Lufthansa reconnected Ljubljana with Frankfurt
Yesterday, at the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, we celebrated the launch of a connection between Ljubljana and Frankfurt by a new airline, Lufthansa. With the winter timetable, the German airline also presents flights to Munich, thus opening its extensive network of connecting flights from both hubs to Ljubljana Airport passengers. During the winter season, there are a few other additions on offer at Ljubljana Airport - new airlines Swiss International Air Lines and Brussels Airlines, while the other airlines are increasing the volume of flights from Brnik.
The German Lufthansa, a member of the Lufthansa Group and a founding member of the Star Alliance, will operate flights to Frankfurt twice a day - in the morning the flight will depart from Ljubljana Airport at 11:05 and land at Frankfurt at 12:05, and in the afternoon it will depart from Brnik at 18:30 and landed at 19:30 in Frankfurt. Flights to Munich are scheduled every day at 13:00, with landing at 14:00. A more detailed timetable is in the link.
In the photo, representatives of Lufthansa and Fraport Slovenija at the ribbon cutting ceremony (left to right): dr. Bernhard Hauer, Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Slovenia, Irma Green, Head of Accounts with the Lufthansa Group, Peter Pullem, Senior Sales Manager for Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe with the Lufthansa Group, Janez Krašnja, Head of Airport Services with Fraport Slovenija and Bernhard Wodl, Managing Director for Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe at Lufthansa Group.
Peter Pullem, Senior Sales Manager for Central, Eastern and South-eastern Europe with Lufthansa Group commented on the launch of the Lufthansa's Ljubljana-Frankfurt connection: "Ljubljana Airport was cut off from our hubs and many destinations overnight. Lufthansa Group, a leading European airline group, has recognized the great need for connectivity of Slovenia, its inhabitants and the economy with our flight network, so we searched for capacities in a record time and connected Ljubljana Airport with four important European hubs."
The guests and Lufthansa, which landed at Ljubljana Airport for the first time in its 55-year history, were welcomed by mag. Janez Krašnja, Head of Airport Services at Fraport Slovenija, who emphasized: “The connection between Ljubljana and Frankfurt is of high importance for us as we have the largest number of passengers on this route - last year, the domestic airline carried almost 146,000 passengers between Ljubljana and Frankfurt. As many as 70 percent of these passengers are transfers, mostly to European destinations, followed by those with connecting flights to North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania and South America. Transfer passengers (80 per cent) also represent an important segment with connection with Munich, to which over 86,000 travelled from Brnik last year. Lufthansa will undoubtedly bring the passengers of Ljubljana Airport closer to the world."
We welcomed the new airline with a water salute and symbolically opened the connection by cutting the ribbon. We also surprised the arrival and departure passengers with the cake pops in the colours of the airline.
The winter timetable, that came into force on October 27, 2019, brings a few other new additions. Swiss International Air Lines has started its flight to Zurich on October 16, and on November 4 we will welcome a third new carrier - Brussels Airlines with flights to Brussels. Existing carriers are significantly increasing the volume of flights from Brnik in the winter season.
Air France will double flights to Paris - instead of flying to the French capital six times a week, it will fly twice a day (except Saturdays) - Polish carrier LOT Polish Airlines will fly to Warsaw eight times a week instead of seven times. Air Serbia has introduced new flights to Niš during the summer and will intensify its Belgrade connection during the winter with 17 flights a week instead of 11. They will also connect Ljubljana with Skopje, Tirana, Sarajevo and Sofia via the Serbian capital. Passengers with Montenegro Airlines will be able to fly to Podgorica six times a week instead of four times. Aeroflot will strengthen its connection to Moscow using larger aircraft. During the winter timetable, passengers will also have the following connections available from Ljubljana Airport: Turkish Airlines to Istanbul, easyJet to London Gatwick and London Stansted and Berlin, Transavia to Amsterdam and Wizzair to Brussels. Details of the winter timetable are available here.
Photos by Peter Irman
The arrival of new, strategically important airlines, the rapid reestablishment of connections to major business centres and airport hubs, as well as the significant strengthening of connections and capabilities of other airlines confirm our prediction that Slovenia's visibility in foreign markets is increasing, that both Slovenia and Ljubljana Airport are commercially attractive for new connections and new airlines and that traffic growth will continue in the future. Therefore, over the next five years, Fraport Slovenia will invest more than EUR 40 million in investments, most of which will be aimed at upgrading the airport infrastructure and increasing its capacities, while also striving to further expand the network of flights and improve the connectivity of the Ljubljana airport.
Zg. Brnik, October 29, 2019