Turkish Airlines coming to Brnik

On Monday, 16 January 2006, the first regular flight by Turkish air carrier Turkish Airlines will land at Brnik, further increasing the range of air carriers and flights available at Ljubljana Airport. A final agreement on the arrival of a new budget air carrier is also nearing completion.

Starting on Monday, Turkish Airlines will operate regular flights between Ljubljana and Istanbul three times a week. This route will be especially advantageous for people seeking connecting flights further into Asia. There will be many possibilities for connections with the Near and Middle East, says Zmago Skobir of the Management Board of Aerodrom Ljubljana. We will be giving more information about the route at the press conference which will be held on Monday, 16 January, and which will be attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Slovenia Mr Sina Baydur, the entire Management Board of Turkish Airlines, and representatives of the tourism industry and the Turkish Ministry of Transport. Their presence indicates that the expectations in connection with this route are not inconsiderable, adds Skobir.

Aerodrom Ljubljana recorded a passenger volume of 1,218,896 people in 2005, a 16.3-percent increase over 2004. The number of flights was 37,765, an increase of 6.4 percent in comparison with the previous year. Slovene carrier Adria recorded a positive growth trend in the last month of 2005, which is continuing in the first days of the new year. Foreign air carriers accounted for over 30 percent of passengers last year, which is 10 percentage points above the previous year. One of the most important strategic goals of Aerodrom Ljubljana is to further increase the number of passengers flying with foreign carriers over the next few years. To that end we are continuing our active marketing policy, through which we are attempting to attract new carriers to our airport. At this time we are concluding negotiations with the budget airline Wizz Air. We are expecting to have two new destinations from Brnik in the near future, says Zmago Skobir. He stressed that it is not enough for the airport alone to work to attract new carriers; it requires the combined efforts of the entire tourism industry.

In 2006 Aerodrom Ljubljana is planning a five-percent increase in the total number of passengers, which would amount to a passenger volume of 1,280,019 people. A six-percent increase in the number of flights is planned, amounting to a total of 40,192 flights, along with a four-percent increase in cargo tonnage.

Brnik, 10 January 2006