airBaltic to launch Ljubljana, Skopje and Pristina flights


Latvia’s national carrier airBaltic will commence flights from its hub in Riga to Ljubljana, Skopje and Pristina next May. Services on all three routes will be maintained twice per week with the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. It will mark the first time the three cities have been linked to Riga with a scheduled air service. Flights to Ljubljana and Skopje will be inaugurated on May 2, while services to Pristina will commence on May 4. During the 2024 summer season, airBaltic plans to add eleven new routes - seven from Latvia, two from Estonia, and two from Lithuania. Tickets for the new routes can now be purchased through the airline’s website.

RouteLaunch date
Riga - LjubljanaMAY 2
Riga - SkopjeMAY 2
Riga - PristinaMAY 4
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Commenting on the network additions, airBaltic’s CEO, Martin Gauss, said, “When preparing for the next season, we always carefully evaluate the market situation and the passenger demand. This time, we have identified an opportunity to widen our network in Central and Southeastern Europe with connections to Baltic and Nordic countries. Therefore, we are glad to expand the airBaltic offering next summer with convenient direct flights to this region and also increase flight frequencies on our existing leisure and business routes”. Passengers flying from Ljubljana and Skopje to the Baltics primarily do so through LOT Polish Airlines via Warsaw, while those from Pristina opt to do fly with Austrian Airlines based on data from indirect passenger flow.

The development comes after the airline commenced seasonal operations from Riga to Belgrade and Tivat this summer, as well as from Tallinn to Dubrovnik and Split, all of which will be restored next year. airBaltic was the only carrier to apply for the Slovenian government’s public call last month aimed at improving the country’s air connectivity in return for subsidies. The state commission for the granting of aid determined that airBaltic meets all the set requirements. As a result, the new service will be subsidised and is the second route to be introduced as part of the government scheme, with the first to be launched next month by Luxair from Luxembourg. On the other hand, Skopje Airport recently said it was targeting better connectivity with primary airports across Europe, while Kosovo passport holders will be able to travel to most European Union member states visa free as of January 1, 2024, which is expected to increase demand for air travel.



Comments

  1. Anonymous09:00

    Very good news for everyone from Ex-Yu as well as SOF, TIA, KIV.
    And above all to my fellow citizens from LJU. I sincerely hope there will be more flights from LJU (and why not participate in the creation of the national carrier

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  2. Anonymous09:00

    And avoid ZAG πŸ’…πŸ»

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    1. Anonymous09:04

      This is a price that Zagreb is paying for conditions that they gave to FR, many times i wrote and still i am sure that FR will push back Zagreb in long term.

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    2. Anonymous09:06

      LJU was very smart not to become more expensive when ZAG increased their fares. Now they are making the most of the situation.

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    3. Anonymous09:15

      You do realise Slovenia is paying for this route?

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    4. Anonymous09:26

      literally only BEG and i think TIV do not subsidies the Air Baltic flights. it would be great for Air Baltic to fly to ZAG but Croatia shouldn't pay for it. and when ZAG grows in economy and demand then Air Baltic will ask permission to start the route on their own.

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    5. Anonymous09:28

      Anon 09:15

      They prefer to ignore the fact that half of this flights' airport costs will be covered by Slovenian government.

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    6. Anonymous09:33

      @9.26 lol how did you come to this conclusion. Only LJU is

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    7. So far, I had "excuse" for ZAG to be "covered" with BT in RJK, at least seasonally. But starting LJU in addition to RJK, and not ZAG, with incentives offered by ZAG, someone would have reacted immediately. In a normal country, which Croatia becomes less and less day by day. Bravo Hrvatska!

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    8. Anonymous13:29

      @09:33

      if LJU cant make it work without subsidies with their much larger economy and much larger income from citizens then there is no chance that Air Baltic is flying to Skopje without a subsidies or some concessions, least of all Pristina.

      Just like how Ryan Air pays less airport fees in Croatia.

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    9. Anonymous19:07

      And stil it has more then twice passengers then LJU. You cant compare markets like that and you dont know if they cant make LJU working without support

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    10. Anonymous20:56

      And still airbaltic decided to launch LJU, PRN and SKP (together with TIV, BEG and other cities last year) instead of ZAG.

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    11. Anonymous21:43

      Croatia is different to those countries in that it has more than one airport to attract airlines. Unlike those other countries Croatia has 3 Air Baltic destinations. and all without subsidies. so it doesnt matter they dont fly to ZAG.

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    12. Anonymous22:52

      Yeh it doesnt matter at all .. when Ryanair pays only 5€

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    13. Anonymous23:19

      Imagine ZAGs numbers without OUs hundreds of milions of € state aid and FRs mega incentives

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    14. Anonymous08:07

      What difference does it make to someone living in ZAG if BT flies to SPU or DBV? They are not going to travel all the way there to catch a flight. They will just go to LJU and get it over with.

