The new passenger terminal will eliminate bottlenecks and improve standards for both passengers and employees. The project, worth EUR 17.3 million, is planned to be carried out in two years. The structure, which will be built by GIC GRADNJE Company from Rogaška Slatina, was designed by the Plan B architectural office.

The passenger terminal is a development priority for the airport since the existing structure creates a bottleneck particularly during the summer season and during peak hours when it already reaches its capacity limits. The provision of construction, fitting-out and installation works under the public procurement order was entrusted to GIC GRADNJE, d.o.o., from Rogaška Slatina.

10,000 m² of new floor space

Fraport Slovenija and GIC GRADNJE signed a contract worth EUR 17.3 million on 27 June 2019, and the preparatory works began immediately after the contract was signed. Besides the preparation of the land and documentation and some demolition works, the preparatory works also include internal road network arrangement and redevelopment of some maneuvering areas.

Within the framework of the passenger terminal expansion, the public procurement order for construction, fitting-out and installation works was the first and the most complex part of all. To complete the project, six more public procurements will be awarded, with a total estimated value of EUR 4 million.

Zmago Skobir

Fraport Slovenija’s managing director

As Zmago Skobir explained at the presentation: “These well-considered investments in infrastructure will improve standards for passengers and other airport users, while at the same time they will improve the competitive position of Ljubljana Airport. They show once again that Fraport is a strategic owner that keeps its word given at the time it entered the Slovenian market: to increase the volume of traffic, create new jobs and update the airport infrastructure in the long term.”

The passenger terminal will be the largest Fraport Slovenija investment in the next five years, though by no means the only one. This year and in the next four years, the company will invest more than EUR 40 million in the airport’s modernisation and equipment. Besides the new terminal, the key investments include the Fraport Aviation Academy opened in March, renovation of the business information system, a new interior roads network, a central energy facility, a hangar for ground-handling equipment, and renovation and expansion of fire and rescue department areas.

The traffic at the Ljubljana Airport has increased in the last five years by almost 30 per cent: from 1,338,619 passengers in 2014 to 1,818,229 in 2018. Volume is continuing to grow this year as well. In June, 188,662 passengers travelled through Ljubljana Airport, which is 6.7 per cent more than in June last year. The total number of passengers by the end of the first half of the year was 859,557, which is 3.4 per cent more than in the same period last year.