of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Vehicles can be ordered at licensed BMW dealers.
The promotion will be held from 6.6.2011 to 30.9.2011 or until all supplies are sold.
Additional information is available at www.fly-ljubljana.si/en

 

 

Longer opening hours of observation terrace

All passengers and visitors, who wish to watch busy handling on the apron, will be happy to know, that observation terrace is opened for longer. Take-offs and landings can, from 10 June, be observed every day from six a.m. until midnight. Since bar Terasa Avionček is still opened from 7.a.m. until 9 p.m., coffee, ice cream and other refreshments can be enjoyed only during that time.
Observation terrace is located on the right side of the passenger terminal. Please follow orange signs.

P1 parking area is now open

Passengers or airport visitors can now use open air parking P1, which is located on the left side of the Kranj-Mengeš main road (in the direction of Spodnji Brnik). Parking fees are equal to those on P2 open air parking. Additional information can be found on our website.

Aerodrom Ljubljana’s performance in the first half of this year better than last year; president of the Management Board reappointed by the Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. discussed the unaudited half-yearly business report for 2011. The company’s passenger traffic in the first half of the year was up 9% on the same period last year, while cargo tonnage was up 32%. There was a general improvement in performance, in which control of operating expenses was a significant factor.
Also on the agenda was an assessment of the work of the president of the Management Board, Mr Zmago Skobir. The Supervisory Board decided to entrust him with the helm of the company for the upcoming five-year period.

More information is available in a press release.

Report of meeting with shareholders in Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d.

The Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. held a meeting with the company’s shareholders on Friday, 18 November. The shareholders were briefed on the progress to date in connection with the construction of Terminal 2, which will be Aerodrom Ljubljana’s principal investment in the coming years, and on other planned development projects. With the approval of the Supervisory Board, the construction of Terminal 2 was postponed in 2009 and 2010 because of the recession and the commercial difficulties of the most important business partner.

Aerodrom Ljubljana is envisaging investments of EUR 115 million in the period to 2017, of which EUR 72 million will be spent on the terminal, construction of which is expected to begin next year, and to be completed by May 2015. In addition, the construction of a small logistics centre is planned for 2013, while the construction of a cargo terminal is planned for 2014 and 2015.

The existing passenger terminal is no longer capable of reaching satisfactory quality standards. It is already too small for busier times of the day and busier months of the year, and given the projected trends in aviation, passenger numbers will increase further and within five years are forecast to again reach their level of 2008, when close to 1.8 million people passed through the airport. The new terminal, which will cover an area of 31,200 square metres, will have a capacity of 1,800 passengers per hour. The existing terminal, built in 1973 and later reconstructed, currently has an area of 13,000 square metres. After completion of the new terminal, it will remain used in part for transportation, but will also be partly converted for commercial purposes.

The new terminal - for which planning began 20 years ago - will eliminate the bottleneck, will guarantee the requisite security and safety in air transport and will also provide extra space for commercial activities. The project has been coordinated with numerous government papers and other documents, including Slovenia’s Development Strategy, the National Development Programme and the Resolution on the Transport Policy of the Republic of Slovenia, and is ready for execution.

Approximately 38% of the financing for the terminal will come from internal resources, while 40% will come from a bank loan to Aerodrom Ljubljana with a repayment term of 15 years. For the remaining 22% the aim is to obtain grants from the European Regional Development Fund, for which an application was lodged with the European Commission this July, and is now being discussed.

The estimated project value of Terminal 2 was drawn up on the basis of assumptions and prices in 2008. The financial aspect of the project is being examined again at Aerodrom Ljubljana. In light of the changed circumstances, the aim is to optimise the investment by undertaking the construction in a modular fashion, but it is also felt that it is now possible to achieve lower prices than those applying when the investment programme was drawn up.

November, 2011

Aerodrom Ljubljana’s performance in first three quarters of 2011 better than last year

The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. today discussed the company’s report on its performance in the first three quarters of the year. Passenger numbers were unchanged from the same period last year, while cargo tonnage was up 20%. Performance was better overall, thanks to the positive effects of controls on operating expenses.

Passenger numbers in the first three quarters of this year were similar to the same period last year (down 0.3%). The number of aircraft movements was down 4.9%, but the majority of the decline was in general aviation, which is of less importance in financial terms. The decline was slightly lower in public transport: the number of aircraft movements was down 1.9% on the same period last year.  Airlines also replaced smaller aircraft with larger models. This is beneficial in financial (income) terms, as the price of a significant portion of the company’s services is tied to aircraft weight; the adverse effect of the decline in the number of aircraft movements was thus mitigated by a change in the breakdown by aircraft, and an increase in the total aircraft weight realised. Of the 32 destinations available to public transport passengers during the first nine months of the year, Paris, Istanbul, Frankfurt and London accounted for a third of total passenger numbers.

Total cargo tonnage during the first nine months of the year was up 20.8% on the same period last year, primarily as a result of an increase in ship and road break-bulk cargo, which only began in May last year.

The relatively favourable trend in performance seen in the first half of the year continued in the third quarter, primarily as a result of an increase in traffic in the foreign airline segment and the cargo segment. Despite a decline in the domestic airline’s traffic and a decline in charter traffic during the summer, the company generated operating revenues of EUR 25,763 thousand, up 3.3% on the same period last year. 
Operating expenses amounted to EUR 19,551 thousand, down 5.7% on the same period last year as a result of constant monitoring of costs and their prompt adjustment to the current situation. Labour costs were up on the same period last year (a reflection of the replacement of workers from the employment agency with temporary employees), as was amortisation/depreciation, while material costs and service costs were down significantly on the same period last year.
Operating profit before interest, taxes and depreciation/amortisation (EBITDA) amounted to EUR 11,393 thousand in the first nine months of the year, up 24.2% on the same period last year,  while operating profit (EBIT) amounted to EUR 6,212 thousand, up 47.1% on the same period last year.  Net finance income was also higher than in the same period last year, up 39.6% at EUR 976 thousand. After adding net finance income, pre-tax profit during the first nine months of the year amounted to EUR 7,188 thousand (up 46.0% on the same period last year), while net profit was up 44.5% on the same period last year at EUR 5,737 thousand.

In light of the traffic forecast for Aerodrom Ljubljana for the remainder of the year, passenger numbers and the number of aircraft movements are expected to be down slightly on the forecast in the annual plan, while cargo tonnage is expected to exceed the forecast. Operating revenues are expected to be slightly higher than forecast, primarily as a result of the increase in traffic at foreign airlines and the aforementioned changes in the breakdown of traffic, while operating expenses are expected to be down slightly on the forecast in the annual plan for 2011 thanks to streamlining measures. EBIT will thus be larger than forecast in the plan. Pre-tax profit and net profit are also expected to equal or even surpass the figures forecast in the annual plan.

Investment activity was adjusted to the urgency of the individual investments, and thus the figure planned for 2011 will not be realised, as a result of the uncertainties faced during the first nine months of the year. A portion of the investment is expected to be shifted to the plan for 2012.

November 25, 2011

Invitation to the Sonček stand with holiday gifts

On Fridays in the first half of December 2011 (on 2nd, 9th and 16th) between 8.00 and 15.00 the check-in hall, which is freely accessible to the public will host a sales stand with Sonček Association products.

The Sonček stand will offer for sale various articles made by hand by people with cerebral palsy from Sonček Centre Kranj. The products, which make ideal gifts (such as greeting cards, puppets, decorations, pottery and many more) in this festive month, are aimed at passengers, visitors and employees at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Profits from the sales of these unique articles will be dedicated to help people with disabilities who work at the Sonček sheltered work centres as a reward for all their efforts. The Sonček Association and Aerodrom Ljubljana kindly invite visitors to come and see the Sonček stand in great numbers. 
These activities are organized as a dedication of Aerodrom Ljubljana to furthering its cooperation with the Sonček Association, which has been present for a number of years now. The cooperation started in 2006 via the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society, which is a member of the Association. Aerodrom Ljubljana occasionally helps the society with donations and also includes its employees to support it in all sorts of ways.

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Sonček, the Slovenian Cerebral Palsy Association, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and apolitical national organisation for disabled people, which was created in 1983 by the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society and the Maribor Cerebral Palsy Society. Originally an organisation for parents, it has developed into a professional organisation that operates in the field of protection for disabled people and implementing programmes and services for people with disabilities, professionals in the field, and the parents of children with special needs and their other relatives. This includes services at sheltered work centres and accommodation programmes in residential groups, as well as offering programmes such as rehabilitation, medical therapy colonies, holidays, counselling, education and transport. The association now unites 15 regional cerebral palsy societies, the Premature Baby Assistance Society, the Sonček Club and the Žarek Cerebral Palsy Sports Society. These societies bring together over 4,000 people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their relatives, as well as professionals from this field.
More information is available at: www.soncek.org

Brnik, 1. 12. 2011

No restrictions on carrying liquids in December

Between 5 December 2011 and 5 January 2012 travellers from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will be allowed to carry liquids also in containers over 100 milliliters in their hand luggage through the security control point.

Testing of liquid detection devices will be under way from 5 December 2011 and 5 January 2012 at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and because of that for a period of one month there will be no restrictions on carrying liquids, gels and aerosols. Passengers will be allowed to take liquids (alcohol and non-alcohol drinks, beauty products …), that will not set off an alarm during the testing procedure with them onto aircrafts.

Testing of liquid detection devices will be under way only on 10 other airports in Europe (Brussels, Zürich, Helsinki-Vantaa, Amsterdam Schiphol, Madrid Barajas, Katowice, London Heathrow, Riga, Frankfurt and Dublin) until March 2012. Therefore, passengers should note, that during a security inspection at the airport where they land, their liquids could be confiscated. Also, the ban on carrying liquids at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will come back into effect after the completion of testing.

The testing period at the airport will help to acquire information to later assess, whether this kind of equipment, which is to be used on a standard basis for detection of liquids, is appropriate.   
A complete lifting of the ban on carrying liquids onto aircrafts, which is in force from 2006, is planned for April 2013 pursuant to a European Commission regulation.

All passengers will be informed in detail about security and control procedures concerning the testing of liquid detection devices at the airport through information boards, digital screens, security staff and the call center.   

December 6, 2011

Passengers face restrictions on carrying liquids again

From January 6 passengers travelling from Ljubljana Airport will no longer be allowed to carry liquids, gels and aerosols  in containers over 100 milliliters in their hand luggage on board.

Due to testing of liquid detection devices, which was under way from 5 December 2011 and 5 January 2012, passengers were allowed to carry liquids through the security control point at the airport.

The reactions of travelers to additional security procedures during the testing period were positive. They did not experience any lines at the security control points and therefore there were no traffic delays. The final report on testing with results in detail will be prepared in the next two weeks.

The testing period at the airport had helped to acquire information to assess, whether this kind of equipment, which is once to be used on a standard basis for detection of liquids, is appropriate. Complete lifting of the ban on carrying liquids onto aircrafts, which is in force from 2006, is planned for April 2013 pursuant to a European Commission regulation.

January 6, 2012

Renovation of the business lounge

The existing passenger terminal received a partial renovation and expansion in 2007 to meet the needs of Slovenia’s entry into the Schengen Area. This expansion of the airport led to a considerable improvement in the standard of care for guests travelling in economy class; unfortunately, due to objective limitations the project did not manage to provide a higher standard for business travellers. Business travellers still use a business lounge built years ago; it does not provide a level of service befitting a modern airline passenger travelling in business class. The business lounge is too small; its decor is rather dated, and the offerings available in the lounge are also in need of improvement.

Because Aerodrom Ljubljana would like to raise awareness of the fact that it is a service company which places care for travellers ahead of all else, we will be renovating the business lounge. Preparations for the renovation have been under way for some time; actual works on the existing lounge will begin on Monday, 5 March and are expected to take 20 calendar days. For the duration of the renovation, a temporary business lounge will be set up in the Edvard Rusjan restaurant. Business travellers can access the temporary lounge from the ground floor of the departures terminal in the Schengen section of the airport. Passenger identification for entry to the business lounge will be handled at Gate 9; here, business travellers can also receive additional instructions and information about the operation of the temporary lounge.

Brnik, March 5 2012

Financial results in 2011 better than year before

Operating revenues realised in 2011 totalled EUR 34,001 thousand, the same level as in 2010, and were up 5.6% on the forecast in the annual plan. Operating expenses were down 5.7% on 2010 at EUR 26,413 thousand, which was 1.4% less than the forecast. Looking more closely at the breakdown of operating expenses, costs of materials were down 11% on 2010, while costs of services were down 8%. Labour costs were at the same level as in 2010, while amortisation and depreciation costs were up 1.7%. Other operating expenses were significantly lower than in the previous year. EBITDA was up just under 15% on that recorded in 2010, and up 18% on the forecast. EBIT was up 29% on 2010, and up fully 40% on the forecast. Net profit was up 23% on 2010 at EUR 5,248 thousand, 3.4% more than the forecast, and would have been significantly higher had there not been EUR 2.2 million of impairments for an investment in an associate that was not envisaged in the annual plan.

From the point of view of our financial results, Aerodrom Ljubljana thus performed very successfully in 2011, particularly in the context of the situation that we faced. There was a great deal of uncertainty in relation to the continuation of the domestic airline as a going concern, and in the final quarter in particular we faced a decline in traffic as a result of the closure of less-profitable routes. This was the primary factor in the decline in physical traffic compared with 2010 (passenger numbers were down 1.4%, while the number of aircraft movements was down 7.8%), and the figures also fell short of the forecasts in the annual plan (passenger numbers were 2.5% less than forecast, and the number of aircraft movements was 11.1% less than forecast). In parallel with the overall decline in traffic, there were significant changes in its breakdown, which had a beneficial impact on the operating result. Airlines replaced smaller aircraft with larger aircraft, which is beneficial in financial (revenue) terms, as the price of a significant portion of our services is tied to aircraft weight. The decline in the domestic airline’s traffic was compensated for to a significant extent by an expansion in the foreign airline segment, where passenger numbers were up 17.3% and the number of aircraft movements was up 1.4%. The cargo segment also recorded good performance in terms of traffic. Total cargo tonnage in 2011 was up 13.6% on 2010, and was up 2.4% on the forecast in the annual plan.

Investments in buildings, computer equipment and other airport equipment amounting to EUR 6.4 million were originally planned for 2011. In keeping with the uncertainty that the company faced, we adjusted the pace of investment to the level of urgency of the individual investments in question, as a result of which the actual investment realised was EUR 2.4 million.

Brnik, 15. 3. 2012

Airport concierge service for important passengers

We would like to inform you that we have extended our airport concierge service; once only available to important figures from the world of Slovenian and international politics, we now also offer the service to passengers from the worlds of economics, business, culture and entertainment, as well as all other passengers who would like to begin, continue or conclude their travel at the airport in the comfort provided by a high-quality concierge service.

Our highly trained staff is available to important passengers and their entourage from the very first to the very last moment they are in contact with the airport. While waiting for their flight or after their flight has arrived, passengers can spend time in the pleasant ambience of one of our lounges, where they can relax or see to business matters. In the meantime our staff will handle most of the formal procedures for arrival or departure to/from the airport. Passengers are provided with a fast, discreet airport concierge service, which allows them to avoid the usual transfer through the terminal and makes their time spent at the airport more relaxed and meaningful.

Click for detailed information on the service

Brnik, 19. 3. 2012

Informative summer timetable published

We would like to inform passengers of Ljubljana Airport that the informative timetable for summer season, valid from 25 March 2012, has been published on our website.

Following a break in the winter timetable Finnish flag carrier Finnair returns to Ljubljana Airport. Passengers will be able to fly from Slovenian capital to Helsinki four times a week: on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Easyjet will be increasing the number of flights to London and therefore operating every day of the week. Another new feature in the summer season is the route of Adria Airways to London Luton Airport. Barcelona and Manchester are also two destinations reintroduced from last year’s summer timetable.

There has been a change with route to Prague – as of 5 March 2012 carrier Job Air is operating the service instead of Czech Airlines.    

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will this year again offer numerous charter flights – 30 destinations will be operated by 11 carriers.

Departures Summer 2012
Arrivals Summer 2012

Brink, 23 March 2012

Wizz Air announces two new Ljubljana routes to/from Brussels and London

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today two new routes from Ljubljana to Brussels-Charleroi and London-Luton from October 2012. These two new routes will deliver over 70,000 passengers in the first year and will as estimated by the carrier create up to 70 Ljubljana jobs.

The launch of these routes signals the return of Wizz Air to the Slovenian market 6 years after its first flight to Ljubljana. At a time when traditional high-fare airlines face strong challenges due to high costs in the aviation industry, Wizz Air stimulates tourism and passenger traffic with low fares. To celebrate this important development for Slovenian tourism Wizz Air tickets from Ljubljana are now available from just €22.99 (one way, including taxes) on wizzair.com.

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Wizz Air is delighted in launching these two new routes to Brussels and London. Over the last 4 years Slovenian passengers have travelled to airports in neighbouring countries to access low-fare flights. Wizz Air returns to Slovenia with increased efficiency and low costs and will offer Slovenian passengers and visitors really low fares. We expect these low fares on our five weekly flights to be very popular and hope to invest further in Slovenian tourism and job growth in the future,” said József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air.

We are excited about Wizz Air’s return, which in the current recession really is something to celebrate. We’re focused on delivering value for money flights for the passengers at Ljubljana Airport and our relationship with Wizz Air means that travellers can take advantage of low fares to new exciting destinations” said Zmago Skobir, CEO of Ljubljana Airport.

Wizz Air is the largest low-fare, low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and operates a fleet of 37 Airbus A320 aircraft from 15 bases connecting over 70 destinations in 25 countries. At Wizz Air a team of 1,500 aviation professionals deliver superior service and very low airfares making Wizz Air the preferred choice of over 12 million passengers in 2012.

Brnik, 15 May 2012

Aerodrom Ljubljana’s performance in the period from January to March is in line with plan

Brnik, 24 May 2012 – The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. discussed the company’s report on its performance in the period from January to March 2012. In the segment of traffic handled by foreign airlines, the first quarter exceeded the forecast in the plan and the numbers for the same period last year, while figures for traffic handled by the domestic airline were lower than planned and worse than in the same period last year. Net profit was higher than forecast in the plan.

Despite a drop in traffic handled by the domestic airline, the first quarter came to a positive close and was within the forecast; it was also without cash flow or liquidity problems. Our efforts to implement cost controls over operating expenses in response to the drop in traffic made an important contribution towards this end. On the operating expenses side, we continued to implement cost control measures. In the first quarter, operating expenses totalled €6,413 thousand, which is 4.3% less than the plan’s forecast for the period and 1.1% less than the expenses generated in the same quarter last year. Operating revenue generated in foreign markets exceeded the figures for the first quarter of last year by nearly one tenth, and also exceeded the forecast. In the commercial services segment, increased marketing activities and a selective approach to customers of these services enabled us to exceed the plan’s forecast for the period; despite the drop in traffic, we succeeded in maintaining revenue on the level of the first quarter of last year. Regardless of the described growth, we were not successful in making up for the drop in revenue from air services and aircraft ground handling in the domestic market. The reason for this is the large share of traffic handled by the domestic airline at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport (although this share is decreasing, in terms of the number of passengers served it still accounts for 72%). In the period in question, we generated operating revenue in the total amount of €6,512 thousand, which is 5.7% below the forecast and 6.9% less than the figures for the same period last year. At €99 thousand, earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) are below the plan’s forecast for the period and less than the figures for the same period last year.

Net profit generated in the amount of €301 thousand is 6.5% higher than the forecast, despite the drop in traffic handled by the domestic airline.The loss of traffic handled by the domestic airline is the main reason behind the fact that net profit generated in this quarter trails behind the net profit generated in the first quarter of last year.

In the first three months, Aerodrom focused on increasing cooperation with its existing foreign airlines and on entering into agreements with new foreign airlines. As a result, we experienced a 4.3% increase in the number of passengers travelling with foreign airlines compared to the first quarter of last year, and at the same time exceeded the plan’s forecast by 14.3%. On the basis of forecasts by our existing and new foreign airlines (both regular carriers and charter flights), we estimate that the trend of the growth of traffic handled by foreign airlines will continue.

Because the fall in traffic handled by the domestic airline was greater than expected, it could not be entirely made up for by foreign airlines. The total number of passengers was therefore 7.8% less than in the same period last year and 3.2% below the forecast for the period. In terms of aircraft movements, in comparison with the same period last year, we recorded a drop for both domestic and foreign airlines (5.6% total); however, the number of aircraft movements exceeded the forecast by 2.3%. In the cargo traffic segment, we experienced a drop of 14.4% in the weight of freight loaded and unloaded at the airport compared to the same period last year; this is the result of our plans to reduce the handling of ship and road break-bulk cargo.

The activities of the company are of a seasonal nature, which is why we are behind by a proportionate share in achieving the annual plan. The volume of traffic at the airport is greatest in the summer months from June to September, when charter routes operate and the number of regularly scheduled routes – as well as the occupancy rate of flights – increases.

In 2012, we forecast slightly less traffic than in 2011, taking into account the fact that we do not expect significant economic recovery in 2012 and the amount of traffic individual airlines expect. We therefore forecast a 3.7% drop in the number of passengers compared to the previous year, a 2.6% drop in the number of aircraft movements, and a 10.9% in cargo traffic due to the cessation of ship and road break-bulk cargo handling. The forecast decrease in traffic will make itself felt in the airport’s operating revenues, which we forecast to be €32.3 million, or 4.9% less than 2011. We will continue to implement cost controls and adapt operating expenses to our current needs while taking into account the volume of traffic and the current liquidity situation at the company. Our plan forecasts operating expenses in the amount of €25.9 million, which is 2.2% lower than the amount realised in 2011. We therefore forecast earnings before interest, taxes depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the amount of €11.9 million and earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) in the amount of €6.5 million; net earnings at year close are forecast in the amount of €5.9 million.

For more information:

- Report on operations for the period January-March 2012: http://www.lju-airport.si/o-podjetju/informacije-za-vlagatelje/javne-objave

- Brigita Zorec, Head of Corporate Communications, Tel.: +386 4 20 61 103, Email: brigita.zorec@lju-airport.si

Slovenia Control begins upgrading its Instrument Landing System (ILS)

Ljubljana, 1 June 2012 - Today Slovenia Control, Ltd (KZPS) will begin upgrading its instrument landing system at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The upgrade is aimed at maintaining adequate system safety, reliability and availability and the airport’s current class designation (CAT IIIb). The project is expected to last from the beginning of June until late August, a period when reduced visibility is statistically least likely.

The project will include the replacement of the system’s electronic equipment, antennas and cable infrastructure. The upgrading of the ILS system will cost EUR 1 million and will be fully covered by KZPS’s own funds. The project will progress in three phases, beginning with the shutting off of the ILS system, construction work and the installation of equipment. After this the new ILS system will go live under CAT I conditions. The final phase will be the certification of the system for operation under CAT III conditions and the beginning of its CAT IIIb operation.

Says the managing director of KZPS, Dr Franc Željko Županič: “Ensuring safe and efficient air traffic is the basic principle of our work. The new system will meet international standards in the long term and ensure continuing technical modernisation."

The upgrading of the ILS system will provide users with technical capabilities for landing in fog conditions in the long term. The refurbishment of the ILS system is also welcomed by the chairman of the board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. d., Zmago Skobir: "Our airport has the best technology in the region, and the upgraded ILS system, which allows landing even in conditions of very poor visibility, will further enhance our position. The upgraded system will be reliable, improving traffic regularity and safety."

During the renovation of the system, air traffic will take place smoothly in the event of inadequate visibility, and we therefore do not expect any inconveniences in terms of delays or aircraft diversions. If poor visibility does occur, its low statistical probability notwithstanding, near-by airports will be available as alternatives.

Travel Value & Duty Free Shop opened Slovenian corner

On 28 June Travel Value & Duty Free Shop, located on the ground floor of the international departure terminal at Ljubljana Airport, introduced their expanded part of the shop.

 

To the existing 335 square meters Regal GH company added another 60 square meters for the so-called »walk through« Slovenian corner. Shoppers can choose among recognized products of renowned Slovenian manufacturers: form crystal souvenirs to indigenous Slovenian honey and extremely delicious Slovenian wine.

Slovenian corner offers the passengers at Ljubljana Airport a wide range of Slovenian products and a pleasant shopping experience. You are cordially invited!

Half-yearly business report

The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. discussed the company’s report on its performance in the first half of 2012. Despite a decrease in traffic and the resulting decline in revenues, the company ended the first half of the year in line with plans and without cash-flow or liquidity problems, primarily by adjusting expenses. Net profit totalled EUR 1,980 thousand during the first half of 2012, and exceeded planned net profit by 8%.

The company generated operating revenues of EUR 14,564 thousand during the first half of the year (equivalent to 45.1% of the forecast in the annual plan), which is 3.1% lower than planned and down 5.8% on the same period last year. The company responded to the fall in operating revenues by adjusting operating expenses, which totalled EUR 12,713 thousand during the first half of the year, down 4.8% on the first half of last year and 5% lower than planned. All key categories of operating expenses were down on the planned amounts for the first half of the year.
The company generated an operating profit (EBIT) of EUR 1,852 thousand from operating revenues and expenses, which is 12.3% higher than planned for the period, but down 12.1% on the operating profit generated in the same period last year. The company ended the first half of the year with a net profit of EUR 1,980 thousand (equivalent to 33.7% of the annual plan, the low realisation of the annual plan being due to the seasonal component of the company's activity, with higher traffic and revenues during the summer months, while the seasonal component is not reflected on the cost side). Net profit was 8% higher than planned, despite the drop in traffic.

In general, the economic and political situation in Slovenia and Europe overall is reflected in a decline in business and tourist travel. Despite the fact that Aerodrom Ljubljana is attempting to attract new carriers by adapting its pricing policy and increasing activities aimed at attracting new markets, carriers are cautious in establishing new connections with Slovenia due to the high risk of low aircraft capacity rates. Moreover, it is not merely the prices and quality of the company's services that are important to carriers; investments in promotional activities on foreign markets are also necessary to ensure recognition and thus interest in travel to Slovenia. Aerodrom Ljubljana cannot, nor is it obliged, to provide these funds by itself, while the tourism industry and government institutions do not have the funds or the capacity to make such investments.

In the traffic category, where the company discloses data regarding the volume of traffic served, the data are worse than planned because carriers did not fully meet their forecasts, which were the basis for the business plan: the domestic airline carried fewer passengers than planned, while the planned increase in traffic (e.g. a larger number of frequencies and the replacement of smaller aircraft with larger aircraft) on the foreign market was not fully realised. In addition, the scheduled flight to Prague was unexpectedly cancelled in June. The airport served 537,476 passengers during the first half of this year (equivalent to 40.7% of the forecast in the annual plan), which is 7.3% lower than the planned amount for the period and down 11.5% on the same period last year. A smaller drop was recorded in aircraft movements, which totalled 18,070 during the first half of the year (equivalent to 47.3% of the forecast in the annual plan), down 4.3% on the planned amount for the period and down 8.6% on the same period last year. In the cargo traffic segment, the drop in the volume of cargo handled during the first half of the year (8,151 tonnes) was the result of the continuing deterioration in the economic situation. Actual results were 7.4% lower than planned for the period due to the drop in the road cargo segment, while air cargo and mail expressed in tonnage were more or less at the planned level.

Despite the fact that Aerodrom Ljubljana is attempting to increase air traffic through attractive offers of its services and by encouraging numerous carriers to establish flights to the Ljubljana airport, the effects of such efforts are limited. A new low-cost airline, which plans to establish scheduled flights from the airport to London Luton and Charleroi, is expected to enter the market this year. However, due to the economic crisis, in particular the lack of the systematic provision of promotional funds to increase Slovenia's recognition abroad, the company's activities are not expected to produce better results this year. As a result, the company will not achieve the planned figures regarding the volume of traffic or revenues. It will, however, adapt to the greatest extent possible by controlling operating expenses with the aim of minimising the degree to which actual profit lags behind planned profit. 
 


Brnik, 23 August 2012

Aerodrom Ljubljana invites tenders for the construction of a new passenger terminal

Tender documents in the first public call for tenders for the construction of the new T2 passenger terminal have been released yesterday. The extensive public call for tenders is international in character and will be followed by another seven to ten calls for tenders. The airport terminal is scheduled to be built and become operational by the spring of 2015.

Under the announced call for tenders, which is more extensive than the ones that will follow, Aerodrom Ljubljana will select the most favourable tenderer for construction and finishing work, electrical and mechanical installations and the grooming of the exterior of T2. The deadline for the submission of tenders is 60 days, and the the selection of the contractor will take place in three stages. After signing the contract, the selected contractor will have 20 months to carry out all the work, i.e. the final deadline is 15 January 2015.

The existing passenger terminal is no longer capable of reaching satisfactory quality standards. It is already too small in the busier times of the day and in the busier months of the year, and given the projected trends in aviation, passenger numbers will increase further and within five years are forecast to again reach their level from 2008, when close to 1.8 million people passed through the airport. The new terminal, which will cover an area of 31,200 square metres, will have a capacity of 1,800 passengers per hour. The existing terminal, built in 1973 and later reconstructed, currently has an area of 13,000 square metres. After the completion of the new terminal, it will still be used in part for transportation, but will also be partly converted for commercial purposes.

The new terminal, whose value has been estimated at EUR 72 million, while its actual value will be known once all public contracts have been awarded, will eliminate bottlenecks, ensure the requisite security and safety of air transport and also provide extra space for commercial activities. The project is in conformity with numerous government papers and other documents, including Slovenia’s Development Strategy, the National Development Programme, the Resolution on the Transport Policy of the Republic of Slovenia, etc. Seventy-eight per cent of the financing of the terminal is expected to come from Aerodrom Ljubljana’s own an external sources, while the airport is in the final stages of obtaining a grant from the European Regional Development Fund for the remaining 22%.

The construction of Terminal 2 will be Aerodrom Ljubljana’s central investment in the coming years, and it has been planned for several years now. The construction of Terminal 2 was postponed in 2009 and 2010 with the approval of the Supervisory Board because of the recession and the commercial difficulties of the airport’s most important business partner. Aerodrom Ljubljana’s projected investments until 2017 amount to EUR 117 million, and in addition to the terminal, the construction of a small logistics centre is planned for 2013, while the construction of a cargo terminal is planned for 2014 and 2015.

The tender documentation is fully available on Aerodrom Ljubljana’s website http://www.lju-airport.si/o-podjetju/javna-narocila (in Slovene).

Brnik, 4 September 2012

Wizz Air returns to Ljubljana Airport in the Winter Flight Schedule

The winter season flight schedule is valid as from the past weekend. Coming as a novelty are two routes operated by Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe. Wizz Air will be connecting the Slovenian capital to Brussels (Charlerio) and London (Luton).

The low-cost carrier Wizz Air, which is returning to the Slovenian market after 6 years, will be connecting Ljubljana Airport with London Luton three times weekly, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and with Brussels Charleroi two times weekly, on Monday and Friday. Low-fare flight tickets to London and Brussels are available already from EUR 22.99 (one way, including taxes) and can be reserved and purchased easily on the airline's website wizzair.com. The bookings on the two connections have been really good, the carrier expects them to deliver over 70,000 passengers in the first year and if successful in the future, will be accompanied by new exciting destinations.

From Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport passengers will be able to travel to 17 European destinations in the winter season operated by 6 airlines with 185 flights per week. They will be connecting Slovenia to most of the important European capitals also enabling long haul travelling through the main hubs.

Zmago Skobir, President of the Management Board in Aerodrom Ljubljana, accompanied the new routes with these words: »In general the economic and political situation in Slovenia and wider Europe is reflected in declining numbers of business and leisure travels. Airlines are very careful when thinking about launching new connections on the Slovenian market because of the high risks associated with poor load factors. The decisions of airlines on new operations are not dependent only on the prices and quality of our services, investments in promotion for recognition on foreign markets play a key role and these represent big limitations for Slovene tourist organizations and Aerodrom. The facts mentioned make Wizz Air's return of crucial importance and we will do everything in our power to expand the cooperation with new routes.«

Speaking in Ljubljana yesterday, Kirstin Wulczyn, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: “We are delighted to arrive today in Ljubljana with Wizz Air’s very low fares. Since we announced the return of our low fares to Ljubljana, consumers in Slovenia, Belgium and the UK have shown enthusiasm and we are pleased to see good onward bookings on both routes. This week over 6,000 Wizz Air fans welcomed our route commencement and posted their “likes” on our Facebook page, which clearly confirms that the time is right for Slovenian consumers to have access to low cost air travel from their own country, no longer having to travel cross border to find affordable fares. Today is a good day for Slovenian tourism and we celebrate by launching even more of our low fares to Brussels and London in time for the Christmas shopping period. We urge passengers to snap up the lowest fares on wizzair.com.”

Expansion of low-cost traffic is of great importance to Slovenian passengers and especially tourism. On the basis of regular analysis, performed by Aerodrom Ljubljana, low-fare connections are shown to be occupied in 40% by domestic and 60 % foreign tourists. By estimates, an average tourist stays in Slovenia for 2,5 days and daily spends, without accomodation, a little less than 150 euros. Inbound traffic is a crucial generator of economy development and air traffic tourists are usually better spenders than those coming with cars, bus or train.

Attachments:

Departures Winter 2012/2013
Arrivals Winter 2012/2013

Tour of the airport prize competition winners

Members of the flyljubljana programme had the chance to participate in a prize competition for a free tour of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport from the 28 October until 18 November 2012. In a draw today 15 prize winners have been picked that will, each with one companion, step behind-the-scenes of the airport on 25 November 2012.

The draw for the prize winners took place today on 19 November 2012 at 10 a.m.. The lucky winners, that will experience an exclusive tour of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport on 25 November at 12:30 p.m., each accompanied by one person at their choice, are:

1. Meta Kranjčevič
2. Tjaša Dorelay Jeglič
3. Andrej Grah Whatmough
4. Teja Rot
5. Katarina Kozole
6. Vesna Starina
7. Dejan Debelak
8. Aleksandra Visnovič Poredoš
9. Arjana Škerič
10. Peter Bruner
11. Mojca Močnik
12. Aleksandar Hajduković
13. Jure Grčar
14. Nejc Lapornik
15. Klemen Filipič

The information about the winners are published on this website in accordance with Terms and conditions of the prize competition.

The flyljubljana programme rewards passengers and visitors of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Membership is free and  offers the following benefits:

  • discounts on purchases at the airport,
  • more comfortable flights at special rates,
  • special offers from select partners.

All current special offers for flyljubljana members are available on a dedicated website of the programme www.flyljubljana.si.

Brnik, 19 November 2012

Financial results over the first nine months of the year in line with plans

The Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. discussed the company’s report on its performance during the first three quarters of 2012. Despite a decrease in traffic and the resulting decline in revenues, the company ended the period in line with plans and without cash-flow or liquidity problems, primarily by adjusting expenses. Net profit totalled EUR 4,931 thousand, and exceeded planned net profit by 4%.

The company generated operating revenues of EUR 24,080 thousand over the first nine months of the year (equivalent to 74.5% of the forecast in the annual plan), which is 1.9% lower than planned and down 6.5% on the same period last year. The company responded to the decline in operating revenues by adjusting operating expenses, which totalled EUR 18,942 thousand, down 3.1% on the same period last year and 2.3% lower than forecast. All key categories of operating expenses were down on the planned amounts during the reporting period.
The company generated an operating profit (EBIT) of EUR 5,139 thousand from operating revenues and expenses (equivalent to 79.5% of the forecast in the annual plan), which is in line with the planned amount for the period, but down 17.3% on the same period last year. The company ended the period with a net profit of EUR 4,931 thousand (equivalent to 84% of the forecast in the annual plan), which is 3.7% higher than planned, despite the decrease in traffic.

In general, the economic and political situation in Slovenia and Europe overall is reflected in a decline in business and tourist travel. Despite the fact that Aerodrom Ljubljana is attempting to attract new carriers by adapting its pricing policy, through attractive offers of its services and by increasing activities aimed at attracting new markets, carriers are cautious in establishing new connections with Slovenia due to the high risk of low aircraft capacity rates. Moreover, it is not merely the prices and quality of the company’s services that are important to carriers; investment in promotional activities on foreign markets is also required to raise the profile of Slovenia, and thus interest in travelling there. Market appeal aside, the company succeeded in attracting the low-cost carrier Wizz Air following the end of the accounting period, with scheduled flights to and from London Luton and Brussels Charleroi airports. Initial aircraft capacity rates are good. Should they remain so, the carrier has expressed interest in adding new connections as early as next year.
The company discloses data regarding the volume of traffic served in the traffic category. The data are worse than planned because carriers did not fully meet their forecasts, which were the basis for planning: the domestic airline carried fewer passengers than planned, while the planned increase in traffic (e.g. a larger number of frequencies and the replacement of smaller aircraft with larger aircraft) on the foreign market was not fully realised. In addition, the scheduled flight to Prague was unexpectedly cancelled in June.

