Swiss and Turkish see big gains in Ljubljana at start of year


Swiss, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa were among the fastest growing carriers operating out of Ljubljana Airport during the first month of the year, data provided by the Slovenian Statistical Office shows. Swiss saw the largest percentile growth in January of over 30% on 2023, adding just over 1.000 travellers on the Zurich route year-on-year. On the other hand, Turkish Airlines cemented its position as Slovenia’s busiest carrier, maintaining the title it overtook from Lufthansa last year. The airline added an extra 2.965 travellers. The German flag carrier also performed strongly in Ljubljana in January, with passenger numbers on its Frankfurt and Munich flights growing by a combined 24.1%.

Ljubljana Airport passenger performance, January 2024


Figures on flights between Ljubljana and London, maintained by three different carriers, also improved. The strong growth was primarily fuelled by British Airways which has been maintaining services to the Slovenian capital over the winter months for the first time. In January, the airline had more flights to Ljubljana than either easyJet or Wizz Air, with the latter since discontinuing its service from London Luton. However, Wizz Air performed strongly on its flights from Skopje, which were launched in late September of last year. In January, it handled 4.753 passengers on the route for an average monthly load factor of 88.3%, with six rotations operated by the Airbus A320 and seven by the A321 jet.

Several airlines failed to reach their figures from January of last year. Air France’s passenger numbers on the Paris - Ljubljana service declined 25.5%, with the airline operating 33.3% fewer flights and reducing capacity by 21.6% on last year. Air France held talks with the Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure in late 2023 over possible incentive schemes in order to add more flights between Paris and Ljubljana this year. However, the French carrier has since downsized its scheduled operations to the Slovenian capital this upcoming summer. Both Brussels Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines saw weaker figures on their respective Ljubljana services. While LOT had one fewer flight on January 2023 it had slightly more capacity than last year, while Brussels Airlines had one additional flight during the month.



Comments

  1. A quick question; I've bought LUX-LJU tickets for 4th of January, but skipped the journey - do I still count as a pax?(I did not refund the ticket)

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    1. Anonymous09:07

      Yes

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    2. Anonymous09:14

      ^ don't misinform. No you don't. Only onboarded passengers are counted who have their boarding pass scanned before entering the plane.

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    3. Anonymous12:14

      @ 9:14

      Exactly.

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    4. Anonymous10:11

      airliners do count no show as pax in their reports.

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  2. Anonymous09:04

    Monthly load factor of 88.3% for a route operating for 3 months in January is SUPERB. They really should go at least 5 weekly soon

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    1. Anonymous09:15

      +1

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    2. Anonymous09:59

      more interestingly the A320 is geting too small for this route.

      Why not 2 weekly MBX parallel to the 3x LJU?

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    3. Anonymous10:40

      Five weekly to LJU will work actually. This will mean lower prices for tickets as more seats will be available, and the demand is here.

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    4. Anonymous10:56

      Back in the day, Skopje was twice daily. The demand is clearly there

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    5. Anonymous11:17

      yes and these 3 weekly transport more people then the twice daily and nobody is transiting aka counted twice. Demand is defo there

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  3. Anonymous09:15

    Poor LOT, hope things work out for them.I guess LX is massacring them big time.

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    1. Anonymous09:15

      Air Baltic's arrival won't help.

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    2. Anonymous09:16

      BT doesn't fly in January.

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    3. Anonymous09:17

      LOT really missed on not opening those Ljubljana W rotations they planned

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    4. Anonymous09:18

      @9.16 I know if doesen't I just meant their arrival won't help LOT's future prospects.

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    5. Anonymous09:56

      I agree especially if they are already seeing a decrease in passenger numbers. Maybe it's time for some serious marketing.

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    6. Anonymous09:58

      Air Baltic is going to affect LOT big time.

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    7. Anonymous10:07

      what is their winter freq to LJU?

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    8. Anonymous10:17

      6 times per week and at summer they will had 9 times per week

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    9. Anonymous10:20

      I don't get these comments. Already last year both LOT and WAW almost matched their figures from 2019. Which was not the case for some of the others. Now they are catching up.

      Overall, LOT had in January 6,2% more passengers than a year before. It is heading for the best year ever, opening new interesting routes. They just started Tashkent. In June they will start Riyadh.

      Will BT affect the figures in LJU? For sure, but at the same time flying through WAW will still be more advantageous than RIX with more connections options, especially long-haul.

