STA, 20 August 2021 - British Airways is relaunching flights between Ljubljana and London's largest airport Heathrow today, the operation of the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport said on Friday.
Passengers will be at first able to fly to Heathrow on Fridays and Sunday, with another two weekly flights added at the end of August, on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Janez Krašnja, head of airline management at Fraport Slovenija, is happy that "one of the most popular routes among Slovenian air passengers is returning to Ljubljana".
He welcomed "a stronger tourist and economic connection between Slovenia and Great Britain", hoping flights will become more frequent once the Covid situation improves.
Low-cost airline Easyjet is meanwhile planning to introduce a Ljubljana-London route on 8 September, with two weekly flights to Gatwick airport.
Flydubai is another airline expected to fly from Ljubljana airport next month, expectedly on 24 September, offering direct flights to Dubai.
Despite a slow lifting of coronavirus restrictions for global travel, the number of airlines and destinations at Ljubljana airport is growing.
By the end of October, a total of 15 scheduled routes are expected to be operated.
Fraport Slovenija finds it encouraging that the number of flights on the existing routes is constantly growing, while the winter season is also expected to be promising.
Compared to the last season, charter flights also increased this season, with Greek islands, Turkey's Antalya, Djerba in Tunisia, Egypt's Sharm-El-Sheikh and Hurgada among the most popular destinations.
A return to pre-coronavirus level in Europe is however impeded by the current health situation, with crossing borders being burdened with a number of restrictions.
Still, Fraport Slovenija is optimistic as demand for air travel is recovering. "It is encouraging that Ljubljana airport recorded more than 66,500 passengers in July as this year's busiest month, a rise of 211% compared to July 2020."