Ljubljana Airport set for busiest month since October


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is set to see its busiest month in April since October 2020, with two carriers expected to restore operations while existing customers will increase frequencies. Overall, 183 scheduled flights are currently planned to operate (return service included), compared to 114 in March. If current schedules stick, April will see the return of both LOT Polish Airlines and Transavia to the Slovenian capital, although both are to resume operations towards the end of the month. Lufthansa will see the biggest increase in traffic, with the German carrier to add an additional seven weekly flights to its existing six weekly rotations from April 20. Air Serbia, Turkish Airlines, Air France and Aeroflot will all be adding an additional weekly service at varying points during the month, with the Serbian and Turkish carriers to maintain four weekly flights, Air France three, while Aeroflot will run two weekly rotations.

Overall, Lufthansa will be the busiest in terms of frequencies at Ljubljana Airport in April with a total of 75 operations (return service included). It will be followed by Air Serbia with 32, Turkish Airlines and Air France both with 28 flights, Aeroflot with twelve, Transavia with six and LOT with two flights during the month. Capacity-wise, Lufthansa will also offer the most seats - 6.750. Turkish Airlines will be the second largest carrier on the Slovenian market with 5.130 seats, followed by Air France with 2.560 seats. The most frequently used aircraft will be the CRJ900, on 40.5% of all flights, followed by the ATR72 on 17.3% of all operations and the Airbus A321 on 14.1% of all services during the month.

Airport operator Fraport Slovenija expects for traffic at Ljubljana Airport to pick up towards mid-summer. Furthermore, given favourable conditions for the revival of holiday tourism, the operator expects to see a greater volume of charter traffic this year in comparison to last summer. Meanwhile, Airports Council International (ACI) World has granted Ljubljana Airport its Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) to reward the exceptionally thorough sanitary measures put in place at the airport in order to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. After a complete evaluation of the implemented prevention and sanitary measures, ACI rewarded Ljubljana Airport‘s efforts based on: the processes of cleaning and disinfecting across the site, the implementation of social distancing markings, the strategic organisation of terminal space and the awareness communication campaigns for passengers and public Covid-19 prevention measures. Other airports in the former Yugoslavia to have so far received the accreditation include Belgrade, Sarajevo, Skopje, Zadar and Zagreb.



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  1. Anonymous09:02

    Finally some good news for Ljubljana

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    1. Anonymous09:03

      Still peanuts.

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    2. Anonymous09:04

      At least something

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    3. Anonymous11:53

      and with "at least something" we will have to be happy in the future. Is this what we want?

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    4. Anonymous22:40

      Ideal would be if we still had Adria around but...

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  2. Anonymous09:04

    The government's decision to drop plans for new national airline will slow recovery and we probably won't see LJU reach pre pandemic levels for some time to come.

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    1. Anonymous09:08

      LJU airport management should be celebrating. They were against national airline.

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    2. Anonymous11:55

      It's not that they dropped plans, they simply can not use EU money for that. They clearly stated that they will have to find money somewhere else.

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  3. Anonymous09:05

    At least we know that the passenger decline trend which started well before Covid will finally be overturned in April :D

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  4. Anonymous09:05

    Interesting how differently the airlines are positioned in terms of frequencies and in terms of capacity.

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  5. Anonymous09:06

    I just don't see things getting any better at LJU without either a national airline or a carrier basing a plane there. The new subsidies for foreign airlines does very little in attracting new ones. It's mostly to keep the ones flying and even that has not been fully sucsesfull.

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  6. Anonymous09:08

    Lufthansa dominance.

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  7. Anonymous09:10

    Hopefully things get better.

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  8. Anonymous09:10

    It's good to see some improvement.

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    1. Anonymous11:55

      Improvement compared to what? To airport Lesce?

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    2. Anonymous18:20

      :)
      And Portoroz.

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    3. Anonymous22:28

      Well compared to February and March. I know it's peanuts but at least we are no longer seeing further reductions.

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    4. Anonymous08:17

      Let's wait till April...I am quite sure that there will be more cancelation/reductions

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  9. Anonymous09:10

    I'm not so certain LOT and Transavia will come back as planned.

