Brnik, 25 August (STA) - Aerodrom Ljubljana, the operator of the Joze Pucnik Ljubljana Airport, said on Wednesday that 558,000 passengers passed through the airport in the first half of 2001, which is 8.9% less than in the same period last year.
The number of flights in the January-June period was also down, by 7.5% to 19,780. The drop is a consequence of the two-week closure in April for runway renovation, which resulted in more than EUR 1m drop in revenues.
The airport also felt the impact of the economic and financial crisis and cancellation of certain routes. The operating revenues to the tune of almost EUR 15m were down by 4.9% compared to the first half of 2009.
While revenues were down, expenses were up, exceeding the costs for the first half of 2009 by 6.3%, despite the fact that labour costs decreased by 8%. Net profit thus dropped by 50% to EUR 1.5m.
The company is however seeing some positive trends as well, such as the 20% increase in the volume of cargo transport, the return of Finnish flag carrier Finnair and a new route between Barcelona and Ljubljana operated by Spanish low-cost airline Vueling Airlines.