History

The first aircraft, type DC 6B, landed at today's Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport on Christmas Eve in 1963. Regular air traffic started on 9 January a year later.

Before today's airport in Brnik was built, Slovenia had its airport in Ljubljana, along the current Letališka cesta, after which the street was named. Brnik was chosen as the new location of the airport mainly due to its favorable geostrategic location; construction projects have been maturing for quite some time.

The first foundation work began in 1952, and a good decade later, with the landing of the first passenger plane at Brnik Airport, a completely new junction of opportunities began to grow.

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is the central Slovenian international airport. It is one of the leading airports in the region with a gravitational area of more than 4 million inhabitants, connecting the Balkan region with Western and Central Europe.

Due to its constant growth and development, Ljubljana Airport is an important hub for passenger and freight air transport, as well as distribution and logistics services.

2021

The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic cripple air passenger traffic in 2021 as well.

Fraport Slovenia obtains the AHA (Airport Health Accreditation) certificate, which is awarded by the International Council of Airports ACI (Airport Council International) and joins a family of airports that are certified to provide safe conditions for passengers and employees.

2012

In March, the business lounge was renovated and expanded and the standard for passengers traveling in a higher class was improved, and the commercial offer in the international area of the passenger terminal was expanded.

At the end of the year, the European Commission issued a decision on the allocation of European funds for the construction of a new passenger terminal.


2013

For the first time since 2008, the company managed to record growth in passenger and freight traffic. The multi-year negative trend was reversed mainly due to the growth in foreign airline traffic.

The operations of the domestic carrier Adria Airways have stabilized.

The new scheduled carrier Air Serbia has established daily flights from Ljubljana to Belgrade.

In October, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia placed Aerodrom Ljubljana on the list of predominantly state-owned companies for sale, and some proceedings were initiated in connection with this.


2014

The year was marked by the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the airport.

The biggest turning point was undoubtedly the sale of the company to the German airport operator Fraport AG, which signed an agreement in September to buy 75.5 percent of the shares.

Growth in passenger and freight transport and good business operations continued in 2014.


2015

In the first months of the year, the majority owner, Fraport AG, acquired a 100% stake in Ljubljana Airport, and on the last day of March the company was transformed from a joint stock company into a limited liability company. 

Good business continued also in 2015, traffic growth was significant and was the fastest in the region at 10 percent and almost one time higher than the average growth of passenger traffic at European airports. 

In May 2015, the company received the ISO 14001 certificate for the continuous reduction of the harmful effects of its activities on the environment.


2017

The company Aerodrom Ljubljana was renamed to Fraport Slovenija.

The marked growth of passenger traffic continued, which was the result of the strengthening of the network of air connections and the increase of traffic of both domestic and foreign carriers, the favorable economic climate and the growing recognition of Slovenia as a tourist destination.

Ljubljana Airport ends the year with a record number of accepted passengers, 1,676,032.


2018

Sustainable mobility is one of the most important pillars of the company's sustainable strategy, the vehicle fleet is enriched with the first car powered exclusively by electricity.


2019

Fraport AG and Fraport Slovenija have opened a new training center for Fraport Aviation Academy at Ljubljana Airport, and more than 500 participants from all over the world are being trained in the new facility of the academy.

Construction work is underway to expand the new T2 passenger terminal.

The domestic carrier Adria Airways declares bankruptcy and ceases air operations.

The airport strengthens the connection of flights with foreign carriers, regular flights to Ljubljana airport are established by Lufthansa, Swiss International Air, Brussels Airlines.


2020

Fraport Slovenia is the initiator of the resolution on the development of transport infrastructure in the area of Ljubljana Airport. The resolution was supported by all six surrounding Gorenjska municipalities.

A global SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic has been declared, halting global passenger aviation. On 17 March, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia issued a decree banning the operation of all passenger air transport in the Republic of Slovenia. Only freight traffic, special air transport without passenger transport, state and humanitarian flights and flights with which Slovenian citizens return to Slovenia are allowed.The airport has been reopened on May 12, but global air passenger traffic is drastically declining due to measures to curb the spread of coronavirus taken by countries around the world.

