Norwegian to link Ljubljana and Copenhagen
Low-cost carrier Norwegian will enter the Slovenian market next summer to fly between Ljubljana and Copenhagen as it provides several new seasonal services in the region, according to the portal EX-YU Aviation.
Flights between the Slovenian and Danish capitals were last operated by the Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways before it went bankrupt in September 2019.
Norwegian's service to Ljubljana is yet to be scheduled and put on sale.
Norway's carrier, the second largest in Scandinavia and the fourth largest budget carrier in Europe, indicated back in 2016 that it could enter the Slovenian market.
This summer, it started operating flights to Skopje, after entering some other former Yugoslav markets - Croatia, Kosovo and Montenegro.
EX-YU Aviation also reports that Ljubljana airport's operator Fraport Slovenija has discussed the potential to introduce over 30 routes with 28 carriers over the past months to improve the country's connectivity.
Last month, the Infrastructure Ministry published the third call to subsidise flights to Ljubljana. A total of €16.8 million in subsidies is available for this purpose in 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Luxair was selected in the first call and is already operating flights between Ljubljana and Luxembourg, while Air Baltic won the subsidy in the second call to link Ljubljana with Riga. The latter service will be launched as the summer schedule comes into effect next year.
A decision on potential new air links selected in the third call is due in December when it should be clear if Norwegian might have applied for the subsidy.