A New Bypass Road to the Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana Is Launched
It took 21 years to turn the idea of constructing a bypass road around the Brnik Airport (suburbs of Ljubljana) into reality. The total cost of the project is 5.5 million euros. It involves a 2.4 km long road with three circular crossings and a bicycle lane. Within the framework of this project, the Infrastructure Department allocated 4.1 million euros. The Fraport Slovenija Company provided 1.2 million euros. The Municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem allocated 163,000 euros. The construction of the bypass road began in the summer 2016 and was completed as planned at the end of the last year.
“This is an excellent example of modern infrastructure that meets the needs of the economy and society,” says the Infrastructure Minister Peter Gašperšič at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Minister of Economy Zdravko Počivalšek adds that the development of the airport will contribute to an increase in the number of tourists.
According to the Chief Operating Officer of Fraport Slovenija (a company operator interested in upgrading local infrastructure and creating transport and logistics zone) Zmago Skobir, the Company, after demonstrating a record setting performance in 2017 (1.7 million passengers and 24,000 tons of cargo), will develop commercial projects on the territory of the Jože Pučnik Airport’s community area.
In 2020, the opening of a new passenger terminal is expected. In addition, the Company is aimed at finding investors. Fraport Slovenija offers a plot of land with all communications, while a potential investor shall be responsible for the financing, construction and management of the facility. The Company is aimed at the improvement of all necessary infrastructure (internal roads, sewerage network, water supply system, etc.), which will be completed by mid-2019. It is also planned to build a hotel, a conference centre, office premises, logistics facilities, warehouses, and launch a small production.