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    15. Anonymous09:55

      well see how long the routes to Skopje last without the subsidies/ concessions. especially to PRN.
      we saw what happened in the last 2 weeks with all the airlines cancelling the routes to PRN. they flew while they were getting something and it seems they stopped getting it so they stopped flying.

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  3. Anonymous09:01

    This is a nice surprise!

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    1. Anonymous15:08

      Half of them will be gone by the time they launch the route.

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    2. Anonymous19:09

      Envy much?

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  4. Anonymous09:01

    To whoever is reading this from Ljubljana airport - your Luxair logo is outdated - please fix it :D


    Last time you updated your website within 6h of my comment - let's see what happens today.



    Either way good addition for Ljubljana

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    1. Anonymous09:28

      I have no idea how they managed to mess up the logo (just checked it for myself). Imagine doing business with someone and they can't even get the logo right

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    2. Anonymous09:30

      Atleast they have correct logos of their owners.

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    3. Anonymous10:12

      Fixed within 24h

      Maybe all we need to do is complain on here :D


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  5. Anonymous09:02

    The schedule to SKP and PRN is not the best.

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    1. Anonymous09:16

      Yeah those are very uncomfortable hours.

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    2. Anonymous09:25

      yeah very uncomfortable hours especially for the return flight

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    3. Anonymous09:32

      Maybe it is because of connections? I assume they have a morning wave from Riga

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    4. Anonymous12:53

      Yeah for sure they have flights to Helsinki, Arlanda and Tallinn in the morning, plus during the late night hours in summer is very busy at Skp, not good at all.

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    5. Anonymous13:08

      they do have morning flights to the mentioned ones and also very late arrivals

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    6. Anonymous18:20

      Actually, depending on how you look at it, it can actually be a fantastic schedule. If you want a weekend trip to Riga, the flights are perfect from Skopje: fly out early Friday morning, return home late Sunday night. You get full 3 days on a 2-night stay.

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    7. Anonymous20:04

      If you look into their Riga departures and arrivals, you will see that this schedule connects around 15 destinations, including all Scandinavian capitals and also cities in Germany, Netherlands, France, Belgium. Clearly, they target diaspora traffic via Riga.

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    8. Anonymous20:09

      Anon 18:20 That sleepless first day is gonna be so much fun 😊

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    9. Anonymous20:53

      Anon 20:09 Small sacrifice, especially for young people who enjoy city-hopping (which a lot of people in Macedonia do this past decade, since it became more affordable - a new lifestyle that contributed to the growth of SKP). One can always catch up on sleep later.

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    10. Anonymous21:43

      Me πŸ‘‹

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  6. Anonymous09:04

    Who on earth would fly RIX-PRN?! Even DY is struggling and HEL flights were never resumed. I expect this one to be the first to be cut.

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    1. Probably er baltik has too many airplanes and start whatever is possible

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    2. Anonymous10:01

      "whatever is possible"...

      It seems that Zagreb does not even belong to "whatever" group.

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    3. Anonymous19:34

      Zagreb doesn’t attract other airlines so it’s the airport’s problem, not the airline

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  7. Anonymous09:04

    Such a shame they are not coming back to BEG. They loaded their summer timetable and there is no BEG. Oh well. Best of luck in these other places..

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    1. Anonymous09:07

      Unfortunately for you, they are in the system from 4th May. Stop spreading lies.

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    2. They just experiment left and right

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    3. Anonymous09:10

      ^ it is not true. You can buy tickets on their website from 4th May, each Tuesday and Saturdat. This is what I call classic spreading of misinformation

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    4. Anonymous09:40

      There is actually a possibility that Air Baltic may operate Belgrade year round. They have flights in the system for the entire winter but they are just zeroed out, meaning tkts are not on sale. So let's see.

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    5. Anonymous09:45

      Are you at least embarrassed now anon 09:04?

      You were hoping that BT won't be flying to BEG anymore, but reality slammed you in the face.

      The only loser here is your airport that lost Finanir and TAP. Iberia also still does not have your airport in a schedule for next year! Yay!

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    6. Anonymous09:46

      ^Don't forget Vueling

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    7. Anonymous09:52

      You are right, I forgot Vueling.

      So many airlines leave and they are "worried" about Belgrade.

      Pathetic.

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  8. Anonymous09:04

    Zagreb losing again...

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    1. Anonymous11:02

      What are they losing?

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    2. Dignity? Pride? Connectivity? Taxes paid by new carrier? Possible to get more tourists in the city? Possibility to have more affordable prices which BT has? Increased passenger numbers for the airport? Additional services new passengers would use and pay at the airport? Possibility to have more transfer passengers for home based carrier? Let's say everything what every single airport is losing when missed to attract new carrier. Enough? Need more?

