On Monday, August 2, we have welcomed the Spanish carrier Iberia for the first time at Ljubljana Airport. They will be offering flights to Madrid in August, every Monday and Friday. The service will be operated with a 180-seats Airbus A320.
We welcomed the first plane of the Spanish Iberia at Ljubljana Airport with a water salute at 7:04 PM and celebrated the establishment of the connection with an inaugural event and symbolic ribbon cutting. The first arriving and departing passengers were handed out handmade Slovenian gingerbread hearts. The plane took off to Madrid at 8:10 PM.
Janez Krašnja, Head of Airline Management at Fraport Slovenija, expressed great satisfaction with the arrival of the new carrier: »We are very pleased to welcome Iberia at Ljubljana Airport for the first time. The Spanish market is interesting for tourism and economy, and having connectivity in mind flights to Madrid also mean a great addition for connecting travels to Latin America, where the Spanish carrier has established a broad network of flights. A smaller number of flights are offered in this Summer Timetable, but we expect the carrier to return next season with more frequencies. Undoubtedly this new connection indicates that even in such challenging circumstances due to Covid-19 Slovenia remains an attractive market for air travels.”
Aljoša Ota, Head of Italian Market at Slovenian Tourist Board said in the name of STO: “We are very pleased that Iberia recognized the potential in Slovenia and that Ljubljana has been chosen from the public to be the new destination of the Spanish carrier. Air travel has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and in these challenging times establishing new flight connections is crucial for the connectivity of Slovenia to the world and for tourism to recover.”
Victor Moneo, Sales Director of Latin America and Institutional Agreements with Iberia, said with the establishment of the new connection: »Iberia is ready for the recovery of travelling, which is so important for the economy, tourism and employment. The ability of quickly adapting to the new circumstances is reflected in our Summer programme, by opening destinations again and re-establishing our services under the highest hygienic conditions. Today Iberia is flying to 114 destinations in Europe, America and Africa, and even opening completely new destinations, such as the Maldives, Azores, and Ljubljana, inaugurated today. The destination of Ljubljana is special, because it is the first one, that has been selected by our followers on social media. With return flights to Madrid, twice weekly in August, we offer our passengers the chance to discover one of the most charming cities in Europe.«
Despite a slow easing of travel restrictions around the world the offer of flights is getting bigger at Ljubljana Airport. If the epidemiological situation will be improving we expect 15 scheduled flight connections by end of October. It is encouraging that the number of flights on existing destinations is growing and announcements for the Winter Season look promising.
At the moment, besides Iberia, the next carriers are offering flights from Ljubljana Airport:
- Aeroflot (three times weekly to Moscow),
- Air France (daily to Paris),
- Air Montenegro (twice weekly to Tivat),
- Air Serbia (eight times weekly to Belgrade),
- Brussels Airlines (four times weekly to Brussels),
- LOT Polish Airlines (six times weekly to Warsaw),
- Lufthansa (three times daily to Frankfurt),
- Swiss International Airlines (five times weekly to Zurich),
- Transavia (three times weekly to Amsterdam),
- Turkish Airlines (five times weekly to Istanbul),
- Wizz Air (twice weekly to Brussels, Charleroi).
Airlines below have also announced to return/establish flights to Ljubljana Airport by the end of this Summer Season:
- British Airways to London Heathrow (expected on August 20),
- easyJet to London Gatwick (expected on September 8),
- flydubai to Dubai (expected on September 24),
- Air Montenegro to Podgorica (expected in September).
An informative seasonal flight schedule, which presents the current official flight forecasts of carriers from Ljubljana Airport, is available here.
The release of travel restrictions is also followed by charter traffic, which has strengthened compared to the previous season with the attractive offer of travel agencies. Among the most attractive charter destinations remain the Greek islands, Turkish Antalya, Djerba in Tunisia, Egypt’s Sharm-El-Sheikh and Hurghada, Barcelona, Madeira and Tenerife.
Only well-prepared and well-acquainted passengers to the airport
In the light of the still limited circumstances of travel, we advise passengers to be well acquainted with the applicable restrictions on crossing borders before traveling and to adjust their travel plans to the accepted health and safety standards in the selected country.
We also suggest that passengers arrive at the airport on time, ie at least two hours before the flight. We advise everyone who travels during this time to get well acquainted with the necessary documents and forms they need to travel to the desired destination and come to the airport well prepared.
The safety of our passengers is our top priority. For the safe reception of passengers and the safe work of employees, we have introduced a number of measures at Ljubljana Airport, for which we have also obtained an AHA (Airport Health Accreditation) certificate from the ACI (Airport Council International), which confirms that we provide safe conditions for passengers and employees.
Please familiarize yourself with the security measures taken before arriving at the airport, so that you can start your journey safely and without worries.
At the airport, we provide the possibility of coronavirus testing for passengers and other interested parties who need a certificate of completion of the test.