Soon in LjubljanaTwo Russian airlines will launch flights to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport this summer season. As a result, the Slovenian capital will be connected to Moscow’s three largest airports - Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. The new arrivals will put an end to Adria Airways’ long running monopoly on the route.
The Russian charter company Kuban Airlines will inaugurate flights to Ljubljana on April 2. Flights will operate from Vnukovo Airport, which is served mostly by charter airlines and carriers from the former Soviet republics. Kuban will be followed by RusLine, which will launch services to the Slovenian capital from Moscow’s busiest airport - Domodedovo. Flights will operate twice per week from July 2 with a Bombardier CRJ200. Details can be found here. Originally, RusLine was to launch flights to Ljubljana last year, however, later decided against the move. The new arrivals will compete against Adria which is offering eight weekly flights to Sheremetyevo Airport. The Russian national carrier Aeroflot code shares on Adria’s service, despite the two being from rival airline alliances (Star and Sky Team).
Several days ago, the Finnish national carrier Finnair resumed its seasonal service from Helsinki to Ljubljana with up to four weekly flights onboard the Airbus A319. Services will operate until the end of the summer season, in late October. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport recently announced that it is working on bringing low cost airlines to the Slovenian capital from the 2012/2013 winter season, although, as previously reported, talks with Ryanair have broken down.