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    3. Anonymous12:20

      Yes, dignity, and pride are crucial in doing business...

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    4. The question was not "what Zagreb is losing business-wise" but "what Zagreb is losing", very general. My answer included both business side losses and overall losses, which include pride and dignity. But I love when some very wise people twist facts, comment only one smaller part of the posts and disregard most of the things said or written, just in order to look even smarter and prove right. Just go on like that, you'll come long way....

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  9. Anonymous09:11

    ZAG airport management doing their job horrible - one step forward and then 100 steps backwards. Totally useless management. Kids from kindergarten would better manage ZAG airport than current people overthere.

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    1. No, your turn to hail Bravo Hrvatska to apartchiks, uhljebs and spineless puppets

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  10. Anonymous09:12

    Another great addition for Skopje! They have been adding a lot of new airlines lately.

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  11. Anonymous09:17

    Oh wow, was only expecting LJU. Nice work BT!

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  12. Anonymous09:21

    Great to see airbaltic expanding in the region

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    1. Anonymous09:21

      Not such good news for LOT

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    2. Anonymous09:36

      LOT's main source of transfer passengers on ex-Yu routes are from/to North America. Only exception is from Ljubljana.

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    3. Anonymous09:39

      @9.36 and how do you know that?

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    4. Anonymous09:41

      Because they have said it numerous times and it has been published here several times too.

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    5. Anonymous09:55

      BT has been building a serious hub for years now. It's a good option for transfer.

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    6. Anonymous10:13

      @9.41 well find it if it says main source is NA

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  13. Anonymous09:25

    I'm not so sure their PRN flights will work out. LOT cancelled their flights to PRN after one summer and they have flights to US and Canada.

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  14. Anonymous09:35

    Nice. I actually thought they would do seasonal flights to Ohrid rather than Skopje but this works out nicely too.

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    1. Anonymous09:45

      They were flying to Ohrid a few years ago.

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    2. Anonymous09:47

      It was the Estonian Nordica that flew there for one seasons, it wasn't air baltic,

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    3. Anonymous10:03

      True, sorry my mistake

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  15. Anonymous09:38

    nice new east european addition for SKP. We stil wait for PRG

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    1. Anonymous09:53

      Its possibly to see that addition from SKP next year ..

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    2. Anonymous10:15

      PRG is Wizzair material

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  16. Anonymous09:47

    Excellent news. Wish them good luck.

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  17. Anonymous09:47

    This is a very decent airline

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  18. Anonymous09:48

    Pristina is the biggest surprise for me.

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  19. Anonymous09:52

    Great job for SKP , keeps getting more and more new routes and airlines , cant wait to see Amsterdam , CDG , Munich , Madrid .... and of course return of Doha and Dubai :))

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    1. Anonymous09:57

      Agree. Gulf flights are now really missing. Should be a priority.

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    2. Anonymous10:02

      Come to Belgrade, all these destinations are already there :)

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    3. Anonymous10:02

      They will probably return 2024 I mean they must , it is big demand for New zealand/Australia people who havent returned to Macedonia since the Covid19 ...And most of them are not coming back just because of this flights ...

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    4. Anonymous19:27

      They are coming back via Jakarta, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur and then to Istanbul and to Skopje. Its 30 hours duration trip.

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  20. Anonymous09:54

    Great airline

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  21. Anonymous09:54

    This is good news. Air baltic has really been inactive in this region, except for the Croatian coast a couple of months per year until 2023. Good to see things are changing.

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  22. Anonymous09:57

    All the Baltic states are actually all very beautiful and well worth a visit.

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    1. Anonymous10:47

      During the summer heat it was the best (breathing) destination in continental Europe. Unless you are going to the mountains you can't find a better one. But in the mountains you don't have such nice cities.

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  23. Anonymous09:58

    Finally they discovered the Balkans.

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    1. Anonymous10:28

      This region is becoming increasingly interesting

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  24. Anonymous10:00

    What about Sarajevo? :(

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    1. Anonymous10:04

      They have never mentioned it. It does not seem to be high on their priority list.

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    2. Anonymous10:28

      Management is too busy making useless deals with Jordan Aviation.

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    3. Anonymous10:30

      Wooow who would have thought about Skopje! If the Macedonian government is not so lazy and disinterested they will promote Macedonia, and especially Ohrid as a tourist destination in the Baltics. This year there were many tourists in Ohrid who were visiting the city while having a holiday in Albania. This is an opportunity to market the country as a full holiday destination.

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    4. Anonymous19:29

      Ohrid is a good city but it is poor managed and maintained. The prices are do plafon and similar to those in Monte Carlo and Milan. Ohrid wants tourism with out giving anything in return.

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    5. Anonymous22:48

      Without giving something in return? WTF did i just read
      ..

