Lufthansa extends dominance in Ljubljana

Lufthansa was Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport’s busiest airline during the first half of the year, as well as the busiest transfer carrier to and from Slovenia. The German national airline handled 57.840 travellers on its Slovenia flights, or 15.1% of all of Ljubljana Airport’s passenger traffic during the January - June period. It was the busiest carrier every month except April, when Turkish Airlines outperformed its German counterpart by 3.000 travellers. Overall, Lufthansa’s passenger numbers have increased 203.7% on the same period last year, which was severely impacted by travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Overall, Frankfurt remains Ljubljana’s busiest destination.

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Lufthansa's Ljubljana passenger performance since launch

Lufthansa has been steadily increasing its operations to the Slovenian capital. In May it restored flights between Munich and Ljubljana, while it upgraded equipment on its double daily Frankfurt service from the CRJ900 aircraft to the Airbus A319, adding an additional 94 seats per day each way between the two cities. However, Ljubljana has been unable to avoid Lufthansa’s network cuts over the summer with some services cancelled due to staffing shortages at the company. On the other hand, the Slovenian capital faired much better in comparison to other Lufthansa destinations in Europe with only a few flights cancelled. The German airline also remains Ljubljana’s most popular transfer carrier, accounting for some 30% of all connecting traffic. Travellers are primarily using the airline from Ljubljana to reach Barcelona, Helsinki, Madrid, London, Bucharest, Oslo, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Dublin.

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The Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure held talks with its counterparts at the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport in June, where the two sides discussed ways of improving Ljubljana’s air connectivity, among other matters. The Slovenian representatives expressed interest in strengthening ties with Lufthansa in order for the country to boast better connections and more flights. Following the collapse of Adria, the Slovenian government proposed for it to jointly set up the country’s new national carrier with Lufthansa. Talks on the matter were held on several occasions in October 2019, however, the German airline eventually rejected the idea.

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