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