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Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is getting a modern passenger terminal. The brand new terminal will open for passengers on 1 July. The expansion brings 10,000 square metres of new surfaces, including more space for security checks and baggage handling, and more check-in points. Once opened for business on 1 July, the airport will be able to handle more than 1,200 passengers per hour.

Two years after its construction started, a modern building now towers over the airport apron, and will soon provide a higher standard of service to passengers and other users. The aim of renewing and developing Ljubljana Airport is to create a modern and efficient regional entry point – a heart of possibilities for individuals, society, and a broader global community.

Dr Pierre Dominique Prümm, Member of the Fraport AG Executive Board and Executive Director of Aviation and Infrastructure emphasized that Ljubljana Airport’s new terminal is Slovenia’s gateway to the New Future: “Fraport AG is fully committed to Fraport Slovenija and our long-term partnership in Slovenia. Built on time and within budget, the ultra-modern terminal is truly a major achievement all Slovenians can be proud of. This customer-oriented terminal will significantly enhance the passenger experience at Ljubljana Airport. We are confident the new terminal will also strengthen the competitive position of the airport as well as Slovenia – in the region and internationally. Furthermore, this will stimulate growth opportunities at the airport, throughout Slovenia and the entire region.”

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“With the new owner, our company got a strategic investor in 2015 who has committed to the continuous and long-term development of the airport.”

Modern, spacious and bright

The architecture of the new building was designed by Plan B as a modern, airy space with an abundance of glass surfaces, which afford lovely views of the runway and the Julian Alps on one side, and the Kamnik-Savinja Alps on the other. The new-look is best summed up as a minimalist structure with a unique local touch which ties together exposed concrete, glass, metal and wood cladding. The structure was built by GIC GRADNJE, which won the public contract that included construction, finishing jobs and installations, as well as preliminary and demolition work, the implementation of a new road grid and the reorganisation of some of the manoeuvring area.

The works on the new terminal started in July 2019. The construction cost EUR 17 million and the equipment another EUR 4 million. The project was on schedule so the new terminal will be able to welcome passengers who will be coming to Slovenia because of the EU presidency as soon as its stint starts on 1 July.

Fraport Slovenija director Zmago Skobir said the idea of a new terminal dated back to the early 2000s, but the project was delayed first by the economic crisis, and then by the problems of flag carrier Adria Airways.

“With the new owner our company got a strategic investor in 2015 who has committed to the continuous and long-term development of the airport,” he said.

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Photo Credit: Ljubljana Airport/Peter Irman

Skobir said that the project had been conducted despite the pandemic and after Adria Airways went bankrupt. “We carried on because we know our business and we believe in it.”

Find out more about Ljubljana Airport here.