Fraport Slovenija Remains Strongly Commited to Developing Ljubljana Airport
Fraport Slovenija regrets the discontinuation of flights operated by Adria Airways from Ljubljana Airport due to the grounding of its aircraft fleet. Immediately responding to this situation, Fraport Slovenija staff continue to provide information and assistance to stranded passengers at Ljubljana Airport. Fraport Slovenija is working with airlines to meet the traffic demand left by Adria’s exit from the market. This includes quick-start capacity increases, as well as new scheduled flight services in in the near future. Furthermore, Fraport Slovenija remains strongly committed to developing Ljubljana Airport and to further growing passenger and cargo traffic.
As a first response which arose with the loss of Adria’s flight network, Brussels Airlines announced to launch flights to LJU. As of November 4th, the Belgian airline will start operating flights between Brussels Airport and Ljubljana, Slovenia. The destination will be served 6 times weekly, to respond to leisure and business demand between the two EU capitals. Bookings open tomorrow, 2 October.
Slovenia is a dynamic country for business and tourism – with Ljubljana Airport serving as the national gateway to and from the EU and the rest of the world. The successful development of Destination Slovenia, as well as outbound traffic, is reflected by the strong growth at LJU since 2014. Passenger traffic at LJU has risen rapidly from 1.3 million in 2014 to 1.8 million passengers in 2018 (January to August 2019 nearly 1.3 million during).
In particular, growth has been driven by the increased connectivity at Ljubljana Airport. Fraport Slovenija has been working closely with all existing and new airlines to increase destinations, flight frequencies and/or seat capacity via the Slovenian capital. In the expanding European aviation market, airlines have been undergoing consolidation in recent years. Other carriers are expected to quickly pick up the LJU traffic and routes no longer served by Adria Airways.
Currently, Fraport Slovenija is investing more than €20 million for a new passenger terminal to be fully integrated into the existing infrastructure and scheduled to open in early 2021. This terminal complex will increase capacity, enhance the travel experience, and offer more growth opportunities for airlines in the future. With the recently opened Fraport Aviation Academy and planned new airport city developments Fraport Slovenija is also expanding other aviation-related business opportunities at Ljubljana Airport.
New: Brussels Airlines six times a week to Brussels
The winter season schedule is still in the works. We will announce all new additions in the timetable of the Ljubljana Airport on an ongoing basis. We will strive to minimize the period in which the flight connections are limited.
The first re-introduced destination is Brussels. Brussels Airlines has announced the launch of flights from Ljubljana Airport as of November 4 this year. They will operate the route with an Airbus A319, flying six times a week between Brussels and Ljubljana, with ticket sales starting tomorrow.
The number of passengers traveling through Ljubljana Airport increased by 7.7% last year and by 3.7% in the first eight months of this year.
We strongly believe in the continued growth of traffic at our airport, thus we are investing in modernization of airport infrastructure and increasing our capacities. In five years, Fraport Slovenia will invest more than € 40 million in investments, half of which will be invested in a new passenger terminal.
Information for passengers
Anyone who has purchased Adria Airways flight tickets is advised to contact the point of sale where the ticket was purchased. We also help with information at our passenger contact center, where we increased our staff. Relevant information will also be posted on www.fraport-slovenija.si, on facebook.com/LJUairport/ and via the media.
Zg. Brnik, 1 October, 2019