The Slovenia Times

Ljubljana airport optimistic as passenger numbers rise

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik airport. Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport saw a significant increase in passenger transport in the first two months of the year and is optimistic about the summer season given that some carriers have announced they will return.

The airport handled over 12,800 passengers in January and February, 62% more than in the same period last year, operator Fraport Slovenija said on 7 March. It expects continuous growth in demand through the summer, higher passenger load, and a stronger network of connections.

By some metrics Ljubljana is the least connected of all European capitals. Ex-Yu Aviation, a specialist portal, recently cited data from Airports Council International Europe showing Brnik ranked 159th among European airports in terms of connectivity last year.

Fraport believes the airport could achieve pre-pandemic growth in regular passenger travel in 2026, while the charter segment could be back to pre-pandemic levels next year.

The summer schedule, which will be in effect between 26 March and 28 October, will feature 20 scheduled routes by 12 carriers.

In April, Finnair is returning to Brnik after a three-year hiatus. It will be flying to Helsinki four times a week. Aegean Airlines will start flying to Athens twice a week in June.

Air Serbia will be flying twice a week to Belgrade and three times a week to Niš. Brussels Airlines will provide six weekly flights to Brussels, while Flydubai will operate daily flights to Dubai.

Lufthansa will fly to Frankfurt three times a day and once a day to Munich. Turkish Airlines will operate two daily flights to Istanbul.

There will be multiple options for those travelling to London, as Easyjet will be flying to Gatwick airport six times a week and British Airways to Heathrow up to six times a week, while Wizz Air will operate the Luton route three times a week.

Transavia will be operating four weekly flights to Amsterdam, Transavia France will be flying to Paris Orly twice a week and Air France will be flying to Paris eleven times a week.

Israir will be operating two weekly flights to Tel Aviv, Air Montenegro will be flying to Podgorica or Tivat three times a week and Lot Polish Airlines will be flying to Warsaw seven times a week, while Swiss Airlines will operate two weekly flights to Zurich.

The summer season will also feature a multitude of charter flights, including to Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, the Azores, Faeroe Islands, Scotland, Iceland, Tenerife, Cabo Verde, Jordan, the Netherlands and Latvia.


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