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    10. Anonymous10:36

      LOT on a global scale is doing very, very well. Unfortunately this is not the case in LJU where they are getting run over by their competition.

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    11. Anonymous10:42

      @10.36 WTF you are talking about https://www.exyuaviation.com/2024/03/ljubljanas-busiest-routes-warsaw-and.html

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  4. Anonymous09:15

    What happened to AF?? :(

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    1. Anonymous09:16

      They didn't get the money they wanted so they reduced flights.

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    2. Anonymous09:17

      AF is not competitive in the region. They discontinued BEG, they reduced LJU and downgraded ZAG to Hop!

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    3. Anonymous09:28

      Honestly I was expecting more from AF in general this summer yet they will still have less flights than before Covid (I don't mean to ex-Yu but globally). Considering the Olympics are in Paris, that is pretty poor.

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    4. Anonymous09:57

      They are struggling with planes and crew. They are leasing all sorts of planes left and right from Amelia to some obscure B738 operators.

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    5. Anonymous15:40

      Hmm interesting. They are not affected by the engine issue as far as I now

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    6. Anonymous21:20

      Downgraded ZAG to Hop but also increased frequency to 9...

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  5. Anonymous09:18

    LX is currently one of the best airlines in Europe for me - esp considering how bad LH is atm

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    1. Anonymous09:19

      Agree

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    2. Anonymous09:58

      In terms or product they are both trash. Try flying on LX's B77W.

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    3. Anonymous12:08

      Have never had a bad experience with them in all my years so

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    4. Anonymous12:16

      The LX is a piece of overpriced trash.

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    5. Anonymous16:45

      LX is the cheapest airline in Europe for long distance travel at the moment, so 'overpriced'? - not at all. Also both economy and business class long haul product aren't revolutionary but are very well bearable compared to many other airlines & perfectly fine to travel on. Their first class is simply amazing.

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    6. Anonymous23:23

      I also wouldn't say they are expensive. Found dirt cheap LX fares with luggage from BEG to PMI next month. Transferring thorough ZRH is also a good experience.

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    7. Anonymous00:34

      ZRH airport is on par with some other best airports in the world (DXB, DOH, AUH, CDG). LX lounges (especially Business Lounges at A & E gates) are amazing as well.

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  6. Anonymous09:18

    A lot of new seats from FZ, and still just 4% pax increase. I am sure LF was not great at all. Ouch.

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    1. Anonymous09:23

      And yet they keep adding flights...so what's your reason for it? They seem to be profiting quite a lot with cargo and business pax (i've flown with them about 20 times last year, and not on a single flight I was alone in business cabin)

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    2. Anonymous09:54

      Flydubai increased flights in February, not January.

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    3. Anonymous10:04

      this is from a Dec. news article: "from December 18, the carrier will increase frequencies to daily which will be maintained until January 14, after which flights will be reduced to five weekly before increasing again to daily from February 1 onwards"

      so @9.18 is correct but also @9.23 has a very good point. btw the feb numbers are also out so you can compare or even calculate the LF

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    4. Anonymous10:06

      oops they are not sorry

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    5. Anonymous10:06

      Slovenia is for its size and industrial super power and a lot of products are exported to Asia via DXB with FZ.

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    6. Anonymous16:30

      @ 10:06

      I agree. Almost 55 billion euros exported in 2023 for a country of 2 million. That's a very decent result!

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  7. Anonymous09:23

    Good to see most airlines growing

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    1. Anonymous15:40

      things will improve at LJU this year.

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  8. Anonymous09:26

    Turkish just keeps growing and growing. Well done!

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    1. Anonymous09:27

      I wonder if people use it to transfer to the west too?

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    2. Anonymous10:07

      Don't think so as the two cities are not that close. I think BEG and JU are the limit for flying to the West.

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    3. Anonymous11:50

      Tickets aren't affordable enough for that. There's certainly some, but the demand to the east is what fuels demand

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    4. Anonymous13:27

      Maybe not western Europe but they offer some good connections to North America

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    5. Anonymous17:18

      Know quite a few who flew to Miami, Panama City, Bogota,…

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  9. Anonymous09:31

    Swiss will keep growing. By far the best airline in LH group.

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    1. Anonymous09:39

      How many weekly flights do they have now?

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    2. Anonymous09:42

      It was reported last month that in November and December Swiss had more passengers than Lufthansa on Frankfurt route.