The airport served 956,291 passengers during the first nine months of this year (equivalent to 72.5% of the forecast in the annual plan), which is 8.6% lower than the forecast for the period and down 12.9% on the same period last year. A somewhat smaller drop was recorded in aircraft movements, which totalled 27,807 during the accounting period (equivalent to 72.7% of the forecast in the annual plan), down 6.6% on the planned amount for the period and down 11% on the same period last year. Air cargo tonnage over the first nine months of this year was slightly above the forecast and the tonnage achieved in the same period last year, while mail tonnage and truck cargo tonnage were down on the forecast and on the same period last year, the latter primarily as a result of a decline in the quantity of pharmaceutical products handled, and also as a result of a decline in the quantity of other products handled. Total cargo tonnage was down 7.6% on the forecast for the period at 12,269 tonnes.

Brnik, 26. 11. 2012

Novelties in the summer timetable

The summer timetable, which took effect for air travel this past weekend, brings novelties for Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Following a winter break, the Finnish carrier Finnair will once again connect Helsinki to Ljubljana, while the domestic carrier Adria Airways is bringing back its flights to Paris. The number of flights from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will also increase on account of Turkish Airlines, which will now provide daily service to Istanbul.

Under the new timetable, yesterday Turkish Airlines conducted the first of its two additional flights per week to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. To mark the occasion, the crew of the 128-seat Airbus A319, which touched down at 2:00 PM carrying 111 passengers, was greeted by the Commercial Director of Aerodrom Ljubljana. He presented them with a cake in the colours of the Turkish carrier.


 
“We are pleased to have been able to upgrade our cooperation with the carrier Turkish Airlines, which has been excellent since 2006. The enhanced connection with Istanbul is the result of the constantly increasing occupancy rates of their planes over the past period. Thanks to it, our region will be even more connected to the Middle East and the Far East, which is a key factor in obtaining quality access to rapidly developing economies; it will also have a favourable effect on flows of tourists to Slovenia. Together with the additional flights on Turkish Airlines’ route, we at Aerodrom Ljubljana anticipate 65,000 passengers per year,” said Janez Krašnja, Commercial Director of Aerodrom Ljubljana, of the additional flights. Turkish Airlines is among the fastest growing European carriers in terms of number of passenger; it offers the most flights in its network.

Finnair to Helsinki, Adria Airways to Paris
An important addition to the summer timetable is the return of the carrier Finnair. Passengers can now fly Finnair from Ljubljana to Helsinki six times a week – that’s two more flights per week than the previous year. This year, Adria Airways will once again connect the capital of Slovenia to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, offering daily flights.

Budget flights to London and Brussels
In the summer timetable, the budget airline Wizz Air will continue to connect Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to Charleroi Airport in Brussels, with flights every Monday and Friday. Wizz Air will also fly to London Luton Airport, with flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, while the budget carrier easyJet will offer daily service to London.

 

Offering over 200 flights a week to 20 European destinations
In the summer season, travellers will be able to fly from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport on over 200 weekly flights to a total of 20 European destinations served by 7 regular carriers. They’ll connect Slovenia with some of the most important European capitals, and through their main hubs they’ll make air travel throughout the world possible.

New in charter flights: Tenerife and Morocco
This year as well, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik airport will offer a wide range of charter flights. New to the summer timetable are connections to Tenerife and Morocco. They’re an excellent addition to the popular tourist destinations in Greece, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Bulgaria, Tunisia and Malta already served by charter flights. This year’s charter season can be expected to be even livelier than usual, as Slovenia will host the European Basketball Championship.

Finnair returns to Ljubljana Airport with more frequent flights

Finnair is returning to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport following the winter break. Yesterday morning, with a week to go before the 2013 summer timetable comes into effect, we welcomed Finland's flag carrier back to Ljubljana's snow-covered airport.


 
Finnair will be operating more frequent flights between the Slovenian capital and Helsinki than last year. Initially the service will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with an additional Friday flight beginning on 19 April. Between the end of June and the beginning of August, flights will also be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, bringing the total to six flights a week.

The return of this service to Helsinki – the closest European capital to destinations in the Far East – is very welcome, with the Finnish capital an attractive destination for both domestic and foreign business travellers and tourists. Finnair's home airport, Helsinki-Vantaa, is also an excellent starting point for flights between Asia and Europe and is used by many airlines.

Zg. Brnik, 26 March 2013

Agreement signed on the co-financing of the new passenger terminal project

The Management Board of Ljubljana Airport, represented by Chairman of the Board Zmago Skobir and Board member Bernarda Trebušak, and Minister for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning Zvone Černač signed an agreement on 21 January 2013 on the co-financing of the construction of a new passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The airport terminal is scheduled to be built and become operational by the spring of 2015.

The signing of the co-financing agreement came in the wake of the European Commission’s December 2012 decision on allocating a European Regional Development Fund grant for the construction of the new passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. European funds account for 22 per cent of the total investment in the project, while Aerodrom Ljubljana will provide the remaining 78 percent from its own resources.

A call for international tenders has been issued as part of the new passenger terminal project for the award of a public contract for construction and finishing works and electrical and mechanical installations, which is to be followed by another 7-10, less comprehensive, contracts. The selected contractor will have 20 months to complete the works after signing the contract. Tenders were also called recently for awarding a contract for the comprehensive renovation of the airport’s existing passenger terminal.

The new terminal will eliminate bottlenecks and ensure adequate air traffic safety as well as additional areas for commercial activity. The existing passenger terminal can no longer ensure the requisite quality standards. It is already too small in the busier times of the day and in the busier months of the year, and given the projected trends in aviation, passenger numbers will increase further and within five years are forecast to again reach their level from 2008, when close to 1.8 million people passed through the airport. The new terminal, which will cover an area of 31,200 square metres, will have a capacity of 1,800 passengers per hour. The existing terminal, built in 1973 and later večkrat reconstructed, currently has an area of 13,000 square metres. After the completion of the new terminal, it will still be used in part for transportation, but will also be partly converted for commercial purposes.

The construction of T2 will be the airport’s key investment in the coming years and will coincide with other development projects at the airport, including the planned construction of a new cargo terminal, the setting up of a warehousing and logistics facility and the relocation of the main road away from the airport.

 

 

Welcome to the official Eurobasket 2013 airport

The Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport prides itself on being the official airport for Eurobasket 2013. The attention of passengers and visitors is already being drawn to the largest European basketball event to be hosted by Slovenia, from 4 to 22 September, by many official championship logos and, during the airport’s open house, they were also cheered by the mascot, Lipko. 

As in many other places in Slovenia, a strong basketball vibe is now in the air at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Passengers are greeted on their arrival or departure by a large Eurobasket 2013 logo on the glass facade of the passenger terminal. The theme of the event continues as they walk through its interior, and occupies much of the advertising space in the public part of the airport. 

Last Saturday, during its open house, the airport was also visited by Lipko, the official championship mascot. He cheered the passengers and visitors with hugs and handshakes, mingled with the people taking a tour of the airport behind the scenes and tried his hand in the various roles of the airport staff. They were delighted by Lipko’s image, which embodies harmonious coexistence of nature and people, and hence Slovenia as one of the greenest countries in Europe.

In the coming months, anticipation of the largest sports event in the history of independent Slovenia will only intensify. “One of the reasons Aerodrom Ljubljana is looking forward to the European basketball championship is that it is expected to increase our passenger volume, mostly charter fliers from those European countries for which the distance to Slovenia means less convenient road transport. The airport is going to provide a warm welcome to sport fans and high-profile guests who will be travelling to Slovenia to see the exciting matches and, of course, to all the national teams and other basketball representatives,” commented Janez Krašnja, the director of the commercial sector of Aerodrom Ljubljana.

Brnik, 24 April 2013

Aerodrom Ljubljana generated a net profit of more than EUR 5 million

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. performed well in 2012, despite the adverse economic situation and the domestic airline’s problems. As traffic and the corresponding revenue declined, it succeeded in maintaining a high net profit of EUR 5,193 thousand.

Last year Aerodrom Ljubljana generated operating revenues of EUR 30,846 thousand, down 4.6% on the forecast in the annual plan and down 9.3% on the previous year. The main factor in the fall in revenues was the decline in traffic on the domestic market, as sales revenue on the foreign market was maintained at the same level as in 2011. Despite the decline in traffic, revenues from commercial services exceeded the forecast, and were down only slightly on 2011. The decline in operating revenues was largely compensated for by the effective management of operating expenses, which amounted to EUR 25,621 thousand, down just under 1% on the forecast in the plan and down 3% on the previous year.
EBIT was less than forecast at EUR 5,225 thousand, and down on the previous year. The adjustment on the expense side and an increase in finance income had a beneficial impact on net profit, which amounted to EUR 5,193 thousand, down 11.6% on the forecast, but only 1.2% lower than in 2011.    

These results represented good performance for Aerodrom Ljubljana, particularly in light of the general economic situation in Slovenia and further afield in Europe, and the sharp decline in the domestic airline’s traffic in 2012. Another major factor in performance was the limited possibility of adjusting costs to the fluctuating traffic, given that Aerodrom Ljubljana operates in a sector with high fixed costs incurred by providing infrastructure and ensuring that it functions without disruption and in meeting standards of safety and quality of service. There were nevertheless positive results from efforts to identify opportunities to increase revenues in services not strictly connected to aviation, which have proved to be an increasingly important element of revenue generation.

The volume of traffic was less than forecast in the plan, as airlines were unable to fully realise their own forecasts. The domestic airline carried significantly fewer passengers than planned (its passenger numbers were down 11% on the forecast), while the forecast increase in traffic on the foreign market (higher flight frequency, replacement of smaller aircraft with larger) was not fully realised, and in addition the scheduled service to Prague was suddenly withdrawn in June. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport served 1,198,911 passengers in 2012, down 9.1% on the forecast in the plan and down 12.5% on the previous year. The decline in traffic in terms of aircraft movements was slightly smaller: at 35,019 the number was down 8.4% on the forecast and down 10.8% on 2011.

The contraction in economic activity in Europe had a profound impact on aviation in 2012. Airlines have streamlined their operations during the crisis by consolidating networks and cutting routes, the process hitting smaller airports with less market potential harder. Aerodrom Ljubljana was thus faced with numerous challenges in this area, but nevertheless succeeded in attracting a new airline and expanding the services offered by low-cost airlines (Wizz Air have been serving the airport since October).

The shortfall in cargo traffic relative to the forecast in the plan was less than that of passenger traffic (at 2.8% overall); it was down 13.4% on the previous year as a result of a loss of ship and road break-bulk cargo, truck cargo and mail, but air cargo tonnage was up on both the forecast and the 2011 figure.   

The uncertainty in the aviation sector meant that certain investments planned for last year were postponed until this year. Of the planned investments in buildings and equipment of EUR 13,108 thousand, only EUR 2,209 thousand was earmarked, all from internal resources.

Although no significant economic recovery can yet be expected in 2013, the trend of decline in total traffic at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has already come to an end, thanks to the pronounced growth in foreign airlines’ traffic in the first quarter. The forecast for passenger traffic in 2013 is positive, with a moderate recovery of 2.2% expected. Operating revenues and expenses will be down slightly on 2012, as will net profit. Investments in buildings and equipment totalling EUR 27,604 thousand have been planned for this year, the most important of which will be the initial construction of the new passenger terminal and the renovation of the old terminal. The investments are expected to be financed in full with internal resources.

Brnik, 19 April 2013

A family adventure at the airport

Many times, it’s families who set off from the airport on their air travels. They set out to explore remote corners of the world, or on weekend getaways to European capitals; sometimes, children even brave the trip by themselves, without adults. That’s why Aerodrom Ljubljana, the company that manages Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and sees to the satisfaction of its travellers, has a strong commitment to ensuring a family-friendly airport environment.

At the airport on time

If you are travelling with young children, it is even more important that you arrive at the airport on time. By arriving on time, you’ll have enough time to work with airport staff in arranging all the small details that will make your trip more pleasant and that will have you wanting to come back to the airport. While still at home, before leaving for the airport, it would be a good idea to double-check and make sure you have documents for every family member, even infants. Don’t let anything get in the way of the relaxing getaway with loved ones you so deserve! Parents of infants will find it useful to know that they can bring as much food as their child needs on the plane in their hand luggage.

Fun for little ones in the company of airplanes

Once they get through security, your children will certainly not be bored. At special children’s corners located at various spots in both the domestic and international sections of the terminal, they’ll be able to play on airplane-themed playgrounds under your watchful eye. To make getting from one end of the terminal to the other easier, the airport provides free use of its prams, which can be reserved during check-in. Put your pram in with your checked baggage, and the airport pram will be yours to use up to the moment you board the plane. Transfer passengers, who do not claim their baggage until they reach their final destination, also have access to the prams. Travellers with infants will find changing stations in the women’s bathrooms.

A care-free trip also for children travelling unaccompanied

When needed, children may travel by plane without being accompanied by an older person. In this case, the parent or guardian must drop the child off in person at the airport. Specially trained airport staff will assume care of the child, accompanying him or her up to the moment he or she boards the plane. Upon boarding the plane, the child will be entrusted to the cabin crew. Due to the possible occurrence of extended delays or flight cancellations, parents or guardians must be present at the airport until the plane takes off. When the plane arrives at its scheduled destination, airport staff will meet the child at the door of the plane and accompany him or her to his or her parents or to the person responsible for the child. The person picking up the child at the destination will be asked to present identification.

The next time you plan a family air-travel adventure, our staff would be happy to help! Contact us by phone at +386 4 20 61 981 or via email at info@lju-airport.si. You can also turn to the airline for additional information.

A Family-friendly company

Aerodrom Ljubljana also strives to provide a family-friendly environment for its employees. In the framework of the Family-Friendly Company Certificate, this year and in the following 2 years, the company will carry out 12 measures aimed at making it easier for employees to balance their careers and their family life. These measures include an open house at the airport for family members of employees, gifts for newborns, flexible scheduling during kindergarten orientation and many more.

Brnik, 28. 1. 2013

Airport with a new online image

The new online image of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has come alive. Through its technically and visually improved website Aerodrom Ljubljana intends to meet the demands of modern Internet users, in particular passengers and airport visitors who want quick and ubiquitous access to information. The main innovation offered by the new website is a modern and transparent visual image, which adapts to different screen sizes and types of digital media. Smart phone users can also access the most important airport information by means of mobile applications.

Automatic adjustment to different screens and types of digital media

With an ear for new mobile technologies, which are quickly taking the lead in terms of Internet use, especially in the target audience of business and tourist travellers, Aerodrom Ljubljana wanted to bring the new website closer to the widest possible range of users. The essence of the website is in its response form, as it automatically adjusts to different screen characteristics - resolution and behaviour (e.g. touch screens).

An extremely transparent and modern image for quick access to information

In designing its new website, Aerodrom Ljubljana focused on the needs of the most loyal online users - passengers and visitors at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. That is why content representing important information for route planning and spending time at the airport is of prime importance. Such content features highly transparent and modern visual image. Users can now easily calculate and check the best price of parking at the airport on their PC or mobile phone, and when checking in online they can choose the option of sending their boarding pass to their mobile phones, while the most demanding users can also access essential airport information in a mobile application available for telephones running on the iOS, Android and Windows Phone operating systems.

Relation to the social web and the revamped e-newsletter

Some of the website content is also directly related to the social web, which enables users to share interesting information quickly. The e-newsletter, through which Aerodrom Ljubljana informs subscribers about the latest offers of airport services, special offers and other attractions, has also been given a face-lift. Popular interactive elements such as the virtual airport, web cams and the application for monitoring noise in the vicinity of the airport have been preserved on the airport’s refurbished website.

Visitors to Ljubljana Airport are kindly invited to discover its revamped website. 

Brnik, 14 May 2013

Aerodrom Ljubljana’s performance in first quarter of 2013 better than forecast

After it had been discussed by the Supervisory Board, Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. yesterday released the company’s interim report on its performance in the first quarter of 2013. The traffic generated by foreign airlines was up compared with the same period last year, while the domestic airline recorded a fall in passenger numbers on scheduled services, but an increase in charter traffic. Cargo tonnage recorded significant growth. Net profit was 1.5 times larger than that generated in the same period last year, and was four times larger than forecast in the plan.

Aerodrom Ljubljana performed better than in the first quarter of last year, and also better than forecast. Operating revenues were up 9.3% on the forecast at EUR 6,729 thousand, and up 3.3% on the first quarter of last year. This positive trend would have been even larger had the revenue generated in the first quarter of last year (a leap year) not included the revenue generated on the extra day (29 February 2012). Operating revenues would have been up 4.2% on the same period last year in this instance. The increase in operating revenues was primarily a reflection of an increase in revenue on foreign markets, which was up 7.4% on the same period last year, and up 22.2% on the forecast. Further opportunities for growth in operating revenues are evident in commercial revenues, which were up almost 2% on the same period last year and up 6.6% on the forecast, primarily as a result of an increase in revenue from warehousing and advertising services. Another positive factor in performance in the first quarter was the control of operating expenses, which were down 4.6% on the same period last year at EUR 6,117 thousand, at the level of the forecast. The increased revenue and the cost controls were reflected in an increase in EBIT, which amounted to EUR 612 thousand in the first quarter of this year, up more than EUR 500 thousand on the same period last year and on the forecast. The higher-than-forecast finance income and lower-than-forecast finance expenses resulted in a pre-tax profit (EUR 966 thousand) and net profit (EUR 813 thousand) that were 1.5 times in excess of the figures recorded in the first quarter of last year, and four times in excess of the forecasts. The two figures were equivalent to 16.3% of the forecasts in the annual plan, a relatively high proportion given the seasonal component of the company’s business.

During the first quarter Aerodrom Ljubljana focused on strengthening cooperation with existing airlines and engaging in discussions with new foreign airlines. This brought a 6.9% rise in foreign airlines’ passenger numbers compared with the first quarter of last year, primarily as a result of a rise in the passenger numbers of Turkish Airlines and Montenegro Airlines, and of low-cost airline Wizz Air, which did not serve Ljubljana Airport in the same period last year. The last led to a significant increase in the percentage of public transport passengers carried by low-cost airlines, which was up 4.6 percentage points on the same period last year at 16.2%. The domestic airline’s passenger numbers were down 6.2% on the same period last year, primarily as a result of a decline in traffic on scheduled services, its charter services having recorded a rise of 21.5% in passenger numbers compared with the same period last year. Total passenger numbers were thus at the same level as last year, and were at the forecast level. Here it should be noted that total passenger numbers would have been up 1.4% on the first quarter of last year had 2012 not been a leap year. The number of aircraft movements was down 3.1% on the same period last year, and down 9% on the forecast, but the negative impact of the decline was mitigated by a significant portion of the services that the company provides being dependent on aircraft weight. There was significant growth in the cargo segment despite the adverse economic situation: cargo tonnage stood at 4,374 tonnes, up 9.8% on the same period last year and up 14.2% on the forecast. All categories of cargo recorded an increase.

Given the trends in traffic in the first quarter, and particularly later (in April and May), and in light of the available figures for its performance, the company expects its performance in the second quarter of the year to be in line with the forecast.

The passenger numbers of the domestic airline and foreign airlines in April and May were up on the same period last year, as forecast in the plan. The trend of using larger, heavier aircraft is expected to continue, as a result of which the number of aircraft movements is down slightly on last year and on the forecast, although the negative impact is partly being mitigated by the use of heavier aircraft, as a significant portion of our services are dependent on aircraft weight.

Zg. Brnik, 24 May 2013

Aerodrom Ljubljana’s performance during the first four months of the year better than forecast

The positive trends in Aerodrom Ljubljana’s performance in the first quarter of this year continued in April. It recorded a significant increase in traffic with foreign airlines, while the domestic airline also surpassed its passenger number forecast in April. Cargo tonnage was also up significantly on the same period last year.

This year the company has recorded a significant increase in traffic in the foreign airline segment, with passenger numbers during the first four months of the year up 10% on the same period last year. The number of aircraft movements was down slightly as the foreign airlines used larger and heavier aircraft on average, which is beneficial in terms of revenue, as a significant portion of the company’s revenues for services rendered are dependent on aircraft weight. A noteworthy development in connection with the increase in passenger numbers was the expansion of services offered by low-cost airlines, Wizz Air having served Ljubljana Airport since October 2012. The domestic airline also surpassed its forecast passenger numbers for April, taking its total passenger numbers significantly closer to the forecast for the period in question. A total of 323,308 passengers were carried during the first four months of the year, up 2.4% on the same period last year and up 1.5% on the forecast for the period. Cargo tonnage also recorded a significant increase, and was up almost 13% on the same period last year at 5,956 tonnes, 15% more than the forecast for the period.

The positive trends in traffic were also reflected in results over the first four months of the year, which were better than forecast and also better than in the same period last year. Operating revenues were up 2% on the first four months of last year at EUR 9.2 million, up just under 8% on the forecast. The measures to control operating expenses continued in parallel: at EUR 8 million, operating expenses during the first four months of the year were down 4.3% on the same period last year and were also down 1.9% on the forecast. EBIT was up just over EUR 0.5 million on the same period last year at EUR 1.2 million, EUR 0.8 million more than the forecast for the period.

Finance income and expenses also recorded good results. An increase in finance income and a decline in finance expenses resulted in net finance income of EUR 0.4 million, up on the same period last year and up on the forecast.

 

This was reflected in pre-tax profit (EUR 1.6 million) and net profit (EUR 1.3 million), which were up just over 60% (roughly EUR 0.6 million) on the same period last year, and up roughly EUR 1 million on the forecast. Both figures were equivalent to 27% of the forecast in the annual plan, a very high figure given the seasonal component to the company’s performance. Heavier summer traffic means that the company generates the majority of its revenue between June and September, while costs are distributed linearly throughout the year.

The positive trends in traffic continued in May. Passenger numbers were up 16% on the same month last year, as foreign airlines and the domestic airline recorded an increase in traffic. Passenger numbers during the first five months of the year were up almost 6% on the same period last year. Cargo tonnage also displayed a positive trend, and was up 11% on the same period last year. In light of these physical indicators Aerodrom Ljubljana is expecting good results for the first five months of the year.

Brnik, 7 June 2013

17th general meeting of shareholders

The 17th general meeting of shareholders took place on 6 June at the company’s headquarters. Among other matters, the shareholders decided on the granting of discharge to the Management Board and Supervisory Board, on the allocation of the distributable profit for the 2012 financial year and on the new members of the Supervisory Board.

The general meeting granted discharge to the Management Board and Supervisory Board. The owners of preference participating no-par-value shares in Aerodrom Ljubljana are entitled to dividends of EUR 0.74 per share and the owners of ordinary no-par-value shares to dividends of EUR 0.63 gross per share.

The general meeting also elected a new Supervisory Board of the company. The following were elected as supervisors for a four-year term of office effective from 9 July 2013: Peter Marn, Peter Grašek, Milan Perović and Nina Mauhler. Two members were elected to the Supervisory Board at the proposal of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. employees prior to the general meeting: Drago Čotar and Tadeja Strupi.

The general meeting was briefed on the investment in the new passenger terminal.

The content of the resolutions adopted can be found in this annex.

Brnik, 19 June 2013

The recently renovated Culto bar is ready to tease travellers’ taste buds

The renovated Culto bar recently opened to passengers visiting the international (Schengen) part of the passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Culto will tease travellers’ taste buds with a vast range of fresh sandwiches, tasty deserts and drinks & beverages.

Immediately after completing security checks at the Ljubljana Airport, travellers can now visit the renovated Culto bar, which also boasts a new name (the bar used to be called Tranzit). In addition to excellent coffee and a vast range of refreshing drinks and beverages, Culto offers various freshly made sandwiches, salads, home-made deserts and tasty pastries. Sandwiches made with gluten-free bread are a novelty we hope passengers will welcome.

 

The Culto brand is home in Italy, where it was developed by Airest-Italy. Culto bars can be found at major Italian airports, at the airport in Vienna, and at railway stations and museums. Culto bars have a characteristic modern design with an attractive lilac and green lime colour scheme.

Zg. Brnik, 9 July 2013

"Ex-smokers are Unstoppable” campaign poster exhibition

On the first floor of the passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport travellers can stop for a few minutes to discover a poster exhibition of the European Commission's "Ex-smokers are Unstoppable” campaign, which is supported also by Aerodrom Ljubljana.

The posters exhibited inform passengers about the positive effects that quitting smoking brings to the life of smokers. Ex-smokers are healthier, less nervous, smell nicer and have more money. Smoking cessation also results in better sleep, more confidence, an improved appearance, and ultimately more freedom.

This exhibition is only one of the series of activities resulting from the partnership between the “Ex-Smokers are Unstoppable” and Aerodrom Ljubljana. In late May, for World No Tobacco Day, they launched the campaign’s in-flight smoking cessation card to its passengers together with Adria Airways. The card is available at the airport and on Adria flights providing valuable health information to help passengers overcome the desire to smoke at the airport and in-flight, and encourage them to continue a smoke-free life after their travels.

The pan-European "Ex-smokers are Unstoppable" campaign offers inspiration, motivation and practical help to smokers who are trying to quit. It highlights the benefits brought about by smoking cessation, such as better health and  social interaction, more money and, of course, a higher quality of life. The campaign is based upon the  digital medical platform iCoach (http://www.exsmokers.eu/sl-sl/index), which is already helping  more than 390,000 people across Europe in their efforts to give up smoking for good.
"The positive, motivational approach of the campaign was also what convinced me to enroll in the campaign’s online program iCoach. Even today, more than a year since I quit smoking, I can still make use of motivational tips that were offered to me by iCoach on days when I was struggling," said Rahela Rozman, the ambassador of the "Ex-smokers are Unstoppable" campaign in Slovenia.

Zg. Brnik, 11. 7. 2013

Aerodrom Ljubljana received a European Green Office certificate

Aerodrom Ljubljana has stepped up its continuous efforts to reduce the harmful effects of its activities on the environment by implementing measures aimed at creating a Green Office. It can now also boast of having been awarded a European Green Office certificate; soon, it is hoped, the company will aim to achieve a high ranking in competition with other companies on the European level.

The environmental policy of the company, which manages and runs Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, has been enriched through the introduction of green practices in the field of office work. The systematic implementation of these practices was based on carefully conducted research into the pros and cons of maintaining current behaviours. By raising awareness and encouraging employees to adopt a responsible attitude towards the environment while at the office and to introduce new measures in this field, they have made a commitment to achieving the more efficient use of natural resources and waste management, improved air quality in enclosed areas, a sustainable policy of supply and material procurement and the increased use of sustainable forms of transportation.

Zg. Brnik, 15. 7. 2013

Third member appointed to the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana

At today's second meeting, the Supervisory Board adopted a decision on the appointment of a third member of the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., in accordance with Article 28 of the company's Articles of Association. Management Board chairman Zmago Skobir and Management Board member Bernarda Trebušak will be joined by new Management Board member Dr Iztok Podbregar, who has been appointed for a five-year term of office commencing on 1 August 2013.

"The Supervisory Board was of the opinion that it is necessary to strengthen the current Management Board, above all in view of the planned change of ownership and the investment in the new passenger terminal", explained Supervisory Board chairman Milan Perović after the meeting. "Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, which is managed by Aerodrom Ljubljana, is an extremely important part of critical infrastructure, and the two factors mentioned – the sale of the State's share in the company and the possible investment in airport infrastructure – require additional know-how in the management of the company and involve an additional workload which a three-member Management Board will be able to cope with more easily."

Dr Iztok Podbregar, born on 14 August 1962 in Celje and resident in Hrašče, near Postojna, is experienced in the fields of aviation and security and in the management of critical infrastructure. He is a full professor at the University of Maribor and holds a doctorate in organisational science and management. He has considerable experience in strategic and crisis management, negotiation methods and techniques, human resources management and security.

The Supervisory Board also voted in favour of the Management Board's decision to call a General Meeting, expected to take place on 30 August 2013, at which shareholders will vote on the investment in the new passenger terminal.

Zg. Brnik, 17 July 2013

Young artists from all over the world exhibit at the airport

Throughout October passengers can admire an exhibition of works by young artists from all over the world on the first floor of the passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. 

The exhibition, entitled "We give you wisdom, you give us joy" is the result of an international competition organised by the Davorin Jenko Elementary School in Cerklje na Gorenjskem. The works in the exhibition come from China, India, Sri Lanka, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.

 

Some are painted with masterly skill and may be considered real artistic masterpieces. Others are full of childlike spontaneity and are effective and moving precisely because of their playful simplicity. The works cover a wide range of different styles, forms and modes of expression and also differ in terms of their message and subject-matter. 

Variety enriches us, so we are sure that this art exhibition will greatly enhance the cultural experience of passengers and visitors to the airport. 
 


The works can also be viewed online here.

Zgornji Brnik, 9 October 2013

Winter timetable 2013/2014

The airport's new winter 2013/2014 timetable came into effect on 27 oktober 2013. Passengers will be able to fly from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport to 17 European destinations, with seven scheduled airlines offering more than 170 flights each week.

Domestic carrier Adria Airways will slightly reduce flight frequencies this winter as a result of using larger aircraft. Adria's top destinations in terms of frequency will be Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich. Adria also offers flights to 13 other European cities, including Paris. Flights to the French capital were reintroduced this spring following an interruption and will continue through the winter.

Foreign scheduled airlines are maintaining the same destinations this winter. Turkish Airlines has increased the frequency of its flights to Istanbul, where it now flies daily. Ljubljana and London will be connected by a comparable number of flights operated by low-cost carriers easyJet and Wizz Air. The latter will also continue its flights to Brussels, with a similar frequency. Montenegro Airlines is maintaining the frequency of its flights to Podgorica, while Air France will continue to fly daily to Paris.  
Serbian airline Air Serbia has announced daily flights from Ljubljana to Belgrade beginning in December.

The number of charter flights will be comparable to last winter. The most common winter charter destination remains Egypt, which is served by Adria Airways in conjunction with tour operators. New for the winter charter season is an Adria service to Marrakesh in Morocco. 

Passenger numbers at Slovenia's principal airport also showed growth in the summer months. Seven per cent more passengers travelled through the airport in the period from January to the end of August 2013 than in the same period last year. The total number of passengers handled by the airport was 860,000.

Zg. Brnik, 28 October 2013

Net profit of more than €2 million despite impairments of investments

At 5th regular meeting the Supervisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. discussed the audited half-yearly report for 2013. Despite impairments of certain investments already identified in the audited half-yearly report published on 20 August 2013 as being potentially at risk of impairment, generated net profit exceeded €2 million. This is an increase on the first six months of last year and still exceeded the forecast by more than €0.5 million. The good performance is a reflection of significant growth in passenger and cargo traffic and measures to control operating expenses.

In the unaudited half-yearly report for 2013, published on 20 August 2013, which was studied by the Supervisory Board at its third regular meeting, Aerodrom Ljubljana highlighted the risk regarding the repayment of individual bank bonds and possible resulting impairment in the amount of €1,019,000. This was revealed in the document in the section on "Significant events following the end of the accounting period". Following the announcement on 6 September 2013 of the commencement of an orderly wind-down of Factor banka d.d. and Probanka d.d. by the Bank of Slovenia, the company subjected its investments in subordinated bonds of these two banks to impairment (reflected in a reduction of the company's net profit by €949,000). This resulted in the company's audited financial statements for the first six months of 2013 (the audit was carried out in the second half of September). This impairment also represents the sole change in comparison to the already published unaudited half-yearly report of 20 August 2013. Pursuant to the resolution of the 18th general meeting (of 16 September 2013), audit firm Deloitte revizija d.o.o. audited the financial statements of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. as at 30 June 2013.
Despite the impairments, and primarily as a result of the company's good performance, the pre-tax profit in the first half of the year in the amount of €2.4 million was only 3.6% down on the same period last year and still 37.7% over plan. Net profit of just over €2 million was up slightly in comparison to the first six months of last year and still exceeded the forecast by more than €0.5 million. The company's good performance in the first half of this year reflects favourable trends in traffic, while measures to control operating expenses have also had a positive effect on performance.
The number of passengers handled by the national airline and foreign carriers in the first six months of 2013 showed a significant increase. The growth in the number of passengers carried by the national airline, which began with the introduction of the summer timetable, reverses a two-year negative trend, and despite adverse economic conditions the airline has also carried more passengers in the charter segment. Alongside the increase at the national airline, the biggest contribution to the growth in passenger numbers came from the low-cost carrier Wizz Air, Turkish Airlines and Finnair. The total number of passengers carried in the first six months of this year was 575,463, up 7% on the same period last year and on the forecast for the period. The positive trends in traffic continued in the summer months. Passenger numbers at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport from January to the end of August 2013 showed 7% growth over the same period last year and was 5% higher than the forecast for the period, with a total of 860,000 passengers handled.
Significant growth in cargo traffic was also recorded in the first six months of the year. The airport handled 8,910 tonnes of cargo, which is an increase of 9.3% compared to the same period last year and the forecast for the period (a result equivalent to 54.3% of the annual forecast). Forecasts were exceeded in all cargo categories.
More information is available in the audited Half-Yearly Report 2013, which may be consulted online at: http://www.lju-airport.si/en/investors/financial-reports/

Zg. Brnik, 7 November 2013

Business Lounge available again for Diners Club card holders

We are informing Diners Club card holders that their entrance to the Business Lounge at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is once again possible as of 8 November 2013.

More about the Business Lounge and entrance possibilities is available here.

Zg. Brnik, 8 November 2013

Aerodrom Ljubljana: 50 years in the heart of happening

The first aircraft landed at the airport in Brnik 50 years ago, on 24 December 1963. Regular air traffic started a few days later, on 9 January 1964. To mark this anniversary, Aerodrom Ljubljana, the company that operates Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, organised a surprise for passengers – a performance by the vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile in the passenger terminal. Over the last 50 years more than 35,300,000 passengers have passed through the airport, more than 935,000 aircraft movements have been recorded and approximately 422,000 tonnes of cargo have been handled.

To introduce its 50th year of operation, Aerodrom Ljubljana surprised the passengers of two morning flights at Ljubljana's airport with an energetic performance by the remarkable vocalists of Perpetuum Jazzile and an attractive display of dancing. This event was recorded on video and can be seen here or below. Throughout that day passengers and visitors to the airport received sweet little surprises concealing interesting facts about the airport. Using the advertising surfaces in the airport, its website and other media, the company also unveiled its jubilee graphic design featuring the tagline "50 years in the heart of happening". This design will be used throughout the whole year, which will include many more activities tied to the jubilee, including open house days in spring 2014.

 

Although Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., the operator of Slovenia's principal airport, has experienced various ups and downs over the course of its 50-year history, it has never stopped investing in the development of airport infrastructure, improving the quality of its services and increasing the number of passengers passing through the airport. Despite difficult events, notably the independence war, when traffic at the airport practically came to a standstill, it is able to boast constant growth in passenger numbers and consistent excellence in its operations. Social and environmental responsibility are another important aspect of the company's operations. The company has prepared guidelines for the further development of the airport area and the corresponding spatial planning conditions. Over the next few years, with the realisation of these plans, it will be working to further strengthen its role as an important provider of connections and services for passenger and cargo transport in the region.

Milestones in the history of the airport

1963–1990

The first DC-6B of the Slovenian airline Adria Aviopromet (today Adria Airways) landed at the newly opened airport on 24 December 1963. Scheduled flights began on 9 January of the following year. The second phase of the airport was completed in 1964. The runway was extended to 3,000 metres and the apron was enlarged. In 1968 the company set out new directions of development for the airport: the establishing of scheduled domestic and international services, the development of air cargo and the design of a collection centre for the latter. The most visible results of these strategic decisions were the new passenger terminal (1973), the cargo terminal (1976), reconstruction of the runway (1978), participation in scheduled domestic and international services and the introduction of an intercontinental service to New York (1978). The period following 1980 was marked by the unfavourable economic situation at home and around the world and relatively reduced investment in development.

1991–2000

When Slovenia became independent, Ljubljana's airport became the country's principal airport. At the same time, however, it was faced with a significant fall in traffic as a result of the political upheavals and wars in the former Yugoslavia. At 1.30 p.m. on 26 June 1991 the airspace over Slovenia was closed, and so was the airport. The stoppage continued, with a few exceptions of varying duration, until the middle of February 1992. Aerodrom Ljubljana used this period to renovate the airport building, carry out repairs to the apron and introduce information technology for airport staff and passengers. The Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways become Aerodrom Ljubljana's biggest partner. As a result of the reduced traffic at the airport, the opportunity was taken to resurface the runway. A major enlargement of the passenger terminal was carried out in 1992 and 1993. A modern precision landing radar was also installed. In 1996 the company completed the ownership transformation process and the following year Aerodrom Ljubljana was entered in the Register of Companies as a public limited company. In 1999 the airport obtained CAT III B status for reduced visibility operations, becoming one of approximately 100 airports around the world with an instrument landing system of this category.


