Figure 1. Ljubljana Airport and some of the surrounding communities (source: ANIMA report 2020)
Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana is the central Slovenian International Airport, managing approximately 97% of the total passenger air traffic in Slovenia. The airport is considered ideal for the development of flight connections because of its location – it is at the crossroads of Pannonian Basin and Po Valley, as well as between the Middle East and Europe. In 2018, the airport accounted for 35,500 aircraft movements, and currently, the airport is still below 50,000 movements a year. The airport is wholly owned by the German company Fraport Slovenija, which core business is the airport management and operation, airport infrastructure development, provision of ground handling services and other commercial activities.
Since Ljubljana Airport does not qualify as a major airport, Strategic Noise Maps and Action Plans compliant with Environmental Noise Directive (END) are not mandatory. Nonetheless, the airport monitors noise and collects all necessary data for mapping environmental noise. Additionally, four noise-sensitive zones were previously defined (see Table 1). Zone III includes the residential areas in the close vicinity of the airport. Noise Control at Source, in support of the Balanced Approach, as well as of ICAO Annex 16 “Environmental Protection”, is also present in the National Regulations and/or aviation legislation.