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