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    1. Anonymous09:13

      I think they will. They would have canceled the flights by now if they are not going to operate them in a month.

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    2. Anonymous09:38

      @9.13 you havent been following aviation during the pandemic obv

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    3. Anonymous09:40

      6 weekly with Transavia i dont think so

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    4. Anonymous09:44

      It's not six weekly, it's six flights in total in April, which means 3 flights in each direction.

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    5. Anonymous09:51

      oops :)

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  10. Anonymous09:11

    Good luck

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  11. Anonymous09:12

    Today just 1 flight at LJU. It can't get worse.

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    1. Anonymous09:13

      It can. There were days with no flights at all.

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    2. Anonymous22:27

      Tomorrow is better. Three flights in total (one sport charter) :D

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  12. Anonymous09:13

    Still waiting for LH resume Munich

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    1. Anonymous09:14

      You will be waiting at least till winter 2021/2022.

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    2. Anonymous09:20

      At best...

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    3. Anonymous09:24

      Considering LH's strong position in LJU, I'm certain the route will be resumed.

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    4. Anonymous11:58

      Lol..strong position in LJU :) because of two flights per day..real dominance!

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  13. Anonymous09:14

    Anyone know why Trade Air is operating a flights from LJU to Sochi tomorrow?

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    1. Anonymous09:23

      Russia v Slovenia football match

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    2. Anonymous09:32

      Thanks

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  14. Anonymous09:15

    Which airlines still have to return that haven't? (not including the ones in April)

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    1. Anonymous09:20

      easyjet, Brussels Airlines, Swiss, British Airways, Finnair.

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    2. Anonymous09:25

      Let's see if all return.

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    3. Anonymous09:31

      And what happened with Iberia?

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    4. Anonymous09:36

      They were supposed to launch flights last summer but covid happened.

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    5. Anonymous09:38

      I know but have they rescheduled?

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    6. Anonymous09:56

      No. It's cancelled.

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    7. Anonymous11:27

      Let's hope they reschedule

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    8. Anonymous11:27

      If the virus situation calms down, I'm sure there would be demand, as there has always been.

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    9. Anonymous11:29

      @9.20 I believe Finnair has dropped plans to resume LJU unfortunately :(

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    10. Anonymous11:33

      Hah and I remember Finnair being overly ambitious and scheduling more flights for this summer than last year.

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    11. Anonymous11:59

      Adria..

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    12. Anonymous12:58

      Iberia dropped all plans for 2021.

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    13. Anonymous22:26

      Shame :(

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  15. Anonymous09:24

    Good to see some positive developments. Things are slowly improving. Can't wait for the new terminal.

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  16. Anonymous09:26

    Well there we go, just a year after launching flights, LH is first in market share in LJU. Great success :D

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    1. Anonymous09:31

      It would be no.1 even without covid.

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    2. Anonymous09:35

      Not necessarily. Easyjet would probably have more capacity.

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    3. Anonymous09:36

      it was also during the time when they had zero flights to LJU that they were first. Through JP. even more then!

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    4. Anonymous12:03

      Wow that's really a success! They simply shift passengers from all the hubs to which LJU were connected in the past (VIE, MUC, ZRH, CPH, AMS, BRU, CDG) to FRA and now people are celebrating like that LJU is top priority for LH. If we will be happy with such "progress" then I am afraid where we will be in few years..

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    5. Anonymous22:39

      Yes it seems Lufthansa has consolidated all Star airlines. That's why we have no Swiss and no Brussels Airlines.

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  17. Anonymous09:26

    Great to see that some airlines will start operating to LJU again.

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    1. Anonymous12:04

      Wait till they come...april is still far away

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    2. Anonymous22:38

      And the two airlines that are supposed to return are at the end of April so my money is it will be moved to mid May.

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  18. Anonymous09:26

    But is there really a LOT in the summer schedule to operate the flights to Podgorica? Besides BOL and Olbia, which are probably charters.

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    1. Anonymous09:33

      Where did you get that LOT will fly Ljubljana-Podgorica?

