Pandemic slashes Q1 passenger numbers at Ljubljana airport

Brnik – The number of people travelling through Slovenia’s biggest airport in the first quarter of this year was only a tenth of that recorded in the first quarter of last year, which was in the most part still unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Just over 18,360 people travelled through the Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana in the first three months of the year, a significant drop over nearly 191,640 in the same period of last year.

Fraport Slovenija, the airport operator, expects this summer season to be better than last year’s, but the results will depend on the epidemiological situation in Slovenia and individual destinations.

Currently there are five carriers flying to Ljubljana and another nine are expected to operate flights to 15 destinations during the summer season. Fraport also expects more charter traffic this summer.

The negative trend in the number of passengers started showing as early as March of last year, when the number of passengers at Ljubljana airport had more than halved over the month before.

Slovenia imposed a total ban on passenger air travel on 17 March 2021. The ban was lifted three months later, but the pandemic has led to a significant decrease of air travel, as well as a drop in carriers flying to and from Ljubljana airport.