Windrose to launch Ljubljana service


Ukraine’s Windrose Airlines will go ahead with the launch of its Kiev – Ljubljana service this winter season following several cancellations. During the week, the carrier announced that flights would commence on October 24 and run twice per week, each Tuesday and Saturday, with a mix of ATR72-600 and Embraer E145 aircraft, which have the capacity to seat 78 and 49 passengers respectively. “From October 1, Ukrainians can enter Slovenia without going into ten days of self-isolation with a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours. Windrose will offer convenient transfer to Ljubljana from Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Odessa with a short connection in [Kiev] Boryspil”, the carrier said. 

Windrose had initially planned to launch flights to Ljubljana in April but they were delayed on several occasions due to the coronavirus pandemic before being completely shelved. Services were rescheduled for late October and put on sale this Thursday. The development comes just a week after Windrose commenced flights to Zagreb. The new Ljubljana service will mark the resumption of operations between the Ukrainian and Slovenian capitals following a two-year hiatus. Windrose will become the first carrier to launch a new service to Ljubljana since Lufthansa in October of last year. 


Windrose Airlines had plans to serve Ljubljana in the past. In the winter of 2018/19, it intended on introducing a three weekly service to the Slovenian capital, but the flights never materialised. This was preceded by plans to inaugurate flights between the two cities in mid-December 2017, which also never came to fruition. The Ukrainian carrier had operated summer charters to Maribor in the past. Ljubljana and Kiev were last linked with a nonstop air service in October 2018 when Adria Airways discontinued the route after less than a year of operations, along with several others. Further flight details for Windrose’s new Ljubljana service can be found here.

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  1. Anonymous09:04

    Finally some good news for LJU.

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  2. Anonymous09:04

    Good luck

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    1. marko11:43

      What is the demand currently with the Kiev-Zagreb flights?-

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    2. Anonymous11:54

      The first flight was sold out. Both to Zagreb and from Zagreb but not sure about the rest.

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    3. Nemjee13:07

      First flight to ZAG arrived with 54 and departed with 64 passengers. Interestingly enough seems like today's flight was switched to ATR from the E145.

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    4. Anonymous13:14

      Better then expected loads?

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    5. Nemjee13:18

      Well given the circumstances I would say so. Especially the return flight.

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    6. Anonymous17:38

      I give more chances to flight to Zagreb compared to that to Ljubljana.

      Good luck Windrose (ot's such a stange time)!

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  3. Anonymous09:07

    It makes sense Windrose decided to launch this route in the end now that Ukrainians can enter Slovenia without quarantine.

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    1. Anonymous09:17

      If it's kept on the list.

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    2. Anonymous17:33

      Octoner 24th 2020?

      If they are following their own rules hotels in Slovenia will be closed at that day.

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    3. Anonymous08:24

      Anonymous09:17 With new rules as long as you have a negative COVID19 test not older than 48 hours the list doesn't matter

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  4. Anonymous09:17

    Nice!

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  5. Anonymous09:25

    At least something.

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    1. Anonymous09:27

      there's still some hope for LJU.

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  6. Anonymous09:26

    Interesting that there is such a demand.

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    1. Anonymous09:29

      Ukranians have a very limited choice of where they can travel at the moment.

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    2. Anonymous12:26

      Still Belgrade didn't work.

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    3. Anonymous12:39

      +1 Seriously, I doubt SkyUp will ever launch this route. If they had a smaller plane, Yes. But a 738....I don't see it.

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    4. Anonymous17:43

      In Belgrade it was another airline.
      But I agree it's not the perfect timing to start new routes.

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  7. Anonymous09:28

    I hope these flights will stick.

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  8. Anonymous09:29

    What are the fares like?

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    1. Anonymous11:13

      Not cheap at all. Fares from LJU to Kiev for the first week of November is 243 euros return.

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    2. Anonymous11:17

      Well it is a full service airline. You get 23kg of luggage included.

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    3. Anonymous12:06

      The fare is relative to the competition. There is no one else offering anything much cheaper.

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  9. Anonymous10:21

    Great news

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  10. Anonymous10:30

    If this route was not successful in much better times, I don't see it being now in the middle of a pandemic.

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    1. Anonymous10:59

      Circumstances change. It might be successful this time around because there are few other places people can go.

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    2. Anonymous11:03

      Not necessarily because this was never a popular or busy market.

