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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