2001

After the terrorist attack in New York on September 11, global air traffic found itself in crisis, the number of passengers dropped drastically overnight.

In 2001, air traffic in Brnik fell for the first time since 1993.


2003

Start of construction of a general aviation hangar and arrangement of a general aviation platform.

The expansion of the commercial offer with wireless Internet access (WLAN) has brought additional quality in the offer of airport services.

Travelers looking for cheap travel have been delighted with the opening of the first Last Minute Center at the airport.

 

2004

Four new airlines started operations from Ljubljana Airport: low-cost carrier EasyJet, Austrian Airlines, Malév Hungarian Airlines and Air France.


2005

Before the summer, a new, modernly equipped parking house with 1,300 parking spaces and a business extension was opened.

Two spatial implementation acts were also adopted, namely the location plan for the relocation of the main road and the spatial planning conditions of the area next to the airport, which provided the conditions for the further development of airport and airport programs.


2006

Construction of a new passenger terminal has begun, and an aircraft parking platform has been expanded by just under 6,000 square meters.

With the arrival of the daily UPS freight line, the airport began to develop into a freight hub.

In the field of passenger transport, the offer of connections was supplemented by the Turkish airline Turkish Airlines and the Polish-Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air.


2007

The construction of a new part of the passenger terminal has been completed.

The company received the prestigious Rating of the Year award and ranked among the most desirable Slovenian employers.

Two new carriers, Finnish Finnair and Belgian Brussels Airlines, have started regular flights.

In June, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted a decision to rename Ljubljana Airport into Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, and in October the first facility of the emerging airport city was opened - DHL's operating terminal.

Towards the end of the year, the runway for aircraft was extended, a new general aviation terminal was opened and the parking platform for aircraft in front of it was increased.


2008

At the beginning of the year, online check-in for the flight was enabled, and we also open an extension of the runway.

At the end of March, border controls on domestic flights were abolished, and with the new timetable, Adria Airways began to fly regularly to Bucharest, Athens, Stockholm and Oslo.

Construction of a northern car park with a capacity of up to 960 vehicles is underway.


2009

Due to the consequences of the economic crisis, the airport faced a significant decline in traffic, however, the company continues to plan investments in basic infrastructure.

The main airport apron has been renovated and expanded by just under 40,000 square meters, and the summer is marked by a thorough renovation of the runway.


2010

In Europe, air traffic has mostly recovered, while at Ljubljana Airport the decline in passenger traffic continued.The year is marked by business and liquidity problems of the domestic carrier Adria Airways.

1991

The year 1991 was a turning point for Ljubljana Airport. With the independence of Slovenia, Ljubljana Airport became the central state airport, and at the same time faced a significant decline in traffic due to political and military events on the territory of the former Yugoslavia.

On June 26, at 1.30 pm, the airspace over Slovenia and thus the airport was closed.

In mid-September 1991, due to the closure of airspace over Slovenia, traffic moved to Klagenfurt Airport. With major and minor exceptions, the closure lasted until mid-February 1992, when Ljubljana Airport was used for the renovation of the airport building, the renovation of the airport parking platform and the introduction of IT for airport staff and passengers.


1992

In 1992, more than 248,851 passengers traveled through Ljubljana Airport, which was less compared to previous years. As a result of the changes, the airport lost half a million passengers from structures that could not be quickly returned or replaced later.

Slovenian airline Adria Airways has become the largest partner of Ljubljana Airport.

Due to the reduced traffic at the airport, an opportunity was offered to resurface the runway.


1993

The largest expansion of the terminal was carried out in 1992 and 1993. The passenger terminal was thus increased from 4,000 m2 to 6,000 m2.

A modern PAR-Precision Approach Radar has also been installed.


1996

The high growth trend in traffic, which was characteristic of the years after independence, began to slow down in 1996.

The annual number of passengers doubled from 1991 to the end of 1996, the amount of cargo handled more than doubled, and the number of aircraft movements doubled.

At the beginning of 1996, a new department of the General Aviation Center was created. This reorganization improved the quality of aircraft care services in this segment of transport, and at the same time it was a new, strong argument in the marketing of airport services.