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    3. Anonymous11:04

      Well let's wait and see. We should be happy that an airline will give it a go in such circumstances.

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    4. Anonymous11:12

      +1 last anon

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    5. Anonymous12:06

      Ukraine is a country of 40 million

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  11. Anonymous10:39

    with Ukraine having more then 5000 daily cases at the moment and rising i dont see how they will be allowed in SLO if they continue so.

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    1. Anonymous14:21

      Well, if you check the cases in last 14 days per 100.000 (which is what it really counts) so far Ukraine is doing much better than Slovenia... ;)

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    2. Anonymous17:17

      Right now, today, Ukraine is doing much better than Slovenia (cases in the last 14 days per 100.000).
      Ukraine will put Slovenia on the "red list" from Monday 19th 2020. But you can do a test, isolate your self at arrival till the result (negative hopefully) is out and apply the application on your smartphone (with an Ukrainian phone number). So can be managed.

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    3. Anonymous13:12

      Slovenia ~360 per 100k and Ukraine is ~556 per 100k so Ukraine is not much better than Slovenia) (numbers could vary - depends on period but in general shows the overall picture)

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  12. Anonymous10:59

    That ATR looks good :) they are new?

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    1. Anonymous11:01

      Yes they are

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    2. Anonymous11:03

      I think we will be seeing the E145 more often than the ATR.

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  13. Anonymous11:00

    You would think LJU Airport (ie Fraport) would do something to promote this route...

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    1. Anonymous13:41

      They probably don't want to risk advertising something that will likely not happen because I doubt Ukrainans will be allowed to enter Slovenia in 2 weeks.

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    2. Germans don't spend money, they earn money, especially in banana countries, that's why we had to be turned to banana

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    3. Anonymous17:25

      You can't use this flight as a jumping point e.g for Italy because Italy will close it's borders for arrivals from parts of Slovenia (included Ljubljana) or less probably to all country. pretty soon. Watch for the day: October 15th 2020.
      Slovenia is a little further to closing it's borders. Who you want to close to when you are already with such high values in your own country?
      Anyway in this corona times we can talk in advance only for days or max few weeks or a month and not for longer.

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  14. Anonymous11:00

    I can't believe its been a whole year since we had a new route launched.

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    1. Anonymous11:02

      If corona wasn't around we would have had Iberia from Madrid and Israir from Tel Aviv launch flights this summer (plus Windrose as planned)

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    2. Anonymous11:33

      Of course we would, like we had MAD last year..

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    3. Anonymous11:34

      * You are obviously not from Slovenia or have not followed the news
      https://www.exyuaviation.com/2019/12/iberia-to-launch-ljubljana-service.html

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  15. Anonymous11:03

    How long do these flights take in an ATR?

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    1. Anonymous11:15

      2 and a half hours abouts.

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  16. Anonymous11:18

    Do Ukrainians need visa to enter Slovenia?

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    1. Anonymous11:19

      No. Ukrainian passport holders have visa free travel to the EU.

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    2. Anonymous11:54

      That's right, forgot about that. Thanks

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  17. Anonymous11:19

    I don't see this working out, JP tried KBP and they failed. Now during the pandemic and volatile entry restrictions Windrose thinks it will have a better result. Don't think so.

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    1. Anonymous12:05

      There’s a lot of Ukrainians in Slovenia

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  18. Anonymous12:04

    Great news! LJU needs all the airlines it can get now.

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  19. Anonymous12:05

    Hope the loads will be there to keep this route.

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  20. Anonymous12:07

    Great. Kiev is a good city break destination

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  21. Anonymous12:07

    Ljubljana should first get linked with a number of EU markets before lines like Kiev.

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    1. Anonymous12:37

      It should be linked with markets that can generate passengers. Ukraine seems to be one of them.

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  22. Anonymous12:14

    Just in time for the famous Kiev Christmas markets. Great decision

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  23. notLufthansa13:27

    Slovenia will be closed off in few days due to soaring cases.

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    1. Anonymous17:28

      Slovenia will not be closed off 100% yet but for sure,right now, people from Ukraine will decide not to come.

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  24. Anonymous14:24

    According to OAG traffic analyser, this is Kiev's second most popular unserved route. First is ZAG.

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    1. Anonymous15:09

      So currently LJU is the first one?

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