Connection to Zurich re-established
Today we welcomed the first flight of Swiss International Air Lines, a member of the Lufthansa Group and Star Alliance, from Zurich, Switzerland, at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport.
The Swiss airline significantly complements the offer of scheduled flights from Ljubljana Airport. From its hubs in Zurich and Geneva, it operates flights to more than 100 destinations in 44 countries worldwide. From today, their global flight network is again accessible to Slovenian passengers.
Flights between Ljubljana Airport and Zurich hub are being established shortly before the winter timetable. Swiss International Air Lines will initially fly to Ljubljana Airport five times a week, and will extend its schedule to daily flights with the winter timetable (from October 27 onwards). Passengers will fly to Zurich fly Embraer 190 and Airbus A220 aircraft.
Departing time from Ljubljana Airport is scheduled every day at 14:50, with landing in Zurich at 16:05. A more detailed timetable is available here.
Mag. Janez Krašnja, Head of Airline management at Fraport Slovenia, commented on the new connection with the following words: “History is repeating itself, as Swiss International Air Lines already entered our market once as a harbinger of positive change. I'm glad this airline has responded so quickly to the needs of the market. I am convinced that the airline with an attractive network of flights will attract many business and tourist travelers for final trips to Switzerland and for further trips to destinations in the Swiss' network. I think the connections with North America will be particularly interesting."
We welcomed the new carrier with a traditional water salute and symbolically opened the airline by cutting the ribbon. First passengers were also greeted on arrival and departure with cake pops in Swiss colors.
Swiss International Air Lines is the successor to the former Swissair, which in the past, from 1989 to 2003, already was a long-standing and reliable partner of Aerodrom Ljubljana (now Fraport Slovenija). Swiss also flew from Zurich to Ljubljana for a short time in 2015 and was also a code-share partner of the former Adria Airways. Swissair was the first foreign airline to reintroduce scheduled flights to Slovenia after the declaration of Slovenian independence, the unrest in the former Yugoslavia and the consequent closure of airspace. It turned out that Swissair was the forerunner of future positive changes, soon followed by other companies.
All photos by Peter Irman
Zg. Brnik, 16. oktober 2019