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