In the winter flight schedule, that will be in effect from October 31, 2021 to March 26, 2022, the offer of flights is increasing significantly compared to last year's Winter Season. Although crossing borders between European countries is still limited by a number of measures, the travel demand is growing and carriers are adapting accordingly. 13 scheduled airlines have announced flights from Ljubljana Airport for this Winter Season and they will be flying to 14 destination in 12 countries. The low-cost Transavia will be offering up to five weekly flights to Amsterdam. Air Serbia will be operating daily flights to Belgrade. Initially with four weekly flights, Brussels Airlines will be connecting Ljubljana Airport to Brussels. They will increase the frequency of flights to six weekly in December. The low-cost carrier Wizz Air will be offering twice weekly flights to Brussels Charleroi. flydubai, that introduced new flights from Slovenia to the United Arab Emirates at the end of September, will be flying to Dubai three times per week. The most frequent weekly flight schedule will be offered by Lufthansa – they will be connecting us to Frankfurt twice daily and due to the overnights early morning flights will be available. Turkish Airlines will be flying five times weekly to Istanbul. Two low-costs will offer connections to London – easyJet to Gatwick up to four times weekly and Wizz Air to London Luton three times weekly (from mid-December). Aeroflot will be flying to Moscow three times per week. Flights to Paris will be offered by Air France eleven times per week. Due to overnights on some days at Ljubljana Airport, three weekly flights will be available early in the morning to the city of light. Carrier Air Montenegro will be flying twice weekly to Podgorica. Flights to Warsaw will be operated by LOT Polish Airlines six times per week, and Swiss Air Lines will be flying four times weekly to Zurich.
We are looking forward to a busy end of October. Holidaymakers will be able to fly from Ljubljana Airport with four charter airlines to Greece (Rhodes and Crete), Egypt (Hurghada) and to Turkey (Antalya).
In September we handled 65.133 passengers, which is twice as much as in the same period last year. The last few months being strong in traffic, we will see a turning point in October at which the served number of passengers in 2021 will exceeded the number of passengers we served altogether in 2020. With improving epidemiological situation and easing border crossing limitations we expect the traffic demand to remain strong until the end of the year.
Dr Babett Stapel, the Managing Director of Fraport Slovenija, evaluates the flight announcements before the start of the Winter Timetable: »Air traffic has been showing signs of recovery for a few months now. Although we would like this recovery to happen at a quicker pace, we are aware that the health situation around most parts of the world isn’t supporting that scenario at the moment. Flight announcements for the Winter Season, as well as for the next Summer Season, clearly show, that the Slovenian market is attractive for air traffic. At Ljubljana Airport we have welcomed back all the carriers that had suspended flights because of the epidemic in the Winter Season 2020, and we greeted new additions to the flight network – for the first time Iberia and flydubai touched down in Slovenia. Moreover, the airlines are constantly optimizing their flight schedules and expanding them with additional frequencies. We believe that with an improving epidemiological situation the network of flights out of Ljubljana will be strengthening, offering passengers attractive options for direct and connecting flights."
The efforts of Fraport Slovenija after the COVID-19 epidemic are aimed at restoring and strengthening the flight network of Ljubljana Airport. The emphasis is on securing air connections with long-term potential, which are interesting for Slovenian passengers and inbound tourism, and partnerships that can, in addition to attractive direct connections, also offer good starting points for travelling onwards to all parts of the world. During this time, final adjustments are underway with airlines setting their Summer flight schedules for 2022. Flight announcements look promising – the Summer will offer novelties and bring back some seasonal connections. The following will be joining those already offered in the Winter Season: Transavia France with flights to Paris Orly, Finnair to Helsinki, Lufthansa to Munich, British Airways to London Heathrow, easyJet to London Luton, Iberia to Madrid and Israir to Tel Aviv.