2001–2013

The year 2001 was a very bad year for world aviation and the effects were also felt by Aerodrom Ljubljana. Following the 11 September terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the aviation industry found itself in crisis, with passenger numbers falling dramatically overnight. In 2003, as the airport celebrated its 40th anniversary, work began on a general aviation hangar and the construction of a general aviation apron. In 2004 more than one million passengers passed through the airport in a single year for the first time in its history. The airport slowly began to take on the appearance of other modern airports around the world. In 2005 a modern multi-storey car park with office annexe was built, while in 2006 the main apron was enlarged. In 2007 traffic began passing through the new passenger terminal and, following a decision by the government, the airport was renamed Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. This year also saw the extension of the taxiway – part of an extensive cycle of investment. The airport has begun to develop into a hub for cargo traffic. In 2009 the effects of the economic crisis meant that Ljubljana's airport was faced with a significant fall in traffic. Despite the reduced revenue Aerodrom Ljubljana did not deviate from its plan of investing in essential infrastructure: the main apron was renovated and widened and the runway, the taxiway connectors and the taxiway parallel to the runway underwent a thorough renovation. The downwards trend in traffic was reversed in 2013. In the first nine months of the year passenger numbers were up by 8.1% on the comparable period in the previous year, while the quantity of cargo handled was up by 6.7%. The company expects to handle 7% more passengers in 2014 than the estimated figure for 2013.

Zg. Brnik, 9 January 2014

Aerodrom Ljubljana among the recipients of the European Green Office award

The European Green Office awards were presented at a ceremony which took place in Brussels on 22 November. Aerodrom Ljubljana was among the winners, taking home the award for Best Management System at a green office.

As part of its participation in the European Green Office project, Aerodrom Ljubljana has stepped up its continuous efforts to reduce the harmful effects of its activities on the environment by implementing measures aimed at creating a green office. The environmental policy of Aerodrom Ljubljana has been enriched through the introduction of green practices in the field of office work. The systematic implementation of these practices was based on carefully conducted research into the pros and cons of maintaining current attitudes towards the environment. By raising awareness and encouraging employees to adopt a responsible attitude towards the environment while at the office and to introduce new measures in this field, the company has made a commitment to achieving the more efficient use of natural resources and waste management, improved air quality in enclosed areas, a sustainable policy of supply and material procurement and the increased use of sustainable forms of transportation. Prior to receiving the award, which is symbolically made of recycled circuit boards, in May 2013 the company also received a European Green Office certificate.

The European Green Office awards were awarded on the basis of a competition in which organisations from the six countries involved in the project took part. The project featured training and mentorship for green office managers. 22 nominees from all the participating countries were in the running for the awards, including small and large enterprises, non-governmental organisations and public sector institutions. Aerodrom Ljubljana was included in the large enterprises category, and received a special Green Office award for Best Management System. This recognition of efforts aimed at achieving green practices at the office places Aerodrom Ljubljana among the ranks of large corporations like Unilever and Tetra PAK.

The awards were organised in the framework of the NeGOSE (Network for Green Office Standardization in the EU) project, which is financed through the Leonardo da Vinci Lifelong Learning Programme. The project brought together seven project partners from six European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia). The main goal of the project was to train green office managers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors with the aim of improving the environmental success of office activities. A package of tools consisting of a handbook, checklist for self-evaluation, eco-footprint calculator and virtual office was developed for the project.

In parallel with the European Green Office project, Aerodrom Ljubljana measured its carbon footprint and successfully completed the first level of ACA (Airport Carbon Accreditation) certification. The ACA project came about from an initiative from ACI Europe, the European trade body for airports, for the reduction of greenhouse gases in aviation. The ACI Europe certification is the only institutionally recognised standard for certification in the field of managing the carbon footprint of airports. For more information visit the website http://www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org/.

Zgornji Brnik, February 2014

Aerodrom Ljubljana celebrated 50 years with its business partners

Aerodrom Ljubljana, the company that operates Ljubljana Airport, is celebrating 50 years of operation. To mark this anniversary, the company organised a celebration for its business partners at magnificent venue, right in the heart of the happening.

On 31 January 2014 Aerodrom Ljubljana celebrated 50 years of its existence with over 300 closest business partners and colleagues of the airport. The event took place inside one of the hangars at the airport, which was transformed for the audience to feel like they were located on the runway. Insight into five decades was given with the help of memories from long time co-workers, the past and the future were marked with musical and dancing performances. The official speaker and guest of honour was the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor.

The first aircraft landed at Ljubljana Airport on 24 December 1963. Exactly 50 years later Aerodrom Ljubljana surprised passengers of two morning flights at Ljubljana's airport with an energetic performance by the remarkable vocalists of Perpetuum Jazzile and an attractive display of dancing. This event was recorded on video and can be seen here or below. Throughout that day passengers and visitors to the airport received sweet little surprises concealing interesting facts about the airport. Using the advertising surfaces in the airport, its website and other media, the company also unveiled its jubilee graphic design featuring the tagline "50 years in the heart of happening". This design will be used throughout the whole year, which will include many more activities tied to the jubilee, including open house days in spring 2014. 

Although Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d., the operator of Slovenia's principal airport, has experienced various ups and downs over the course of its 50-year history, it has never stopped investing in the development of airport infrastructure, improving the quality of its services and increasing the number of passengers passing through the airport. Despite difficult events, notably the independence war, when traffic at the airport practically came to a standstill, it is able to boast constant growth in passenger numbers and consistent excellence in its operations. Social and environmental responsibility is another important aspect of the company's operations. The company has prepared guidelines for the further development of the airport area and the corresponding spatial planning conditions. Over the next few years, with the realisation of these plans, it will be working to further strengthen its role as an important provider of connections and services for passenger and cargo transport in the region.

Milestones in the history of the airport

1963–1990

The first DC-6B of the Slovenian airline Adria Aviopromet (today Adria Airways) landed at the newly opened airport on 24 December 1963. Scheduled flights began on 9 January of the following year. The second phase of the airport was completed in 1964. The runway was extended to 3,000 meters and the apron was enlarged. In 1968 the company set out new directions of development for the airport: the establishing of scheduled domestic and international services, the development of air cargo and the design of a collection centre for the latter. The most visible results of these strategic decisions were the new passenger terminal (1973), the cargo terminal (1976), reconstruction of the runway (1978), participation in scheduled domestic and international services and the introduction of an intercontinental service to New York (1978). The period following 1980 was marked by the unfavourable economic situation at home and around the world and relatively reduced investment in development.

1991–2000

When Slovenia became independent, Ljubljana's airport became the country's principal airport. At the same time, however, it was faced with a significant fall in traffic as a result of the political upheavals and wars in the former Yugoslavia. At 1.30 p.m. on 26 June 1991 the airspace over Slovenia was closed, and so was the airport. The stoppage continued, with a few exceptions of varying duration, until the middle of February 1992. Aerodrom Ljubljana used this period to renovate the airport building, carry out repairs to the apron and introduce information technology for airport staff and passengers. The Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways become Aerodrom Ljubljana's biggest partner. As a result of the reduced traffic at the airport, the opportunity was taken to resurface the runway. A major enlargement of the passenger terminal was carried out in 1992 and 1993. A modern precision landing radar was also installed. In 1996 the company completed the ownership transformation process and the following year Aerodrom Ljubljana was entered in the Register of Companies as a public limited company. In 1999 the airport obtained CAT III B status for reduced visibility operations, becoming one of approximately 100 airports around the world with an instrument landing system of this category.


2001–2013

The year 2001 was a very bad year for world aviation and the effects were also felt by Aerodrom Ljubljana. Following the 11 September terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, the aviation industry found itself in crisis, with passenger numbers falling dramatically overnight. In 2003, as the airport celebrated its 40th anniversary, work began on a general aviation hangar and the construction of a general aviation apron. In 2004 more than one million passengers passed through the airport in a single year for the first time in its history. The airport slowly began to take on the appearance of other modern airports around the world. In 2005 a modern multi-storey car park with office annexe was built, while in 2006 the main apron was enlarged. In 2007 traffic began passing through the new passenger terminal and, following a decision by the government, the airport was renamed Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. This year also saw the extension of the taxiway – part of an extensive cycle of investment. The airport has begun to develop into a hub for cargo traffic. In 2009 the effects of the economic crisis meant that Ljubljana's airport was faced with a significant fall in traffic. Despite the reduced revenue Aerodrom Ljubljana did not deviate from its plan of investing in essential infrastructure: the main apron was renovated and widened and the runway, the taxiway connectors and the taxiway parallel to the runway underwent a thorough renovation. The downwards trend in traffic was reversed in 2013. In the first nine months of the year passenger numbers were up by 8.1% on the comparable period in the previous year, while the quantity of cargo handled was up by 6.7%. The company expects to handle 7% more passengers in 2014 than the estimated figure for 2013.

Zg. Brnik, 7 February 2014

2013 sees 10.2 percent more passengers and a net profit of 5.2 million euros

Zg. Brnik, 13 February 2014 – Compared to 2012, the number of passengers at Ljubljana Airport in 2013 increased by 10.2 percent while the quantity of cargo carried increased by 4.4 percent. Positive traffic trends are reflected in the company’s improved performance which is better than in the previous year and also above the plan. In 2013 the company generated a net profit of EUR 5.2 million, an increase of 3.8 percent over the plan.

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. d. generated operating revenue of EUR 31.3 million, 1.4% above 2012. The higher-than-forecast operating revenues figure was a reflection of developments in traffic, an increase in foreign airlines’ passenger numbers, the replacement of smaller aircraft with larger aircraft, and growth in the cargo segment. Operating expenses amounted to EUR 25.1 million and were down 1.9% compared to 2012. These revenue and expense figures resulted in EBIT in the amount of EUR 6.1 million, up 17.4% on 2012, and up 6.4% on the forecast. Despite performing impairment of subordinated bonds of Slovene banks, as a result of improved performance the company generated a net profit of EUR 5.2 million, which is comparable to the net profit recorded in 2012 and up 3.8 percent on the plan.

A rise in passenger numbers was recorded by the domestic airline and by foreign airlines in 2013. A total of 1,321,100 passengers represents a 10.2 percent increase over 2012 and a 2.6 percent increase over the plan. Alongside the increase at the domestic airline, the most important factor in the rise in passenger numbers has been low-cost airline Wizz Air, whose routes to London Luton and Brussels Charleroi established in late 2012 have brought a major expansion in low-cost services at the airport. Of the foreign scheduled airlines, Turkish Airlines and Finnair operated more flights than last year. Another positive impact on the number of passengers was the introduction of scheduled flights by Air Serbia, which introduced daily flights between Ljubljana and Belgrade in December 2013. Montenegro Airlines also recorded a rise in passenger numbers relative to last year as its load factors increased. 

The destinations most favoured by passengers in 2013 were London, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Munich and Paris. Scheduled flights (87 percent) accounted for the majority of public passenger transport at the airport. An important category within public transport is low-cost airlines (easyJet and Wizz Air), who accounted for 12.6% of public transport passengers, up 3.5% on 2012.

In 2012, a total of 33,111 aircraft movements were recorded, down 5.4% on last year, although the changes in the breakdown of the aircraft by type should be noted. Primarily foreign and also the local airline used significantly larger and heavier aeroplanes. Because a significant proportion of the company’s revenues are tied to aircraft weight, this has eliminated any adverse impact of the decline in the number of aircraft movements on operating revenues.

Growth recorded in cargo traffic is also encouraging. In total we handled 17,777 tons of cargo, 4.4 percent up on 2012 and 2.5 percent upon the 2013 plan. Forecasts were exceeded in all cargo categories.

With regards to investments in buildings and equipment, the company followed the adopted business plan for 2013, taking into account the resolution from the 18th general meeting of 16 September 2013 on the postponement of the construction of the new passenger terminal. A total of EUR 8,955 thousand of our own funds were invested in 2013 in buildings and equipment; of that, EUR 7,287 thousand was invested in buildings and land, and the remaining amount in equipment used for performing activities and IT hardware and software. Major investments in the infrastructure included renovation of a part of the runway and two lanes, and construction of the first phase of the road along the airport fence, whereas the largest investment was acquisition of aircraft maintenance Hangar 2 from Adria Airways.

Invitation to photography exhibition dedicated to Slovenian motorways

Exhibition is on display at the first floor of our passenger terminal.  It was put together by the company DARS d.d. to mark last year's 40th anniversary of Slovenian motorways. It was in 1973 or, to be more exact, during the final days of 1972 that the motorway section between Vrhnika and Postojna welcomed its first drivers.

Work on the inaugural Slovenian motorway section started at the end of May 1970, and the construction of 32 kilometres of modern four lane road was completed in two years and seven months.

DARS d.d. slowly graduated from constructor to the operator of Slovenian motorways. Today it manages just over 600 kilometres of motorways and expressways and 166 kilometres of motorway accesses.

Superficies agreement concluded

In today’s correspondence session the supervisory board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. gave its approval for the conclusion of a General agreement on mutual relations and the establishment of superficies for the use of certain land at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport for a period of 40 years.
The aforementioned agreement with Aerodrom Ljubljana was signed today on behalf of the Slovenian government by Samo Omerzel, the minister of infrastructure and spatial planning. “At Aerodrom we welcome the signing of the agreement, which comprehensively regulates mutual relations in the use of certain land and superficies on land in the airport zone owned by the Republic of Slovenia. The agreement will help bring even greater order to the company’s performance and its long-term planning in the future,” said Dr Iztok Podbregar, a member of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d.’s Management Board, at the signing.

Brnik, 17th of March 2014
 

Call for declarations of interest in purchase of majority holding of shares in Aerodrom Ljubljana

Having been appointed the consultants in the sale of the company by the majority shareholders of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d., KPMG today published a call for declarations of interest in the purchase of a majority holding of shares. This has formally opened the first phase of the company’s sale, in which non-binding offers to purchase 75.5% of the shares in Aerodrom Ljubljana will be collected. The plan is for the joint sales process involving multiple shareholders to be completed by the summer.

Brnik, 20th of March 2014

Complete closure of the Brnik motorway access point in March and April

We inform all passengers and visitors of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport of a complete closure of the Brnik motorway access point preventing entry onto and exit from the motorway between 24 March and 17 April 2014. This is due to renovation works on the Kranj (East)–Brnik–Vodice motorway section and the Brnik motorway access point.

An alternative route will be organised via the Kranj (East) motorway access point and signposted accordingly.

During the renovation work, traffic may be held up in both directions, which may result in delays. We advise passengers and airport visitors to obtain up-to-date information on the traffic conditions due to the aforementioned road closure before leaving for the airport; this is available on the website of the Traffic Information Centre at http://www.promet.si/portal/sl/razmere.aspx.

Zg. Brnik, 24. 3. 2014

Strike Actions of the Pilots union will heavily affect Lufthansa Flight Operations

Adria Airways informs passengers on their website that  as a result of strike actions, which the German pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) has announced at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings from Wednesday, April 2nd 2014, to Friday, April 4th 2014, Lufthansa will reduce its schedule significantly.

German airline Lufthansa has informed Adria that as a result of the strike it has cancelled the majority of its domestic,  European flights and intercontinental flights. For more information passengers are requested to check the status of their flight on the airline's website www.lufthansa.com.

Adria Airways will operate all its flights to and from Germany in line with the number of passengers travelling. All passengers whose final/original destinations are not Frankfurt or Munich and fly on Adria Airways tickets, shall contact Adria Airways Call Centre, should contact our call centre, where they will be able to obtain all necessary information about their onward journey to their final destination.

You can find more information on the Adria Airways flights that are scheduled for the period of the strike here.

Zg. Brnik, 2. 4. 2014

Ljubljana Airport attracting more and more passengers, including from Austria

On 31 March 2014 Ljubljana Airport switched to the summer flight timetable, which is valid until 25 October 2014. Adria Airways has expanded its network of flights from Ljubljana with Prague and Warsaw. Thanks to a new scheduled bus service between Klagenfurt and Brnik, the airport is now even more accessible to Austrian passengers.

The 2014 summer timetable connects Ljubljana Airport with more destinations than last year. Adria Airways, the airline of Slovenia, has expanded its network of flights with services to Prague and Warsaw, where it flies three times a week. This summer Adria will also connect Ljubljana to 17 other European cities and, following a year's break, will once again be flying to London (Gatwick). Foreign scheduled airlines will be maintaining their winter timetable destinations throughout the summer season. Finnair returns to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport after the winter break with four weekly flights to Helsinki. Another new addition this summer is Air Serbia's daily service to Belgrade. Every day of the week passengers can travel from Ljubljana to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines and to Paris with Air France. Low-cost carriers easyJet and Wizz Air maintain the same number of flights to London. The latter also continues its flights to Brussels, with the same frequency as before. Montenegro Airlines will be offering four weekly connections to Podgorica from Ljubljana during the summer season.
This summer eight scheduled airlines offer passengers more than 200 scheduled direct flights each week from Slovenia's main airport to 24 destinations. Once again this year there is also a wide range of charter flights on offer, above all to popular holiday destinations in the Mediterranean (Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia). A new charter carrier this year is Aegean Airlines, offering flights from Ljubljana to Rhodes from June to October.

New scheduled bus service between the airport and Klagenfurt

Since the end of March flights from Ljubljana Airport have been even more accessible to passengers from Austria. A scheduled bus service between the airport and the city of Klagenfurt began operating on 29 March 2014, with four daily departures. The service, operated by Alpe Adria, departs from Klagenfurt Airport and calls at Klagenfurt bus station, Ferlach, Kranj and Ljubljana Airport before proceeding to the bus station in Ljubljana. The service is only available for passengers travelling between Austria and Slovenia. For prices and other details visit the Alpe Adria website: www.alpeadrialine.com.

Aerodrom Ljubljana welcomes the scheduled bus service to and from Klagenfurt and expects this new service to attract even more Austrian passengers to Ljubljana Airport. Until now most passengers from nearby cities in Austria have travelled to Ljubljana Airport by private car or using the minibus services operated by various companies.

Fly all over the world from Ljubljana at competitive prices

Slovenia's main airport is attracting growing numbers of passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. Passengers can also fly from Ljubljana at competitive prices to long haul-destinations via major European hubs. Carriers such as Turkish Airlines, Finnair, Air Serbia, Air France prepare regular monthly special offers. Some of these can be found online at http://www.lju-airport.si/sl/mediji/4991. Examples of prices of flights from Ljubljana include Bangkok for €514, Baku for €463, Beijing for €620, Shanghai for €620 and Tokyo for €710.     

The significant growth in passenger numbers at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has continued in the first months of 2014, with 15.6% more passengers passing through the airport in January and February 2014 than in the same period last year.

Passenger numbers up 10.2% and cargo tonnage 4.4% in 2013

At its 11th session the company’s Supervisory Board approved the audited annual report for 2013. It also drew up a report on the review of the annual report for 2013, approved the proposed use of distributable profit for the 2013 financial year, and proposed the conferral of official approval on the Management Board and Supervisory Board for their work in the previous year to the general meeting. It passed the statement of compliance with the Corporate Governance Code, and approved the audit committee’s proposal regarding the appointment of an auditor of the financial statements for 2014.It was briefed on the company’s performance in January and February 2014 and on a change to the financial calendar for 2014, and approved the convening of the 19th general meeting on 13 May 2014.
 

The Aerodrom Ljubljana annual report for 2013 shows the company to have performed very well. Passenger numbers at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport in 2013 were up 10.2% on 2012, while cargo tonnage was up 4.4%. The positive trends in traffic have been reflected in the company’s improved performance, which was better than in the previous year and better than forecast in the annual plan. The company generated a net profit of EUR 5.2 million in 2013, up 3.8% on the forecast.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the company generated operating revenues of EUR 31.3 million in 2013, up 1.4% on 2012. The higher-than-forecast figure was a reflection of developments in traffic, an increase in foreign airlines’ passenger numbers, the replacement of smaller aircraft with larger aircraft, and growth in the cargo segment. Operating expenses amounted to EUR 25.1 million, down 1.9% on 2012. These revenue and expense figures resulted in EBIT in the amount of EUR 6.1 million, up 17.4% on 2012, and up 6.4% on the forecast. EBITDA amounted to EUR 10.7 million. Despite the impairments of certain Slovenian banks’ subordinated bonds, as a result of improved performance the company generated a net profit of EUR 5.2 million, comparable to the net profit recorded in 2012 and up 3.8% on the forecast in the plan.
A rise in passenger numbers was recorded by the domestic airline and by foreign airlines in 2013. The total passenger numbers of 1,321,100 were up 10.2% on 2012, and up 2.6% on the forecast. Alongside the increase at the domestic airline, the most important factor in the rise in passenger numbers was low-cost airline Wizz Air, whose routes to London Luton and Brussels Charleroi established in late 2012 brought a major expansion in low-cost services at the airport. Of the foreign scheduled airlines, Turkish Airlines and Finnair operated more flights than in the previous year. Another factor in the rise in passenger numbers was the introduction of scheduled flights by Air Serbia, which launched daily flights between Ljubljana and Belgrade in December 2013. Montenegro Airlines also recorded a rise in passenger numbers relative to the previous year as its load factors increased. The trend of increasing traffic has continued this year. Passenger numbers in the first two months of the year were up 15.7% on the same period last year. 
The most popular destinations for passengers in 2013 were London, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Munich and Paris. Scheduled flights accounted for the majority (87%) of public passenger transport at the airport. An important category within public transport is low-cost airlines (easyJet and Wizz Air), who accounted for 12.6% of public transport passengers, up 3.5 percentage points on 2012.
The number of aircraft movements totalled 33,111 in 2013, down 5.4% on 2012, although the changes in aircraft use should be noted. Foreign airlines in particular, but also the domestic airline, used significantly larger (and heavier) aeroplanes. Because a significant proportion of the company’s revenues are tied to aircraft weight, this nullified the adverse impact of the decline in the number of aircraft movements on operating revenues.
The growth in cargo traffic is also encouraging. A total of 17,777 tonnes of cargo was handled in 2013, up 4.4% on 2012 and up 2.5% on the forecast. The forecasts were exceeded in all cargo categories.
A total of EUR 8,955 thousand of internal resources were invested in infrastructure and equipment in 2013, of which EUR 7,287 thousand was invested in buildings and land, the remainder being used to purchase airport equipment and computer hardware. Major investments in infrastructure included renovation of part of the runway and two connector taxiways, and construction of the first phase of the road along the airport fence, while the largest investment was the acquisition of real estate from Adria Airways in the form of Hangar 2 for aircraft maintenance, workshops in Hangar 1, and the apron in front of Hangar 2 and the workshops. 
Alongside the increase in traffic and the company’s good performance, the other major developments in the year were two decisions by the company’s owners. The general meeting in September did not pass the resolution that would have approved the investment in the new T2 passenger terminal. In the month after the general meeting Slovenska odškodninska družba d.d. announced that on its own behalf and as the statutory representative of the Slovenian state it had signed an agreement with the shareholders of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. (namely Kapitalska družba pokojninskega in invalidskega zavarovanja d.d., Zavarovalnica Triglav d.d., KD Skladi, družba za upravljanje, d.o.o. and NFD d.o.o.) on acting in concert in the sale of shares in Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. that together constitute 73.34% of the company’s share capital. The realisation of the new passenger terminal, which given the obsolescence of the old terminal and the increasing traffic is vital if the airport’s competitiveness is to be maintained and improved, has been deferred to the new owners. 
The Management Board and other departments at Aerodrom Ljubljana worked transparently and in keeping with their authorisations with the consultants chosen by the consortium of owners to ready the company for sale. As part of the sales process the company again addressed the arrangements of the general agreement on mutual relations and the establishment of superficies on land owned by the government. An agreement regulating the use of the land for the next 40 years was reached in March 2014. 

Zg. Brnik, 11 April 2014

New airport crash tender and baggage conveyor

Aerodrom Ljubljana is celebrating two major new acquisitions. A new rollertrack baggage conveyor/elevator will make life easier for ground handling personnel, while a new Rosenbauer Panther airport crash tender joins the fleet of the aircraft rescue and firefighting service.

The ground handling service at Ljubljana Airport has recently taken delivery of a high-tech electrically powered rollertrack baggage conveyor. The system consists of a belt conveyor manufactured by TIPS d.o.o. of Slovenia and a rollertrack extension developed by the Danish company Power Stow A/S. The system optimises the work process, making it easier for ground handling staff to load and unload baggage or cargo into or out of the aircraft's baggage compartment or cargo hold. The conveyer belt extension is automatically raised and lowered during operation to adapt to the changing height of the aircraft baggage compartment. This reduces the risk of back pain and injury for ground handling staff. The rollertrack conveyor is suitable for various types of aircraft since it can extend for up to 7.5 metres in the aircraft's baggage compartment. The system is fitted with an automatic counter to keep track of the number of items of baggage or cargo loaded or unloaded.

Aerodrom Ljubljana's aircraft rescue and firefighting service can also boast an important new acquisition: a Rosenbauer Panther 6x6 HRET airport crash tender. This highly capable vehicle is powered by a Volvo engine delivering 505 kW (705 hp). Three metres wide and almost 12 metres long, this six-wheel-drive vehicle has a top speed of 115 km/h, and despite weighing approximately 39 tonnes can stop safely with the help of disc brakes and ABS on all six wheels. 
For firefighting purposes it can carry 12,000 litres of water, 1,500 litres of foam and 250 kg of powdered extinguishing agent. It is fitted with a pump with an output of 6,000 litres per minute, a high-reach extendable turret (HRET) with a skin-penetrating nozzle capable of piercing the aircraft fuselage in order to extinguish internal fires. It also has a bumper-mounted front turret with an output of 1,500 litres per minute and two lateral high-pressure hose reels (40 bar). The vehicle's capabilities are further enhanced by other equipment such as three sets of breathing apparatus, hydraulic cutters and spreaders, a LED light mast, a motor saw, IR thermal imaging cameras on the roof of the vehicle and on the extendable turret, a reversing camera, etc. A simulator for work with the HRET (computer, software, turret control joysticks), designed to facilitate and improve crew training, was supplied with the vehicle.
Statistics show that flying is the safest form of transport. Although the likelihood of an accident involving an aircraft at the airport is small, a degree of risk is nevertheless always present. The airport therefore has to have an aircraft rescue and firefighting service, whose main role is to save lives in the case of an accident or other disaster. In order to do this it needs effective equipment in perfect working order and well-trained personnel. The new Panther modernises and increases the reliability and effectiveness of the ARFF vehicle fleet at the airport – where it joins the existing Panther 8x8, Actros, Falcon and Faun vehicles. This significant improvement in the airport's rescue capabilities in the case of accidents increases the safety of passengers, staff and other airport users.

 
Brnik, 23. 4. 2014

Charge your electric or hybrid vehicle in the multi-storey car park

Aerodrom Ljubljana is attentive to the wishes and needs of those travelling through Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport; at the same time, it has made a commitment to reduce the harmful effects of its activities on the environment. The multi-storey car park at the Airport therefore provides environmentally minded travellers and visitors with the option of charging their electric or hybrid vehicles while parking.

Users of the multi-storey car park at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will find two parking spaces that enable standard charging (six to eight hours) for electric and "plug-in" hybrid vehicles. Before charging, users need to receive a special charging card from the pay desk at the car park. The parking spaces with electric vehicle charging stations are located on the second floor of the parking garage and are adequately marked. Aerodrom Ljubljana offers a 20% discount on the price of parking for users of the electric vehicle charging stations. The discount may be redeemed when paying for parking at the pay desk in the car park.

Because Aerodrom Ljubljana obtains electric energy entirely from renewable sources, the use of the electric vehicle charging stations does not lead to pollution through greenhouse emissions. In the framework of the environmental policy it has adopted and its actions in the field of environmental management, Aerodrom Ljubljana has made a commitment to reducing the harmful effects of its activities on the environment. Thanks to the measures it has taken and the green practices it has introduced in its office work, last year Aerodrom Ljubljana became the proud recipient of a European Green Office award. By calculating its carbon footprint, the company has also successfully completed the first level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation certification. The ACI Europe certification is the only institutionally recognised standard for certification in the field of managing the carbon footprint of airports. It came about on the initiative of ACI Europe and its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the field of aviation.

Zg. Brnik, 25 April 2014

19th general meeting of shareholders

The 19th general meeting of shareholders took place on 15 May 2014 at the company’s headquarters. Among other matters, the shareholders decided on the granting of discharge to the Management Board and Supervisory Board, on the allocation of the distributable profit for the 2013 financial year and on appointment of an auditor for the auditing of the company’s operations and financial statements for the 2014 financial year.

The general meeting granted discharge to the Management Board and Supervisory Board. The owners of preference participating no-par-value shares in Aerodrom Ljubljana are entitled to dividends of EUR 9.27 per share and the owners of ordinary no-par-value shares to dividends of EUR 9.16 gross per share. A distributable profit of EUR 5.027.174,28 shall remain unallocated. The audit firm Deloitte revizija d.o.o. was appointed auditor for the 2014 financial statements.

The content of the resolutions adopted can be found in this annex.


Zg. Brnik, 15 May 2014

Aerodrom Ljubljana moving closer to sustainable development through carbon footprint management

Aerodrom Ljubljana is reducing its environmental impact through an integrated approach to sustainable development. An important part of environmental efforts is carbon footprint management within the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme, which recognises airports' efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) reports that in five years more than 100 airports in Europe, Africa and Asia have joined the scheme.    

As part of its efforts towards integrated management of its environmental impact, Aerodrom Ljubljana has joined the Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme (ACA), which encourages airports to reduce their carbon footprint. By mapping the carbon footprint of greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions, the company last year obtained Level 1 ACA certification. In terms of individual sources of emissions, it found that the biggest impacts on the carbon footprint are from electricity consumption (61.6%), heating (19.4%), transport to work (9.4%) and the company vehicle fleet (9.3%). At the other end of the scale are work-related travel (0.3%) and generators (0.1%). Figures for 2013 shows that the company succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by a total of 6 tonnes, or just over 1%, in comparison to the previous year. Aerodrom Ljubljana's environmental policy aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and defines the transition to a low carbon society as one of its strategic environmental goals.

The company is also working in many other areas to safeguard and conserve the environment. These include waste management, efficient use of natural resources, reduction of aircraft noise and a long-term, effective and sustainable approach to the problem of bird strikes. Aerodrom Ljubljana meets the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard, the main aim of which is to safeguard and conserve the environment for today's and future generations. 

The Airport Carbon Accreditation scheme was launched five years ago as an initiative of ACI Europe in order to recognise the efforts of airports to reduce their carbon footprint. Since its launch, 102 airports in Europe, Africa and Asia have joined the scheme. Together they represent 23.6% of global air traffic. In 2013 they successfully reduced their overall carbon footprint from greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions by 133,599 tonnes or 5.98%. European airports are the most active in managing their carbon footprint, with 85 airports accredited to date, of which 16 have achieved the highest level of certification, i.e. carbon neutrality.

Zg. Brnik, 3 July 2014

What should Ljubljana Airport offer?

Aerodrom Ljubljana, the operator of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, values the opinions of its passengers and visitors. Before extending the range of services we have on offer, we would like to know your preferences and, for this reason, we kindly invite you to fill out this short questionnaire: https://www.1ka.si/a/44363

Zg. Brnik, 3. julij 2014

The highlights of the first half of the year were growth in traffic and the impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika d.d.

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. recorded an increase in traffic during the first half of 2014. Total passenger numbers were up 3.7% on the first half of last year and cargo tonnage was up 7.6%, while the number of aircraft movements was down 3.3% as a result of the use of larger, heavier aircraft. EBIT was at the level of last year at EUR 2,797 thousand, significantly more than forecast in the plan, although this did not compensate for the impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika d.d., which has been performing worse than forecast this year.

Aerodrom Ljubljana is recording growth in traffic. In public transport, which accounts for the majority of traffic at the airport, passenger numbers were up 2.9% on the first half of last year (at 571,140). The domestic airline saw a rise of 1.7% in its passenger numbers, while foreign airlines’ passenger numbers were up 5.8%. The increase was largely attributable to a rise in passenger numbers on Adria Airways scheduled services, a rise in the number of flights by Turkish Airlines and thus in its passenger numbers, and the launch of a new scheduled service by Air Serbia. The number of aircraft movements was down 3.3% on the first half of last year (at 15,448), although this decline did not have a negative impact on the realised operating revenues as a result of the shift in aircraft use towards larger (and heavier) aircraft.

Passengers were served by nine scheduled airlines at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport in the first half of 2014. An addition to the services compared with the same period last year was made by Air Serbia, which has operated a service between Ljubljana and Belgrade with increasing load factors since last December. Of the foreign scheduled airlines, there was a significant increase in traffic at Turkish Airlines, whose passenger numbers were up 17.9%. In the first half of this year public transport passengers were able to choose between 25 scheduled destinations (compared with 23 in the same period last year), services to Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Munich, Zurich and Paris accounting for half of all passengers. Adria Airways added Warsaw and Prague to its network of routes in the summer timetable, and relaunched a service to Paris after an interruption of more than a year. The extensive range of services is increasingly attracting passengers from the neighbouring regions of Austria, for whom the establishment of a daily bus service between Klagenfurt and Brnik in March has been particularly welcome.
The cargo segment also recorded significant growth in the first half of the year: cargo tonnage was up 7.6% on the same period last year, as all categories of cargo recorded increases.

The company’s performance in the first half of the year was good. Operating revenues were up 2.7% on the same period last year at EUR 15,240 thousand, and up 0.8% on the forecast for the period. The increase was largely attributable to the rise in passenger numbers, the change in the use of aircraft, the increase in cargo tonnage and increased revenues from commercial services. Operating expenses amounted to EUR 12,442 thousand, up 3.4% on the same period last year, but down just under 5% on the forecast for the period. EBIT was similar to last year’s figure at EUR 2,797 thousand, up 36.8% on the forecast for the period.   
The good performance and increase in finance income did not fully compensate for the negative impact on the operating result of the impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika d.d. Adria Airways Tehnika d.d., in which Aerodrom Ljubljana holds an interest of 47.67% (the remainder is owned by PDP, Posebna družba za podjetniško svetovanje d.d.) and whose business is conducted in a very demanding global environment in terms of market and competition, has been performing significantly worse than forecast since April 2014. Acting on the principle of prudence, and applying a conservative approach, the company decided to charge an impairment of EUR 2,736 thousand against the investment.

Without the impairment the pre-tax profit would have amounted to EUR 3,922 thousand (up 63.8% on the same period last year and up 19.7% on the forecast for the period), and the net profit to EUR 3,019 thousand (up 48.9% on the same period last year and up 7.8% on the forecast for the period). The actual pre-tax profit in the reporting period amounted to EUR 1,186 thousand, while net profit amounted to EUR 516 thousand, down on the same period last year and down on the forecast for the period.

Investments in infrastructure and equipment are following the business plan for the 2014 to 2020 period adopted in February 2014. Investments in infrastructure and equipment amounted to EUR 1,311 thousand in the first half of this year, of which EUR 390 thousand was for infrastructure, while the remainder was spent on airport equipment (EUR 886 thousand) and computer equipment (EUR 35 thousand). The investments were financed with internal resources. The most notable investments were the purchase of a fire-fighting truck and a conveyor belt comprising an elevator with an extendible roller transporter, and the construction of a sewage collector linking the airport zone to the public sewerage system of the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem. In the first half of this year the company obtained general superficies valued at EUR 8.2 million for a period of 40 years (beginning 1 January 2014) for 248 hectares of land, for which the fee will be repaid in annual instalments.

Given the developments in physical traffic, the company’s performance in the first half of the year and its forecasts for the remainder of the year, EBIT is expected to be at the level forecast in the plan for 2014.

Zg. Brnik, 1 September 2014

Contract signed between Fraport and a consortium of owners of Aerodrom Ljubljana

After having successfully concluded negotiations between Slovenian Sovereign Holding and Fraport AG from Germany (hereinafter referred to as: Fraport), Slovenian Sovereign Holding, on its own behalf and for the account of the Republic of Slovenia, together with other members of the consortium of sellers, signed a contract on the sale of 2,868,116 (75.5%) shares of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d.. Today's signing of a contract between a consortium of vendors and Fraport represents an important milestone in the development of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. d. and air transport in Slovenia.

Aerodrom could be proudly placed among excellent and successful Slovenian companies, as evidenced by the interest of bidders in the sales process and by the final price paid by Fraport, ie. € 61.75 per share. In times of demanding economic situation, traffic growth and good operating results were recorded. The new owner is taking over the company in excellent financial shape. Since the beginning of the sales process the management board have been emphasizing that Aerodrom Ljubljana would need strategic owner, one of larger airport operators with power and willing for the development of passenger and cargo traffic, commercial activities and associated infrastructure. We believe Fraport will be developing Ljubljana airport in accordance with outlined development plans or even better and will continue modernizing, increasing it’s competitiveness, connectivity and mobility of the population. In this manner Ljubljana Airport will consolidate its role in the region and promote regional economic development. Following the statements of the CEO of Fraport, dr. Stefan Schulte at today’s press conference after signing the contract, Fraport sees large development potential in Aerodrom Ljubljana in the field of passenger and cargo traffic. He added they are not interested in short-term benefits but in long-term cooperation.


