Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport unveils new showpiece terminal
Ljubljana Airport today inaugurated its new 10,000sqm passenger terminal, although the Slovenian gateway’s key new asset won’t officially open to passengers until July 1.
Operator Fraport Slovenija, a subsidiary of global airport operator Fraport AG, has invested some €21 million in the ultra-modern terminal, which will ensure that Ljubljana Airport is equipped to meet future demand.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Fraport AG’s executive board member Dr Pierre Dominique Prümm, said: “We are confident the terminal will strengthen Ljubljana Airport’s competitive position in the region and internationally. This terminal is a symbol of stepping forward into the New Future.”
While Fraport Slovenija’s managing director, Zmago Skobir, noted: “We are ready for the returning growth in traffic, with our new terminal ambiance and attractive offerings for our passengers and business partners.”
According to Fraport, the new terminal is capable of handling 1,200 passengers per hour – double that of its predecessor.
Along with more space and comfort, the terminal will feature a greater choice of shops, restaurants and other amenities – with over 1,200 square metres available for retailing initially.
Prümm stated: “In short, this customer-oriented terminal will significantly enhance the travel experience at Ljubljana Airport.”
Despite the difficult pandemic period, Fraport notes that it successfully finished construction of the terminal on time and within budget.
Prümm also emphasised that the terminal is ready just in time for the start of Slovenia’s six-month Presidency of the Council of the European Union at the beginning of July – when Ljubljana will be on the European centre stage welcoming visitors from other European capitals.
Fraport is, however, quick to point out that its commitment to Ljubljana Airport “goes beyond constructing a new passenger terminal”.
It says: “Since Fraport Slovenija started managing Ljubljana Airport in 2014, Fraport has invested more than €60 million in new facilities, such as the Fraport Aviation Academy, a new fire station and the new terminal.
“In addition, Fraport is looking closely at the big potential for cargo and airport city developments in the direct vicinity of the airport.
“Construction will start soon on a solar energy facility for the airport – part of the Fraport Group’s climate and environmental initiatives in Slovenia and worldwide.”