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New route to Copenhagen launched at Ljubljana Airport

Brnik, 29 April (STA) - The launch of a new link to Copenhagen by the carrier Norwegian was marked ceremoniously at Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport on Monday. The new route, to be operated twice a week, is the third one secured as part of a state subsidies scheme to enhance Slovenia's air connectivity.

Norwegian will initially fly between the Slovenian and Danish capitals Mondays and Fridays and during the peak summer season Tuesdays and Saturdays.

"At the Ministry of Infrastructure, we are making significant efforts to improve air connectivity," State Secretary Andrej Rajh said upon Norwegian's aircraft arrival at Ljubljana Airport today.

He hailed the EUR 16.8 million support scheme in the form of airport fee subsidies for 2023-2025, introduced due to poor air links in the aftermath of the country's flag carrier Adria Airway's bankruptcy in 2019.

Carriers can apply for subsidies for new passenger links covering 50% of airport fees at Slovenia's three international airports, Ljubljana, Maribor and Portorož. Luxair started flights from Ljubljana to Luxembourg last September and airBaltic launched a route between Ljubljana and Riga last week. As part of the scheme, Iberia will connect Ljubljana and Madrid in the summer.

The ministry is pleased with the airport's traffic growth. According to Rajh's data, it has increased by 30% compared to the previous year.

"We are in discussions with other carriers, but due to ongoing calls, I cannot provide further details," he added, albeit revealing that a new public call for greater air connectivity is in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, the idea of a new flag carrier is still alive, according to Rajh, and discussions on this topic continue.

Babett Stapel, the managing director of the airport's German-owned operator Fraport Slovenija, is also happy about the new air connections. She expects high demand for flights between Slovenia and Denmark. The connection with Copenhagen is particularly exciting because the Danish airport serves as a hub, connecting Ljubljana Airport to numerous other destinations.

Strengthening connections with hubs like Frankfurt, Munich, and Istanbul is among Ljubljana Airport's central plans for the future. They are also working on establishing connections to new destinations.

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