Zmago Skobir (Aerodrom Ljubljana), dr. Stefan Schulte (Fraport), Matej Pirc and Matej Runjak (Slovenian Restitution Fund)


In addition to Slovenian Sovereign Holding, the contract on the sale of shares of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d., was also signed by the following sellers: Kapitalska družba, d.d., Zavarovalnica Triglav, d.d., KD Skladi, družba za upravljanje, d.o.o., AlpenInvest, družba za upravljanje investicijskih skladov, d.o.o., Modra Zavarovalnica, d.d., and Abanka Vipa, d.d.. When the transfer of shares is completed, Fraport intends to publish a takeover bid for the takeover of the remaining shares, in accordance with the Takeover Act.

The structured sale process was run and coordinated by Slovenian Sovereign Holding, in cooperation with KPMG as a financial adviser and with Schoenherr as a legal adviser. The entire sale process was carried out in two phases, and a contact was established with a wide collection of investors from all over the world. The sale process was carried out in a transparent manner, providing an equal treatment to all investors who participated in the sale process, and in line with the international practice in this field.

Fraport AG is the owner and the manager of airports all over the world, managing 10 airports as of today. The company’s airport in Frankfurt is one of the main airports globally, both in terms of passenger volume as well as cargo volume. In 2013, 58 million passengers were recorded, while the entire Fraport Group generated EUR 2.56 billion in revenue and EUR 236 of net profit.  As of 31 December 2013, the market capitalisation of the company amounted to around EUR 5.0 billion. Since 2001, Fraport is stock listed and its largest institutional owners are the State of Hesse and Stadwerke Frankfurt am Main Holding GmbH.

Brnik, 5 September 2014

First nine months highlighted by growth in traffic

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. recorded an increase in traffic during the first nine months of 2014. Total passenger numbers were up 1.7% and cargo tonnage was up 7.3%. EBIT was a bit lower than last year at EUR 6,108 thousand, but significantly more than forecast in the plan, although this did not compensate for the impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d., which has been performing worse than forecast this year.

Developments in the first three quarters of 2014 were favourable compared with the same period last year, in particular the figures for passenger numbers and cargo tonnage. Total passenger numbers were up 1.7% on the same period last year (at 1,051,475), primarily as a result of a rise in passenger numbers in public transport, the domestic airline and the foreign airlines both recording increases. The number of aircraft movements (which totalled 24,425 over the reporting period) was down 5.6% on the same period last year, although this decline did not have a negative impact on the realised operating revenues as a result of the shift in aircraft use towards larger (and heavier) aircraft. Cargo tonnage was up 7.3% on the first three quarters of 2013 (at 14,049 tonnes).

A total of eight scheduled airlines served the airport during the first three quarters of the year. The domestic airline accounted for the largest proportion of traffic. Alongside the rise in passenger numbers at the domestic airline, another factor in the rise in passenger numbers compared with the first three quarters of last year was Air Serbia, which operates a daily service between Ljubljana and Belgrade. The daily flights operated by Turkish Airlines also made a contribution to the rise in passenger numbers (it flew five times a week during the first four months of last year). In terms of the number of aircraft movements Air France reduced its flights in the summer timetable of 2013, which did not have a significant impact on passenger numbers as it began flying with larger aircraft in the 2014 summer timetable, with good load factors. The low-cost airlines Wizz Air and easyJet also have good load factors. Finnair saw a slight fall in passenger numbers compared with the same period last year as it began its services later in 2014. A positive development was Finnair’s use of larger aircraft in the summer months and its good load factors on the Ljubljana-Helsinki service. The situation in the Middle East had a negative impact on traffic at the airport, as there was a significant fall in the number of passengers from Israel in the 2014 summer timetable. Iran Air ceased its refuelling technical flights in June 2014.

The company’s performance in the first three quarters of the year was good. Operating revenues were up 1.9% (EUR 452 thousand) on the same period last year at EUR 24,821 thousand, down minimally (EUR 95 thousand) on the forecast for the period. Operating expenses were up 3.2% (EUR 575 thousand) on the same period last year at EUR 18,713 thousand, but were nevertheless down 4.9% (EUR 965 thousand) on the forecast for the period. EBIT amounted to EUR 6,108 thousand, up 16.6% (EUR 870 thousand) on the forecast for the period, but down 2% (EUR 123 thousand) on the same period last year.

The net financial result in the reporting period was less favourable. As a result of the sale of financial assets under asset management contracts, finance income was up on the same period last year (at EUR 1,470 thousand, up 1.7% on the forecast for the period), while an impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. in the amount of EUR 2,736 thousand (this impairment was not forecast) meant that finance expenses were also up (at EUR 3,150 thousand).

Despite the good performance and the increase in finance income, the company failed to fully compensate for the negative impact of the impairment on its operating result: pre-tax profit in the reporting period amounted to EUR 4,428 thousand, while net profit amounted to EUR 3,098 thousand, down on the same period last year and down on the forecast for the period.

Without the impairment the pre-tax profit would have amounted to EUR 7,164 thousand (up 17.6% on the same period last year and up 11.8% on the forecast for the period), and the net profit to EUR 5,601 thousand (up 7.5% on the same period last year and up 2.7% on the forecast for the period).

Zg. Brnik, 21 October 2014

Direct to 19 destinations from Ljubljana in the winter timetable

Zgornji Brnik, 24 October 2014 – The 2014/15 winter timetable enters into force next Sunday. Until 28 March 2015 passengers will be able to choose from among 150 scheduled flights a week direct to 19 European destinations. In spring 2015 Swiss launches a daily service to Zurich from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, while Adria Airways is promising to launch services to Stockholm and Berlin. Turkish Airlines will increase the frequency of its flights to Istanbul from seven to ten times a week. 

In the 2014/15 winter timetable Ljubljana will serve more destinations than last winter. The domestic airline will retain its two new services from the summer timetable, flying to Prague and Warsaw three times a week. Adria Airways will fly to 16 other European cities from Ljubljana this winter, Frankfurt and Munich remaining its most frequent services.
Foreign scheduled airlines are retaining the same destinations this winter. Passengers can travel from Ljubljana to Belgrade with Air Serbia and to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines every day of the week, and to Paris with Air France six times a week. The low-cost airlines easyJet and Wizz Air are maintaining the same number of flights to London. The latter is also retaining its flights to Brussels Charleroi at the same frequency. Montenegro Airlines will be flying to Podgorica five times a week from Ljubljana during the winter season.

This winter seven scheduled airlines are offering passengers more than 150 scheduled flights each week from Slovenia’s main airport direct to 19 different destinations. The number of charter flights will be comparable to last winter. The most common winter charter destination remains Egypt, which is served by Adria Airways in conjunction with tour operators. 

Fly all over the world from Ljubljana at competitive prices

Slovenia’s main airport is attracting growing numbers of passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. Passengers can also fly from Ljubljana at competitive prices to long haul-destinations via major European hubs, primarily with foreign airlines (Turkish Airlines, Air Serbia and Air France), who have special offers each month. Passengers can check for details of the offers at http://www.lju-airport.si/en/press/4992. By way of example, a flight from Ljubljana to Shanghai will cost EUR 554, Singapore will cost EUR 567, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo EUR 689, and Tel Aviv EUR 334.

Swiss announces a daily service to Zurich from spring 2015

Passenger traffic at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport was up 1.7% during the first three quarters of 2014. Airlines’ forecasts of an expansion in their network of flights from Ljubljana give encouragement that the trend of rising passenger numbers will continue. Swiss recently announced that it would begin daily services to Zurich in spring 2015. Adria Airways is also promising new services from Ljubljana, to Stockholm and Berlin. Turkish Airlines will increase the frequency of its flights to Istanbul from seven to ten times a week. In its endeavours to launch new routes and attract new airlines, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport sees most potential in the north German market.

Announcement of Takeover Bid for the acquisition of shares of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. d.

Aerodrom Ljubljana informs the public, that on 24 October 2014 the company Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, Flughafen, Geb. 162, 60547 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (hereinafter referred to as: acquirer) has published the Takeover bid and prospectus for the acquisition of the remaining shares of the company Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. d., Zgornji Brnik 130a, 4210 Brnik-aerodrom, of which the acquirer is not the owner, i. e. 928,411 AELG shares.

For the acquisition of the remaining shares the offer of the acquirer is € 61.75 per share.

The Takeover bid and prospectus for the acquisition of shares of the company Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. d., are attached published in Slovenian.

Zg. Brnik, 25. October 2014

A sustainable approach to minimising the risk of bird strikes

                           

 

This week’s opening of the Safe Return photography exhibition in the passenger terminal of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport marks the conclusion of a photography contest that began in the spring and that was open to bird lovers and plane spotters. With the exhibition, Aerodrom Ljubljana would like to generate awareness of its sustainable approach to reducing risks associated with bird strikes. This approach does not involve the physical destruction of birds. The Safe Return promotional campaign was carried out in cooperation with the Foundation Society of Knowledge and Values of Nature.

To ensure the safe return of both planes and birds, their cohabitation on the grounds of the airport must be closely monitored at all times. Birds present a problem for air traffic, and collisions between birds and planes, or bird strikes, pose a potential danger for all involved. Seen from a different, ecological, perspective, the presence of planes is a severe incursion into the birds’ natural habitat. 

Aerodrom Ljubljana, the company that manages Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, constantly monitors and prevents the presence of birds on the runways and within the airport perimeter. Birds are removed using a new, innovative approach. The company has teamed up with the Foundation Society of Knowledge and Values of Nature and has broadened its efforts to address these problems in accordance with a comprehensive understanding of nature and to preserve biodiversity.

Contest Safe return, 2nd place: KRAGULJ – Matej Vranič

 

Specialised scientists and environmental experts are our valued partners in these efforts. Science possesses an enormous amount of information on birds, and a large number of people actively watch and study birds. In fact, birds are the most studied group of animals. An approach that focuses on the ecosystem takes account of all factors in the environment which have an impact on the appearance and cohabitation of particular species.We at Aerodrom Ljubljana understand that a “green” approach is the only successful, long-term solution to reducing bird-strike risks. This is a huge leap forward in terms of our understanding and operations.In 2012, we began conducting a long-term ecological study to ascertain the state of local faunal populations and to monitor the effectiveness of measures taken.  This study revealed that the common buzzard, common kestrel and hooded crow species pose the greatest risk of bird strikes. The large numbers of these species are for the most part the result of a combination of grassy fields with low-lying vegetation and a relatively rich variety of easily available food sources. The researchers who carried out the study proposed several trial measures aimed at passively reducing the numbers of the problematic bird species, reducing the quality of the habitat for the birds and passive deterrence.Birds are not removed by shooting, and instead we search for and implement approaches that enable man and his activities to cohabitate with the area’s natural avian inhabitants. These approaches are based on sophisticated systems for monitoring and recording the presence of birds and on “soft” approaches to redirecting birds, such as altering the environment that provides them with food sources.In accordance with the recommendations of the study, more suitable technical instruments were obtained and airport staff were trained to carry out the monitoring and deterrence of freely living animals in a safe, effective, but also ethical and legally acceptable way. We combine constant monitoring of bird populations with the alteration of green areas that provide birds with food and shelter; our aim is to encourage local avian inhabitants to move elsewhere. We are aware that an understanding of avian ecology is the basis for the long-term reduction of bird-strike risks. Through a long-term ecological study, we monitor the population dynamic of the birds; the findings in turn enable us to carry out effective measures that benefit both nature and the airport.

Contest Safe return, 3rd place: SOBIVANJE NA NEBU – Andrej Tarfila


To generate further awareness of Aerodrom Ljubljana’s activities, which represent a sustainable approach to airport safety that does not involve the physical destruction of birds as a potential air traffic risk, together with our partners we decided to hold a photography contest around the theme of birds and planes. We are very pleased that the finest submissions will decorate the passenger terminal of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport as part of a photography exhibition. They will serve to generate awareness among passengers and the general public of the airport’s integration in the ecosystem and of the importance of the sustainable management of nature in ensuring air travel safety. 

THE SAFE RETURN EVENT IS SPONSORED BY

A DONATION TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY OF THE BROADER AREA OF LJUBLJANA JOŽE PUČNIK AIRPORT WAS PROVIDED BY

 

Zg. Brnik, 6 November 2014

In November, Slovenia will make an impression on travellers at the Ljubljana airport

November at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is all about Slovenia. Travellers and visitors will feel it at every step: the airport has teamed up with its partners to offer choice Slovenian products at special prices, as well as other special offers and points of interest.

Throughout November, Slovenia will delight travellers and visitors at the Ljubljana airport. With its tastes, its sights and its playfulness. The shops and bars at the Airport will offer typical Slovenian products and will even hold tastings on some days. Airport guests can take advantage of special prices to get a head start on their holiday shopping and delight their loved ones with Slovenian products, or to find the perfect memento of Slovenia. The advertising space at the airport will also be all about Slovenia, and will feature impressive photographs of the country’s regions.

Regal GH, the company that manages the Travel Value & Duty Free shops at the airport, has introduced a new concept for presenting its offerings and shops for Slovenia week. Its goal is to liven up the atmosphere at the airport and to draw as many travellers as possible to its shops. In November, it is offering travellers a wide range of products of Slovenian origin, including wines from all the winegrowing regions of Slovenia, choice culinary delights (potica, chocolate, products made of Slovenian honey) and Slovenian oils and salt. Special focus will also be on I Feel Slovenia products. Shoppers can indulge their palates at tastings of renowned Slovenian brand names (Medex, Gorenjka, Goriška Brda, Vina Kras and more), while mascots (the Medex bee and the Gorenjka girl) are sure to put a smile on the faces of younger visitors. A truly enchanting prize draw is also being held. The lucky winner and a guest of his or her choice will be treated to a five-night package, including breakfast, at the Best Western Premier Hotel Lovec in Bled.

A hint of Slovenia can also be felt at some of the other shops at the airport, which will offer special souvenirs and chocolate products, and at the airport bars, which will prepare typical Slovenian sweets and snacks for their guests. Flyers with coupons that enable guests to take advantage of the special offers can be found at multiple points throughout the airport and will also be given to travellers when they check in for their flight.

 

We cordially invite travellers and visitors to get to know Slovenia... May it delight them and win them over.

Zg. Brnik, 11 November 2014

France Week and the 10th anniversary of Air France flights to Paris

It has been 10 years since Air France began offering flights from Ljubljana Airport to Paris.A connection was made between the Slovenian and French capitals on 15 November 2004.In the ten years that followed, over half a million travellers have travelled through the Ljubljana Airport with Air France.We are marking this occasion with special offers and surprises for our travellers.

Air France was one of the first airlines to begin offering flights to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport following Slovenia’s accession to the EU. Since 15 November 2004, over half a million travellers have travelled through Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Air France’s 2014/2015 winter timetable offers six flights per week on a 76-seat Embraer 170S. Travellers can continue their journey to a number of global destinations via Air France’s hub, Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. An even wider network of flights and connections is made possible by Air France’s membership of SkyTeam, an airline alliance that gives customers access to a global network of over 16,000 flights per day to a total of 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.

Zmago Skobir, President of the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, marked the important milestone with the following words: “This ten-year period clearly shows that Air France is a stable partner for Aerodrom Ljubljana. In years that have witnessed a noticeable drop in air traffic due to adverse economic conditions, the number of Air France flights and passengers has remained relatively constant. The flights are also important because they put Slovenia on the map as a tourist destination that is accessible by air. The route is not only important as a direct connection between Ljubljana and Paris. Through its hub at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, Air France provides excellent connections to a number of destinations throughout the world, both with its own flights and its membership of the SkyTeam airline alliance. I believe that cooperation with Air France also holds great promise for the future. On the occasion of this anniversary, I would like to extend to them my congratulations and gratitude for their excellent level of cooperation.”

Air France is also including travellers in the festivities. On its website, the airline is offering specially priced flights and has unveiled a new advertising campaign, “France is in the Air”, which brings together the traditional and the modern. The airline also has a special surprise in store for those travelling through Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. During France Week, guests in the passenger terminal can enjoy a delicious sweet that France is famous for - Macarons - while listening to the unmistakable sounds of French music. In cooperation with Aerodrom Ljubljana, Air France is also organising a prize draw where participants can win two round-trip tickets to Paris and other attractive prizes. The application is available on Aerodrom Ljubljana’s Facebook page and can be accessed here.

“I am very proud to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Air France in Slovenia by bringing a bit of France to Slovenia. I’m looking forward to celebrating the 20th Anniversary.” stated Ildiko Kiss, Country Manager for Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Air France-KLM.   

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Air France in Slovenia:
Since April 2014, Air France has been operating 6 weekly flights between Ljubljana and Paris-Charles de Gaulle from Monday to Friday and on Sunday. This flight is operated with an Embraer 170 offering 16 seats in Premium Economy and 60 seats in Economy. 
 
Daily flight times (local times) except on Saturday
 

Flight Nr.

Departure

Arrival

Departure Time

Arrival Time

AF1187

Ljubljana

Paris CDG

12.30      

14.25

AF1186

Paris CDG       

Ljubljana

9.55      

11.40


About Air France:
Air France, with its regional subsidiary HOP!, operates 1,500 daily flights in France, Europe and worldwide. Since 2004, Air France and KLM have formed a major player in the air transport industry. The two airlines operate the leading long-haul network on departure from Europe. In 2013, Air France and KLM carried 77.3 million passengers. The two airlines currently offer their customers access to a network covering 231 destinations in close to 100 countries from their hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol. Their Flying Blue frequent flyer programme is leader in Europe and has over 24.5 million members. Air France and KLM and their partners Delta Air Lines and Alitalia operate the biggest trans-Atlantic joint-venture with over 250 daily flights. Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance which has 20 airline members, offering customers access to a global network of 16,323 daily flights to 1,052 destinations in 177 countries. 
Flights to Paris or any other destination can be reserved as of today by any travel agency, by the reservation call center under 01 888 86 90  and/or via www.airfrance.si.

Airport staff welcome passengers in new uniforms

Passengers travelling through Ljubljana Airport can now admire the airport staff in their new uniforms. The revamped uniforms in a blue-and-white combination with a hint of green reflect a refined modern classic design and clean lines. Passenger satisfaction is at the top of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d.’s priority list and first impressions play an important role in achieving this. With its new look the company also wants to become more visually attractive to its clients and to strengthen its reputation as a friendly and aesthetically pleasing airport which ensures that passengers have a pleasant start to their journey.

Aerodrom Ljubljana recently unveiled new uniforms for its staff. Airport users are most likely to notice our ground staff’s new uniforms during check-in and boarding. The new uniforms were designed in cooperation with Neža Gregorčič Žgombič, a personal stylist and the manager of STATUS s.p. In working on the new uniforms, the fashion stylist – who likes to leave her mark on her designs by using small, but distinctive details – focused on aesthetics, a sophisticated style and usefulness. The new uniforms retain the dark-blue skirts, trousers and jackets, while the shirts are crisp white. “Blue and white is always a sophisticated combination and engenders trust,” Neža Gregorčič Žgombič explained regarding her selection of colours. She spiced this combination up with a deep-green colour, which underlies Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d.’s corporate image. The business elegant style of the uniforms is topped off with striped kerchiefs and ties.

Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. pays great attention to the satisfaction of Ljubljana Airport’s passengers and users. The revamped uniforms are the result of broader and ongoing efforts to improve its services in order to consolidate its reputation as a passenger-friendly and attractive airport with high standards.

Zg. Brnik, 25. 11. 2014

Passenger terminal receives permanent interactive aircraft exhibition

A new exhibition at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport offers airport guests a rich new experience. In the space where a bank once stood, travellers, visitors and aviation fans can now get a glimpse of the exciting world of aviation thanks to a permanent mini-exhibition set up by the Aquila Air Adventures club. Entry to the exhibition space is free, and the displays will be open to the public throughout the year.

The exhibition features photographs and items that depict the magical world of aviation and present the activities of the Aquila Air Adventures club. Among the more interesting items on display are a model of the cockpit of an Airbus A320, the radial engine of an old Gawron aircraft, a cross section of an airplane engine, military and civilian pilot equipment, instruments and instrument panels, sketches and photographs. The display expected to get the most attention is a flight simulator for a Soko Galeb g2. It will enable guests to experience the world through the eyes of a pilot. And to deliver an even more authentic experience, a direct line to air traffic control will provide real-time audio. There is also a children’s corner for younger visitors.

Photo: Miro Majcen

The exhibition space is free to view. Guests will have to pay a fee to use the flight simulator. The space will be open 365 days a year.

With its interactive content, the exhibition greatly enhances the offerings and image of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. We feel that it will be of interest to travellers who are just passing through and other airport visitors, airport staff, and aviation enthusiasts and connoisseurs. The organisers of the exhibition make no secret of their wish to develop the exhibition space into an aviation museum at some point in the future. The museum would present the achievements of Slovenian aviation and suitably preserve this important part of Slovenian history.

In the history of mankind, flight represents an important motor for development. In 1903, the Wright brothers and their Flyer became the first in the world to successfully take to the skies with a flying device heavier than air. Just six years later, in 1909, the Rusjan brothers repeated the Wright brothers’ success at Rojce near Gorizia with the Eda 1. The event placed Slovenia at the very summit of technologically advanced nations. Yugoslavia, and with it Slovenia, long stood at the forefront of airplane development and construction. And it was the Rusjan brothers who paved the way.

A part of Slovenian aviation history has already been captured in the lobby of the passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik airport, which features a collection of four old-time airplanes – a Vrabec glider (constructed by Ivo Šoštarič, restored by Igor Bitenc and Ivan Mavec), a Jastreb 54 glider (constructed by Ivo Šoštarič, restored by Igor Bitenc and Ivan Mavec), a replica of a “Normal Soaring Apparatus” (constructed by Otto Lilienthal, replica made by Igor Bitenc and Ivan Mavec) and a replica of the Eda 5 (constructed by Edvard Rusjan, replica made by Albin Novak).

Photo: Miro Majcen

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About Aquila Air Adventures:

The Aquila Air Adventures aviation club was founded in 2012 with the aim of preserving and developing the cultural heritage of aviation. The club’s ultimate goal is to establish an aviation museum that would serve to preserve this proud part of Slovenian history. Primož Jovanović is the founder and conceptual leader of the club. He is an aviation enthusiast and fan and a professional pilot. The members of Aquila Air Adventures follow the goals and vision of the Rusjan brothers. They have purchased two Soko Galeb g2 aircraft, one of which they have restored. They are also active in developing an aircraft known as the Flamingo, and are currently near the end of the test flight phase.

Zg. Brnik, 27. 11. 2014

Air Serbia doubles capacity at the Ljubljana airport

To mark the anniversary of its service to Ljubljana, Air Serbia, the Serbian national airline, has doubled its capacity. It now offers two daily flights between Ljubljana and Belgrade. Through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, an airline from the United Arab Emirates that holds a 49% ownership stake in Air Serbia, the Serbian airline offers Slovenian travellers a number of connections to destinations in Europe and throughout the globe.

December 10 marked the one year anniversary of Air Serbia’s daily flights between Brnik and Belgrade. In that period, Air Serbia transported a total of 36,307 passengers.

Starting today, the Serbian national airline will connect Ljubljana and Belgrade twice a day, adding a morning flight to its current evening flight. Through its hub at Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Air Serbia also offers a number of excellent connections to many destinations throughout Europe and to a number of other destinations in Etihad Airways’ network of flights. Travellers have expressed considerable demand for flights between Ljubljana and Belgrade as well as for connecting flights to all corners of the globe. Estimates state that the latter make up around 70% of passengers on the flights. And Slovenia is a popular destination for Serbian tourists. 
  

The President of Aerodrom Ljubljana’s Management Board marked the anniversary and the additional Air Serbia flights with the following words: “With the arrival of Air Serbia, the Ljubljana airport has significantly strengthened its connections with Belgrade and expanded its selection of flights to European hubs and, beyond, to the entire world. In 2014, Air Serbia made an important contribution to the growth of traffic at our airport. I am pleased that this airline is fulfilling the potential of the Slovenian market, expanding its offerings and enhancing the competitiveness of the Ljubljana airport.”


Travellers to/from Belgrade and Ljubljana will continue to fly with a 70-seat ATR 72. Those continuing their travels from Belgrade to other destinations with Air Serbia will fly with an Airbus A319.
To find out about a special offer featuring low-priced Air Serbia flights from Ljubljana, click the following links http://www.airserbia.com/sr/posebne-ponude-iz-ljubljane and http://www.lju-airport.si/sl/mediji/4991 
 
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About Air Serbia
Air Serbia was founded as the Serbian national airline on 29 October 2013. It offers direct flights to 29 destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean from Nikola Tesla International Airport in Belgrade and also provides charter and cargo services.  Its partnership agreements with its 49% owner, Etihad Airways, outline flights under a common brand and cooperation, and enable Air Serbia to provide access to transoceanic flights to destinations in Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline’s fleet currently consists of 10 narrow-body jets and 4 turboprop planes.

Zg. Brnik, 15.12.2014

Aerodrom Ljubljana achieves credit rating excellence with its classification in the highest credit rating category

 The ratings agency Bisnode has reported that Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. has achieved credit rating excellence with its classification in the highest rating category. The aforementioned agency has performed financial analysis in 19 European countries and issued certificates of credit rating excellence for a number of years. Only 2,521 or 1.6% of the 156,744 companies registered in Slovenia achieved credit rating excellence in 2014. Within its own general activity (service activities incidental to air transportation), Aerodrom Ljubljana is the only company in Slovenia to achieve standards worthy of the highest rating (AAA). This means that the company has fulfilled the criteria for credit rating excellence for the last three years.


Companies that achieve above-average excellence are characterised by superior creditworthiness, their perception as a secure partner and no account freezes in the last year. There is also little likelihood that such companies will be subject to bankruptcy, liquidation or composition, that they will be stricken from the business register or that they will have their accounts frozen for more than 90 days in the near future.


The status of credit rating excellence is thus reserved for companies with above-average crediting ratings. Companies that demonstrate credit rating excellence are reliable and credible, and pose all business partners (customers, buyers, suppliers, insurance companies, banks and others) a low level of risk in terms of cooperation.
 
Zg. Brnik, 6 January 2014

Airport terminal enlivened by the photography exhibition Fly’s Eye View

The atmosphere of the passenger terminal of the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is being enlivened these days by a collage of 30 photographs adorning the entrance and exit of the passenger hall.


The author and driving force behind the project is Nino Mihalek (Muha), an aircraft photographer and enthusiast who inspiringly captures everything aviation-related in his camera’s lens. This he does successfully and preferably from a bird’s eye view. Thus his nickname “Muha” (The Fly) is no coincidence. During his decade’s long study of Slovenia’s main airport, Nino has focused the renowned mastery of his art on aircraft photography, and thus created a rich record that details a major part of the recent history of aviation. This legacy surpasses documented imagery, and is seen in masterpieces and unconventional details that would remain hidden forever if not discovered through his lens.

 The aforementioned exhibition extends beyond the borders of the airport, and yet is inextricably linked to it. Although the airport is the essence of the exhibition, greater emphasis is placed on the “sideways” glances unveiled to visitors when they come to Slovenia. Natural beauty and motifs, which are far from postcard cliché and at first glance may seem mundane, reveal well-known corners of Slovenia in a unique way.


The author combines his own view with the views of two other photographers. While Nino’s view is from the air to the ground, the camera of Jure Mežnaršič captures ground-to-ground images. Mežnaršič’s camera is surrounded by air, as his photographs were taken from the straight and climbing paths of Slovenia’s exquisite mountains. These are not pictures taken on photographic journeys into the mountains, but in passing, as records of time spent in the mountains, as records of the joy of fellow climbers, romantic moments, danger in the mountains, difficult conditions for survival, and last but not least, as a tribute to those who first walked in the mountains of Slovenia. A view from the water and below its surface, contributed by Franc Goltez, represents the third dimension of the exhibition. A dimension that largely remains unknown to us and thus immediately captures the viewer’s attention. Who hides in the “dusty” deeps? An unusual view of Bled Castle. Mutual surprise at a chance meeting. And once again air; bubbles around aquatic plants as they make their way to the surface and beyond into the element that permeates the entire exhibition.


 

A collection of photographs, which at first glance may not appear to have a great deal in common, reveal to the viewer things that they have seen countless times; only this time they are presented from a different perspective, in different combinations. They are linked by the authors, who spent a great deal of their lives intertwined, each in his own way, with the idea of aviation, and who are known for their exploration of the world through the camera lens. The academic painter Gregor Nartnik (Nagi) has provided a hand-painted background for their work, setting the photographs among stylised mountains and clouds, between the real and the abstract. The nearly 100 meter-long hand-painted backdrop is certainly one of the largest works of its kind, both far and wide.

 Aerodrom Ljubljana’s aim as sponsor of the project was to draw the attention of travellers and visitors, and to enliven the atmosphere of the airport. The exhibition is one of numerous projects honouring and marking the airport’s 50th anniversary.
 
Zg. Brnik, 22 December 2014

 

 

 

Exhibition of dream images by painter Nataša Menart

The passenger terminal at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is hosting an exhibition of works by the Slovenian painter Nataša Menart. The protagonists, who live on the canvas without touching anything real, address the passengers and visitors – free and belonging to another world and another time. They live their own stories, dancing on the canvas and looking deep into the viewers’ eyes.

Nataša Menart learnt the art of painting and its techniques in the studio of the well-known Slovenian painter, Professor Savo Sovre. She is a surrealist painter and has held many exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. For Nataša painting is love, to which she belongs and with which she can express her feelings, thereby communicating with the world around her. She uses painting as a means of escape from this crazy world and as a way to create it anew. She lives and works in Ljubljana.

Exhibitions:
Agora Gallery, NEW YORK, US, 2006
Ricard Gallery, LYON, France, 2008
Art Galerija, LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, 2009
Galerija Fara, Škofja Loka, Slovenia, 2010
Icosahedron Gallery, NEW YORK, US, 2012
Wolfova 5, LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, 2013
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, NEW YORK, US, 2014
2nd Biennale of Palermo, PALERMO, Italy, 2015

More: www.natasamenart.com 

Zg. Brnik, 19 January 2015
 

Aerodrom Ljubljana with growth in traffic in 2014

Aerodrom Ljubljana's performance in 2014 was good. The growth in traffic was recorded. Total passenger numbers were up 1.3%, significant growth was also recorded in cargo tonnage, which was up 6.8% on figures for 2013. EBIT amounted to EUR 6,695 thousand, up 12.5% on the annual plan and up 9.2% on the figure realised in 2013. The net financial result in the reporting period was less favourable. As a result of the sale of financial assets under asset management contracts, finance income was up on 2013, while an impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika d.d. in the amount of EUR 2,736 thousand (this impairment was not forecast) meant that finance expenses were also up (at EUR 3,241 thousand).


In comparison with 2013 Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded positive trends in total passanger numbers and cargo tonnage. Total passenger numbers (1,338,619 passengers) were up 1.3% on figures for 2013, primarily due to a rise in the number of passengers using public transport (3.1%). A growth in the number of passengers using public transport was recorded by both domestic as well as foreign carriers. The total number of aircraft movements (31,405 aircraft movements) was 5.2% lower than in 2013. Significant growth was recorded in cargo tonnage, which was up 6.8% on figures for 2013 (at 18,983 tonnes).


Eight airlines provided scheduled flights from our airport in 2014 (nine in 2013), linking us up with 25 scheduled services (24 in 2013). The growth in passenger numbers in 2014 was mainly a result of the increased number of passengers using the domestic carrier, which expanded to two new destinations in 2014 (Prague and Warsaw). In addition to the domestic carrier, there was a significant rise in the number of Air Serbia and Turkish Airlines passengers at Ljubljana Airport. For both carriers, the number of flights from our airport rose appreciably in 2014. Passenger numbers were down 2.8% on those forecasts in the annual plan. This gap was largely due to the cessation of Iran Air flights (for refuelling) in the period between June and November, and the fact that, in the plan for 2014, we had already provided for an additional daily Air Serbia flight in the 2014 summer flight timetable, but this actually only took effect in December. In addition to this, the political situation in the Middle East during the summer months significantly reduced the number of Israeli passenger arrivals and flights made by Israeli carriers.


The company’s performance in 2014 was good. Operating revenues were up 2.5% (EUR 783 thousand) on the figure realised in 2013 at EUR 32,049 thousand, down 1% (EUR 335 thousand) on the annual plan. Operating expenses were up 0.9% (EUR 220 thousand) on the figure realised in 2013 at EUR 25,353 thousand, but were nevertheless down 4.1% (EUR 1,079 thousand) on the annual plan. EBIT amounted to EUR 6,695 thousand, up 12.5% (EUR 744 thousand) on the annual plan and up 9.2% (EUR 563 thousand) on the figure realised in 2013.


The net financial result in the reporting period was less favourable. As a result of the sale of financial assets under asset management contracts, finance income was up on 2013 (at EUR 1,525 thousand, up 20.5% on the figure realised in 2013 and also up 3.3% on the annual plan), while an impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika d.d. in the amount of EUR 2,736 thousand (this impairment was not forecast) meant that finance expenses were also up (at EUR 3,241 thousand).


Despite the good performance and the increase in finance income, the company failed to fully compensate for the negative impact of the impairment on its operating result: pre-tax profit in the reporting period amounted to EUR 4,979 thousand, while net profit amounted to EUR 3,594 thousand, down on the figure realised in 2013 and down on the annual plan.


Without the impairment of the investment in Adria Airways Tehnika d.d. the pre-tax profit would have amounted to EUR 7,715 thousand (up 27.2% on 2013 and up 9.3% on the annual plan), and the net profit to EUR 6,097 thousand (up 17.4% on 2013 and 1.2% on the annual plan).
  

More: Information on operational performance for 2014 

Zg. Brnik, 19 January 2015

Spreading the word about Slovenia around the globe

On 8 February we began a new book crossing project at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Two points in the passenger terminal were outfitted with racks where passengers will be able to find books about Slovenia and other Slovenian literature in Slovene and English. The purpose of the project is to spread the word around the globe about Slovenia as a beautiful country, and at the same time to encourage the habit of reading among passengers. The majority of books have an ID code by which their journey around the world can be tracked on the www.bookcrossing.com website.


We should mention the project will be upgraded further in the coming days. Some of the aforementioned books, which are sponsored by SPIRIT and Učila International, will be brought to the world by well-known figures in Slovenia. A book about Slovenia was also presented to the new US ambassador, His Excellency Brent R Hartley, and his wife Elizabeth H Dickinson on their arrival at the airport, to wish them a pleasant stay in Slovenia.


PHOTO: Dr Iztok Podbregar, member of Aerodrom Ljubljana’s management board (on the left), the new US ambassador Brent R Hartley (in the middle), and his wife Elizabeth H Dickinson (far right)


Zgornji Brnik, 11 February 2015

Entry of general meeting resolution to squeeze out minority shareholders in companies register

Yesterday (16 March), the January resolution of the Aerodrom Ljubljana general meeting to squeeze out the remaining 1,285 small shareholders from the company was entered in the companies register at Kranj District Court.

Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide from Frankfurt, the majority owner of Aerodrom Ljubljana, had previously owned 97.99% of all the shares but now, with the entry in the companies register, the remaining 76,357 AELG shares have been transferred to its ownership. The minority shareholders shall each receive EUR 61.75 per share, the same as that received by all the former Aerodrom Ljubljana shareholders.

Zg. Brnik, 17 March 2015
 

Complete refurbishment of Bar Avionček

Located in the arrivals hall in the passenger terminal, Bar Avionček recently underwent a complete refurbishment. It now boasts the latest fittings, a larger bar counter, a fascinating mural and a wider range of food and drink.

During the previous refurbishment, which coincided with the opening of the observation deck in 2007, minimal changes were made. This time, given the rising number of customers, it was decided to carry out a more thorough refurbishment. The main priority was to rebuild and expand the bar itself, building in chill cabinets. Thanks to these, in recent times there has been a significant expansion in the range of food and drink offered. A larger variety of sandwiches and traditional Slovenian desserts, all made daily, is now offered, and the range of beers has also been expanded.

The new mural, created by a young Slovene illustrator, features symbols of Slovenian culture. If you look carefully at this work of art, you will be able to discover references to the country’s greatest poets and writers: Cankar’s mother and coffee cup, Prešeren’s muse, the hero of Svetlana Makarovič’s story Kosovir on the flying spoon, Triglav with Aljaž Tower ...

Come to the new Bar Avionček, and enjoy a coffee, a glass of beer, a snack or a pastry.

