Turkish Airlines cemented its position as Slovenia’s busiest airline in 2023 with its service between Istanbul and Ljubljana continuing to perform strongly. According to the Slovenian Statistical Office, the Turkish flag carrier welcomed 174.926 passengers between the two cities, increasing 11.9% on the pre-pandemic 2019. Istanbul was Ljubljana’s busiest individual destination during 2023, ahead of London (all airports combined), Frankfurt and Zurich. On its 1.268 flights between the two cities (includes operations in each direction), the carrier utilised the Airbus A321 aircraft on 51% of rotations, with the A320, A330 and Boeing 737-800 jets deployed on the remaining services.

Ljubljana passenger performance on scheduled flights, 2023

Lufthansa has placed as Slovenia’s second busiest carrier, having taken top spot in 2022. The German airline, which maintains operations from both Frankfurt and Munich to the Slovenian capital, handled a combined total of 166.714 passengers in 2023. Figures on flights from the two German cities are still down on the same period in 2019 when Slovenia’s former national carrier Adria Airways was the sole operator on the two routes. Back then, it handled a combined total of 249.262 passengers. Last year, Lufthansa used the CRJ900 jet on 91.7% of its Ljubljana flights. Other jets used included the A319, A320, E190 and E195.
Swiss performed strongly on its Zurich – Ljubljana flights, outstripping Adria’s performance in 2019 by 17.3%, with the former Slovenian carrier discontinuing flights at the end of September of that year. The Swiss city had more passengers out of Ljubljana than the Frankfurt route during the final two months of last year. LOT Polish Airlines and Air Serbia also put in a strong performance with the pair growing over 32% and 9% respectively on 2019. LOT has increased its operations between Ljubljana and Warsaw by 10.5%, using larger aircraft than it did prior to the pandemic, while Air Serbia’s operations grew 22.2% on its Belgrade and Niš service, although the carrier utilised the smaller ATR72 on flights to the latter compared to 2019.

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