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    6. Anonymous23:01

      Yeh good luck finding a room for 15-20€ in Monte Carlo or Milan ....

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  25. Anonymous10:36

    What are the fares like?

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    1. Anonymous01:35

      Round trip from Skopje to Riga is 176 euros but round trip from Skopje to Tallinn is 196 euros, from this i think that they main focus is transfer.

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  26. Vracam se Zagrebe tebi, tebi na obale Save,
    Vracam se Zagrebe tebi, tebi pod zidine stare,
    Zagreb, Zagreb......

    If OU were and airline and not podguzna muha Lufthanse, they could have created strong hub in ZAG and could have created strong regional network. Then, in this case, they could have had two daily flights between ZAG and RIX, one operated by OU and one by BT, both code-shared, both scheduled to fit into which other wave system, and which would offer connections to ex-Soviet Union, Baltics and Scandinavia on one side, and Croatian coast, ex-yu and entire Balkans on the other side. BT and RIX did their part of the job. For OU and ZAG, we are waiting Jasmina da ispije kahvu and Olega izist janjetine

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    1. notLufthansa10:56

      Was about to write exactly the same thing, minus podguzna muha, which by the way, is the funniest description of OU you ever created :)
      Maybe they should change their ISTA code to PM :)

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    2. Anonymous18:28

      @notLufthansa

      Why change the code :) OU - organizirani uhljebi

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    3. notLufthansa19:18

      LOL!

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    4. Anonymous08:11

      Look at BT in Belgrade, they are flying there exclusively to fill JU flights. Their flights don't connect to pretty much anything in Riga. Another benefit of JU's hub system.

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  27. Anonymous11:12

    Prices are double they announced it first for LJU, does this mean it’s big demand?

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    1. Anonymous11:32

      I will definitely try them out… well done ljubljana. Hopefully something new is coming soon … Doha maybe?

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    2. notLufthansa11:35

      Scandi destinations from LJU were always one of most sought for. Since state is giving away the money for it, they either have a lot or too little demand. So either they are looking to recover cists or making big money :)

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    3. Anonymous11:41

      How much is the state support? As far as i know not that big

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    4. notLufthansa11:59

      There is a formula for it, and it depends which tier they belong to, first or second. 5.6 mio was allicated per year, roughly 16.5 for period over three years

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    5. Anonymous12:16

      yes yes ... this is OK but they will only pay half of airport costs ... so this is not millions like someone is trying to say ...

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    6. Anonymous13:14

      But it's still significant support, around 15 EUR per pax, which can make the route profitable.

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    7. Anonymous14:23

      yes, per PAX not empty seat ;)

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    8. Anonymous15:47

      Per pax at expected LF of around 70%. But technically speaking part of it is per empty seat as well, as ground handling fee is subsidized as well and this is paid per rotation.

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  28. Anonymous11:52

    Bravo Fraport!

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  29. Anonymous12:00

    Could the BEG-RIG market support flights from a 2nd carrier?
    Will it be worth trying for JU?

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  30. notLufthansa12:02

    Prices are not bad at all: 120 € return in May.

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    1. Anonymous12:58

      Similar to Wizz Air, now Riga is on my travel list.

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    2. Anonymous18:44

      Where do you see those prices? What I’m seeing is 170-180 € return from Skopje and Ljubljana, and ~160€ from Pristina.

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    3. notLufthansa19:20

      Just before I posted that, I went to their website and checked. It seems they keep changing the price like crazy

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  31. Anonymous12:17

    these are actually great slots for LJU. Lots of connection options to scandinavia. I think this will not become my preffered airline for my regular flights up there and back.

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    1. Anonymous12:22

      i think they had to do it if they wanted SUBs from G.

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    2. Anonymous15:48

      No, this was not mandatory at all. It was their commercial decision. A smart one, as this route can not survive as P2P.

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  32. Anonymous12:48

    Skopje is winning again!

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    1. Anonymous16:00

      And will keep continue winning in the period thats comes..

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    2. Anonymous19:32

      Yes! I think that next year we will have not only Barcelona, bur another second Spanish destination. It is a matter of time when the travel agencies here will begin to offer Spanish summer holidays. Also, Prague must be launched and two other routes of Wizz.

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    3. Anonymous20:06

      πŸ˜‚

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    4. Anonymous21:08

      Skopje-Madrid is next with Iberia

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  33. Anonymous15:14

    the article makes it look like LJU is launched year round, while it's only seasonal from MAY to two thirds of August.

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    1. Anonymous15:16

      It is to two thirds of August because it is not possible to book tickets more than a year in advance. Jeez

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    2. Anonymous15:17

      And btw, the route to LJU will be year round as subsidies are for full one year of operations.

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    3. Anonymous15:27

      i thought they are for full 3 years ...

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