Zg. Brnik, 24 March 2015

Architect Ciril Oblak and the Airport Art Collection Exibition

Exhibition about architect Ciril Oblak and a part of Aerodrom Ljubljana’s art collection was put on display in Prešeren Award Winners of Fine Arts Gallery in Kranj. Ciril Oblak was a Prešeren Award Winner for airport passenger terminal building in Brnik and for Gorenjska oblačila factory building. Presentation of the architect was combined with a selection of artworks from Aerodrom Ljubljana art collection.

The first exhibition from the new cycle of presentations of architects and designers who have won the Prešeren Prize or the Prešeren Fund Prize is dedicated to the architecture of the airport building in Brnik, which was designed by Ciril Oblak, the winner of a Prešeren Fund Prize in 1975, who is quite well-known in his local Gorenjska environment, and in particularly in Kranj. He was awarded the prize for his renovation and adaptation of the airport building in Brnik, and for the Gorenjska Oblačila clothes factory in collaboration with Fedja Klavora.

The heart of the exhibition is a selection of 33 works by Prešeren Prize winners from Aerodrom Ljubljana’s impressive art collection. The Aerodrom Ljubljana art collection represents an important view and insight into one part of modern art in Slovenia, and also into the artists of the region of Gorenjska where the airport is located. Many of the works in the Aerodrom Ljubljana collection are by Prešeren Prize winners.

Aerodrom Ljubljana is not just a facility devoted solely to its primary function of ensuring public mobility and providing transport routes, but also adds value by means of the exhibition of a substantial and representative selection of Slovenian art. Because we are the first point of contact with Slovenia for air passengers, and the last when they leave, this mission has even greater significance.

The exhibition of part of the Aerodrom Ljubljana art collection at the Prešeren Award-Winners’ Gallery alongside the celebration of Ciril Oblak will show off our collection in another light, creating new relationships and adding new value to the collection itself. It is also a tribute to its creators and an example of good cooperation with the local community. We should not interpret it as an exhibition of a certain point in the past, but rather as a bridge to the present. It gives us the opportunity to rethink and redefine the art collection in a slightly different time and environment. It also embodies Aerodrom Ljubljana’s commitment to supporting Slovenian art in the future.

Exhibition catalogue is available here.

The exhibiton Will be opened until Thursday, 30 April 2015. The gallery is open between 10 A. M. and 6 P. M. on weekdays and between 10 A. M. and 1 P. M. on Saturdays. The Gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays. 

Zg. Brnik, 25 March 2015

Direct from Ljubljana to 27 scheduled destinations in the summer timetable

The 2015 summer timetable enters into force on Sunday 29 March. Until 24 October 2015 passengers will be able to choose from among 160 scheduled flights a week direct to 27 European destinations. Swiss is launching a daily service to Zurich, while Adria Airways will fly to Stockholm and Berlin. Turkish Airlines is increasing its flying frequency: it will serve Istanbul ten times a week.

In the 2015 summer timetable Ljubljana will serve more destinations than last summer. Of the new scheduled airlines, Swiss International Airlines will be welcomed to Ljubljana this very Sunday, and will operate a daily flight to Zurich. The domestic airline is launching new services to Berlin, flying three times a week, and Stockholm, flying twice a week. Turkish Airlines is adding three extra weekly flights, and will now serve Istanbul ten times a week. Finnair is resuming its summer services from Ljubljana, and will serve Helsinki four times a week.

The other airlines are maintaining the same flight operations. Air Serbia will serve Belgrade ten times a week, while Air France is operating a daily service to Paris. The low-cost airlines easyJet and Wizz Air are maintaining the same number of flights to London. The latter is also retaining its flights to Brussels Charleroi at the same frequency. Montenegro Airlines will be flying to Podgorica five times a week from Ljubljana during the summer season.
This summer nine scheduled airlines are offering passengers more than 160 direct flights each week from Slovenia’s main airport to 27 different destinations.


 

Fly all over the world from Ljubljana at competitive prices

Slovenia’s main airport is attracting growing numbers of passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. From Ljubljana it is possible to fly at attractive and competitive prices not just around Europe, but also to intercontinental destinations via major European hubs. Every month brings new special offers for passengers flying from Ljubljana. Passengers can check for details of the offers at http://www.lju-airport.si/sl/mediji/4991. Examples of prices of flights from Ljubljana include Dubai for €343, Dar es Salaam for €456, Kathmandu for €476, Addis Ababa for €469, Bangkok for €518, Colombo for €519 and Nairobi for €528.


Timetable DEPARTURES
Timetable ARRIVALS
 

Zg. Brnik, 27 March 2015

Resolutions of the 21st general meeting of Aerodrom Ljubljana

The general meeting of Aerodrom Ljubljana, which is 100%-owned by Fraport AG of Germany, today decided to convert from a public limited company to a limited liability company. It also resolved to delist the company’s shares from the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.

Official approval was conferred on the Supervisory Board and the three-person Management Board for their work in the 2014 financial year.

Aerodrom Ljubljana will henceforth be run by a single managing director. Mr Zmago Skobir, who has been at the helm of the company since 2007, was appointed to the aforementioned position for a term of five years.
A Board of Investors was also appointed for a term of five years. It will consist of Pierre Dominique Prümm, Kai Peter Holger Zobel and Gudrun Telöken, all from Fraport.

The resolutions passed by the general meeting shall enter into force on the day that they are entered in the companies register.
 

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Zmago Skobir has held the position of president of the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.d. since July 2007. He is responsible for the traffic-technical division and commercial division, for the aero-engineering division, for legal affairs, for corporate communications and for procurement.
He joined the Management Board in 2002, first as a special advisor to the board, then a year later as the board member responsible for marketing strategy.
He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana, before passing his bar exam at Ljubljana Higher Court and taking his specialisation at the law faculty in Belgrade. He has a wealth of experience in aviation and tourism. He was commercial director at Adria Airways from 1984 to 1998, when he was responsible for launching the domestic airline’s first scheduled services and the establishment of partnership with airliner Lufthansa. During this period he set up and ran Adria GmbH-Frankfurt, and established the service linking Ljubljana with Frankfurt. The next step in his career was at the helm of Globtour. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the SPOT (Slovenian Power of Tourism) consortium, which he also headed, and was also a member of the tourism commission at the Ministry of the Economy and a member of the expert council at the Slovenian Tourist Board. Since 2006 he has been on the board of ACI Europe, which is a major player in shaping European aviation and transport policy.  

Zg. Brnik, 2. 4. 2015

Spreading Slovenian cultural and culinary heritage in Slovenia Month

Themed months are being launched at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. We are beginning over Easter with Slovenia Month, the purpose of which is to add to our airport services by promoting Slovenia and its cultural, culinary and natural heritage. Slovenia Month was formally launched by the artisans of Škofja Loka’s DUO Centre. On Friday more than 300 passengers were given a demonstration of arts and crafts, learning something of Slovenia’s long artisan tradition.

Awareness of the country’s cultural heritage was further raised by representatives of the Škofja Loka Passion Play, one of the country’s major tourist attractions, which is performed on the streets and squares of Škofja Loka every few years and is based on the oldest dramatic script in Slovene. Items from the passion play and artisan products will be on display on the first floor of the passenger terminal until the end of May.

In parallel with the display of artisan products, we also opened an exhibition of photographs of typical Slovenian dishes by the renowned photographer Tom Jeseničnik, creator and co-creator of more than 85 collections and 150 publications dealing with tourism and popular science. The exhibition features seven iconic Slovenian dishes: buckwheat rotolo, Idrija žlikrofi with bakalca, Kranj smoked sausage, Ljubljana-style tarragon pancakes, zgornjesavinjski želodec (a salami from the Upper Savinja Valley), prekmurska gibanica and walnut potica. Each dish represents one region of Slovenia. Some of the dishes will be served at airport restaurants and bars on a special deal throughout Slovenia Month, while airport shops will also give pride of place to Slovenian produce.

Zg. Brnik, 1 April 2015
 

Daily Swiss flights between Zürich and Ljubljana

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has been flying daily between Zürich and Ljubljana since 29 March, the beginning of the summer aviation timetable. Aerodrom Ljubljana expects the service to generate around 30,000 extra passengers every year.

With daily flights to Zürich, Swiss International Air Lines complements its range of scheduled services from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. From its hubs in Zürich, Basel and Geneva it operates services to 106 destinations in 49 countries worldwide. Since 29 March, Slovenian passengers have been better able to access its flight network.

Return tickets starting from EUR 99 are available to passengers travelling from Ljubljana to Zürich. Swiss’s 100-seat Avrojet RJ 100 (also known as the “Jumbolino”), departs during the summer on Mondays at 17:25, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 17:15, on Fridays and Sundays at 12:10 and on Saturdays at 16:10. A more detailed timetable is available here.


“The network of flights from Zürich is constantly expanding. The expansion focuses on central and eastern Europe, where we see great potential in tourism and business trips, particularly in the pharmaceutical, chemical and machinery industries. Switzerland is one of Slovenia's most important foreign investors, with Swiss’s flights between Ljubljana and Zürich providing a new developmental impetus,” added Bernhard Wodl, head of the Austrian and Central European Market at Swiss, at today’s press conference. “We are very proud of the new Ljubljana–Zürich–Ljubljana daily route, which is an important part of the history of Swiss International Air Lines.” He added that “22 new European services began operating during the summer season this year from the hub in Switzerland, which offers services to over 100 destinations worldwide.”

Mag. Janez Krašnja, Commercial Director at Aerodrom Ljubljana, welcomed the arrival of the new airline operating scheduled services with the following words: “Swiss represents an important complement to the range of scheduled flights from our airport, from which we anticipate around 30,000 additional passengers per year. The new scheduled service is of interest both to tourists and businesspeople alike. Passengers will use the service for end-flights to Switzerland and further flights to destinations within the Swiss network. We believe that the service to North America will attract special interest. The load factor during the first days of operation was solid. The aircraft were occasionally even fully occupied, underlining the marketability of the new service/route.”

Swiss International Air Lines is the successor to the former Swissair, which had previously been a long-standing and reliable partner for Aerodrom Ljubljana from 1989 to 2003. Swissair was the first foreign airline to resume its regular service to Slovenia and Brnik after Slovenia’s declaration of independence, unrest in the former Yugoslavia and the resulting closure of airspace. Swissair turned out to be the beacon for future positive developments, closely followed by other airlines.

For more details see Swiss’s interesting routes and prices for flights from Ljubljana : http://www.swiss.com/row/en/Offers/Index/LJU

During the 2015 summer timetable Brnik will serve more destinations than for 2014. Nine airlines offer more than 160 scheduled flights per week to 27 direct destinations. 
 

Zg. Brnik, 9. april 2015

Notice of the entry of the resolutions of the 21st general meeting in the companies register and request for the delisting of AELG shares

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o., hereby announces that, according to information from AJPES, the resolutions of the company’s 21st general meeting were entered in the companies register on 14 April 2015. The general meeting resolutions included a resolution on the delisting of the company’s shares from the stock exchange and a resolution converting the company from a public limited company to a limited liability company.

In light of the above, the senior management sent the Ljubljana Stock Exchange a request for the delisting of the company’s shares with the AELG ticker symbol from the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.
 

16 April 2015   

Flights to Berlin and Stockholm a welcome addition

Adria Airways began scheduled flights to Stockholm on Thursday, 23 April. Scheduled flights to Berlin began the following day. Adria will fly twice a week to Stockholm Arlanda and three times a week to Berlin Tegel. Both inaugural flights were accompanied at Ljubljana Airport by a symbolic cutting of the ribbon, mementos for the first passengers and a water salute from the airport's firefighting vehicles.

Adria's aircraft will fly to Stockholm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and to Berlin on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A more detailed timetable is available here.

Adria Airways CEO Mark Anžur offered the following comment on the new services: "For the moment bookings are very good, if we compare them to passenger numbers on other routes in the same period. We are satisfied, although it is a fact that every new route needs time to get going." Iztok Franko, Adria Airways marketing director added that "both new scheduled services represent a new milestone in raising Slovenia's profile and offer many opportunities to strengthen cooperation in all fields, particularly business, tourism and cultural activities. At the same time our range of scheduled services from Ljubljana to European capitals is growing even more diverse. We believe that the new services will be a success."

Aerodrom Ljubljana also welcomes the new services. Commercial director of Aerodrom Ljubljana Janez Krašnja gave the following statement: "Northern Germany and Scandinavia are interesting markets and we have noted for some time that there is a demand for direct flights to these regions. We therefore welcome these new services. We believe that passenger numbers on Adria's flights between Ljubljana and Stockholm and Berlin will be good. With these services Adria is enhancing its network of flights from Ljubljana and increasing our shared competitiveness."

 

With the 2015 summer timetable, Brnik is serving more destinations than it did last year. Each week, nine scheduled carriers operate more than 160 direct scheduled flights to 27 destinations.

Zg. Brnik, 29 April 2015

A training exercise for guide dogs and their owners

In May Aerodrom Ljubljana organised a training exercise for guide dogs and their owners at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport in cooperation with the CANIS association, whose core mission is the training of guide dogs for people with movement and sensory impairments. The guide dogs and their owners had the opportunity to acquaint themselves in detail with airport procedures and the problems they may face when travelling by aeroplane. Five participants applied for a test flight. They underwent security checks before making their way to the airport exit. A bus then took them towards a platform where they boarded an Adria Airways aircraft.

 

Access for disabled people with guide dogs and other assistance dogs to public places and means of transport in the European Union is regulated by the Equalisation of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act as well as numerous EU conventions. Slovenia has also passed the Animal Protection Act. Dogs travelling by aeroplane must be declared in advance, equipped with a belt strap designating them as guide dogs, and in possession of an appropriate passport and identification card.

Baron, a guide dog, photograph: P. Irman, 2013
 
The airport personnel responsible for passenger care ensure that all necessary arrangements for people with special needs are in place, offering them assistance from their arrival to the airport to the moment they board the plane, at which point the flight carrier's cabin crew assume responsibility. For more information on assistance for passengers with special needs, visit the Aerodrom Ljubljana website.

The dog is allowed to sit next to its owner throughout flight. In accordance with the Aeroplane Flight Manual, which has been harmonised with the relevant legislative requirements and confirmed by the Civil Aviation Agency of Slovenia, no more than one dog is allowed to board an aeroplane. Adria Airways makes every effort to meet its passengers' needs and requests to the greatest extent possible. It is for this reason that Adria Airways is currently in the process of reviewing its operational procedures and operational manuals. The possibility of allowing more than one dog in the cabin is one of the many issues under consideration.


Zgornji Brnik, 9 June 2015
 

Fun Airport Festival attracts 700 visitors

The last weekend in May saw us throw open our doors and invite visitors to take a peek behind the scenes at the airport.

The Fun Airport Festival – Family day was organised for staff on Saturday, with a rich variety of events attracting around 700 visitors. The youngsters set off on a journey with Pippi Longstocking, got to know the world through a series of creative workshops, hunted for hidden treasure, blew gigantic soap bubbles and had a whale of a time on the bouncy castle. There was a mini-Olympiad, organised by the Slovenian Olympic Committee and featuring Olympians Brigita Langerholc and Miroslav Cerar, with the most daring of the youngsters making like Peter Prevc and other titans of the slopes on a Mini Planica ski-jump. We also made paper aeroplanes with the help of model-makers from the Technical Culture Association of Slovenia.

Colleagues from Adria Airways gave presentations on the work of the pilots and cabin crew, police officers from the Brnik Airport Police Station outlined the work of the airport police, and members of the Slovenian Armed Forces gave a tour of military and mobile radar equipment. The airport’s own services outlined the work they do on airside control, as well as winter work and the equipment used to keep the runways free of snow, the tasks that have to be conducted at height, and baggage handling.

For the most inquisitive, there were guided tours of the hidden nooks and crannies dotted around the airport, while the real flying enthusiasts were given a chance to try a flight simulator in the general aviation hangar with members of the Flight Simulation Club of Slovenia, and to take a closer look at the aircraft and their various component parts. The events were given an extra boost by the work of the excellent entertainment staff provided by the ‘Simply Friends’ Institute and by an appearance from musician Alex Volasko and band.

Film of the day’s events can be viewed here.

The fun continued on Sunday with a guided tour for two groups of lucky winners, chosen from nearly 900 entrants to the ‘Take a Look Behind the Scenes at Brnik Airport’ competition organised on our Facebook page.
 

Zg. Brnik, 12 June 2015

Noticable growth in traffic for Aerodrom Ljubljana

Aerodrom Ljubljana records 7.6% growth in passenger numbers in the first five months of the year. The sharpest increase was in May, with passenger numbers up 19.6% on the same period last year. Polish airline LOT announces the introduction of a scheduled service to Warsaw.

In the first five months of this year the airport handled 476,984 passengers on scheduled and charter flights, 7.6% more than in the same period last year, and recorded 8,685 aircraft movements, or 1.5% fewer than in the same period last year. The fall in the number of aircraft movements is the result of a change in the type of aircraft used, in favour of larger (and heavier) aircraft, while passenger load factor has also improved.
The sharpest increase was in May, when 128,411 passengers passed through the airport. This figure represents an increase of 19.6% in comparison to May 2014. We expect the growth in traffic to continue over the summer.

Polish airline LOT arrives in spring 2016

With the 2015 summer timetable, valid until 24 October, Ljubljana Airport is connected to more destinations than last year. With more than 160 scheduled flights a week, passengers can fly directly to 27 destinations served by nine scheduled carriers.

Swiss International Air Lines has been operating daily flights to Zurich since March. In April flag carrier Adria Airways introduced new services to Berlin and Stockholm. Turkish Airlines has added three more flights to its existing seven and now flies to Istanbul ten times a week. Finnair has returned to Brnik for the summer season with four flights a week to Helsinki. Also worth mentioning is Montenegro Airlines, which has added a sixth weekly flight to Podgorica.

In spring 2016 the existing scheduled carriers will be joined by the Polish airline LOT, which today announced a service between Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and Warsaw.

Ten carriers will be operating summer charter flights to 23 tourist destinations. The Greek islands are still among the most popular holiday destinations, with the largest number of chartered flights operated by Slovenia's own Adria Airways.

Zg. Brnik, 24 June2015

Conserving the environment for future generations

Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o., takes a holistic approach to sustainable development through numerous measures. At the end of May the national certification body SIQ awarded us ISO 14001:2004 certification for our environmental management system. This is a recognition awarded to companies throughout the world on the basis of their fulfilment of international standards, the main aim of which is to protect and conserve the environment for future generations. These standards cover the fulfilment of legal requirements, efficient use of resources and the prevention of environmental pollution. Obtaining this certification is proof that Aerodrom Ljubljana has an adequately maintained and documented environmental management system, is aware of its responsibilities towards the environment, local communities, employees and other sections of the public, manages its environmental impacts and works constantly to reduce them, and meets all the requirements of environmental legislation.

Simultaneously with the ISO 14001:2004 certification process we underwent assessment for ISO 9001:2008 certification. This certification, which we first obtained in 2013 and which confirms the high level of our services, our focus on continual improvement and the effectiveness of our operations, has now been successfully renewed.

In 2013, with the aim of managing our environmental impact as effectively as possible, we calculated our carbon footprint for the first time and successfully completed the certification process for Airport Carbon Accreditation, part of the wider initiative to reduce carbon emissions in aviation promoted by airport operators' association ACI Europe. In terms of individual sources of emissions, we found that the biggest impacts on our carbon footprint are from electricity consumption (61.6%), heating (19.4%), transport to work (9.4%) and the company vehicle fleet (9.3%). At the other end of the scale are work-related travel (0.3%) and generators (0.1%). In 2015 the company aims to progress to the next level, which means a perceptible reduction in carbon dioxide emissions generated. Aerodrom Ljubljana's environmental policy aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and defines the transition to a low carbon society as one of its strategic environmental goals.

Aerodrom Ljubljana has stepped up its efforts to steadily reduce the harmful impacts of its operations and activities on the environment by implementing office greening measures. These have brought Aerodrom Ljubljana a European Green Office Certificate for the third year in a row. We also contribute to conservation of the environment by encouraging our employees to take part in annual clean-up campaigns.
 

Zg. Brnik, 30. 6. 2015

 

Outstanding sport achievements of Aerodrom Ljubljana's employees

Alenka Pavc, who works in the passenger handling department at Aerodrom Ljubljana, has completed the UPT (Ultra Pušeljc Trail), an Alpine ultramarathon of more than 100 kilometres with 6,841 metres of climb and 6,889 metres of descent, in a time of 18 hours, 19 minutes and 37 seconds!  Not only did she complete it, she came third of all the women who successfully faced this incredibly tough test. We are very proud of the "ultra" endurance of our colleague, and join Aerodrom Ljubljana's managing director Zmago Skobir in congratulating her on her great success.

Aerodrom Ljubljana, the bronze sponsor of this year's Franja Marathon, the biggest and most popular cycling event in Slovenia, is also proud of all 14 employees who took part in this tough competition. Twelve of them completed the Little Marathon (97 kilometres), while two completed the full distance of 156 kilometres.

Aerodrom employees are already in training for their next challenges. We are hoping for more success at the Ljubljana Marathon in the autumn, for which there is already a great deal of interest within the company.
 

Zg. Brnik, 30. 6. 2015

Gallery Temple of Laureates: exhibition of Prešeren Award winners art works

At its 20th anniversary Prešeren Award Winners of Fine Arts Gallery Kranj prepared a resounding event consisting of various art shows in Kranj and its surroundings. The central event is an exhibition in Prešeren Award Winners of Fine Arts Gallery Kranj, joined by other institutions, keeping art collections of Prešeren Award and Prešeren Fund Laureates: The Museum of Gorenjska, Zavarovalnica Triglav, Elektro Gorenjska, Gorenjska Banka and Aerodrom Ljubljana. Exhibits will be on display from June to November 2015.

Art Collection of Aerodrom Ljubljana brings an important overview and presentation of three art pillars: the Slovenian modern art, the fine artists of the Gorenjska region, where also the airport is situated, and the works of 32 Prešeren Award Winners.

The latter are the most exquisite, rounded and recognisable part of airport's collection. Hence, it is no coincidence that Prešeren Award Winners of Fine Arts Gallery Kranj has recently invited us to join their exhibition. At the recent gallery presentation of Ciril Oblak, the architect who designed the old airport passenger building, there was also a part of Aerodrom Ljubljana Art Collection, created by Prešeren Award Winners, put on display. Thus, the collection was presented in different environment establishing fresh relations and gaining new significance. For Aerodrom this exibition was an ideal opportunity to rethink and redefine its art collection. Our cooperation was spontaneously advanced by joining the project celebrating the Gallery’s 20th Anniversary entitled the Gallery Temple of Laurates. Here we present a selection of works which are on view in airport's VIP lounge.
 

Drago Tršar: Taurus, 1954, bronze, 21 x 31 x 16 cm (from the art collection of Aerodrom Ljubljana). Photo by Marko Tušek.

Zg. Brnik, 7 July 2015

Aerodrom Ljubljana reduces its carbon footprint

Aerodrom Ljubljana continues its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its activities by implementing measures aimed at reducing its carbon footprint, for which it was awarded the Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation a few days ago.

Since 2013, Aerodrom Ljubljana has endeavoured to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into the environment and become a carbon-neutral airline. Two years ago, it successfully measured its carbon footprint for the first time and was awarded Level 1 Airport Carbon Accreditation. When measuring its CO2 footprint in 2012, the biggest contributors were found to be electricity consumption (61.6%), heating (19.4%), commuting (9.4%) and the company's vehicle fleet (9.3%), whereas work-related travel (0.3%) and generators (0.1%) featured at the other end of the scale. Through various small-scale measures carried out in 2013, Aerodrom Ljubljana succeeded in reducing its carbon footprint by 6 tonnes (approx. 1%), meaning it was able to renew its Level 1 ACA. By significantly reducing its CO2 emissions, most notably through the gasification of its heating system in December 2013, Aerodrom Ljubljana was awarded a Level 2 ACA this year (where Level 2 stands for a reduction). In 2014, it had reduced its absolute carbon footprint value by 488 tonnes, down nearly 11% from 2012 figures. In the heating segment, this reduction was 44%. In the same period, the relative carbon footprint value (taking account of the number of passengers) fell from 3.8 kg to 3 kg of CO2 produced per passenger. The 2014 carbon footprint measurements reveal that in terms of individual sources of emissions, the biggest contributors are again electricity consumption (66.9%), heating (11.6%), commuting (11%) and the company's vehicle fleet (10.1%). Work-related travel (0.3%) and generators (0.1%) feature at the other end of the scale. Aerodrom Ljubljana's environmental policy aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and defines the transition to a low carbon society as one of its strategic environmental goals.
 

 

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Launched in 2009, Airport Carbon Accreditation is the only institutionally recognised carbon management standard specifically tailored to the airport business. In its most recent annual results announced last month, 125 airports from over 40 countries worldwide gained certification by the programme last year, achieving a collective reduction of 212,460 tonnes of CO2. The Airport Carbon Accreditation programme recognises carbon management at four levels. For Level 1, a company is required to measure its carbon footprint. For Level 2, the company is required to prove it has reduced its footprint. For Level 3, the company is required to encourage its partners (eg. ground handlers, airlines, etc) to reduce their footprints as well. Level 4 stands for carbon-neutral status - it has been achieved by 20 airports so far.


For more details on the efforts made and measures put in place by Aerodrom Ljubljana to reduce its impact on the environment, please visit: http://www.lju-airport.si/en/company/environment/

To view the recently released Annual Report for Airport Carbon Accreditation, visit www.airportCO2.org  

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Brnik, 3 August 2015

Ljubljana Airport serves its millionth passenger of the year

Aerodrom Ljubljana served 997,516 passengers in the first eight months of the year, of whom 978,070 were public transport passengers, up 11% on the same period last year. The millionth passenger of the year flew out of Brnik on 2 September 2015.

Ljubljana Airport served 978,070 passengers in public transport in the first eight months of the year, up 11% on the same period last year, and served 997,516 passengers in total. The number of aircraft movements in public transport in the first eight months of the year was up 2% on the same period of 2014. Cargo tonnage was approximately the same level as last year.

The title of millionth passenger on Wednesday went to Mr Mihael Štefančič, a frequent flyer from the airport, who departed Brnik this morning for Warsaw. In a nice surprise, Aerodrom Ljubljana and the municipality of Kamnik’s Institute of Tourism and Sport marked the occasion with a small ceremony and a symbolic gift. Meanwhile there was a chance for our other passengers to enjoy themselves and to learn something of Slovenia’s cultural heritage from a local folklore group from Kamnik, and a dairy farmer from Velika Planina, who offered some delicious local specialities for tasting.

Last year the millionth passenger was served a little later, on 25 September. In 2008, when the airport saw record high passenger numbers, the millionth passenger travelled through the airport on 4 August. On that day seven years ago we served a record 8,251 passengers. This year’s record day in terms of passenger numbers was Sunday, 23 August, when 6,960 passengers were served.

The growth in traffic is the result of new and upgraded routes, and the resulting more competitive services. Swiss International Air Lines introduced daily flights to Zurich in March. Slovenia’s Adria Airways has been serving Berlin and Stockholm from Ljubljana since April. Turkish Airlines has added three more flights to its previous seven and now flies to Istanbul ten times a week. Finnair has returned to Brnik for the summer season with four flights a week to Helsinki. Also worth mentioning is Montenegro Airlines, which has added a sixth weekly flight to its Podgorica summer service. In spring 2016 the existing scheduled airlines will be joined by the Polish airline LOT, with a service to Warsaw. The airlines are continuing to make increasing use of larger (and heavier) aircraft, and load factors are also improving.

Passengers can fly to 27 destinations on more than 160 scheduled weekly flights with nine airlines in the summer timetable. The most popular destinations remain Frankfurt, Zurich, Istanbul and London. A further 23 holiday destinations are served by charter flights in the summer timetable. A total of 106.798 passengers have been served by charter flights this year. The numbers are comparable to last year, albeit slightly less than forecast, owing to the cancellation of flights to Tunisia because of the tense political situation.

 

This summer also saw the renovation of part of the airport apron. The asphalt carriageway built in 1975 was replaced on 13 July by a new concrete surface covering an area of 780 m2. The ground signalling system was also upgraded when the surface was renovated.

Zg. Brnik, 2 September 2015

Check out the new food service at the airport

In July the passenger terminal welcomed a new food establishment that is owned and managed by the company casualfood. Its success story began in 2005 with a mobile chart at the international airport in Frankfurt. Today it provides food and drinks at more than 30 locations (airports, train stations and motorways), employing more than 600 people and an annually generated turnover of EUR 30 million.

In its 10th years of operations it has expanded services beyond the German borders. Its first food service unit abroad was set up here in Slovenia. Passengers at Ljubljana airport could see for themselves just how tasty their products are at a bicycle in front of the passenger terminal and at the mobile charts Hermann’s and Mondo on the first floor of the passenger terminal (non-Schengen and Schengen sections). They offer hungry travellers pizzas, Frankfurter sausages, a wide selection of sandwiches, sweet treats and all different kinds of coffee specialities and soft drinks. At all locations, seven days a week, you can also enjoy food and drinks from local producers. One outstanding speciality on offer is the "kranjska klobasa".

A warm welcome awaits you at all three establishments, along with tasty and freshly prepared meal!

Zg. Brnik, 7 September 2015
 

Presenting culinary and cultural tradition of Kamnik

Last week, together with a folklore group from Kamnik, a dairy farmer from Velika Planina named Peter Erjavšek, and representatives of the municipality of Kamnik’s Institute of Tourism and Sport, an event was held at Ljubljana Airport to show passengers something of the cultural, culinary and natural attractions of Slovenia, or more precisely, of Kamnik and its surroundings.

In the departure lounge in the passenger terminal the Kamnik folklore group prepared a nice surprise for this year’s millionth passenger, while Mr Franci Kramar, the acting director of the Institute of Tourism and Sport, gave him a symbolic gift of some Trnič, a cheese made in Velika Planina for centuries. A tasting of local and national delicacies was later held for other passengers. Both the kajžerice, a local mustard-dressed speciality from Kamnik, and the potica were hugely enjoyed by passengers waiting for their flights in the mid-morning. Mr Erjavšek was happy to provide recipes for Kamnik specialities made with Trnič and information about life on Velika Planina for those showing the greatest interest. The Kamnik folklore group presented some entertaining dances, and issued invitations to the 45th Days of National Costume and Clothing Heritage festival to be held in Kamnik next weekend.

The presentation of Kamnik and its surroundings is just one of a number of events held this year for the promotion of Slovenia with passengers. In February a book exchange corner was organised in the passenger terminal, and the airport hosted Ptuj’s famous kurenti. April was Slovenia month, which featured Slovenia’s cultural and culinary heritage. Passengers were given the chance to learn how certain artisan craft products are made, and to try some Slovenian delicacies. There was an exhibition of a series of photographs of traditional Slovenian dishes by Tomo Jeseničnik, and passengers were invited to a performance of the Škofja Loka Passion Play, based on the oldest dramatic script in Slovene. We remain committed to showing something of Slovenia’s cultural and culinary heritage to passengers in the future.

Zgornji Brnik, 8 September 2015
 

Employees of Aerodrom Ljubljana again race for charity

The Runway Run 3.0 charity fun race was held at the beginning of the month at Budapest Airport. More than 920 people from airlines, airports and other aviation organisations took part in this international sporting spectacle. This year Aerodrom Ljubljana’s colours were worn by Robert Rauch, Damjan Kepic, Nina Struna, Damjana Praprotnik and Boris Možek, who together with the other racers competed for eight prestigious titles and laurels.

At the end of the 10 km fun race the title of fastest airline in the world went to Swiss, whose team crossed the finish line in a time of 31 minutes. Other airlines taking part in the race included Wizz Air, Air Canada Jazz, Aeroflot, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Qatar Airways, SkyWest Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Finnair, Ethiopian Airlines, Monarch Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Emirates and last year’s winner Aer Lingus. The title of fastest CEO went to Andreas Wobig from Small Planet Airlines. Of the airports, the best performance went to Poland’s Wroclaw. The title of fastest aviation enterprise, for which a range of firms involved in passenger transport were competing (including the sponsors, Airbus), was won by Gebr. Heinemann.

All the competitors received a Bron’s Medal, named after Brontë “Bron” Hogan, the 12-year old daughter of Paul Hogan, editor of www.anna.aero, who in 2011 lost her fight against leukaemia after five years of struggle. The proceeds from the registration fees again went to charity this year. The beneficiaries chosen by the organisers on this occasion were Suhanj!, a Hungarian charity, and Anthony Nolan, a trust that works to provide bone marrow for leukaemia sufferers.
 

Aerodrom Ljubljana will have 46 members of staff running again in October, when they will take part in the Volkswagen 20th Ljubljana Marathon.
 

Zg. Brnik, 18. 9. 2015

Direct to 21 destinations from Ljubljana in the winter timetable

The 2015/16 winter timetable enters into force on Sunday. Until 26 March 2016 passengers will be able to choose from among more than180 scheduled flights a week direct to 21 destinations in 20 countries. In March 2016 LOT Polish Airlines launches five flights a week service to Warsaw.

In the 2015/16 winter timetable Ljubljana Airport will serve more destinations than last winter. The domestic airline will retain its new service from the summer timetable to Berlin three times a week. Domestic airline will fly to 18 direct destinations from Ljubljana (Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Munich, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Moscow, Podgorica, Tirana, Berlin, Zürich, Vienna and Warsaw).

Foreign scheduled airlines are retaining the same destinations this winter. Passengers can travel from Ljubljana to Belgrade with Air Serbia twelve times a week, to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines every day of the week, and to Paris with Air France six times a week. The low-cost airlines easyJet and Wizz Air will be both flying to London during the winter season as well. The first every day to Stansted and the latter five times a week to Luton. Wizz Air is also retaining its flights to Brussels Charleroi three times a week. Montenegro Airlines will be flying to Podgorica six times a week and Swiss International Lines four times a week to Zürich.

Towards the end of the winter season, more precisely on 1 March, the Polish Airline LOT will begin its service to Warsaw, where they will be flying five times a week.

This winter eight scheduled airlines are offering passengers more than 180 scheduled flights each week from Slovenia’s main airport direct to 21 different destinations in 20 countries. The number of charter flights will be comparable to last winter. The most common winter charter destinations remain Egypt and Turkey, which are served by Adria Airways in conjunction with tour operators. 

DEPARTURES WINTER 2015/2016

ARRIVALS WINTER 2015/2016 

Noticeable growth in traffic

Slovenia’s main airport is attracting growing numbers of passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. Passengers can also fly from Ljubljana at competitive prices to long haul-destinations via major European hubs. The details of the offers can be checked at http://www.lju-airport.si/en/press/4992.

In the first nine months of 2015 Ljubljana airport recorded 1,135,578 passengers, on scheduled and charter flights which is 10.8% up on the same period last year. Growth in the number of passengers is higher than at other competitive airports in the region. Ljubljana Airport is followed by Zagreb with 6.7%, Graz with 5.7%, Venice with 1.7% and Klagenfurt with 1.5% more passengers and Trieste with 0.5% less passengers than in the same period last year.

Zg. Brnik, 23 October 2015

Agreement signed on the sale of 100 % equity stake in Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d.

Slovenian Sovereign Holding (hereinafter referred to as: SSH) and Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o., today concluded agreement for the sale and purchase of the shares (hereinafter referred to as: SPA) of Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. Buyer of the shares is Linetech Holding, S.A. from Poland. Sellers expect to receive the total consideration and complete the transfer of the shares to the buyer by 25 November 2015 at the latest.

Linetech Holding, S.A. has been selected as the buyer on the basis of the competitive sales process after submitting the best offer for 100 % equity stake of Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. The buyer also entered into an agreement on the transfer and submission of loan agreements that SSH and Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o. had granted to Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. in 2012.

The sales process of 100 % shares of Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. will thus be successfully completed after the payment of the total consideration and the transfer of the shares. With a view of maximizing the total consideration, SSH and Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o. conducted a competitive and transparent two-stage sales process. At the same time, they sought to ensure that Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. be procured an owner which will support its growth and further development, as well as maintain its key functions in Slovenia. 

Zmago Skobir, managing director of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o. expressed his satisfaction upon signing of the transaction documentation: »Aerodrom Ljubljana invested into Adria Airways Tehnika with clear objectives - to retain the maintenance and repair activities at Ljubljana Airport and to ensure a bolder future development of Adria Airways Tehnika. In the bidding process a recognized international provider was selected. We firmly believe that Adria Airways Tehnika, among users and experts known mostly for high professionalism of its employees, will be enriched by the new ownership. We are handing over the company with a solid base and high potential provided by the strategic location of Ljubljana Airport.«

Marko Jazbec, president of the management board of SSH upon entering into SPA said: »We are immensely pleased with the outcome of the sale process of Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. We believe that company will obtain a new owner which will support its growth, further development and maintain good relations with all stakeholders of the company.«

Piotr Kaczor, president of the management board of Linetech Holding, S.A. said: “We are proud to announce our acquisition of Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. Subsequently, we aim to grow and develop Adria Airways Tehnika, d.d. by investing in people, new technologies and equipment. Thanks to this merger our field of capabilities will become wider, enhancing support opportunities for the most popular aircraft types of: Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer and ATR. Linetech Holding S.A. intends to increase employment and expand training programs for new personnel. The group will have in total 6 heavy maintenance hangars which will allow us to concurrently service 13 different aircraft of code C classification making Linetech Holding S.A. one of the leading MRO companies in Europe.«
 

Ljubljana, 24. 11. 2015

Increase in traffic a feature of 2015

The year now ending will be remembered at Aerodrom Ljubljana in particular for integration into the Fraport Group, and for a sharp increase in passenger numbers. By the end of the year passenger numbers are forecast to be up 10.3% on 2014.

