The Slovenia Times

Record 22 airlines to fly to Ljubljana this summer

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik airport. Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

A record 22 airlines will operating scheduled flights to and from Ljubljana airport in the summer season, starting on 31 March. They will serve 25 routes around Europe and beyond, including to new destinations Riga, Copenhagen and Madrid.

Airport operator Fraport Slovenija expects more than 150 weekly flights to 25 destinations at the peak of the season. Flights to major European hubs will be more frequent as well.

Early into the summer schedule, Finnair will resume flights to Helsinki (1 April), Aegean Airlines to Athens (5 April) and Transavia France to Paris Orly (5 April).

Some carriers will increase the frequency of their flights. Lufthansa will start operating two daily flights to Munich from May, and Air Montenegro will also fly to Podgorica, after the link alternated with flights to Tivat.

Flights operated by Air Serbia to Belgrade and flights to Paris Orly Airport operated by Transavia France will also be more frequent, and British Airways will fly daily to London Heathrow, as will Brussels Airlines to Brussels.

An additional weekly flight will be added to Wizz Air's connection to the Macedonian capital of Skopje, which was introduced last year.

New links will also be established, as airBaltic, Latvia's flag carrier, launches two weekly flights connecting Ljubljana and Riga on 25 April.

The new link to Copenhagen operated by the low-cost carrier Norwegian will be introduced on 29 April. Flights to Denmark will be available twice a week, initially on Mondays and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the peak of the season.

Spain's flag carrier Iberia will re-establish its link between Madrid and Ljubljana on 29 July, which will feature two flights per week in August.

Travel agencies have announced charter flights to a total of 57 destinations, including the most popular spots on the the Greek islands, in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Spain and France.

The airport saw a spike in traffic early in the year. It served more than 161,000 passenger in the first two months, up 31% year-on-year.Growth is expected to continue in March.

The airport is undergoing one the largest investments in the manoeuvring areas in the last decade, worth €6.2 million.

The existing A taxiway will be fully renovated and an additional section of the J taxiway built. The new taxiway, which will enable the turning of the largest aircraft at the western edge of the runway, is expected to become fully operational by the end of the year.


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