This year the traffic growth at the Ljubljana Airport continues to show significant growth. Compared to the first half of 2016, the first half of 2017 recorded year-on-year increases of 20.8% in passenger numbers and 11.9% increase in aircraft movements. Total freight transport rose by 13.5%.
The 20.8% increase in the number of passengers continues the positive trends witnessed at the end of 2016 and the beginning of this year, with both domestic and foreign carriers both doing well. Passenger numbers for foreign carriers were up 33.3% year on year for the first half of 2017, as the efforts made to strengthen the flight network last year continue to bear fruit – just recently, at the beginning of April this year, the low-cost airline Transavia established a connection between Ljubljana and Amsterdam. This was one of the reasons why figures peaked in April with a 31.5% jump in monthly traffic growth. The three most popular destinations in the first half of 2017 were London (114,915 passengers), Frankfurt (64,283 passengers) and Istanbul (62,547 passengers).
In the first half of 2017, the airport served a total of 722,943 passengers, up from 598,271 passengers for the same period last year. The number of aircraft movements reached 11,965 in the first half of the year, which is a 11.9% year-on-year increase on the 10,697 aircraft movements for the same period last year. Airfreight increased by 13%, totalling 5,652 tonnes, while the total amount of freight transported in the first half of the year came to 10,725 tonnes, or 13.5% more.
The increase in traffic is caused mainly by the strengthening of flight network and the increase in both domestic and foreign carrier traffic, a favourable economic climate and Slovenia’s growing popularity as a tourist destination. Further contributing to this growth, charter flights will continue in the summer months, connecting Ljubljana to 23 destinations this year.
Air traffic at Ljubljana Airport is at its peak at this time due to the holiday period being in full swing and the resulting considerable increase in passenger numbers. In order to avoid overcrowding and to make sure their travels get off to the best possible start, all passengers are advised to arrive at the airport in time (two hours earlier) and to prepare properly for their flights. For this purpose, the campaign Sproščeno na pot z letalom! has been launched to raise awareness and ease both the travel preparations and the travel experience itself with information about documents, baggage, liquids, security checks and the like. More information is available at: http://bit.ly/sprosceno_na_pot