A major feature of the year now ending was the change in ownership. In the early months of the year a new owner, Fraport AG of Germany, obtained a 100% holding in Aerodrom Ljubljana, and on the final day of March the company was converted from a public limited company into a limited liability company. Its shares were withdrawn from the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, and the company has since been headed by a general manager, the former president of the management board, Mr Zmago Skobir. A great deal was subsequently done in the area of integration into the Fraport Group. Financial reporting, planning and analysis were adapted as part of this process. Certain costs were optimised, and certain work processes were modified.

We were pleased to record a sharp increase in passenger traffic throughout the year. The millionth passenger was welcomed to the airport on 2 September, approximately three weeks earlier than in 2014. To date passenger numbers in public transport are up 10.3% on last year at 1,433,888, while the number of aircraft movements in public transport is up 3.8% at 23,131. Total cargo tonnage is comparable to last year (18,491 tonnes, down 0.2% on last year), while air cargo tonnage is up 2.7% at 10,054 tonnes. Passenger numbers in 2015 are estimated to be up 10.3% on last year, although the final figure will be known in early January.

The increase in traffic is the result of new and upgraded routes, and the resulting more competitive services, which are allowing passengers to choose Ljubljana Airport more frequently for travelling directly to nearby destinations, and to more remote destinations via major European hubs. Swiss International Air Lines launched daily flights to Zurich in March, but unfortunately will withdraw the route in the new year. The domestic airline Adria Airways began flying to Berlin and Stockholm in April, while Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia increased their number of flights to Istanbul and Belgrade respectively. In general airlines have made increasing use of larger (and heavier) aircraft, and load factors have also improved. To date the domestic airline’s passenger numbers are up 5% on last year, while the foreign airlines’ passenger numbers are up 22.2%. Traffic is growing faster at Ljubljana Airport than at competitors in the region. Passenger numbers over the first eight months of the year were up 10.8% at Ljubljana, compared with 6.7% at Zagreb, 5.7% at Graz, 1.7% at Venice and 1.5% at Klagenfurt, and a fall of 0.5% at Trieste.

Other notable achievements of the year now ending include the sale of the participating interest in Adria Airways Tehnika and the work done to reduce harmful impact on the environment. This work was confirmed with Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2 certification and ISO 14001:2014 certification.

Integration into the group will continue in the future. Moderate growth in traffic is forecast. Two new scheduled airlines are coming to Ljubljana Airport. LOT Polish Airlines will operate five flights a week to Warsaw from 1 March, while Greece’s Aegean Airlines will serve Athens twice a week from June.

If the focus this year has been inward, on internal projects and changes, next year the focus will once again be on a series of project that will be outwardly evident. The main objective for 2016 is to improve the passenger experience. In this connection we will begin the refurbishment of the passenger terminal next year. It will be undertaken in phases and will be completed by 2018. The project to move the road running alongside the airport, thereby improving access to the airport and allowing the development of a commercial and logistics complex on the north side of the airport.

Before the holidays we would like to thank all of you who shared last year with us. We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. Let 2016 evolve as you like!

Brnik, 29. 12. 20154

Collection of funds for the education of socially disadvantaged children

We have started the new year in the spirit of charity, through a joint event organised by the Zgornji Brnik and Ljubljana Grad Rotary Clubs and Aerodrom Ljubljana. To mark the occasion, a check for €6,200 was presented to the Ljubljana Moste-Polje chapter of the Friends of Youth Association. The funds will be allocated to socially disadvantaged children to cover the costs of school supplies and extracurricular activities.

In 2013 the Zgornji Brnik and Ljubljana Grad Rotary Clubs initiated the project “Z znanjem v svet” (Into the World with Knowledge) and, in cooperation with Aerodrom Ljubljana, set up four collection points at the Ljubljana airport where travellers and visitors could donate funds for the education of children from socially disadvantaged families.

In recent days, rotary club members retrieved those funds from the collection points, where many coins and banknotes in 71 different currencies accumulated over two years. The money was carefully counted, and totalled €4,800. That amount, enhanced by €400 collected from an auction of interesting banknotes plus an additional €1,000 donated by Aerodrom Ljubljana, was presented to the Ljubljana Moste-Polje chapter of the Friends of Youth Association at yesterday’s rotary club event, which was also attended by the honorary guest Brent R. Hartley, United States Ambassador to Slovenia. Thus more than €6,000 was collected and earmarked for schools supplies and extracurricular activities for socially disadvantaged children.

During yesterday’s event held in the non-Schengen section of the airport, a satisfied Zmago Skobir, Managing Director of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d. o. o., expressed his hope that the project would continue and be further enhanced. He added that, despite previous efforts, we should not be satisfied. ”It is our responsibility to strive continuously to reduce the number of socially disadvantaged children so that such collections will no longer be necessary.” He thanked both rotary clubs for initiating and carrying out the project.

We ask travellers and visitors to the airport to make a contribution to the collection points set up at different locations through the passenger terminal, and thus help children from socially disadvantaged families get the education they need and make their future brighter. The collection points will be emptied again after one year.

Brnik, 13. Januar 2016
 

10th anniversary of Turkish Airlines flights to Istanbul

It has been 10 years since Turkish Airlines began offering flights from Ljubljana Airport to Istanbul. The connection between the Slovenian and Turkish cities was established on 16 January 2006. In the ten years that followed, nearly half a million travellers have travelled through Ljubljana Airport with Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines ranks as one of the most important partners for Aerodrom Ljubljana. The entry of Turkish Airlines into the Slovenian market radically increased the scope for travel from Ljubljana Airport to the Balkans, the Middle and Far East and to Africa. Their network of flights is continuously developing and expanding, and more recently, alongside the above destinations they have been offering very attractive services to the USA.

From 16 January 2006 to the present day, nearly half a million travellers have travelled through Ljubljana Airport with Turkish Airlines. Their winter timetable 2015/2016 offers a daily service to Istanbul with Airbus 319 or 320 aircraft. In the summer timetable, which begins on 27 March 2016, the number of flights will increase to 14 per week, i.e. twice a day.

Via their main hub of Istanbul Atatürk Airport you can continue your journey to numerous world destinations. Access to an even wider network of flights is made possible by membership in the carrier association Star Alliance. Demand for Turkish Airlines flights is high among travellers seeking to fly between Ljubljana and Istanbul, as well as among those with travelling on to more distant destinations. Estimates indicate that such travellers make up more than half of the passengers using this service.

Zmago Skobir, managing director of Aerodrom Ljubljana, marked this milestone with the following words: “This ten-year period clearly shows that Turkish Airlines is a solid and extremely important partner for Aerodrom Ljubljana. Turkish Airlines is not just important to us in terms of the number of passengers, which is constantly growing, but because they offer, via Istanbul Atatürk Airport, competitive business and tourist connections to Asia and Africa, while their flights towards the west are becoming increasingly attractive. Through their quality, ever improving flight network and price competitiveness, Turkish Airlines is contributing significantly to the competitiveness of Ljubljana Airport relative to surrounding airports. For this reason on this 10th anniversary we congratulate them, thank them and look forward to continuing successful cooperation!”

To find out about special offer low-priced Turkish Airlines flights from Ljubljana, click the following links http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-si/ in http://www.lju-airport.si/en/press/4992

Brnik, 18 January 2016
 

Increase in traffic a feature of 2015

A major feature of the year 2015 was the change in ownership. In the early months of the year a new owner, Fraport AG of Germany, obtained a 100% holding in Aerodrom Ljubljana, and on the final day of March the company was converted from a public limited company into a limited liability company. Its shares were withdrawn from the Ljubljana Stock Exchange, and the company has since been headed by a general manager, the former president of the management board, Mr Zmago Skobir. A great deal was subsequently done in the area of integration into the Fraport Group. Financial reporting, planning and analysis were adapted as part of this process. Certain costs were optimised, and certain work processes were modified.

We were pleased to record a sharp increase in passenger traffic throughout the year. The millionth passenger was welcomed to the airport on 2 September, approximately three weeks earlier than in 2014. Passenger numbers in public transport were up 10% on 2014 at 1,438,304, while the number of aircraft movements in public transport was up 3.8% at 23,212 (number of total aircraft movements was up 4,7% at 32.893). Total cargo tonnage was comparable to 2014 (18,570 tonnes, down 0.2% on last year), while air cargo tonnage was up 3% at 10,115 tonnes.

The increase in traffic is the result of new and upgraded routes, and the resulting more competitive services, which are allowing passengers to choose Ljubljana Airport more frequently for travelling directly to nearby destinations, and to more remote destinations via major European hubs. Swiss International Air Lines launched daily flights to Zurich in March, but unfortunately withdrawed the route in the new year. The domestic airline Adria Airways began flying to Berlin and Stockholm in April, while Turkish Airlines and Air Serbia increased their number of flights to Istanbul and Belgrade respectively. In general airlines have made increasing use of larger (and heavier) aircraft, and load factors have also improved. The domestic airline’s passenger numbers were up 4,9% on 2014, while the foreign airlines’ passenger numbers were up 21,6%. Traffic was growing faster at Ljubljana Airport than at competitors in the region. It is followed by Graz with 7,4%, 6,5% at Zagreb, 3% at Venice (period 1-11/2015 and 2014) and 1.2% at Klagenfurt, and a fall of 0.5% at Trieste (period 1-11/2015 and 2014) (according to anna.aero). 
 

Other notable achievements of the year 2015 include the sale of the participating interest in Adria Airways Tehnika and the work done to reduce harmful impact on the environment. This work was confirmed with Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2 certification and ISO 14001:2014 certification.

Integration into the group will continue in the future. Moderate growth in traffic is forecast. Two new scheduled airlines are coming to Ljubljana Airport. LOT Polish Airlines will operate five flights a week to Warsaw from 1 March, while Greece’s Aegean Airlines will serve Athens twice a week from June. 

If the focus this year has been inward, on internal projects and changes, next year the focus will once again be on a series of project that will be outwardly evident. The main objective for 2016 is to improve the passenger experience. In this connection we will begin the refurbishment of the passenger terminal next year. It will be undertaken in phases and will be completed by 2018. We will also commence the project of moving the road running alongside the airport, thereby improving access to the airport and allowing the development of a commercial and logistics complex on the north side of the airport.

Zg. Brnik, 21. 1. 2016

Sale and Purchase Agreement for 91.58% Shareholding in Adria Airways Signed

Following successful negotiations, on behalf of the Republic of Slovenia and on their own behalf, Slovenian Sovereign Holding, together with Bad Asset Management Company, signed a Share Purchase and Sale Agreement for 91.58 % shareholding in Adria Airways. The Contract includes a capital increase by the Republic of Slovenia in the amount of EUR 3.1 million and a capital increase by the buyer, 4K Invest, in the amount of EUR 1 million, and a purchase price for SSH, RS and BAMC in the amount of EUR 100,000.00 EUR. 4K Invest, one of the leading turnaround specialist in Europe, in addition to the paying-up of capital, will provide for the viability and the development of the Slovenian national airliner, and enable other long-term positive impacts.

More: http://www.sdh.si/en-us/Novica/1172

 


 

Aerodrom Ljubljana and Fraport AG congratulate 4K Invest on becoming the new majority shareholder of Adria Airways, our major business partner and home base carrier at Ljubljana Airport. We look forward to continuing our strategic cooperation built on a longstanding and successful relationship since the founding of both companies in the sixties.
 

Zg. Brnik, 21. 1. 2016

Short stay parking in front of the terminal

With the aim to improve safety and regulate short stay car parking directly in front of the passenger terminal building, the traffic lane in this area has been closed with a barrier. The designated area can be used with a parking ticket.        

The parking areas in front of the terminal are intended solely for short stays, mostly for meeting and dropping passengers and delivering goods. Parking or pick-up/drop-off is free of charge first five minutes. Please find the short-stay pricelist in attachment. The parking fee can be paid at the automatic machine located directly in front of the terminal building.

For longer stays we recommend that you use the open air car park closest to the terminal, or the multi-storey car park.

Zg. Brnik, 27. 1. 2016

LOT from Ljubljana to Warsaw

On March the first Ljubljana Airport will welcome a new carrier, LOT Polish Airlines that will connect Ljubljana and Warsaw with up to six weekly flights. Through its hub in the Polish capital, passengers will be able to take advantage of LOT's onward flights to numerous destinations in Europe, North America and Asia. To present the new route, LOT Polish Airlines and Aerodrom Ljubljana held a press conference on Wednesday 10 February.

Starting from the beginning of March LOT will be operating as much as 6 flights weekly from Ljubljana to Warsaw. With frequent flights and a convenient schedule the Polish national airline will enable passengers traveling form Ljubljana access to the worldwide network, including all major European destinations as well as Beijing, China and 3 major destinations in North America.


“Due to its excellent service and individual approach to the need of passengers, LOT has the greatest potential to become one the best alternative for travels to Toronto, New York, Chicago or Beijing for thousands of passengers starting their journey in Ljubljana. Flight to Warsaw last less than 2 hours, and total travel time to North America is only 13 hours including very convenient and short transfer at our hub, Warsaw Chopin Airport. Up to this moment Slovenian passengers had to travel via other crowded and complicated giant hubs in Western Europe” – says Adrian Kubicki, Corporate Communications Director.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays flights to Warsaw will take off at 13:35; on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 17:05. Late afternoon flights give passengers access to the evening wave of domestic and European flights, i.e. to Krakow, Gdansk, Riga, Amsterdam, London or Brussels and many others. More accurate schedule is available here.

 “For example transfer time to Copenhagen is 45 minutes only! This is not something we promise. This is something we deliver. Passengers traveling from Ljubljana deserve an airline, which will bring them closer to dozens destinations worldwide. Right now opportunities are limited, and we raise the bar of service and bring to the completely new level of travel experience” – Kubicki adds.

The commencement of LOT's flights to Slovenia was welcomed by his excellency, the ambassador of Poland to Slovenia, Mr. Paweł Czerwiński: “Direct flights are of key importance for relations between the two countries, that are almost neighbouring, considering the small distance between them. Polish and Slovene people still know too little about each other, even though the cooperation between their countries is strengthening on different levels each year. The trading of goods has already surpassed 1,3 billion euros and still growing. Warsaw is an attractive tourist destination, also for a weekend trip. The city offers renowned theatres, concerts, historic-cultural monuments, modern interactive museums, rich culinary experiences, disco clubs and many more.«

 
All flights between Warsaw and Ljubljana are operated by modern and technologically advanced Bombardier turboprop aircrafts. They are appreciated by passengers for spacious cabin, no middle seat and quiet cabin. All long haul flights are operated by the state-of-art aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Mr. Janez Krašnja, Head of Airline Management at Aerodrom Ljubljana, welcomed the arrival of the new carrier with the following words: “Even before the summer timetable the flight network of Ljubljana Airport is expanding. We are looking forward to LOT arriving in March and greatly complementing the offer of scheduled flights from Ljubljana. We believe the service will be interesting for business and tourist passengers. Besides frequent direct flights to Warsaw, they will be able to take advantage of their onward flights to other European destinations and their transatlantic flights. Aerodrom Ljubljana expects the service to generate around 30,000 extra passengers on a yearly basis.”

 
Ljubljana is one of the first destinations to open by LOT after formal completing the successful restructuring process. The airline says that Slovenia is a very important market for both business, as well as rising number of leisure passengers. Together with Ljubljana LOT launched several other exciting routes, such as Luxemburg, Ljubljana, Athens, Beirut, Nice and many others.

Tickets for flights are already available on www.lot.com, via their mobile app, LOT’s Contact Centre and through other sales channels.


Photographs of LOT’s fleet, products and services available for download under this link: http://corporate.lot.com/pl/en/media-library
 

Zg. Brnik, 12. 2. 2016

LOT's first plane took off from Ljubljana

LOT’s first plane took off from Ljubljana to Warsaw inaugurating a new route. From now on, the passengers travelling from Ljubljana via Warsa hub are provided with convenient transfers to attractive destinations in Europe and North America six times per week. Inaugural flight was accompanied by a symbolic cutting of the ribbon, cake pops for the first passengers and a water salute from the airport's firefighting vehicles.


Newly opened Ljubljana – Warsaw direct route provides passengers with the most convenient offer in this part of Europe. Passengers need as little as 30 minutes of transfer time via Warsaw modern hub to continue their journey to European destinations such as Copenhagen, Stockholm or Vilnius. From now on, LOT provides the passengers travelling from Ljubljana with only 1 hour and 15 minutes transfer time to North America.

LOT operates flights from Warsaw to Ljubljana six times a week. Departure from Warsaw is scheduled at 11:10 a.m. and the arrival to Ljubljana at 1.00 p.m. The return flight from Ljubljana is scheduled at 1:35 p.m. and the arrival in Warsaw at 3:35 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. With such a schedule LOT’s clients can benefit from LOT’s afternoon departures to New York, Toronto and Chicago. On Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays the schedule provides with departure at 2:40 p.m. from Warsaw and arrival at 4:30 p.m. to Ljubljana. The return flight from Ljubljana is scheduled on 5:05 p.m. to arrive at 7:05 p.m. in Warsaw. These flights serve a great connection for weekends away.

Aerodrom Ljubljana welcomes the new service. Mr. Janez Krašnja, Head of Airline Management at Aerodrom Ljubljana gave the following statement: "It is expected that this service will generate around 30,000 extra passengers on a yearly basis. LOT will significantly enhance the offer of flights from our airport. Because of its excellent network Ljubljana Airport is even closer to many European destinations and North America. LOT is improving the competitiveness of our airport, since the demand for flights to several destinations in their network and to the cities such as New York or Chicago, is big."

“By opening this route we are convinced to provide our customers with a high quality service and the best connectivity to worldwide destinations via this part of Europe”
- says Mr. Adrian Kubicki, Corporate Communication Office Executive Director and Spokesperson at LOT. “For example, a flight from Ljubljana to Copenhagen via Warsaw takes just 4 hours in total. With LOT passengers flying from Ljubljana will also be able to visit many Polish cities, such as Gdansk, Krakow, Rzeszow, Szczecin, Poznan, Wroclaw or Katowice and explore more of that beautiful Polish folklore” – Kubicki adds.

Representatives of LOT and Aerodrom Ljubljana opened new route between Slovenian and Polish capital with a symbolic ribbon cutting in the passenger terminal. Before departure they addressed the passengers of the first flight and wished them a safe journey. All first passengers were surprised with a cake-pop in the colours of the carrier.


At the occasion of a new connection Aerodrom Ljubljana and LOT are preparing a prize winning game for Aerodrom’s community on Facebook. With a little knowledge community fans can compete for a free return flight ticket from Ljubljana to Warsaw for two persons and for some other attractive prizes. Aerodrom’s community on Facebook, which is considered the most popular social network in Slovenia, counts close to 37,000 friends, interested in the world of aviation.

Tickets for flights are already available at www.lot.com, via their mobile app, LOT’s Contact Centre and through other sales channels.

Photographs of LOT’s fleet, products and services available for download under this link: http://corporate.lot.com/pl/en/media-library

Press release LOT Polish Airlines
 

March 2, 2016

Aerodrom Ljubljana one of the top employers

Aerodrom Ljubljana has received a top employer award from Mojedelo.com (the largest Slovenian employment web platform). In the fifth of the surveys conducted every two years by the employment portal, several thousand labour market candidates rated the reputations of individual Slovenian companies according to various criteria. Jobseekers again recognised us a successful and stable potential employer, as they had done in 2007 and 2009. Like the other top companies in this area, we achieved almost perfect marks in the criteria of the company’s profile and attractiveness, and as the choice for a potential employer. Without doubt this is excellent evidence of the efforts that the company has invested in raising its profile, not only on the labour market, but also in numerous other areas. 

 
The managing director, Zmago Skobir, is proud of the award, which has given a significant boost to the overall reputation of Aerodrom Ljubljana. When receiving the award, he said: “Aerodrom Ljubljana is an excellent team of highly qualified and committed individuals. This is what lies behind the quality of our services, and the company’s stable and successful long-term performance, which is responsible for our profile on the domestic and international markets. I am proud that jobseekers recognise this too, and have again ranked us as one of the most desirable companies to work for.”
 
The title of top employer went to Krka d.d. for the fourth consecutive year, while the other companies ranked alongside Aerodrom Ljubljana were Akrapovič, Bank of Slovenia, DARS, IBM Slovenija, Lek, Microsoft, SKB banka, Bayer, Petrol and Siemens. 

March 14, 2016

Aerodrom Ljubljana positively contributed to the Fraport’s group result for the year 2015

Fraport Group has published the consolidated annual report for the year 2015. The fiscal year 2015 was closed successfully, mainly due to a large number of passengers. Group revenue climbed 8.4 percent year-on-year to EUR 2.58 billion (adjusted for IFRIC 12). The Group's operating profit (EBITDA) increased by 7.4 percent to EUR 848.8 million, while EBIT climbed by 7.8 percent to EUR 520.5 million.

Aerodrom Ljubljana positively contributed to the Fraport’s group result. Our results were for the first time fully consolidated into Group’s overall balance. Passenger numbers in public transport were up 10% at 1,4 million while air cargo tonnage was up 3% at 10,1 thousand tonnes.

Operating income amounted to EUR 34.8 million (EUR 32 million in 2014). Good business performance has led to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of EUR 12.6 million, operating profit (EBIT) of EUR 2.6 million and a net profit of EUR 3.3 million.

Press Release Fraport

Fraport's Annual Report 2015

Brnik, 17. 3. 2015
 

Visit the Sonček stand with easter holiday gifts

With Easter holidays right around the corner, passengers and visitors of Ljubljana Airport are kindly invited to visit the Sonček stand on 22nd March between 9:00 and 18:00. Located in the public area of the passenger terminal, it will offer for sale various articles made by hand by people with cerebral palsy from Sonček Centre Kranj.

Their products, which make ideal gifts (such as greeting cards, decorations, hand woven napkins and many more) in the festive days to come, are aimed at passengers, visitors and employees at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Profits from the sales of these unique articles will be dedicated to help people with disabilities who work at the Sonček sheltered work centres as a reward for all their efforts. The Sonček Association and Aerodrom Ljubljana kindly invite visitors to come and see the Sonček stand, where you can also contribute donations. 

These activities are organized as a dedication of Aerodrom Ljubljana to furthering its cooperation with the Sonček Association, which has been present for a number of years now. The cooperation started in 2006 via the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society, which is a member of the Association. 
 
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Sonček, the Slovenian Cerebral Palsy Association, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental and apolitical national organisation for disabled people, which was created in 1983 by the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society and the Maribor Cerebral Palsy Society. Originally an organisation for parents, it has developed into a professional organisation that operates in the field of protection for disabled people and implementing programmes and services for people with disabilities, professionals in the field, and the parents of children with special needs and their other relatives. This includes services at sheltered work centres and accommodation programmes in residential groups, as well as offering programmes such as rehabilitation, medical therapy colonies, holidays, counselling, education and transport. The association now unites 15 regional cerebral palsy societies, the Premature Baby Assistance Society, the Sonček Club and the Žarek Cerebral Palsy Sports Society. These societies bring together over 4,000 people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their relatives, as well as professionals from this field.
More information is available at: www.soncek.org

Zg. Brnik, 21. 3. 2016

Brussels Airport remains closed for passenger traffic

Following explosions in the passenger terminal, Brussels Airport Zaventem remains closed until Sunday. We inform our passengers, who intended to fly to Brussels, that Adria Airways flights have been diverted to nearby airports in line with instructions of air traffic control.

The details for cancelled and diverted flights can be found here. For more information you are kindly asked to contact the airline, through their website, call centre +386 4 259 4582 or social media (Facebook and Twitter).

We will inform our passengers about the developments on our website.

Wizz Air's flights to/from Brussels' Charleroi airport remain as scheduled, as well as all other flights from/to Ljubljana Airport. Security measures at Ljubljana Airport remain unchanged.

Aerodrom Ljubljana extends its deepest sympathy to all the victims, their families and the Belgian nation.

Zg. Brnik, 25. 3. 2016

29 direct destinations from Ljubljana Airport, Aegean Airlines to Athens from June

The 2016 summer timetable enters into force on Sunday. As of 27 March 2016 passengers will be able to choose from more than 220 scheduled flights a week direct from Ljubljana to 29 destinations in 22 countries. A new service between Ljubljana and Warsaw was launched on 1 March by Poland’s LOT. Adria Airways will begin serving Cologne in April, and Greece’s Aegean Airlines will launch a scheduled service to Athens in June. 

The 2016 summer timetable will offer more scheduled flights from Ljubljana than the one of last year. The domestic airline is launching a new service to Cologne on 26 April, flying three times a week. Adria Airways will serve 19 other direct destinations in the summer season (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw and Zürich).


New routes: LOT to Warsaw, Adria Airways to Cologne, Aegean Airlines to Athens
LOT Polish Airlines has been flying six times a week between Ljubljana and Warsaw since 1 March 2016. Following a winter break, Finnair is returning to Ljubljana Airport with five weekly flights to Helsinki. Other foreign scheduled airlines will be operating their winter timetable destinations throughout the summer season. Turkish Airlines, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary of flights to Slovenia, will upgrade its Istanbul service from 10 to 14 flights a week, or twice daily. Passengers can fly from Ljubljana to Belgrade with Air Serbia 14 times a week, and daily to Paris with Air France. The low-cost airlines easyJet and Wizz Air will continue flying to London in the summer, the former operating daily flights to Stansted, the latter to Luton four times a week. Wizz Air will also serve Brussels Charleroi twice a week. Montenegro Airlines will operate six flights a week between Ljubljana and Podgorica. A new scheduled airline comes to Ljubljana Airport on 15 June, in the form of Greece’s Aegean Airlines, which will fly twice a week to Athens.

The number of charter flights will be comparable to last year. The current forecast for charter services indicates that a choice of 21 destinations with seven airlines will be available this summer.

DEPARTURES SUMMER 2016
ARRIVALS SUMMER 2016



Fly all over the world from Ljubljana
Slovenia’s main airport is attracting growing numbers of passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. Passengers can also fly from Ljubljana at competitive prices to long haul-destinations via major European hubs. Passengers can find special offers from all airlines at http://www.flyljubljana.si/eng/special-offers/special-offers-from-airlines .

Passenger numbers in 2015 at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport were up 10% on the previous year, while this year we are recording a moderate growth.

Refurbishment of the passenger terminal begins
Aerodrom Ljubljana will make a series of improvements to the passenger experience at the airport by 2018. The first refurbishment works are already in progress. They will  at the existing passenger terminal: They will enable a faster passenger flow through security control before the summer peak and the check-in area will be slightly expanded as well.
The refurbishments will continue after the end of the high season and in year 2017. The main changes will include the relocation of security control, a new sorting area for departing baggage, a technological upgrade of sorting area for arriving baggage, the expansion of the check-in area, the refurbishment of the retail and food and beverages facilities, and an expansion of the baggage carousels. 

Brnik, 25 March 2016

Happy passengers from Ljubljana Airport into the world

Aerodrom Ljubljana and its partners had a special surprise planned for passengers at Ljubljana Airport on International Happiness Day, celebrated on 20 March. Carrying special gifts and happy faces, 50 of them took-off to destinations all over the world.

Airports are the beginning point of air travels. If your start is happy, everything else will follow, they say. Aerodrom Ljubljana wants passengers flying from Ljubljana Airport to feel special and have a good start to their journey. Therefore we decided to surprise them with little bits of happy. We brought Smiley mascot to the airport, which handed out gifts to 50 passengers of different flights. That put a smile on their faces right before they took-off to destinations all over the world: USA, UAE, Algeria, Vietnam, Ghana, Great Britain, France, Germany, Montenegro, Bali, Philippines, China … You can watch the happy video below. 

The 2016 summer timetable entered into force on Sunday. As of 27 March 2016 passengers can choose from more than 220 scheduled flights a week direct from Ljubljana to 29 destinations in 22 countries. Slovenia’s main airport is attracting growing numbers of passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. Passengers can also fly from Ljubljana at competitive prices to long haul-destinations via major European hubs. Passengers can find special offers from all airlines at www.flyljubljana.si.

Zg. Brnik, 30 March 2016

29 direct destinations from Ljubljana Airport, Aegean Airlines to Athens from June

The 2016 summer timetable entered into force on Sunday. As of 27 March 2016 passengers can choose from more than 220 scheduled flights a week direct from Ljubljana to 29 destinations in 22 countries. A new service between Ljubljana and Warsaw was launched on 1 March by Poland’s LOT. Adria Airways will begin serving Cologne in April, and Greece’s Aegean Airlines will launch a scheduled service to Athens in June. 

The 2016 summer timetable offers more scheduled flights from Ljubljana than the one of last year. The domestic airline is launching a new service to Cologne on 20 April, flying three times a week. Adria Airways will serve 19 other direct destinations in the summer season (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw and Zürich).


New routes: LOT to Warsaw, Adria Airways to Cologne, Aegean Airlines to Athens

LOT Polish Airlines has been flying six times a week between Ljubljana and Warsaw since 1 March 2016. Following a winter break, Finnair is back to Ljubljana Airport with five weekly flights to Helsinki. Other foreign scheduled airlines will be operating their winter timetable destinations throughout the summer season. Turkish Airlines, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary of flights to Slovenia, has upgraded its Istanbul service from 10 to 14 flights a week, or twice daily. Passengers can fly from Ljubljana to Belgrade with Air Serbia 14 times a week, and daily to Paris with Air France. The low-cost airlines easyJet and Wizz Air will continue flying to London in the summer, the former operating daily flights to Stansted, the latter to Luton four times a week. Wizz Air will also serves Brussels Charleroi twice a week. Montenegro Airlines will operate six flights a week between Ljubljana and Podgorica. A new scheduled airline is coming to Ljubljana Airport on 15 June, in the form of Greece’s Aegean Airlines, which will fly twice a week to Athens.

The number of charter flights will be comparable to last year. The current forecast for charter services indicates that a choice of 21 destinations with seven airlines will be available this summer.

DEPARTURES SUMMER 2016
ARRIVALS SUMMER 2016



Fly all over the world from Ljubljana
Slovenia’s main airport is attracting growing numbers of passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. Passengers can also fly from Ljubljana at competitive prices to long haul-destinations via major European hubs. Passengers can find special offers from all airlines at http://www.flyljubljana.si/eng/special-offers/special-offers-from-airlines .

Passenger numbers in 2015 at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport were up 10% on the previous year, while this year we are recording a moderate growth.

Refurbishment of the passenger terminal begins
Aerodrom Ljubljana will make a series of improvements to the passenger experience at the airport by 2018. The first refurbishment works are already in progress. At the existing passenger terminal they will enable a faster passenger flow through security control before the summer peak and the check-in area will be slightly expanded as well.
The refurbishments will continue after the end of the high season and in year 2017. The main changes will include the relocation of security control, a new sorting area for departing baggage, a technological upgrade of sorting area for arriving baggage, the expansion of the check-in area, the refurbishment of the retail and food and beverages facilities, and an expansion of the baggage carousels. 

Brnik, 30 March 2016

Refurbishment works at the airport

Aerodrom Ljubljana will make a series of improvements to the passenger experience at the airport by 2018. The first refurbishment works are already in progress, bigger are planned for year 2017.

Changed regulations of short stay parking in front of the terminal

With the aim to improve safety and regulate short stay car parking directly in front of the passenger terminal building, the traffic lane in this area has been closed with a barrier. The parking areas in front of the terminal are intended solely for short stays, mostly for meeting and dropping passengers and delivering goods. Parking or pick-up/drop-off is free of charge first five minutes. The designated area can be used with a parking ticket. More information can be found here.   


Refurbishment of the passenger terminal begins

The first refurbishment works are already in progress. At the existing passenger terminal they will enable a faster passenger flow through security control before the summer peak and the check-in area will be slightly expanded as well.
The refurbishments will continue after the end of the high season and in year 2017. The main changes will include the relocation of security control, a new sorting area for departing baggage, a technological upgrade of sorting area for arriving baggage, the expansion of the check-in area, the refurbishment of the retail and food and beverages facilities, and an expansion of the baggage carousels. 

Zg. Brnik, 30. 3. 2016

Aerodrom Ljubljana Sustainability Report 2015

Aerodrom Ljubljana is taking a comprehensive approach to sustainability through a series of measures. We understand that our activities affect the environment, and particularly that of the nearby population, therefore we try to recognise, analyse and continuously reduce harmful impacts on the environment. Our efforts towards sustainable development are now systematically and transparently presented in one place for the first time, in the 2015 Sustainability Report.

We strive to meet the requirements and preferences of our passengers, business partners and guests, and to establish long-term relationships with them, through the efficient management of business processes. We pay a great deal of attention to the regular monitoring of the needs and wishes of airport users, while at the same time trying to exceed their expectations. The satisfaction of airport users is one of our most important objectives, therefore we are continuously monitoring user satisfaction, the results of which serve as an important basis for the planning of future development.

We are active participants in the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme, a programme which sets European airports on the pathway to carbon neutrality. Our environmental management system is ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 9001:2008 certified, which confirms the high level of our services, our focus on continual improvement and the effectiveness of our operations. Aerodrom Ljubljana carefully manages energy resources, raw materials and waste, and we have stepped up our efforts to steadily reduce the harmful impacts of our operations and activities on the environment by implementing office greening measures, for which we received a European Green Office certificate. Since we are aware that lowering noise emissions as far as possible significantly increases the quality of life of the nearby population, we ensure the highest possible level of provision of information on noise level measurements. Thus in addition to publishing regular periodical reports we have an interactive application on our website through which average indicators of the noise produced by aircraft flying over residential areas during takeoff and landing can be monitored in real time. We are engaged in preventing the danger of bird strikes through a comprehensive approach to the environment and the preservation of biodiversity which includes locating bird food in areas which route birds away from the airport.

Aerodrom Ljubljana is also a safe and conscientious employer. We make large investments in training and education, and we prohibit all behaviour that could affect the dignity and privacy of our employees. We ensure the enforcement of measures in the event of infringements through the Rules on Prevention and Elimination of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace. We have also received the Respected Employer Award for 2015 and the Family-Friendly Company certificate.

In addition, the Sustainability Report also contains a basic company profile, a description of the company’s operations and future development, a presentation of the principles of sustainable communication, specific projects which demonstrate the company’s sustainable attitude towards its employees, passengers, visitors, business partners, suppliers and the environment, and our social responsibility activities.

 

The report was compiled in accordance with the GRI G4 Guidelines.

Zg. Brnik, 20. april 2016

Inaugural meeting of the Business Advisory Board

The Business Advisory Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana, d.o.o., met for the first time. The tasks of the newly established Board, as set out in the Articles of Association of Aerodrom Ljubljana, shall be to provide advice and support to the Managing Director, the Sole Member and the Investor’s Committee on commercial and other issues that are important for the Company regarding developments in the economy, aviation and the airport industry.

The members of the Business Advisory Board, who will be meeting twice a year, are as follows: Dirk Schudziara – Senior Vice President for Cargo from Fraport AG, who was elected Chair of the Board; Miha Košak – an independent consultant with extensive experience in international banking; Tadeja Strupi – president of the Worker's Council of Aerodrom Ljubljana; Eva Štravs Podlogar – Director General at the Tourism & Internationalization Directorate at the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology; Metka Tekavčič PhD – Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana; Elen Twrdy PhD – Dean of the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transportation, University of Ljubljana; and Aleksander Zalaznik – General Manager of Danfoss Trata and President of The Managers' Association of Slovenia.

“When selecting the members of the Board, account was taken of their areas of expertise, the diversity of their professions and their relevance for our operations. It is important for us that the Board comprises a wide range of academic and practical knowledge. Together, our members bring extensive knowledge and experience from the fields of transportation and logistics, tourism, finance, economics and management, and international business. An employee representative and a representative of the owner also number among the members,” explained Zmago Skobir, Managing Director of Aerodrom Ljubljana on the occasion of the Board’s establishment.

Despite the operation of a Business Advisory Board being a new development in Slovenia, it is part of established corporate governance practice at the German company, Fraport AG, the parent company of Aerodrom Ljubljana.

Brnik, May 23, 2016

EasyJet to boost London service

British low-cost airline easyJet is boosting its Ljubljana–London service. Starting today, easyJet is offering nine flights a week from Ljubljana Airport to the British capital (up from the previous seven flights a week).

