Ljubljana - Jože Pučnik (Brnik)

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Last Validated 02-2023
City Ljubljana
Position 46°13'25"N 014°27'27"E
Runway(s) 13/31
Elevation 1273 ft


Jože Pučnik, named after one of the fathers of Slovenian independence from Yugoslavia, is Slovenia's main airport and handles almost all international flights. Portorož and Maribor are also served by international carriers, but the number of flights to these airports is limited. Ljubljana is often referred to by its former name Brnik. It is home of Slovenia's flag carrier Adria Airways as well as a few other companies. Furthermore, the airport is home of the Slovenian army aviation and police.


All facilities can be found to the east side of the runway. The civil terminal and general aviation is found on the north side, whereas the military occupies the southern side.

Getting There

The airport is located just off highway A2 (avtocesta A2 in Slovenian), about 20 km north of Ljubljana. Three highway exits serve the airport, as do bus services from Ljubljana and Kranj.

Around the Airport

1Aprons - east side

We start our tour around the airport at the civil terminal. The first stop here is the parking lot to the north of the terminal building. From here, you will have good views of aircraft parked on the freight platform as well as on airliners on remote stand. Construction works prevent taking good pictures from here. Both airside and landside good views of the aprons are possible. Regarding the latter, the avioncek terrace is worth mentioning, although thick glass prevents taking pictures, its a good spot to read aircraft parked on the apron.

2Military apron - east side

For those interested in military aircraft it may be worthwhile to drive up to this secondary military gate off road no.104. From here, a sneak view can be had at a small part of the apron. Just a hit and run for some serials is the way to go here.

3Approach 13 - west side

A gravel road can be entered from road no.104 to reach the west side of the airport (and only from here). Generally, decent views of the activities are possible and photography is ok from here as long as you bring some small steps. The background is beautiful with the Slovenian Alps towering behind the airport. The road is unpaved and used by local farmer traffic as well, so park your car on the side as not to obstruct other traffic. Spot 3 is suited for aircraft using runway 13 and you can easily pick the position of your choice near the threshold.

4Aprons - west side & runway 13/31

At this spot you will be able to read of a lot of aircraft, just by moving up and down this road, including some military and police, parked and moving, though heat haze can cause problems at times. To make pictures you need to bring a small ladder or stay a bit away from the fence. A few sideroads will allow you to park your car without obstructing other other traffic. There is also no shade at all, so bring some sunscreen...

5Approach 31 - west side

Around this position you'll be able to watch and photograph traffic on final for runway 31. Photography is best here in the afternoon. Again, steps are required or keep some distance from the fence...

From the west side (spot 4) Hilco Schigt made this photo of a Slovenian army Bell 412.


118.000 / 118.750Tower
135.275 / 136.000Approach

Based Operators

Adria AirwaysA319
Geodetski ZavodPA-31
GIO Business AviationCeS550
151 HEESKAS532
Bell 412
152 LEESKFalcon 2000EX
C-27J NG
Policija Air Support UnitA109


YU-AFFDC-6B, Adria c/s, preserved near spot 1
14147F-86D, stored military side, visible from spot 5

More Info

Ljubljana AirportOfficial site of Ljubljana airport

Order of Battle Slovenia

Slovenia Air Force
Slovenia Police

Other Airfields

Cerklje ob Krki  
Ljubljana - Jože Pučnik (Brnik)
Maribor - Orehova Vas (Edvard Rusjan)  
Portorož - Secovlje

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