The millionth passenger lands at Ljubljana Airport
Zg. Brnik, 6. 10. 2023 - Today Ljubljana Airport welcomed its millionth passenger. He arrived from Istanbul with the morning flight of Turkish Airlines. A strengthened flight network in the summer schedule – 19 regular airlines offering 23 destinations, and rising demand resulted that one million passengers travelled through the airport a bit sooner than expected. The winter season, which is set to start end of October, will be richer in flight offer than last year's, thus now more than 1.2 million passengers are expected to be handled until the end of the year. Recently new flights to Luxembourg and Skopje were introduced, and in the next summer season, in May 2024, for the first time a connection to Riga will be established.
On Friday, October 6, already the millionth passenger this year was handled at Ljubljana Airport. When arriving with the morning flight from Istanbul, he was surprised with two flight tickets by choice within the Turkish Airlines’ extensive flight network all over the world. On the flight that carried the millionth one 165 passengers arrived to Slovenia.
The traffic at Ljubljana Airport is recovering well and even better than forecasted. With rising demand for flights air carriers enriched the offer of destinations in the summer season and the frequency of flights to important hubs, through which connectivity all over the world is provided. The most recent addition to the offer of flights from Ljubljana Airport are the connections of Luxair to Luxembourg and Wizz Air to Skopje, together with the rest coming to 19 airlines and 23 connections. In the peak summer season on regular connections almost 20% more flight seats were offered compared to last year, the number of flights was also significantly higher, by 25%. Connections that will have recovered by the end of the year to the pre-pandemic levels are: Belgrade, Brussels, Istanbul, Paris, Tel Aviv, Warsaw and Zurich. Fraport Slovenija expects Frankfurt, Munich, Niš and Skopje to follow soon.
»The milestone of the millionth passenger has been reached again after four years and this made today very special. We are satisfied with the recovery of traffic, and by the end of the year we now expect to handle even more than the initially announced 1.2 million passengers. From season to season the offer of flights is expanding – recently Luxembourg and Skopje were established, and we are looking forward to the new flights to Riga that will be introduced by airBaltic in May 2024. We are thankful for the partnerships with carriers that make Ljubljana Airport's flight network attractive and increasingly diverse, and to be the choice of so many passengers,« said Janez Krašnja, Head of Airline Management at Fraport Slovenija with the millionth passenger milestone reached.
»While we are also happy to be celebrating the 90th anniversary of Turkish Airlines this year, it is an honor to welcome the millionth passenger for Ljubljana Airport on board Turkish Airlines. To mark this occasion, we have prepared a special surprise for this lucky passenger – two flight tickets of choice to one of more than 300 destinations all over the world in the unparalleled network of Turkish Airlines. At this opportunity, I would also like to express our sincere gratitude to Fraport Slovenija for their amazing and continuous collaboration. Turkish Airlines will continue growing at Ljubljana Airport. We will be offering 14 flights per week from end of October. This is also a milestone for us since it will be the first time after 2006 that Turkish Airlines will be offering so many frequencies from Ljubljana Airport in the winter timetable. We invite passengers from all around the world to discover the beauty of Ljubljana while experiencing the unique hospitality of Turkish Airlines at every stage of their journey,« said Ufuk Ünal, the General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Ljubljana, welcoming the millionth passenger at Ljubljana Airport.
The summer timetable is valid until October 28, 2023. The coming winter season will be offering a wider flight network than last year's. By announcements 15 carriers will be offering 18 destinations. Recently established flights of Luxair to Luxembourg and Wizz Air to Skopje will stay during the winter season. British Airways is extending its service to London Heathrow into the winter season for the first time. Transavia will be continuing with the returned connection to Amsterdam, and GP Airlines with the flights they introduced to Pristina in spring. Lufthansa will be keeping the frequency of flights from last year's winter season – they will fly once daily to Munich, offering 30% higher seat capacity, and twice daily to Frankfurt, to where convenient early morning flights will also be available. The frequency of flights will be increased by Turkish Airlines, to Istanbul, and Swiss, to Zurich. One novelty for the next summer season has already been announced - in May 2024 airBaltic will be introducing a new connection to Riga.
Details on other connections are available on Ljubljana Airport's website.
In the period from January to September more than 972 thousand passengers travelled through Ljubljana Airport in public traffic, which is almost 30 % more than in the same period last year.