At the end of September 2019, Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways has filed for bankruptcy, after financial pressures led to days of disruption to its flight schedule. Immediately responding to this situation, Fraport Slovenija continue to provide information and assistance to stranded passengers at Ljubljana Airport. Fraport Slovenija is working with airlines to meet the traffic demand left by Adria’s exit from the market. This includes quick-start capacity increases, as well as new scheduled flight services in in the near future. Furthermore, Fraport Slovenija remains strongly committed to developing Ljubljana Airport and to further growing passenger and cargo traffic.
Slovenia is a dynamic country for business and tourism – with Ljubljana Airport serving as the national gateway to and from the EU and the rest of the world. The successful development of destination Slovenia, as well as outbound traffic, is reflected by the strong growth at Ljubljana Airport since 2014. Passenger traffic at Ljubljana Airport has risen rapidly from 1.3 million in 2014 to 1.8 million passengers in 2018 (January to August 2019 nearly 1.3 million).
Starting in mid-October, the Lufthansa Group Airlines will be connecting the Zurich, Brussels, Munich and Frankfurt hubs with Ljubljana Airport. Travelers from Slovenia will be able to benefit from Lufthansa Group’s worldwide network. All connections are now available for booking.
SWISS will be the first to establish new flights and will be operating five weekly services from Zurich to Ljubljana starting on October 16. From October 27 onwards, the airline will extend its offering to a daily connection with the start of the winter schedule.
From its hub in Frankfurt, Lufthansa will operate twice a day offering 14 weekly connections to Ljubljana starting in the winter schedule on 27 October 2019. The Lufthansa hub in Munich will follow by offering daily connections beginning on 1 November.
Brussels Airlines will also launch new flights from Brussels to Ljubljana. The Belgian carrier will offer six connections per week, starting 04 November.
Austrian Airlines will also offer its passengers up to three daily connections from Vienna to Klagenfurt as an alternative to the termination of Adria Airways flight operations to Ljubljana.
With these new flights, the Lufthansa Group will connect passengers from all over the world to Slovenia and at the same time open the gateway for travellers from the Slovenian capital to take advantage of the Lufthansa Group worldwide network. All connections are now available for booking. Tickets are available in most Slovenian travel agencies and online.
Zmago Skobir, managing director of Fraport Slovenija, has welcomed the announcement with the following words: “Re-establishing flight connections to important business centres and hubs as Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Brussels confirms our expectations, that commercially interesting connections will soon be back in Ljubljana Airport’s network. We will strive to further expand our flight network and improve its connectivity.”
Currently, the Ljubljana Airport has connections for 10 airlines flying to the following destinations: Aeroflot (Moscow), Air France (Paris), Air Serbia (Belgrade and Nis), easyJet (London Gatwick and Stansted and Berlin), Finnair (Helsinki) ), LOT Polish Airlines (Warsaw), Montenegro Airlines (Podgorica), Transavia (Amsterdam), Turkish Airlines (Istanbul) and Wizz Air (Brussels Charleroi and London Luton).
The airlines also announced an increase in the frequency of flights to the following destinations: to Paris (Air France will increase the number of flights from 6 to 13 flights per week), Warsaw (LOT from 7 to 8 flights per week), Belgrade (Air Serbia with 11 to 13 flights a week) and Podgorica (Air Montenegro from 4 to 5 flights a week).
The Slovenian Convention Bureau continues to support efforts to improve Slovenia’s air accessibility with a series of promotional and other relevant activities.