STA, 7 December 2021 - Slovenia saw the biggest drop in air passenger transport in the EU in the 2020 pandemic year, fresh Eurostat data show. While the number of total passengers in the EU dropped by 73% to 277 million, in Slovenia it plummeted by 83% year-on-year.
Slovenia is followed by Slovakia and Croatia, where 82% fewer air passengers were recorded.
The busiest airport was Charles De Gaulle in Paris, which recorded 22 million passengers, while Slovenia's Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana ranked 147th with 288,000 passengers, of whom 159,000 travelled within the EU and 129,000 to countries outside the EU.
In the past year, the country's main airport saw 4,000 passenger aircraft movements, which is down 81% from 2019.
The most important connection was that with Frankfurt, followed by Istanbul, Paris's Charles De Gaulle, the Belgrade airport and London's Stansted.
The smallest drop in passengers in the EU was recorded by the Sofia airport, where the volume of passenger transport was down by 60%.