Leading European airline easyJet has announced additions to its Ljubljana–London service from the end of May. From 26 May onwards, passengers will have the choice of two flights a day to the British capital (Stansted Airport) on Thursdays and Sundays, including an evening flight (until now only a morning flight was available on these days). The low-cost carrier previously offered one flight a day to London every day of the week.

Timetable

The British carrier operates all its flights from Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport with Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft. One-way tickets from Ljubljana to London are available from just €22. Tickets can be bought online at any time from www.easyjet.com or up to two and a half hours before departure from the easyJet desk at Ljubljana Airport.  
easyJet was the first low-cost airline to offer flights to Slovenia. It has been flying to Ljubljana without interruption since 28 April 2004. The service between Brnik (Ljubljana) and London Stansted has been very popular with passengers ever since it was introduced, and easyJet is seen as one of Aerodrom Ljubljana's most reliable business partners. The airline has played an important part in increasing the number of British tourists in Slovenia and in raising our country's profile on the world tourism map. The Ljubljana–London service is in first place in terms of passenger numbers (150,000 passengers carried on this route in 2015). 

According to figures from Slovenia's national statistics office, the United Kingdom is the sixth country in Europe in terms of the number of overnight stays in Slovenia, with figures continuing to grow. More than 88,000 British tourists accounted for more than 260,000 overnight stays in Slovenia in 2015, with an average length of stay of three days. They are attracted by Slovenia's wide range of active holidays at all times of the year, while in recent years there has also been an increase in the number of groups of young people who choose Slovenia for an unforgettable stag or hen weekend. For many British passengers, Ljubljana Airport functions as a gateway for travel in the Balkans. The increased service between Ljubljana and London is also sure to be welcomed by passengers travelling to London. The second most visited tourist destination in the world receives more than 17 million visitors a year. Each year around 70,000 Slovenes – along with many passengers from neighbouring countries – depart from Ljubljana Airport for this bustling metropolis with its many tourist attractions. Many of them use the rich network of connections offered by London's airports to continue their journeys around the world. Passengers can also fly from Brnik to London with the low-cost carrier Wizzair (London Luton) and flag carrier Adria Airways (London Gatwick). 

Low-cost airline easyJet flies to more than 800 destinations in more than 30 countries around the world. Its fleet includes 200 Airbus aircraft and it employs more than 10,000 people. Last year it carried more than 70 million passengers.

Zg. Brnik, 26 May 2016

Turkish Airlines now flying twice a day to Istanbul

Beginning on 31 May, Turkish Airlines is increasing its service between Ljubljana and Istanbul. Passengers will now have the choice of two departures a day from Brnik (compared to the 12 flights a week currently offered by the airline). This year the Turkish flag carrier celebrates 10 years of flying to Slovenia. Over the last decade it has carried around half a million passengers between Slovenia and Turkey. To mark the occasion, we held a small celebration at the airport for passengers and performed a water salute for a Turkish Airlines aircraft.

 On 31 May Turkish Airlines is set to increase the frequency of its flights between Ljubljana and Istanbul. Under the airline's new timetable, passengers will be able to choose between two daily departures to Istanbul, compared to the 12 flights per week currently available.

Timetable

At Ljubljana Airport we marked the announced increase in the number of flights and the airline's important anniversary with a water salute for an arriving Turkish Airlines aircraft and a small ceremony. Passengers disembarking from the aircraft were treated to a surprise performance by the Kamnik Folkdance Group and, after collecting their baggage, a sweet surprise in the colours of Turkish Airlines.

"Ten years ago Turkish Airlines began flying to Ljubljana three times a week. Since then it has continued to expand and improve its service. Turkish Airlines is without a doubt one of Aerodrom Ljubljana's most reliable partners, and one that has contributed a great deal to the airport's competitiveness. Sincere thanks for this excellent cooperation and congratulations on your anniversary!" With these words Aerodrom Ljubljana's managing director Zmago Skobir commented on this special anniversary.

Nesih Gümüş, director of Turkish Airlines' Slovenia office, added: "Our services are particularly attractive to business travellers and tourists travelling to Asia, since Turkish Airlines has good connections with the Middle East and Far East and with the USA. The number of these passengers is growing from year to year. We also place considerable emphasis on promoting Slovenia in foreign markets and on persuading tourists who wish to visit Slovenia to choose our flights."

"Since we entered the Slovenian market, flights from Ljubljana have led to closer connections between Slovenia and Turkey in the fields of tourism, culture and the economy. This is an achievement of which we are rightly proud. Ljubljana has become the departure or stopover point for passengers travelling to 292 destinations in the 115 countries around the world served by Turkish Airlines, and this year the airline has won the prestigious Best Airline in Europe award for the fifth year running. We also won in the Best Business Class Lounge Dining category. The increase in the number of weekly flights from Ljubljana from three in 2006 to 14 this year, and the significant drop in waiting times thanks to better connections, are a good indication that we are working well, and at the same time an obligation to continue to achieve excellence at all levels of our operations." – Ziya Taşkent, Turkish Airlines Senior Vice-President responsible for the Middle East, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Region.
Passengers departing from Ljubljana can fly anywhere in the world with Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul. Promotional fares are frequently available. To mark this year's jubilee, the airline has prepared a wide range of special offer flights. Check them out at www.flyljubljana.si, where every week you will also find fresh promotions from other carriers operating from Ljubljana Airport.


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About Turkish Airlines:
Turkish Airlines is the fourth-largest carrier in the world by number of destinations. Passenger numbers are growing rapidly, from 10.3 million in 2002 to almost 62 million in 2015. The forecast for this year is 72.04 million, and this number is projected to increase to 120 million by 2023. The company currently flies to 292 destinations in 115 countries – more countries than any other airline in the world. Turkish Airlines has carried around half a million passengers between Slovenia and Turkey over the last ten years. This year it expects to carry 100,000 passengers, for whom Istanbul is either the final destination or a transfer destination. The Turkish Airlines fleet currently numbers more than 300 aircraft. This year Turkish Airlines has been voted the best airline in Europe for the fifth year running by the well-known independent website Skytrax, where passengers rate the services of airlines from all over the world.

 

Zg. Brnik, 2. 6. 2016

Airport Fun Festival a great success again this year

Last Saturday around 1,000 visitors were given the chance to look behind the scenes at the airport as part of the Airport Fun Festival. This was the third year in a row that Aerodrom Ljubljana has organised this event for colleagues and friends.

Through their proposals, ideas and hard work, around 100 airport staff – from Aerodrom Ljubljana and other companies and organisations based at the airport – ensured that the day was an unforgettable one. Aerodrom Ljubljana's managing director Zmago Skobir was proud of the way the event turned out: "Ties of friendship between colleagues, pleasant company, the commitment and hard work of employees and a wonderfully organised event are things that make our company better and distinguish us from the rest," he said. "Thank you to everyone who has taken part in realising this wonderful event and providing visitors with a fascinating day at the airport," he added.

Airport tours, demonstrations of equipment and presentations of airport services
Throughout the day visitors had the chance to get to know the airport by means of various guided tours, on which we showed them the airport infrastructure, the various types of technical equipment essential for the airport's operation, aircraft maintenance at Adria Airways Tehnika, pilot training on the simulator at the Flight Careers Centre and the work of the emergency medical helicopter team.

A special exhibition area was devoted to the activities of the airport winter service. The bravest visitors were even able to get a bird's-eye view of the airport from an elevated working platform. With the help of enthusiasts from the Virtual Aviation Slovenia club and their computer equipment, visitors gained a better understanding of the experience of an airline pilot.

Officers from the airport police station gave a demonstration of how false documents are detected. Visitors tried on special police equipment and watched a police sniffer dog being put through its paces. Airport customs officers talked about their experiences preventing the illegal trade in wild animal and plant species. Their display of seized items attracted a great deal of interest. An army unit was on hand to demonstrate their mobile radar system and talk about the life of a soldier. Colleagues from Slovenia Control presented the work of air traffic controllers. A team from G4S, the company that provides security services at the airport, told visitors about items that can and cannot be taken aboard aircraft, how the security screening of passengers and baggage actually works and what an airport X-ray operator's job involves.

Other activities – Discovering America
As well as showing visitors how the airport works, this year's festival aimed to draw attention to the special low fares available for flights from Ljubljana to various American cities. These can also be found online at: http://www.flyljubljana.si/ugodnosti-za-vas/ugodnosti-letalskih-druzb.

Entertainment for the youngest visitors transported them to the Wild West. With the help of the Simply Friends team, children became Red Indians for the day: putting on feathered headdresses, painting their cheeks with warpaint, listening to an old Indian story and, learning to shoot with a bow and arrow. They even had the honour of meeting a real Native American chief.

Youngsters burnt off their excess energy on bouncy castles and a mini racetrack. Old and young alike got to experience more recent American stories by playing baseball, learning country dancing with the Country Freaks dance troupe and riding a rodeo bull.

Our festival journey then continued in South America. Together with the team from Salsateca Ljubljana we danced to salsa rhythms and turned our thoughts to Rio de Janeiro, where in just over two months' time the world's top athletes will come together at the Olympic Games. We also joined forces to create a wave of energy for Rio, and in this way wish the Slovenian athletes who will be representing us at the Olympics plenty of luck and success.

Family Games
A new feature of this year's festival were the Family Games. As a family-friendly company, we wanted to encourage families to get to know the airport together. Twenty-one families took part in a competition with an attractive first prize – a panoramic flight in a light aircraft. The competitors had to sort packages, test their fitness on a military assault course and try their hand as firefighters and security staff.

Brnik, 30 May 2016

Video of the 2015 Airport Fun Festival
 

 Zg. Brnik, 2. 6. 2016

Aerodrom Ljubljana is a family-friendly company

Aerodrom Ljubljana receives the full Family-Friendly Company certificate and so joins other companies committed to ensuring a better work–life balance and even greater social responsibility. Over the past few years Aerodrom Ljubljana has successfully implemented twelve family-friendly measures designed to make it easier for employees to balance work and family life. We will continue to be family-friendly in the future.


We live in a time in which it is becoming harder and harder to balance work and family life. Achieving balance demands a great deal of organisation and coordination within the immediate and extended family and within the social community. Establishing conditions that make all this easier is the principle followed by those companies that have consciously chosen a responsible and sustainable attitude towards their employees.

We received the basic Family-Friendly Company certificate in December 2012. The achievement of full certification is confirmation that all twelve of the measures we selected have been successfully implemented in our day-to-day operations. The certificate was received on behalf of the company by Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Uihlein at a special ceremony in the Ljubljana City Museum. A further 20 companies and organisations received full certificates from Martina Vuk, State Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.



To highlight just a few of the most important measures, employees with family and other personal commitments are given the opportunity to work reduced hours for a specific period beyond their statutory entitlement. Employees can agree flexible work hours with their head of department for the week in which their child starts nursery school or primary school. The company promotes and organises active holidays for employees' children (camps, day care, etc.), provides gift sets for newborn babies of employees and organises an annual open day for families. We will shortly be selecting four additional measures to join those already implemented. These will further strengthen the family-friendly atmosphere in the company and build on our efforts to date to ensure the easier balancing of professional and private life at Aerodrom Ljubljana.

The Family-Friendly Company certificate guarantees companies short-term and long-term positive effects that are apparent in a reduction in employee fluctuation, reductions in sickness absenteeism and absence due to caring for a family member, a smaller number of accidents, etc., and in an increase in employee satisfaction, motivation and sense of belonging, which ultimately also leads to positive economic effects.

The acquisition of the full certificate is the result of a consulting/auditing process whose purpose is to help assess and advise employers on what tools to use to improve their human resource management in the context of balancing their employees' work and private lives. By means of an internal procedure, the company sets and implements selected goals and measures. Following an internal assessment of the situation, and with the help of an external assessor/consultant, the company chooses a plan for the implementation of measures whose aim is to improve work process management and the quality of the working environment so as to achieve a better work–life balance.

More about the certificate: http://www.certifikatdpp.si/
 

Brnik, June 7 2016
 

Sweet refreshment at KISS AND FLY

Some refreshment feels great in the hot weather! Travellers most often set out from the airport in the summer for refreshment at seaside holiday destinations, where they can take some well-earned rest. The Avionček bar now offers a KISS AND FLY corner where you can refresh yourself with some sweet delights even before you get on the plane. Visitors at the airport and arriving passengers also very welcome.  
 

Aerodrom Ljubljana is committed to making the passenger experience at the airport as relaxed as possible, so together with our partners we are constantly improving and expanding the selection of food and beverage services. A short time ago, the Avionček bar opened the KISS AND FLY corner on its patio close to the passenger arrivals area. Along with all its other delights, it offers guests a special kind of ice cream and ice cream cake. You can enjoy these sweet treats on the patio, or if you’re in a hurry, you can take it to go. 
 

The ice creams at KISS AND FLY are special because of their soft texture and the possibilitiy of combining with 24 different toppings. So each customer can add a personal touch to their ice cream refreshment, and children are especially thrilled with the colourful toppings. They can also enjoy the sweet treat of ice cream cakes (Čokomalina/chocolate raspberry, Caffelina, Greekolina, Caramelina, Cocolina and Pistacina) or a refreshing frappé in strawberry, chocolate or coffee flavour. The bar also offers the classic iced coffee, Greek coffee, mini pies and cakes, cupcakes, croissants and other sweet snacks, and fresh juices. 
 
For flyljubljana members the Avionček bar offers special prices for ice cream and iced coffee in its KISS AND FLY corner. For more information, go to www.flyljubljana.si. Enrolment in the loyalty programme flyljubljana, in which Aerodrom Ljubljana rewards the loyalty of passengers and those visiting the airport, is free.
 

Give your loved one a kiss, refresh yourself with a treat and fly off to new summer experiences!

 

Zg. Brnik, 17 June 2016

Prokarting – the new adrenaline rush at the airport

Ljubljana Airport offers a new adrenaline thrill for its users interested in some relaxation and fun. Anyone who enjoys a challenge behind the wheel – and sharp turns – can test their mettle at karting. The Telemach Prokarting circuit is open to the public in the outside car park opposite the main road entrance to the airport every day from 12 pm to 9 pm.
 

Ljubljana airport is the new location for the popular karting circuit Telemach Prokarting, which offers customers a full but safe dose of adrenaline-rush entertainment. Karting enthusiasts and anyone who has always wanted to unleash the racer in themselves can now take to the track at a unique location – with a view of the airport apron and aircrafts. Right next to the karting circuit you can also enjoy the KARTING BAR, which offers a wide range of refreshing drinks, as well as food if you order in advance. This is an especially popular gathering place for thrill-seekers and sports enthusiasts, and it features a big screen showing Fomula 1, WTCC and MotoGP.
 
Come and enjoy a karting adrenaline-rush any day between 12 pm and 9 pm. Customers visiting the karting circuit can park for free. 
 

Telemach Prokarting boasts the fastest karting fleet and a technically demanding track configuration (7 to 11 metres wide, 500 metres long), so it is a true driving challenge. They offer several different track set-ups, which have been very favourably reviewed by users and experts alike. The circuit staff ensure the technically perfect state of the track and karts, as well as the maximum safety of drivers, and they also offer technical advice about racing and safe driving.  
 
TELEMACH PROKARTING offers
• 10 or 12-minute recreational kart rides,
• recreational group races,
• the organisation and hosting of business events for companies: training, races, catering, animation, announcement of winners,
• karting courses for adults and children,
• other recreational activities: roller skating, cycling, model cars, mini moto and more, and
• racing kart rides.
All flyljubljana members are eligible for a Telemach Prokarting special offer of a 10-minute ride for just 10 euros. Enrolment in the loyalty programme flyljubljana, in which Aerodrom Ljubljana rewards the loyalty of passengers and those visiting the airport, is free. For more information and to sign up, go to www.flyljubljana.si/eng/www.flyljubljana.si.
 

For more on Telemach Prokarting visit www.karting-ljubljana.si

Zg. Brnik, 17 June 2016

Fraport Group Establishes Fraport Aviation Academy at Ljubljana Airport

Fraport AG, via its wholly-owned Aerodrom Ljubljana subsidiary, will establish the Fraport Aviation Academy at Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport by the end of 2016.  Aerodrom Ljubljana has received the corporate mandate for operating the new Academy to meet the increasing training and education requirements within the Fraport Group, as well as from external customers. As one of the world’s leading airport management groups, Fraport depends on highly skilled staff at its airports around the globe for maintaining high operating standards, delivering top customer-focused services, and for addressing the rapid changes that character today’s aviation industry.

Thomas Uihlein, Aerodrom Ljubljana’s chief administrative officer and head of the Fraport Aviation Academy, explained the strategic importance of this training initiative:  “Creation of the Fraport Aviation Academy as a new “center of excellence and learning” underscores Fraport’s commitment to enhancing Ljubljana as a sustainable location. Diversifying non-aeronautical businesses is a key element of Fraport’s strategy for its airport portfolio.  We wish to harness the inherent synergies available at Ljubljana Airport, which has developed its own significant know-how as a full-service airport company in operations, handling, and emergency services.  Furthermore, the Ljubljana region is the perfect location where we can develop innovative world-class solutions in aviation training.”

Initially, the Fraport Aviation Academy will offer training in airport management, ramp handling, passenger handling, dangerous goods, occupational safety, and fire services – training areas where Aerodrom Ljubljana has already been active for some years.  Later, the Fraport Aviation Academy will also get a brand new training center. Costing about €3.9 million, this training center will be built on a site near Ljubljana’s General Aviation Terminal.  Construction is scheduled to start in early 2017 and the inaugurated is expected in early 2018.  This new center will make it possible to expand the number and range of training services offered in the coming years.

Training will be done by Aerodrom Ljubljana experts as well as staff from the entire Fraport Group.  Later, the Fraport Aviation Academy could collaborate with chosen partners to deliver training modules in specialized areas. “A long-term objective of the Fraport Aviation Academy is not only to pass on knowledge but also to link the different areas of aviation into an integrated learning concept,” added Uihlein.  The Fraport Aviation Academy will serve as a training center for the entire Group and will complement existing training facilities at Frankfurt Airport.
 

Zg. Brnik, 19 July 2016

Information on difficulties in traffic on 30 July 2016

On  Saturday,  30  July  2016,  traffic  delays are expected in Slovenia, Ljubljana and  the Gorenjska region, due to the visit of President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and the ceremony at the Russian Chapel  (Kranjska  Gora,  Vršič).  Road  users  are advised not to make any travel  plans in the Gorenjska region and Ljubljana for that day. However, if  you  need  to  travel  there, plan your route ahead and prepare for possible delays. Access to the airport will be seriously disrupted or even closed especially during early afternoon and late afternoon or evening hours. Passengers and airport visitors are therefore advised to leave for the airport earlier than usual.

Latest information on road closures will be continuously available on the websites of the Police and Traffic Information Centre (PIC).

At the arrival and departure of the aircraft of president Putin there will be shorter limitations of airport operations, therefore shorter delays are possible. Airport operations will be limited to half an hour before the expected arrival of the airplane and by the time the presidential column of vehicles leaves the airport area and in the evening, half an hour before the expected departure of the airplane and by the time the presidential aircraft leaves the airspace of the Republic of Slovenia.
Longer delays, flight cancellations or other specifics are not expected at the airport.

Eventual changes and modifications of this announcement will be published at our website www.lju-airport.si and at Facebook page of Aerodrom Ljubljana.

DARS leaflet: Avoid traffic congestion

Outstanding sporting achievements by Aerodrom Ljubljana employees

Aerodrom Ljubljana encourages its employees to take part in sports activities. We provide financial support to enable employees to participate in a number of major sporting events and in this way encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise.

Aerodrom Ljubljana employees have already tackled a wide variety of sporting challenges this year. In January they took part in the Lions Bowling Tournament, a charity event, in May they competed in the Troika Run on the streets of Ljubljana, part of the March Along the Wire event, while in June cyclists from Aerodrom Ljubljana competed in the 2016 BTC City Franja Cycling Marathon, the 35th edition of this event.

Alenka Pavc, foto: Tina DoklOutstanding ultramarathon runner Alenka Pavc,who works in the passenger handling department at Aerodrom Ljubljana, was the outright winner of this year's UPT (Ultra Pušeljc Trail) ultramarathon. This was her second attempt at the 100+ km race, in which around 80 runners have to cope with climbs and descents of more than 6,000 metres. Her gold medal this year joins the bronze she took at her first attempt last year. Many hours of hard work lie behind this outstanding achievement.

At the beginning of July the city of Novi Sad (Serbia) hosted the ninth European Veterans Basketball Championship. A team from Slovenia took part in the event for the first time this year and scored an excellentsecond place in the over 45s category. Aerodrom Ljubljana employee Edo Golob was a vital part of the Slovenian team. The players were helped on the way to their excellent result by a small donation from Aerodrom Ljubljana.

A number of other interesting running events await our employees in the second half of the year. September is all about the Runway Run 4.0. At least seven Aerodrom Ljubljana employees will take part in this unique 10 km charity run along the runway of Budapest Airport. And even more of our employees are expected to take part in the 21st Ljubljana Marathon


 
Zg. Brnik, 30 July 2016

Certification of our commitment to excellence and sustainability

Aerodrom Ljubljana is taking a comprehensive approach to quality of service and to sustainable development through a series of measures. The success of our endeavours was confirmed as we passed assessments under the ISO 9001 ad ISO 14001 standards, and had our Airport Carbon Accreditation Level 2 (reduction) certification renewed.

In the pursuit of quality of service Aerodrom Ljubljana conducts regular oversight of its ground handling and operations, and employs mystery shopping in its check-in, security, and retail and catering facilities. The results are above average, and reveal that the company’s quality of service is at a high level, and that users of our services are satisfied. Our work is also regularly overseen by airlines. We have passed 14 airline external assessments this year.

Aerodrom Ljubljana’s quality of service was recently confirmed by certification under two systems (a quality management system and an environmental management system), which cover the management of the airport, ground handling for passengers, aircraft and cargo, and the marketing and sale of airport services, ground handling services and commercial services. In May we passed the regular assessment under the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management, and in June we passed the ISO 9001 quality management recertification with distinction. For the first time this was conducted by a German certification body. Our certification was integrated into that of the entire Fraport Group, while passing the assessment is proof that our quality management system conforms to that of the group.

Since 2013 Aerodrom Ljubljana has been adding measures to reduce carbon footprint to its continuous efforts to reduce the harmful effects of its activities on the environment. Under the programme to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases under the aegis of ACI Europe (the European airport association), two weeks ago the company had its Airport Carbon Accreditation, Level 2, Reduction certificate renewed. Our CO2 emissions were down 1.3% in absolute terms on the average over the previous three years (2012 to 2014). Taking passenger numbers and cargo tonnage into account, emissions per individual passenger and per 100 kg of cargo in 2015 were down 13.4% and 6.2% respectively on the average between 2012 and 2014. Aerodrom Ljubljana’s environmental policy aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and defines the transition to a low carbon society as one of its strategic environmental goals.

For more information about the Airport Carbon Accreditation programme, in which 156 airports from around the world accounting for more than 30% of total air traffic are enrolled, see www.airportco2.org.

 

For more on Aerodrom Ljubljana’s sustainable development, see the Sustainability Report 2015.

Zg. Brnik, 8. avgust 2016

Contract signed for the relocation of the national road around Ljubljana Airport

The deputy-director of the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency, Liljana Herga, the managing director of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.o.o., Zmago Skobir, the mayor of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Franc Čebulj, and the CEO of SGP Pomgrad, Igor Banič, signed a contract for construction work as part of the first phase of the relocation of the national road around Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. The relocation of the road will allow for the airport’s further development.

With the aim of allowing for the further development and expansion of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency, Aerodrom Ljubljana and the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem have undertaken all the requisite procedures and have drawn up all the requisite project documentation, investment documentation and other documentation for the relocation of the Kranj - Spodnji Brnik road (G2-104/1136) around the airport zone.

The deputy-director of the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency, the managing director of Aerodrom Ljubljana d.o.o. and Franc Čebulj, the mayor of Cerklje na Gorenskem, signed a contract valued at EUR 2,591,520.71 with SGP Pomgrad, the chosen contractor for the first phase of the relocation of the road. The total investment was estimated at EUR 8.08 million, of which the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency will cover costs in the amount of approximately 62%, Aerodrom Ljubljana d.o.o. costs of 34.4% and the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenskem costs of 3.5%. EUR 825,863.57 of this money has already been invested by the Slovenian Infrastructure Agency during the project preparation phase between 2001 and 2016 in the preparation of project documentation and investment documentation, the purchase of land and parcellation.

The relocation of the 2,350 metres of road will allow for the airport’s further development. The project envisages the relocation of the main road and crossroads, and the diversion of the local road for Cerklje. A separate cycle lane will also be created along the length of the road. 

According to Mr Skobir, improving the connectivity and accessibility of the airport and improving traffic safety are of vital importance to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. In addition, the relocation of the regional road around the airport is a prerequisite for the development of the commercial and logistics centre on 35 hectares of land on the north side owned by Aerodrom Ljubljana d.o.o., and also allows for the activation of land alongside the airport that is zoned for construction under urban planning acts. The relocation is creating new conditions for the further development of infrastructure inside the airport and for the commercial programmes under the airport’s Aeropolis brand. This also envisages a hotel and conference centre, a business park, a shopping centre and logistics facilities.

Zg. Brnik, 8 August 2016

50th anniversary of the worst air disaster in Slovenia

Today, 1 September, marks the 50th anniversary of the worst air disaster in Slovenia. In 1966 a Bristol 175 Britannia aircraft operated by Britannia Airways crashed 2,300 meters short of the runway while on approach for landing. Aerodrom Ljubljana will organise a commemorative ceremony to mark the event, and place a memorial at the sight of the crash.

The Britannia Airways plane on route from London-Luton Airport to Brnik never arrived at its destination. It crashed at 12.47 am near Lahovče, 2,300 meters short of the runway. The plane was carrying 117 people, including 110 passengers and seven crew members. A total of 19 people survived the crash, while 98 perished. An official announcement was made two years after the crash sighting an incorrect altimeter setting, which caused the plane to descend too early for landing. 



Accident sight illustration (source: Bine Perič) 

The then head of the fire rescue service at the barely three-year old airport, 86-year-old Franc Košnjek, remembers the event as follows: “I had just fallen asleep when one of the cleaning staff from the airport called me and informed me of the accident. I didn’t have a car at the time, so I rushed over to the Kranj firefighting unit hoping to accompany them to the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, I was too late, so I took a municipal firefighting vehicle to the scene. When I had assessed the situation, I began shouting orders as to which passengers to save first. We rescued the majority of passengers from the plane. Those who survived were sitting in the rear of the aircraft. The passengers up front were severely injured; many were burned.”

Witnesses to the accident included retired Aerodrom Ljubljana employee Martin Šilar. At the time, he was a young boy working in baggage handling. “I was at work that night. We waited for the aircraft for quite some time before we found out that we were waiting in vain; the plane had crashed. When day broke, they took our shift to the sight of the accident. It was a terrible sight; smoke was everywhere and a burning odour filled the air,” he remembers today.



From the booklet of Bine Perič: Aerodrom Ljubljana - The airport rescue and firefighting unit, 2016 

A memorial was erected at the accident sight long ago. In order to find it, employees from the fire-rescue service cleared the overgrown sight in April this year, with the help of the maintenance service. The original memorial was not found. At 11 am on 13 September 2016, Aerodrom Ljubljana will therefore organise a commemorative ceremony and unveil a new memorial to honour those who lost their lives and to serve as a lasting memory of the event.

A booklet by Bine Perič, Arff Officer at Aerodrom Ljubljana, on the history of the airport rescue and firefighting unit will also be published to commemorate the event. At his own initiative, Mr Perič has prepared a comprehensive and valuable history of the airport rescue and firefighting unit at Brnik. While researching the past, he was unable to avoid the Britannia Airways crash, which has its own rather extensive chapter due to the dimensions and high-profile nature of the event. 

 

Brnik, 1. 9. 2016

Latin evening with Vasilij Žbogar at the airport

A Latin dance evening took place at Ljubljana Airport passenger terminal on Saturday 17 September. The dancefloor filled up with more than 100 Latin dance fans, who were treated to a wonderful view of the airport spron and aircrafts. The climax of the evening came with appearances by a Brazilian dancer and by Olympic silver medallist Vasilij Žbogar.  

Slovenia’s athletes scored some superb successes at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning four medals: judo player Tina Trstenjak, who won gold, canoeist Peter Kauzer, silver medallist in the whitewater slalom, judo player Ana Velenšek (bronze) and Vasilij Žbogar, who won silver in the Finn Class sailing. The 2016 Olympics were also indelibly marked by Latin music and dance – two essential components of Brazilian culture. Every year Rio plays host to the largest dance carnival in the world, bringing up to two million people onto the streets in a single day. 

Aerodrom Ljubljana, proud sponsor of Slovenia’s Olympic team, decided to combine the public’s joy at the team’s success with a little bit of Brazilian spirit, and to drape itself in the colours of carnival at Ljubljana Airport. Last Saturday it held an Olympic-themed Latin evening, where pride in Slovenian sport, some passionate dance moves and a relaxed atmosphere all combined in an unforgettable series of events.

Aerodrom Ljubljana decided to turn part of the passenger terminal (the departures hall) into a dance arena. In the first part of the event, participants were taught a series of samba and salsa moves by members of the Salsateca dance academy. Predictably fascinated and enthused, they lost no time in mastering the temperamental moves of these beloved Latin dance forms, going on to test their new skills in free expression and a series of entertaining dance performances. An explosive performance by a dancer in full Brazilian carnival costume ensured a genuine carnival atmosphere that brought even the shyest observers to their feet. A samba workshop was held for participants after the introductory performance. 

When the event was joined by Olympic silver medallist Vasilij Žbogar, the pride and amazement of onlookers and participants was complete. This friendly and approachable athlete shared his impressions of Rio with the public and talked about how he got started in sailing. We looked back together at the wonderful moments and noisy receptions at the airport, when he flew home after his monumental efforts and superb results at the Games.

    

There was a dance challenge and an Olympic quiz offering attractive prizes. There were superb cocktails on offer, including the traditional Brazilian caipirinha, all served up by Avionček. The event was joined by Radio Antena’s lively host Uroš Bitenc, DJ Goffy saw to the tunes, and there were breathtaking views across the airport complex to the waiting aircrafts.  

Aerodrom Ljubljana regularly organises special events at the airport to celebrate the Olympic Games, with the aim of notifying passengers and visitors of our athletes’ performances and of spreading the Olympic spirit. This year we invited passengers to dance to samba rhythms and support our Olympians before boarding their flight. In collaboration with the Salsateca dance academy, we organised fun dance performances for the two weeks of the Games. Despite some initial wariness, passengers began to enjoy the opportunity to see some proper Latin dancing as they waited for their flight. 

 

Zg. Brnik, 19 September 2016

Transavia to establish flights from Ljubljana to Amsterdam

Dutch low cost carrier Transavia has announced the launch of flights between Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Ljubljana Airport, starting with Summer Timetable 2017. The airline will operate three weekly flights on this route; tickets are already available for purchase. 

Transavia is planning to launch flights from Ljubljana Airport to Amsterdam Schiphol airport in Summer Timetable 2017. From April 4 next year they will be operating three weekly flights, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The dutch low cost carrier will be connecting the two capitals offering good flight connections at attractive prices. Ljubljana already has scheduled flights to Amsterdam, operated by Adria Airways. Transavia will also complement the network of low cost flights from Ljubljana Airport. EasyJet is already offering flights to London, Wizz Air to London and Brussels.

Transavia is part of the AIR FRANCE KLM Group. The airline will be flying to Ljubljana with Boeing 737-800 with 183 seats.

Planned timetable (local time):

 

Amsterdam – Ljubljana

Ljubljana - Amsterdam

Tuesday

6:55 – 8:40

Tuesday

9:25 – 11:15

Thursday

6:35 – 8:20

Thursday

9:10 – 11:00

Sunday

6:35 – 8:20

Sunday

9:10 – 11:00

 

Prices for one way flight tickets start at 29 EUR. Tickets are already available for purchase on Transavia’s website: https://www.transavia.com/en-NL/summer-2017-bookable/

More on Transavia: https://corporate.transavia.com/en-NL/organisation/

Zg. Brnik, September 29, 2016

Electric car sharing between Slovenian capital and the airport

Aerodrom Ljubljana and Avantcar opened the first electric car sharing station outside the Ljubljana area today at the Ljubljana Airport. The new Avant2Go service will provide users a convenient and more environmentally friendly mode of transportation between the capital and airport. Aerodrom Ljubljana supports the project with the aim of promoting sustainable forms of transportation to the airport.

 

Attending the opening were the Minister of Infrastructure, Dr Peter Gašperšič, the Mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Jankovič and the Mayor of Cerklje na Gorenjskem, Franc Čebulj. Minister Gašperšič and Mayor Janković were also among the first users, as they drove to the opening of the station in Brnik with Avant2Go vehicles.

This recent innovation is by all means of strategic importance, as the station at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, set up with the support of Aerodrom Ljubljana, establishes an emission-free connection between the capital, the airport infrastructure and the rest of the world. Avant2Go car sharing is also now available to the employees of Aerodrom Ljubljana for their daily operational and logistics needs, and to other companies that operate within the airport ecosystem and wish to optimise their mobility. There are initially four connections at the station, with the possibility of expansion in accordance with needs. Another positive side of the station is the use of 100% renewable energy sources for the charging connections, through which the combination of electric mobility and sharing is further justified.

 

Speaking at the opening of car sharing station, Zmago Skobir, managing director of Aerodrom Ljubljana said: “Now the Ljubljana airport is also part of the green circle of electric car sharing in Slovenia. I see the new service as an important added value for passengers, who form the basis for a more environmentally friendly way of life. It will also make a favourable impression in terms of the mobility of Aerodrom Ljubljana’s employees, as they will now be able to use the Avant2Go service on their business travels.”

Electric car sharing represents a connectivity between the Slovenian capital and Ljubljana airport, primarily in terms of sustainable forms of transportation. In addition to the charging stations for car sharing, the airport also offers passengers and visitors another charging station for two electric vehicles. Besides personal vehicles, passengers may choose between public bus, van and taxi to access the airport. The expansion of the range of green modes of transportation will contribute to Aerodrom Ljubljana’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint, which is part of the company’s broader policy to limit the harmful effects of its activities on the environment. The airport operator reduced its CO2 emissions by 1.3% in absolute terms in 2015 relative to the average for the period 2012–2014. Aerodrom Ljubljana’s environmental policy aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020 and defines the transition to a low carbon society as one of its strategic environmental goals.

The sharing of goods and things is becoming an increasingly popular trend in Slovenia, as well. In addition to car sharing and carpooling, Slovenes are increasingly lending used clothes and fashion accessories, and tools. We are sharing accommodation capacities and business premises, and gardening collectively. The common denominators of these activities are increased environmental responsibility, interconnectivity and savings.

 

 


 

Wider network of flight connections from Ljubljana in the winter timetable

The new 2016/2017 winter timetable will come into effect on Sunday, 30 October. Passengers will be able to choose from more than 180 scheduled direct flights a week from Ljubljana, to 22 destinations in 18 countries. Adria Airways will be boosting the number of flights to five destinations, with low-cost carrier easyJet introducing an additional connection to London. 

The 2016/2017 winter timetable will offer more flights from Ljubljana than last year. Adria Airways will increase the number of flights to Amsterdam (from three to five a week), Paris (from four to five a week), Sarajevo (from three to five a week), Warsaw (from three to five a week) and Zurich (from 12 to 15 flights a week), but will no longer fly to Berlin. Over the winter months, the domestic carrier will fly direct to 16 destinations. These are, alongside those mentioned above: Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Moscow, Munich, Podgorica, Prague, Pristina, Skopje and Tirana. 

Scheduled flights with foreign airlines will also increase in number this winter. Passengers will be able to fly twice a day from Ljubljana to Belgrade with Air Serbia, while Turkish Airlines will fly ten times a week to Istanbul. Air France will retain its six flights a week to Paris and LOT Polish Airlines will connect Ljubljana and Warsaw five times a week over the winter period. The Ljubljana-Podgorica route will be served three times a week by Montenegro Airlines. In December 2016 low-cost carrier easyJet will add an additional connection to London, flying into London Gatwick four times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), at the same time retaining its daily flight to Stansted. Low-cost airline Wizz Air will continue to connect Ljubljana and London with four flights a week; the Hungarian carrier will also continue to fly to Brussels twice a week.

Departures Winter 2016/2017
Arrivals Winter 2016/2017

The 2017 summer timetable will see the arrival of a new low-cost carrier at Ljubljana Airport. Dutch airline Transavia is planning to fly three times a week to Amsterdam (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) from 4 April 2017. Their low fares and attractive flight schedule will bring Ljubljana and Amsterdam even closer together, and increase the availability of flights between the two capitals. Transavia will be using a 189-seater Boeing 737-800 on the new route. All of this means that three low-cost airlines will now be offering passengers 17 flights a week from Ljubljana.

