As of Monday, Ljubljana is linked to the Spanish capital, Madrid, over the newly established flight link operated by Spanish air carrier Iberia. It will fly twice a week, Mondays and Fridays, until the end of August. Airport operator Fraport Slovenija would like the road to be done all year round as soon as possible.
The first Iberia aircraft was welcomed at Ljubljana Airport on Monday with a short ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the creation of the connection. Return prices to Madrid will start at 115 euros.
According to Janez Krašnja, head of airport services at Fraport Slovenija, Iberia’s Airbus A320 brought just over 140 passengers to Ljubljana, while about 70 passengers flew back to Madrid.
Although Iberia will operate flights on this route only in August, the Ljubljana airport operator expects that, following the example of other similar carriers like British Airways, good first-season results will lead to more flights to upcoming years.
Krašnja is relying on Iberia to increase the number and frequency of flights and extend the season until next summer. “Our ambition is to make the road all year round as soon as possible,” he stressed.
According to the STA Agency report, the Spanish market is of particular importance both economically and in terms of tourism, and Fraport Slovenija considers it particularly important that passengers now have access to numerous connecting flights through Madrid.
Madrid is one of the main aviation centers in Europe. This will allow Slovenian travelers to fly around the world using Iberia’s route network, especially in Latin America.
Victor Moneo, Iberia’s business development and sales director for Latin America, noted that starting a new route was always exciting, but in the current situation where the world is facing the coronavirus, it was truly a cause for celebration.
“No one had predicted such a dark pandemic scenario,” he said, but also showed the bright side. In recent months, Iberia has shown that it is able to adapt to an environment that changes rapidly and is characterized by its flexibility and agility.
The Slovenian Tourism Board (STO) was also happy to welcome a new airline to Ljubljana Airport. According to the head of the STO Office in Italy, Aljoša Ota, the new roads are the ones that could bring a new impetus to Slovenian tourism.