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Record 22 airlines on summer schedule at Ljubljana airport

Brnik, 28 March (STA) - A total of 22 airlines will be providing scheduled flights to and from Ljubljana airport in the summer season, which starts on Sunday, the largest number so far. They will operate 25 routes around Europe and beyond, including to new destinations Riga, Copenhagen and Madrid.

Airport operator Fraport Slovenija announced on Thursday that there will be more than 150 weekly flights to 25 destinations at the peak of the season, and flights to major European hubs will be more frequent.

Early into the summer schedule, Finnair will resume flights to Helsinki (1 April), Aegean Airlines to Athens (5 April) and Transavia France to Paris Orly (5 April).

Some carriers will increase the frequency of their flights compared to last year. Lufthansa will start operating two daily flights to Munich as of May, and Air Montenegro will also fly to Podgorica, after the link alternated with flights to Tivat.

Flights operated by Air Serbia to Belgrade and flights to Paris Orly Airport operated by Transavia France will also be more frequent, and British Airways will fly daily to London Heathrow, as will Brussels Airlines to Brussels.

An additional weekly flight will be added to Wizz Air's connection to the Macedonian capital of Skopje, which was introduced last year.

New links will also be established, as airBaltic, the flag carrier of Latvia, will launch on 25 April flights to Riga, which will connect the Slovenian and Latvian capitals twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

The new link to Copenhagen operated by the low-cost carrier Norwegian will be introduced on 29 April. Flights to Denmark will be available twice a week, initially on Mondays and Fridays, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays at the peak of the season.

Iberia, the flag carrier of Spain, will re-establish its connection with Madrid on 29 July, which will feature two flights per week in August.

Travel agencies have meanwhile announced charter flights to a total of 57 destinations, including the most popular spots on the the Greek islands, in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Spain and France.

Fraport Slovenija also said the airport had recorded a spike in traffic early in the year - more than 161,000 passengers were recorded in the first two months, up 31% year-on-year. Growth is expected to continue in March.

The operator added that one of the largest investment projects on the manoeuvring areas in the last decade, worth EUR 6.2 million, was under way. The existing A taxiway will be fully renovated and an additional section of the J taxiway built.

The new taxiway, which will enable the turning of the largest aircraft at the western threshold of the runway, is expected to become fully operational by the end of the year.

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