Slovenia’s main airport is attracting growing numbers of Slovenian and cross-border passengers by competing successfully with other airports in the region. Ljubljana also offers competitively priced flights via major European hubs to onward intercontinental destinations: to New York from EUR 482, Miami from EUR 528, Toronto from EUR 484, Bogota from EUR 644, Rio de Janeiro from EUR 659, Cape Town from EUR 512, Dubai from EUR 302, Doha from EUR 314, Bangkok from EUR 467, Beijingfrom EUR 463, Singapore from EUR 457, Tokyo from EUR 514, Hong Kong from EUR 473 and Osaka from EUR 607. Passengers can find more special offers from all airlines at www.flyljubljana.si

Zg. Brnik, October 28 2016

Open air parking unavailable due to maintenance

We inform passengers and visitors of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport that the open air parking (P2), in proximity of the passenger terminal, will be closed until mid-December due to maintenance work in progress. It can only be entered by season tickets holders.   

Airport users can park their vehicles on open air parking P2 or in the parking garage, where 2.200 parking spots are available.

We will try hard to get the parking area running back again as soon as possible. In the meantime we ask for understanding.

Slovenian breakfast at Ljubljana Airport

Early this morning passengers and staff at Ljubljana Airport were given a Slovenian breakfast pack. Within Traditional Slovenian Breakfast  project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food 1,100 packs in all were handled out. Main goal of the project is to raise awareness of Slovenian traditions and to support domestic suppliers.

The Aerodrom Ljubljana (airport operator) and Mercator (Slovenian retailer) teams handed out Slovenian breakfasts from 5.30 to 10 am, during which time 11 flights departed and arrived. Breakfasts were also handed out to staff working at the airport this morning, and to drivers of taxis and other passenger vehicles, police officers, customs officers, and staff in retail and catering outlets at the airport. Everyone enjoyed their bread, milk, butter, cheese and apple, with many admitting that they did not eat breakfast regularly enough.

The aim in handing out Slovenian breakfasts is to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy breakfast, and to support domestic producers and Slovenian traditions. All contributing to a project are aware of the huge importance of food from the local environment, which has higher added value.

Slovenian Food Day is the third Friday of November, when the Traditional Slovenian Breakfast event takes place and children at schools and kindergartens breakfast on foods from their local region. The main objectives are supporting Slovenian food producers and manufacturers, raising awareness of the importance of food security, a healthy diet, the conservation of a clean, healthy environment, the preservation of the countryside, and knowledge of food production and processing among young people, and encouraging interest in agriculture and the food industry. The project is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food and its partners.

At the airport Slovenian Food day will be upgraded by »Slovenian offer" For the whole month airport bars, restaurants and shops will be offering traditional Slovenian dishes and products at promotional prices.

Brnik, November 16, 2016
 

 

Fraport Aviation Academy unveils partnerships in the field of education

Aerodrom Ljubljana has received the corporate mandate to operate the newly-established Fraport Aviation Academy. This new venture will offer, through its cooperation with Fraport’s Fire Training Center (FTC), the Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia and the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of University of Maribor, a wide range of courses on protection, rescue and intervention in emergency situations to the employees of Fraport Group and other interested individuals and companies from around the world.

The Civil Aviation Agency of Slovenia extended the Approval Certificate for work in the field of Aircraft, Passenger and Baggage Handling, Aircraft and Airport Firefighting – with endorsements. All the training courses, which are presented in detail on the new Fraport Aviation Academy website, are based on standards and recommendations from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the European Safety Agency (EASA) and the American National Association for Fire Safety (NFPA). Aerodrom Ljubljana has been a member of the latter organization since October 2016.  
 
Fraport Aviation Academy will, together with its highly-qualified partners, offer a wide range of skills and knowledge to participants from the entire Fraport Group and other airports from around the globe. The training will be implemented in collaboration with the Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia, the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Kranj and Fraport’s Fire Training Center (FTC). Both basic and advanced training for airport firefighters will be implemented at educational centres at Ljubljana and Frankfurt Airports by qualified instructors from Aerodrom Ljubljana and other Fraport Group airports. There are currently an additional six firefighters from Aerodrom Ljubljana training to become instructors at Fraport’s Fire Training Center. Demanding fire training courses, such as extinguishing internal fires and responding to accidents involving hazardous materials, will be held at the Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia in Ig, near Ljubljana.
 
 
Additional theoretical knowledge in the field of crisis management will be offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Kranj, a founding member of the University of Maribor. The Faculty and Aerodrom Ljubljana will work together on the preparation of new study programmes on crisis management, and also collaborate in the education of the students of Fraport Aviation Academy and the Faculty. Mutual cooperation is also foreseen in some other areas, such as integrating students into the practical training, involving experts visiting Fraport Aviation Academy in the educational process of the Faculty, and mutual cooperation in projects and research, as well as other activities.
 

The construction of the new Fire Training Center will be carried out at Aerodrom Ljubljana in the first half of next year. Realistic training will be held on the training range with an A320 aircraft and helicopter mock-up, where airport firefighters will be able to gain the necessary skills to deal with fire in and on the aircraft, and with aircraft which have skidded off the runway. The investment in this new facility, which will be inaugurated in 2018, is estimated at €3.9 million. 
 
The Academy’s wide range of training will be presented by its representatives and partners at the largest exhibition of security and fire protection, the INTERSEC fair in Dubai, on 22-24 January 2017. This fair attracts more than 31,000 visitors from 128 countries each year.
 
More information about Fraport Aviation Academy is available on the new website.
 
Zg. Brnik, 18 November 2016

Environment Award 2016 goes to Aerodrom Ljubljana

Environment Awards 2016, granted by the newspaper Finance, in the category of environment-friendly company. We are very proud of the award, which is important recognition for our work in the area of sustainability and the environment. This achievement award will allow the company to take part in the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

The award was given at the Environmental Meeting, which is organised every year, where the latest environment-friendly practices introduced into their operations by Slovenian companies are examined. Awards is conferred in four categories - environment-friendly product, environment-friendly process, international environmental partnership and environment-friendly company.

The citation stated: “The finalists in the environment-friendly company category are the Hotel Park in Ljubljana, Aerodrom Ljubljana and Fructal. Seven companies in all were nominated. At the winning company, Aerodrom Ljubljana, the environmental management system is integrated into its strategic governance. The company’s senior management is responsible for adopting the sustainability strategy. It has been awarded ISO 14001, Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) Level 2 and European Green Office certification. One of the most important mechanisms for meeting its objectives is the Green Team, which includes staff from various working environments. The team draws up an annual action plan, and during the year monitors the implementation of the plan and the realisation of measures to reduce carbon footprint. It also attends to communications with staff and the public, and works with the ACA scheme, which is the sole institutionally recognised standard for certifying airport carbon footprint management.”

The winner was chosen by a commission chaired by Boris Sučič from the Jožef Štefan Institute. Its other members were Viktor Grilc from the Chemical Institute, Peter Novak from Energotech, Vesna Vidič from the Eco Fund, Antonija Božič Cerar from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Boštjan Podkrajšek from the Institute of Occupational Safety, and Borut Hočevar from Finance.

Congratulations to other environment-friendly finalists and winners of the selection: to Toring Turbine for an environment-friendly product, to SIJ Acroni for environment-friendly process and to Iskraemeco for international environmental partnership.

Environmental and sustainable oriented Activities of Aerodrom Ljubljana are presented in Sustainability Report.
 


Brnik, November 17, 2016

Slovenian flavours invite passengers and visitors

In November the culinary offer at Ljubljana Airport is stressing Slovenian traditional foods. Before the Slovenian Food Day Aerodrom Ljubljana and Mercator handed out more than 1,100 packs of Slovenian breakfasts to passengers and employees at the airport. Until the end of the month airport bars, restaurant and shops will be offering traditional Slovenian dishes and products at promotional prices.

Before the Slovenian Food Day, this year on November 18, Aerodrom Ljubljana in cooperation with Mercator and its partners (Ljubljanske mlekarne​, Mlekarna Celeia, Evrosad and Pekarna Grosuplje​)handed out more than 1,100 Slovenian breakfasts to passengers and employees at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Within Traditional Slovenian Breakfast project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food our aim was to raise awareness of the importance of healthy and regular breakfasts, of Slovenian traditions and to support domestic suppliers. In the video below, you can see, how the preparations took place and how passengers and staff reacted. 

At the airport the Slovenian Food Day will be upgraded by »Slovenian offer". Until the end of the month airport bars, restaurant and shops will be offering traditional Slovenian dishes and products at promotional prices. 

 

In Travel Value & Duty Free Shop carefully selected Slovene culinary products are available: Slovenian "potica", chocolate, honey products and products of Piranske soline.

 

  

In bars Polet, Follow me and Culto you can treat yourself with delicious small Slovenian "potica", "gibanica", cream cake and prosciutto sandwich.

 

 

In bars Avionček and Terasa Avionček you can enjoy the cream cake. 

 

 

In mobile catering units of casualfood Mondo and Hermann’s passengers can satisfy their hunger with Krainer sausage and walnut "potica".

 

 

Zg. Brnik, November 24, 2016

Marking World Aids Day at the airport

DIH Association and Ljubljana Airport are once again joining forces to mark World Aids Day on 1 December. We have been joined in the passenger terminal by volunteers from DIH, who are distributing red ribbons, the symbol of the fight against Aids, to passengers and visitors, along with information leaflets, condoms and lubricants. They are also providing information on safe sex and disease prevention. Aerodrom Ljubljana staff are also wearing red ribbons as a sign of support and awareness.

The National Institute of Public Health estimates that fewer than one person per 1,000 is living with HIV in Slovenia, with one third unaware that they are infected. According to UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation, these figures mean that Slovenia remains a country with a low incidence of the disease; however, the possibility of HIV infection should never be underestimated. This year, the number of new cases of HIV had already risen to 56 by 22 November – the highest annual rate to date.

It is estimated that 34 million people are living with HIV around the world. Despite the fact that the virus was only discovered in 1984, HIV and Aids have already claimed the lives of more than 35 million people. Indeed, HIV is one of the most devastating pandemics we know.


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DIH Association – Equal under the rainbow is a voluntary, independent, non-profit association operating in a number of areas. These include promoting the social integration and acceptance of homosexuality, promoting and protecting human rights, and conducting preventive activities in the fields of health, social care and other areas relating to LGBT rights. More at: www.dih.si.


Zg. Brnik, December 1, 2016

Seasonal gifts on offer at Sonček stand in check-in hall

Aerodrom Ljubljana continues a long tradition of cooperation with Sonček (Slovenian for “little sun”). In December  there is a stand in check-in hall of Ljubljana Airport passenger terminal, where passengers and visitors can buy different festive items. The stand can be visited is on 1, 5, 13 and 21 December between 7 am and 15 pm and is offering delightful greetings cards, seasonal decorations and small gifts. All the products are handmade by persons with cerebral palsy from Sonček care and work centres.  

Delight your loved ones with attractive, affordable and unique gifts! They will feel even nicer and more meaningful since your purchase will be contributing to a good cause. The proceeds from the sale of products will go to persons with disability who are employed at Sonček care and work centres, as a reward for their work. 

Come visit the Sonček stand – the more the merrier!  
 
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Sonček (Slovenian for “little sun”) is the association of cerebral palsy societies of Slovenia. It is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-political national disabled organisation, founded in 1983 by the Gorenjska Cerebral Palsy Society and the Maribor Cerebral Palsy Society.  Originally a parents organisation, it developed into a professional organisation that operates in the field of disabled person care, and provides programmes and services intended for disabled persons, professional circles and also the parents of children with special needs and their close relatives. The services comprise care and work centres and programmes of accommodation in residential groups, while it also offers programmes of resumed rehabilitation, health therapy colonies, holidays, consulting, education and transport. It comprises 15 regional cerebral palsy societies, the Society for Assistance to Preterm Children, the Sonček Club and the cerebral palsy sports society Žarek (Ray). The association brings together more than 4,000 persons with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their close relatives and professional workers. For more information go to ww.soncek.org

Zg. Brnik, November 30, 2016

easyJet adds more flights to Slovenia

The range of low-cost flights on offer at Ljubljana Airport is growing. easyJet now flies four times a week to London Gatwick, complementing its well-established connection to London Stansted. In terms of the number of passengers, London is the leading destination from Ljubljana Airport.

On Monday at 7:50 in the evening the first easyJet aircraft to fly in from London Gatwick arrived at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. From 5 December the British low-cost airline will provide this service four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Flights are on sale at easyjet.com with fares starting from as little as EUR 43* one way per person. This is in addition to the well-established connection to London Stansted, where they fly every day in the winter.

 

easyJet made its first flight to the Slovenian market on 28 April 2004. To begin with they flew between Stansted and Ljubljana four times a week, then their volume of business increased continuously. easyJet has contributed significantly to establishing Slovenia as an air tourism destination, with more foreign visitors flying with them to this country each year. From the beginning to the present day they have completed 9,748 operations at our airport (take-offs and landings) and their aircraft have carried 1,274,399 passengers to and from Slovenia.

In the winter timetable, the airport at Brnik has connections to three London airports on 15 flights, and in terms of passenger numbers London is the leading destination from Ljubljana airport. It is followed by Frankfurt and Istanbul.

In addition to easyJet, Ljubljana is served by budget flights with Wizz Air, offering connections to London Luton and Brussels Charleroi. Currently 14.2 percent of passengers using Ljubljana airport are budget airline customers. And there will be more budget services offered next year. Dutch low-cost airline Transavia is planning to fly three times a week to Amsterdam (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays) from 4 April 2017. This means that three low-cost airlines will now be offering passengers at least 20 flights a week from Ljubljana.

DEPARTURES WINTER 2016/2017
ARRIVALS WINTER 2016/2017

*Fares per person, one way, based on two people travelling on the same booking.    

We love to make you happy

Happiness is the driving force of life and thanks to you, our passengers, the airport is full of it – when we send you off into the world and when we welcome you back home again. Thank you for flying from Ljubljana Airport!

As 2016 draws to a close, we at Aerodrom Ljubljana have prepared a festive communication campaign highlighting the best of our relationship with our stakeholders (passengers, business partners, employees and owners). Its slogan "We love to make you happy!" expresses the essential feeling that characterises all our interactions with you.

With Christmas just around the corner, Santa Clause and his elf helper sneaked into the airport to surprise departing passengers with seasonal gifts. They will also have gifts for our friends on Facebook. We captured the whole scene – silly moments and all – in our exclusive video "Mission HAPPY". To watch it click the picture below.

Spreading good wishes and a festive spirit in the passenger terminal is a 10-metre balloon installation spelling out the word HAPPY, while messages of seasonal goodwill to passengers and employees also appear on advertising surfaces around the airport. For our business partners we devised a fun animated electronic greetings card and, on selected days in December, put a smile on their faces with a HAPPY sweet pack containing cake pops in the colours of Aerodrom Ljubljana.

Brnik, December 23, 2016

Airport User Regulations

Aerodrom Ljubljana, the manager and operator of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, has drawn up a set of Airport User Regulations, following the example of its owner's Frankfurt Airport and other European airports, through which it will ensure measures for the smooth, regular and safe operation of the airport. The document defines airport regulations on the whole and in detail for all users, also for passengers and visitors. We kindly ask you to get acquainted with the content of the document.  

In context of this document user means any natural or legal person who is present in premises, facilities or areas owned, leased or operated by Aerodrom Ljubljana d.o.o.

Airport User Regulations are in force as of January 1, 2017. 

Zg. Brnik, January 10, 2017

Aerodrom Ljubljana Again in the Company of the Most Reputable Employers

Once again this year Aerodrom Ljubljana received an award from the Mojedelo.com employment portal recognising reputable employers. The portal conducted its in-depth survey ofthe most reputable Slovenian employers for the sixth consecutive time. Just as in the previous years, the survey saw several thousand jobseekers participating as respondents judging the reputation enjoyed by Slovenian companies on the labour market according to a variety of criteria. Aerodrom Ljubljana received this recognition for the fourth time, which confirms the efforts that the company invests in its image on the market. Recognition was on behalf of Aerodrom Ljubljana accepted by Thomas Uihlein, Chief Administrative Officer.

The companies vying for this prestigious title had to achieve nearly optimum values for all the criteria judged. The combination of these criteria was then used to determine the most attractive and reputable employers according to jobseekers. Some of the criteria included the company’s level of recognition and its attractiveness, as well as the decision of whether a certain company is the jobseeker’s number one choice in terms of employment.

The Managing Director of Aerodrom Ljubljana, Zmago Skobir, commented on this award by saying: “We are happy and proud to have yet again joined the company of the most reputable employers. Reputation is by all means a reflection of the company’s success, which is in turn a reflection of our many years of efforts and investments in our brand. We build our recognition on the market through the quality of services that are based on employee knowledge, professionalism, and motivation. The fact that this is the fourth time we have received the award is also proof that our practice, which is based on sustainable relations with employees, is yielding results. We will remain dedicated to this in the future as well."
 

This year’s survey resulted in the selection of Krka as the most reputable employer, while the following also joined Aerodrom Ljubljana in the company of the employers with the highest reputation ratios: Akrapovič, Banka Slovenije, Bayer, Dars, IBM Slovenija, Lek, Petrol, Pipistrel and Microsoft.

Aerodrom Ljubljana records strong growth in January

Aerodrom Ljubljana started the new year with significant growth. In January, YOY growth in passenger numbers of 21.5% and YOY growth in aircraft movements of 16.9% were recorded. Total freight transport rose by 9.1%.

Higher growth rates were recorded for both the domestic carrier and foreign carriers in January. Foreign carriers handled 35.7% more passengers YOY in January. The total number of passengers in the public traffic segment who passed through the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport in January came in at 89,396 despite January being the quietest month of the year in terms of transport. The 21.5% rise in passenger numbers represents a continuation of the positive trends seen at the end of 2016. There were 18.7% more passengers in the public traffic segment in December.

Despite this and the fact that the network of flight connections had improved for the summer and winter flight timetables, the total number of passengers carried in the public traffic segment was slightly lower in 2016 than the year before. In 2016 a total of 1,404,831 public traffic passengers passed through the airport, which is down 2.3% on the year before, while the number of aircraft movements was 23,181 last year, which represents a decrease of 0.1% on the figures for 2015. Air cargo increased for 2,4 % accounting to 10.370 metric tons, while total cargo accounted to 19.580 metric tons (rising by 5,4 %). Although the slight fall in last year’s transport numbers stemmed from the political and security-related uncertainty in some formerly popular charter destinations such as North Africa and Turkey, the restructuring of the domestic carrier was the primary reason. Transport numbers for foreign carriers, especially the low-cost airlines, have risen cumulatively by 13.3% over the last year. Towards the end of the year, a positive trend in this regard emerged for the domestic carrier, which still carries the most passengers at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.

There is certainly no lack of challenges for the company on the horizon. Last year was marked by the integration with the Fraport Group, which is set to continue this year. We have also introduced an updated flexible tariff system which has improved competitiveness and the incentives available for attracting new transport users. The system will contribute to the introduction and expansion of new and existing flights as well as to the engagement of new carriers. Last year, we also began work on the construction and relocation of a section of the road next to the airport, which represents an important step towards the airport’s continued development. The bypass road is set to be completed by the end of the year. The comprehensive overhaul of the IT system that began last year is still underway. This year the Fraport Aviation Academy will be launched, the main purpose of which is to cater to the training requirements of the airports in the Fraport Group as well as the market generally. The academy is set to open its doors in the spring, with the construction of the training centre projected to cost EUR 4 million. This year, we will commence with the upgrade of the passenger infrastructure, and the company will begin its search to find its first investor for the Aeropolis business and logistics park.

Aerodrom Ljubljana wasn't the only airport in Fraport Group with continuation of growth trend in the beginning of 2017. Some 4.2 million passengers used Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in January 2017, resulting in an increase of about 75,000 passengers (up 1.8 percent) and a new January monthly record. FRA's cargo volume rose briskly by 5.6 percent to 168,556 metric tons. Other airports in Fraport’s international portfolio reported the following traffic performance for January 2017. At Lima Airport (LIM) in the Peruvian capital, traffic advanced by 11.8 percent to 1.7 million passengers. Fraport's Twin Star Airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast together welcomed 39,326 passengers, down 4.5 percent year-on-year. With 675,991 air travellers, Antalya Airport (AYT) on the Turkish Riviera also experienced a slight decline of 1.9 percent. In contrast, in northern Germany, Hanover Airport (HAJ) received 300,722 passengers, up 1.7 percent. St. Petersburg Airport (LED) in Russia reported a noticeable 29.8 percent jump in traffic to some one million passengers. In China, Xi'an Airport (XIY) recorded a strong 19.2 percent surge in traffic to more than 3.3 million passengers in the reporting month.
 

PRIZE GAME: Love is in the air! Above Ljubljana Airport

Around Valentine's Day Ljubljana Airport is also filled with love. We have prepared a Valentine's corner and a prize-winning game for our passengers, which when in airport bars and shops they can choose among special products and sweets.  

Not a day goes by without feelings of love at the airport. Tears come when saying goodbye to loved one, but turn into sheer joy when that person returns back from his trip. Passengers travel with their family or friends to live new adventures, some travel to the other side of the world to be with the love of their life. Sometimes, they are inseparable with their pets, so they fly with them. In all situations precious moments are created. It is good to catch them in a photo. And around Valentine’s we have made sure, that passengers have the perfect atmosphere to catch that sweet photo.          

On the first floor of the passenger terminal (Schengen Area) we have set up a Valentine’s Corner. The airport surroundings are decorated with a big balloon heart, which passengers can use as a lovely background to make a selfie. With special prop clouds, featuring love messages (e.g. “Fly me on a date!”) they can spice up their photo to make it adorable or funny.    

If they share their selfie on our Facebook Page Aerodrom Ljubljana, they enter the contest to win an attractive prize – a romantic weekend package for 2 persons at Gozdne Vile Glamping in Bled. The prize is awarded by Sava Hotels & Resorts. Users of Facebook, who aren't travelling from Ljubljana Airport around this time, can also participate. For details they must visit Aerodrom Ljubljana on Facebook. Rules and guidelines of the prize-winning game are published here.  

A heart decorated glass display is also a part of Valentine's Corner. There, passengers can write down love messages for their sweethearts. The gentlest ones have already done that. 

Airport shops and bars have also joined to celebrate Valentine's Day. Passengers and visitors can visit to choose the best gift for their loved ones or treat themselves with cute shaped and delicious sweets.  

Zg. Brnik, February 14, 2017

Fraport Aviation Academy presented at INTERSEC in Dubai

Fraport Aviation Academy (AAC), which is operated by one of Fraport’s subsidiaries, Aerodrom Ljubljana, took part in the world’s leading trade fair for Security, Safety and Fire Protection, INTERSEC Dubai 2017. A wide range of AAC’s courses on protection, rescue and intervention in emergency situations were presented to more than 33,000 industry professionals from all over the world. Beside our partners and services we also promoted Slovenia - green destination with rich cultural and natural heritage.

“Aviation is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. This rapid growth, which is reshaping the whole industry, is at the same time opening up a lot of new business opportunities. New safety and security standards are being implemented every day in order to ensure the protection of health and to minimize the danger to life and property. For us, safety is the most important aspect of aviation, so we have developed a large number of rescue and firefighting training programmes, which we proudly presented at the fair,” said the Director of Fraport Aviation Academy, Thomas Uihlein.

Visitors to the fair were extremely interested in AAC’s training services, which will in future be implemented in collaboration with Fraport’s Fire Training Centre (FTC), the Centre for Protection and Disaster Relief of the Republic of Slovenia, the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of University of Maribor, and Slovenia Control. The names of these partners reveal that the vision of AAC is not only to pass on knowledge, but also to link the different fields of aviation into an integrated learning concept, and therefore, in future, expand the scope of its services to other fields, such as airlines, authorities and air traffic control. On the fair we also promoted the services of our partners. New crisis management study options were presented by associate professor, Vice-dean for International Cooperation at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Uroš Rajkovič, who attended the fair as well.

"In addition to our services and partners we were also presenting Slovenia as an attractive tourist destination. Slovenian Tourist Board has contributed several promotional materials, which helped us to acquaint our clients with all the natural and cultural heritage sites Slovenia has to offer. Clients from the Middle East were excited to hear about new destination they can explore while attending one of our courses," explained Thomas Uihlein.

At the fair a diorama of the new fire training centre was presented for the first time. The construction of the second training field, at Ljubljana Airport (Fraport already has one in Frankfurt), is expected to start in the first half of this year. The investment in the new facility, which will be inaugurated in 2018, is estimated at €3.45 million. Realistic courses will be held on a training range with mock ups of an A320 aircraft and a helicopter. On the new training field participants will be able to gain the necessary skills to fight fires in and on the aircraft and helicopter, and to deal with an aircraft that has skidded off the runway. This kind of training from the field of rescue and firefighting will be interesting not only to airport firefighters but also to representatives of other related professions. All the training courses will be based on the standards and recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the European Safety Agency (EASA) and the American National Association for Fire Safety (NFPA).

STRIKE OF THE PILOT UNION

Trade Union of Commercial Pilots of Slovenia has announced strike for 22 and 23 March 2017 between 06.00 until 22.00 o’clock. According to Adria Airways, there are no cancellations of flights for March 22 and there is no major impact on passengers predicted for March 23, since the majority of scheduled flights will be carried out.

Nevertheless, a strike will cause some changes in the schedule of Adria Airways. All passengers are advised to regularly monitor current travel information available on their website www.adria.si

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

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

A sustainable path to noise reduction

Aerodrom Ljubljana presented the Šenčur vegetation noise barrier to the public yesterday. The site of the noise barrier was visited by Minister of Infrastructure Dr Peter Gašperšič and Mayor of the Municipality of Šenčur Ciril Kozjek, who inspected the completed project, which is one of the steps that Aerodrom Ljubljana is taking in its efforts to further reduce noise pollution in the vicinity of the airport.

Aerodrom Ljubljana is aware that lowering noise emissions significantly increases the quality of life of the population living in the area. In cooperation with the local community and the ministry in charge they have therefore planted a natural vegetation noise barrier. Around EUR 30,000 was invested in the project. It is located between the northern part of the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport and Šenčur, which is the closest town lying in the immediate vicinity of the airport. The barrier covers 7.52 hectares, on which approximately 13,000 tree and bush seedlings were planted, which will protect Šenčur from excess noise.

 

Zmago Skobir, managing director of Aerodrom Ljubljana, said: “At Aerodrom Ljubljana we are committed to sustainable development. Part of our strategy in this area is the planning and execution of company activities in a manner that supports the development of the immediate and wider environment and which does not leave negative consequences in them, one of which is noise. The vegetation noise barrier is a part of our systematic approach to this issue: we also conduct measurements in accordance with international and national regulations at the points which are most exposed to noise, and provide the local population with as much information as possible about the noise measurements – including an interactive application on the company’s website. We are also thankful to the ministry and the municipality, as their cooperation provides us with the conditions for the sustainable development of the airport and air traffic in Slovenia.”

Minister of Infrastructure Dr Peter Gašperšič stated: “I am satisfied, because today we have kept our promise with regard to planting the vegetation noise barrier. Through this project we are also implementing our social responsibility to the local environment, as lowering noise emissions significantly increases the quality of life of the population living in the area. In addition to the noise protection, or reduction of noise emissions into the environment, the vegetation barrier will also serve as a dust barrier and an odour barrier, which will also contribute to a better quality of life in the nearby towns.”
 
Mayor of the Municipality of Šenčur Ciril Kozjek added: “We at the municipality were happy to join the project, since improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of Šenčur is a priority, and the barrier is also important from the ecological perspective. We will gain forest area which has not been present here, between the airport and the town, since the 1970s.”

 

The sustainability of the project is also aided by the fact that all of the seedlings used were propagated in Slovenia, and the selection of species is adapted to local plant families. At the same time, the barrier is designed so that it can also serve as a recreational area for the town of Šenčur. Also, at the same time as the planting, an old dumping site was cleaned up. The ceremony marking the delivery of the noise barrier to its purpose was officiated by Minister Dr Peter Gašperšič, Mayor Ciril Kozjek and the managing director of Aerodrom Ljubljana, Zmago Skobir, with the help of pupils from the Šenčur Primary School, who symbolically completed the project by planting the final trees. All employees of Aerodrom Ljubljana play an active role in the implementation of the company’s sustainability programme, for instance through cleanup campaigns in the immediate vicinity of the airport.

Brnik, 5 April 2017

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.


 

 

 

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.

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

 

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.’’

2016 Sustainability Report

As part of the aviation industry, Fraport Slovenija is well aware that its active role in ensuring the public interest of safe, regular and undisturbed air transport carries with it an impact on the environment in economic, social and environmental protection terms. We therefore plan our company operations and development in a way that promotes the development of our immediate and wider surroundings and, at the same time, brings with it as few adverse effects as possible. Part of our commitment to sustainability is the annual sustainability report, which sets out, in a systematic and transparent way, all the efforts we are making towards ensuring sustainable development. The report outlines the progress made in our existing sustainability practices, alongside those which we first introduced in 2016.

2016 Sustainability report [click on cover] 

The report has been drawn up in line with the GRI-4 guidelines. The number of projects yielding positive results demonstrates that sustainability is an integral part of everyday operations at Fraport Slovenija. New projects include the introduction of electric car-sharing for employee business travel, the planting of an anti-noise barrier, and improvements in the quality of services etc. In collaboration with the Slovenian Ministry of Infrastructure, and in order to make further noise emission reductions, we have planted an anti-noise barrier in the area between the airport and the town of Šenčur. This will protect the town from the noise produced by the airport, particularly by aircraft operations in manoeuvring areas. As regards mobility, through partner cooperation we have introduced zero-emission electric car-sharing to link the capital with airport infrastructure and the world beyond. Another positive aspect of this project is the use of 100% renewable energy sources for electric vehicle charging stations, providing a further boost to the combination of electric mobility and vehicle-sharing.

In 2016 we successfully renewed our Level 2 Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) certificate for the second time; the ACA is a scheme that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at European airports. Last year our CO2 emissions fell by 2.6% in absolute terms on the average over the previous three years (2013–2015). Taking passenger numbers and cargo tonnage into account, emissions per individual passenger and per 100 kg of cargo in 2016 were down 5.1% and 8.8% respectively on the 2013–2015 average. We also successfully renewed our certification for the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system and the ISO 9001:2008 quality management system, which confirms the high quality of our services, our focus on continual improvement and the effectiveness of our operations. Our environmental efforts also brought us the 2016 Environmental Award from the Finance newspaper.

Fraport Slovenija invests a great deal in education and training, and is an employer that places diligence and safety to the fore. In 2016 we set up the Fraport Aviation Academy. This new education and training centre will offer a wide range of training options in crisis prevention and management, thereby helping to improve employees’ skills and qualifications at airports around the world and ensuring that aviation is safer than ever before. 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 Company certificate, enabling us to join other companies committed to ensuring a better work–life balance and even greater social responsibility. For the fourth time and for the second year running we received a Reputable Employer award – a further confirmation of our stable reputation as a desirable company in which to work.

The Sustainability Report also contains a basic company profile, a description of the company’s business operations and future development, a presentation of the principles of sustainable communication, details of specific projects that demonstrate the company’s sustainable approach towards its employees, passengers, visitors, business partners, suppliers and the environment, and our activities relating to social responsibility.

Growth in traffic continues with record September figures

The pronounced growth in traffic at the airport has continued into the second half of the year. In the first nine months of this year, traffic was 20.4% up on the same period last year; the number of aircraft movements also increased by 11.4% and total freight transport rose by 16.5%. We may recall that traffic increased by 20.8% and aircraft movements by 11.9% in the first half of this yearin comparison with the first six months of 2016. In the first eight months of the year, the Ljubljana airport, in comparison with the same period last year, had the highest increase in traffic in comparison with other airports in the region with a good 20%. Zagreb airport is second with 11 percent, followed by Trieste (10 percent), Klagenfurt and Graz.



The second half of the year therefore began positively, with traffic increasing by 18.9% in August and September. While we exceeded one million passengers in the middle of August, we should make particular mention of September, a month in which two new records were set for the airport. That month saw the highest monthly passenger figures, outstripping all previous Septembers (at 180,380, the figure was around 30,000 more than last September), and Sunday 17 September was a record day for the number of passengers passing through the airport: 8,372.

That the record was broken on that particular day was, of course, no accident, as it was the day the Slovenian basketball team won the European championships in Istanbul. In addition to the regular Sunday traffic, we hosted 11 additional aircraft, with almost 2,000 passengers, all of them travelling to watch the game.



Of the first nine months of this year, the highest monthly growth in traffic was recorded in April (31.5%) and the highest number of passengers in July, with 198,138 passengers passing through the airport in that month. The creation of a new Ljubljana–Amsterdam route by low-cost carrier Transavia contributed to April’s growth figures, while July’s figures were the result of the high season and of charters, which this year flew to 23 destinations. We expect growth to steady somewhat by the end of the year.

Road construction - possible traffic congestions on the way to the airport

Dear passengers traveling to Ljubljana airport, we are informing you that the road past the airport is under construction due to the works on the gas pipeline and on the new bypass road. The construction with occasional road closures  will last for another month. We suggest that at this time, due to possible congestions, you leave for the airport early. Thank you for your understanding and please take into account the temporary traffic signalization.

Golden team at the Airport

September was one of the liveliest months of the year, as two new records were set. We had our largest-ever number of passengers for the month of September, and recorded the highest daily number of passengers in the airport’s history. But notwithstanding these records, of which all of us at the airport are very proud, we will remember the ninth month of 2017 for the gold medals won by our national basketball team in convincing style at EuroBasket in Istanbul.

Photo: FIBA

Our part of the story began back on 28 August, when the entire national team flew from Ljubljana to Helsinki. The team members were relaxed and happy upon their departure, and their eyes were shining. It was as if they already knew what they could accomplish.

We can assure you that the entire airport breathed as one with the national team throughout the tournament. Our employees’ excitement grew with every game, and the atmosphere at the airport was livelier every day – not least on account of the fans, who were deciding to go to Turkey to support the team in increasing numbers. Some airport employees went to the championships and cheered for our squad throughout the tournament – and they played a very significant role. Edo Golob and Gregor Zakotnik are undoubtedly among the loudest supporters of our basketball team, as they brought a large drum to the games and gave extra encouragement and energy to both the players and the fans.

The atmosphere at the airport grew exponentially after the quarter-final victory over Latvia, since air carriers had to add additional flights in order to bring the throngs of fans to Istanbul. After the victory over Spain the airport became an air base for fans, full of boisterous supporters and tired but proud and happy airport employees. These employees made it possible for 2,000 fans to go support their team on Sunday alone. Eleven flights to Turkey were added to the regular Sunday schedule, with the largest of them, a Boeing 777-300, carrying 332 noisy fans!

The proud cheering for #mojtim (my team) paid off in spades, but immediately after the victory we started making plans for the following day, when we would have to bring both the fans and the champions back home. Despite the fact that the official reception was held on Congress Square in Ljubljana, around two thousand people came to the airport to greet Gogi, Luka, Klemen and the rest of the champions. The atmosphere was indescribable, and the joy and pride could be felt everywhere. The champions were greeted by young and old, there were autographs and selfies, as well as photo ops and interviews. But we will always remember the broad smiles on the faces of both the players and the fans, who had breathed as one through every moment – breathed as one nation, Slovenia!

Award for Best Annual Report on Sustainable Development

Fraport Slovenia received the award for the best annual report in the field of sustainable development at the 18th Business and Financial Reporting Competitions organized by the Finance newspaper. Award was received yesterday by the Managing Director of Fraport Slovenija Zmago Skobir and Primož Primožič, environmental expert and responsible for the project of preparation of the report.
 
The competition is a platform for the highest standards in the preparation of annual reports. The reports are evaluated by an independent commission, each report being evaluated with points by field of content of the report and from a communications point of view. The award is certainly an acknowledgment to all those who participated in the report, and above all to the efforts of Fraport Slovenija in the field of sustainable development.

"The top management is responsible for the adoption of sustainability strategy and its programme. All employees are engaged in the implementation of the sustainability programme, in accordance with our powers and responsibilities we have, while the report is prepared by the responsible for individual areas, together with employees, project groups and committees. Sustainability and social responsibility are definitely becoming an important pillar of the development of Fraport Slovenia and we are pleased and proud that our efforts are recognized in the form of such awards," said Zmago Skobir.

The 2016 Report is our second such report, and it depicts the continuation of the existing sustainable practices and it presents some new ones which were introduced in 2016. It sets out, in a systematic and transparent way, all the efforts we are making towards ensuring sustainable development.

2016 Sustainability report [click on cover] 

The Sustainability Report also contains a basic company profile, a description of the company’s business operations and future development, a presentation of the principles of sustainable communication, details of specific projects that demonstrate the company’s sustainable approach towards its employees, passengers, visitors, business partners, suppliers and the environment, and our activities relating to social responsibility.