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    2. Anonymous10:37

      Podgorica LO8773 29.5. - 2.10. on saturdays

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  19. Anonymous09:33

    Crumbs.

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  20. Anonymous09:37

    It's encouraging to see that Aeroflot is already operating LJU with A320 and increasing to two weekly.

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    1. Anonymous09:57

      Yes upgraded from SSJ100.

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  21. Anonymous09:57

    Hopefully more airlines will come soon

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  22. Anonymous09:58

    Good luck filling those seats next month.

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  23. Anonymous09:59

    Let Wizz set up a base!

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    1. Anonymous10:02

      No one is stopping them

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    2. Anonymous12:09

      Of course they will set up a base. For 143 Slovenians living across EU and for 879 tourist who visits our country each year. Two strong arguments why Wizz should place a320 in LJU.

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    3. Anonymous13:14

      you do know slovenia is second most visited exyu country?

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    4. True, but 90 % of those tourists come from nearby countries by car/bus/train. Similar as Croatia.

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    5. Anonymous14:07

      In 2019 out of 4,7m around 30% of them came by plane

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    6. Anonymous08:21

      There are a lot of tourist visits but you have to know that it's different if average tourist stay 1-2 nights (Slovenia) or 5+ nights as it's case in Croatia/Montenegro/Albania.

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  24. Anonymous10:03

    Southeast airlines will help in summer.

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    1. Anonymous10:08

      LOL

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    2. Anonymous22:28

      Even if they launched they said they were considering having a base in MXB instead of LJU.

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    3. Anonymous22:38

      They said either Ljubljana or Maribor.

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  25. Anonymous10:07

    I still don't see the point of the new terminal.

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    1. Anonymous10:53

      Long term investment. This won't last forever.

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    2. Anonymous10:55

      Even long term, I don't think there is pressing need for it unless the management changes their strategy.

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    3. Anonymous11:45

      Oh you don't see the point ? Obviously, no one in this rural country sees the point in anything of a kind ..for instance Ljubljana bus & train station. Wow, a hell of a first impression for a visitor. Same as the airport’s obsolete terminal. And we would like to become a boutique destination , really ?? And offer what ? LCC carriers, LCC shops and sadly , an overall LCC lifestyle. It makes a man cry.
      So maybe a new terminal is just a small step towards a greater first impression, as you never can get a second chance...

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    4. Anonymous12:20

      Only charming people in Slovenia are from small Alpine valleys but no one will pay for them.

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    5. Anonymous13:15

      And yet slovenia is more visited than most of exyu countries ...

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  26. Anonymous11:26

    Spring is coming!

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    1. Anonymous22:26

      Can't come soon enough.

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  27. Anonymous11:30

    Good news for LJU

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    1. Anonymous12:11

      Maybe it's good news for LJU, but it's even better news for their competition (ZAG, TRS, VCE, VIE, BEG). With such low amount of flight passengers will have to find solution. And don't forget that those airports are getting their flights back much quicker than LJU.

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  28. Anonymous11:34

    Let's see how many flights will be cancelled.

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  29. Anonymous11:36

    And when will easyjet come back?

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    1. Anonymous11:58

      May 29! But they have been delaying it all the time.

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  30. Anonymous12:35

    To letališče je še skoz premajhno, nova steza need it, train connection to Lj. Etc.

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    1. Anonymous13:29

      There is no need for new runway

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  31. Anonymous14:07

    got to say wow at the scenery on the pic :)

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    1. Anonymous14:10

      Yeah empty airport

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    2. Anonymous22:25

      In was talking about the surrounding. No need to be a wiseass ;)

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  32. Anonymous14:18

    Mostly all new flights planned for April will be cancelled!
    Covid is rampant in Slovenia, more than you can imagine and way more than the official data are reporting.

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    1. Anonymous22:25

      I don't think they will be cancelled but let's wait and see.

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  33. Anonymous22:30

    And not even a glimpse of Swiss which was given money for flying to LJU. Crazy!

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    1. Anonymous22:34

      swiss got money for nothing

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