Authorities in Slovenia have announced that its capital will have no flight connection to Belgium’s capital for a period from January 10 until February 28.
Besides, Hungarian ultra-low-cost carrier Wizz Air has also suspended the connection between Ljubljana and Brussels for a period from January 7, until March 11, based on the report published by Exyuaviation, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Ljubljana airport offers flights to 15 destinations by a total of 13 airlines. Besides Brussels Airlines and Wizz Air, which offers its services to London’s Luton three times a week, Aeroflot flies to Russia’s capital five times a week, Air France offers nine flights to France’ capital, Air Montenegro takes travellers to Podgorica twice a week, while Air Serbia flies to Serbia’s capital nine times a week and to Nis two times a week.
At the same time, Easyjet offers its services three-time times a week to London’s Gatwick, Flydubai flies to Dubai three times a week, LOT Polish Airlines makes connections between Ljubljana and Warsaw with a total of six flights a week, while Lufthansa has 13 flights to Frankfurt. In addition, Swiss International Airlines has four flights to Zurich.
The spread of the Coronavirus and its new strains also caused profound damage to Slovenia’s travel and tourism sector, leading to the suspension of a large number of flights.
However, in the summer, several connections that were temporarily suspended due to the epidemiological situation provoked by the Coronavirus and its new strains are expected to be restored, including Transavia France’s flights to Paris’s Orly, Finland’s flag carrier Finnair to Helsinki, Lufthansa’s to Munich, British Airways to London Heathrow, etc.
Based on a previous report conducted by the European statistics provider, Eurostat, airports in Slovenia suffered an 83.3 per cent decrease in air passenger traffic in 2020, marking the most profound decrease among the European Union Member States.
Slovenia’s Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana was ranked in the 147th position in air passenger traffic with 288,000 passengers, of them, 159,000 travelled within the EU countries while 129,000 to third countries.
Besides Slovenia, all other European Union countries experienced a sharp decrease in air passenger traffic during 2020.
Based on the data provided by Statista, the Czech Republic marked a 79.7 per cent decrease in 2020, compared to the figures of one year earlier, followed by Finland (-76.7 per cent), Italy (-74.9 per cent), Spain (-74.6 per cent) and Germany (-74.5 per cent).
The Coronavirus pandemic situation continues to provoke difficulties for all countries, especially the spread of the Omicron variant that has now also been identified in Slovenia.
At present, the country has registered a total of 467,565 cases of Coronavirus infection and over 6,070 deaths, based on the figures provided by the World Health Organization.
Due to such figures, authorities in Slovenia previously announced that they would tighten their entry rules for arrivals from other countries, especially those profoundly affected by the Coronavirus, in order to halt another surge in the number of infections.