The company has completed the ownership transformation process.


1997

On 28 January, Aerodrom Ljubljana was entered in the court register as a joint stock company.On 8 October, the AELG share was listed on the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.


1998

There was a significant increase in the number of carriers in the spring.


1999

In January 1999, the airport was licensed to operate in low visibility conditions of CAT III B, making it one of about 100 airports in the world with such equipment.


2000

Parking capacity has been increased from 1,000 to 1,400 parking spaces. The space and the baggage claim system have also been renovated.

1982

The airport buys a heavy fire truck for the purpose of increasing fire safety and according to the category of the airport due to the landing of wide-body aircraft.


1987

Due to extremely favorable prices for domestic air transport, the airport recorded a record traffic of 886,248 passengers. This number was not exceeded until 1999.


1990

An important contribution to safety at the airport was the increase of the platform by 35,000 m2 and the construction of a service road to deliver fuel to the platform.

1971

In June 1971, the West German airline Lufthansa opened a scheduled cargo route with Frankfurt. This was the first freight line in the former Yugoslavia, and it was a big step forward in the introduction of an integrated transport system in air freight transport.Boeing 737 aircraft, adapted to transport cargo on pallets and in air containers, carried cargo on this route once a week.

On November 22, the airport welcomed the millionth passenger for the first time.


1973

When the runway was upgraded and other maneuvering areas were expanded, the DC-10 wide-body aircraft of the American company Trans International Airlines landed at the airport for the first time in July.

1974

The summer season was a kind of test for the new passenger terminal and other new facilities. After thorough checks by several federal commissions, the airport took over the traffic of Zagreb Airport, which was being renovated that summer.

The traffic density was several times higher than usual at that time, the traffic of passengers and planes almost doubled.

At the end of the year, the Swiss airline Swissair introduced a regular cargo route Zagreb-Ljubljana-Zurich.


1975

There were changes in the structure of traffic in 1975. The share of domestic traffic increased, although in absolute terms it did not exceed international traffic. The ratio between domestic and foreign carriers changed at the expense of foreign ones.


1976

The increase in freight traffic required the construction of a new customs building.


1978

Ljubljana Airport has decided to reconstruct the runway and modernize navigation devices. After more than a year of preparations, the airport was closed at midnight on June 30. Renovation and modernization lasted until the end of August. Traffic was diverted to airports in Maribor, Pula and Zagreb. Scheduled air traffic at the renovated airport began on September 1st. The longer track and its higher load-bearing capacity enabled traffic on intercontinental lines.

On December 20, JAT began flying the DC-10 on an intercontinental route to New York.


1980

The first Boeing 747 of the West German Lufthansa cargo landing lands at Ljubljana Airport.

1963

The company is entered in the register of the District Commercial Court in Ljubljana.

The first aircraft landed at the new airport at its official opening, Dec. 24 at 10:45 p.m. The first aircraft was the DC-6B of the Slovenian airline, which was then called Adria-aviopromet (later Adria Airways).


1964

On 9 January, scheduled air traffic is established. Lines with Belgrade, Dubrovnik and London were maintained by JAT, and Adria-aviopromet flew to Belgrade and Algeria.


1965

The volume of traffic at the airport was growing rapidly. This year, 15 airlines have landed on Ljubljana Airport, and sports aviation has also developed.

In June, an air taxi began operating, offering tourists panoramic tours of the surroundings.


1966

26 airlines flew to Ljubljana Airport.Charter traffic developed mainly.


1967

The company Aerodrom Ljubljana - Pula was established, and the military airport there opens to civil air traffic, which is developing rapidly due to the developed tourist hinterland.


1968

Competition in the field of tourism has intensified, the management of the airport in Pula is taken over by Aerodrom Ljubljana. Air traffic at Brnik is reauctioned by more than half because the majority of charter flights were transferred to Pula.


1969

At the end of 1968, JAT introduced a regular freight line between Belgrade, Ljubljana and Munich. Later, a line between Belgrade, Ljubljana and Zurich was introduced. Both lines provided a good connection for transatlantic freight flights, which contributed to greater economic growth in the wider airport area.