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    3. Anonymous09:59

      People are going to think twice before booking with LH. High fares, low quality service and constant strikes are not a good foundation of a successful business.

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    4. Anonymous10:00

      Yes, I'm guessing their February numbers were quite bad because of the strikes but they had them in March too.

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    5. Anonymous15:43

      ^ It's their own fault

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  10. Anonymous09:35

    Would be nice to see load factore for all airlines

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    1. Anonymous09:41

      *factors

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    2. Anonymous09:52

      Honestly, it's good we get this much info already.

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    3. Anonymous00:29

      +1 @anon 9.52

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  11. Anonymous09:40

    Turkish will remain on top in LJU in 2024

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    1. Anonymous09:41

      Time for third daily on some days.

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    2. Anonymous09:45

      When they get E295 or A220s, sure, before that - it's gonna be hard.
      Pegasus a few weekly would work

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    3. Anonymous09:56

      Hope we see more TK widebodies this year

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    4. Anonymous19:15

      Pegasus should be the next one as they will offer connections. TK still couldn’t ordered a220 which they needed desperately for the domestic routes.

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  12. Anonymous09:51

    This is why I'm surprised that Turkish is not increasing frequencies to LJU this year.

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    1. Anonymous10:10

      same for many other exyu markets. maybe fleet issues or growing competition

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    2. Anonymous11:50

      Their fleet simply can't grow fast enough

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  13. Anonymous09:52

    Quite a good result by Air Serbia

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  14. Anonymous09:59

    That's a terrible number for Luxair. I think that's below 50% LF.

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    1. Anonymous10:16

      Luckily flights have been quite full lately, including the business class.

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    2. Anonymous15:42

      They still get incentives for this route anyway

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    3. Anonymous18:19

      incentives alone doesnt make a route profitable unlike you get paid for empty seats which this incentives system doesnt do and rightly so

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    4. Anonymous00:28

      Keep in mind it is January we are talking about. It's one of the weaker months of the year.

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    5. Anonymous10:33

      oh is it??

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  15. Anonymous10:25

    Does anyone know what the BRAUNSCHWEIG flights are at LJU this week, one day arrival and next day departure.

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    1. Anonymous11:05

      Was wondering the same, about 8 rotations in total

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    2. Anonymous11:18

      cars?

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    3. Anonymous13:28

      Probably cargo charters

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    4. Anonymous13:36

      Flights are on E190, so definitely a pax charter, to what it's anyone's guess

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    5. Anonymous13:54

      Planica?

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    6. Anonymous14:16

      Would be a very random city for Planica charters, but that could be it

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  16. Anonymous11:38

    Star Alliance dominance

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    1. Anonymous11:44

      you cant really blame them while others are stil trying to find this region on the map

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    2. Anonymous15:38

      Not blaming them at all. Still, it's good that LJU has both SkyTeam and Onewrld airlines flying.

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  17. Anonymous15:38

    Turkish is impressive as usual

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  18. Anonymous15:43

    I'm very interested to see how Air Baltic will perform. I think there could be a good mix of point to point and transfer passengers.

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    1. Anonymous15:44

      It's seasonal route right?

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    2. Anonymous15:48

      Yes

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    3. Anonymous16:02

      They announced yesterday it’s going year-round.

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  19. Anonymous17:18

    There are some bigger airports in the region worth competing for.
    Ljubljana isnt one of them..

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  20. Anonymous18:04

    The government needs to set up a new flag carrier as soon as possible!

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    1. Anonymous22:02

      Why?

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    2. Anonymous00:26

      To stop bleeding passengers to nearby airports

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    3. Anonymous08:40

      Because they didn't go to the nearby airports when there already was a national flag carrier?

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  21. Anonymous20:40

    What would be the LF for BRU? If I am not mistaken, they have 5/w flights on the 141 pax a319. Then over 3100 pax in January gives a fantastic LF.

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    1. Anonymous20:44

      In January 4/w.

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    2. The average cabin load factor in January was 61.5%. Total of 18 flights in each direction, all operated on 141-seat A319.

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    3. Anonymous00:19

      Quite fantastic indeed

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    4. Anonymous04:35

      yea, LF 61 is super fantastic lol

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  22. Anonymous08:35

    Admin, what about Nederland and Kosovo passengers?

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    1. Anonymous10:31

      PRN had around 1500

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