|Aegean Airlines plans to launch Athens - Ljubljana flights next summer|
The Managing Director of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Zmago Skobir, has said that Greece's Aegean Airlines plans to introduce flights to the Slovenian capital next summer season. The comments were made at the recent panel discussion on the future of the Slovenian aviation industry, hosted by the "Finance" daily for the "Sierra5" portal. Mr Skobir notes that Aegean intends to operate up to three flights per week from Athens to Ljubljana. The Star Alliance member has a limited presence in Slovenia and has maintained only seasonal summer charters from Greek holiday hotspots to Maribor over the past few years. The airline is expected to serve Ljubljana with its Airbus A320-family aircraft, Mr Skobir notes.
Aegean Airlines itself is yet to confirm the new route. Its Public Relations and Press Director, Stavroula Saloutsi, tells EX-YU Aviation News that, "More specific information will be available at the end of October". However, in August, Aegean confirmed its interest in Ljubljana as a potential new destination. “Aegean is considering increasing frequencies on existing routes, as well as adding further destinations in the former Yugoslav region”, it said. The airline has already added an additional weekly flight to its seasonal route from Athens to Dubrovnik next summer, for a total of six weekly services. On the another hand, it will boost capacity to Belgrade by upgrading the service from a Dash 8 turboprop to the A320 on four out of five of its weekly flights.
Aegean Airlines will become the only carrier to offer nonstop flights between Athens and Ljubljana. Both Adria Airways and Aegean Airlines codeshare on Air Serbia flights between Athens and Belgrade, as well as Belgrade and Ljubljana. In addition, Aegean placed its flight number and designator code on Air Serbia's services from Belgrade to Sarajevo, Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split earlier this year. Aegean told EX-YU Aviation News it was "satisfied" with its cooperation with the Serbian carrier. Furthermore, the airline is likely to attract a number of Slovenian holidaymakers during the summer months who will transit via Athens to Greek holiday hotspots. With hubs in Athens and Larnaca, Aegean has been expanding rapidly, adding an impressive 38 new routes this summer alone. Meanwhile, another Star Alliance member, Poland's LOT, will introduce services from Warsaw to Ljubljana starting March 1, 2016.