Ljubljana sees leisure flights in Africa as demand increases
Trade Air will offer a charter flight tomorrow from Ljubljana to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, carrying holidaymakers ahead of the fall break. The flight, which is scheduled to take off on Sunday at 07:00 local time, will pass through Luxor in Egypt with the carrier’s 180-seat Airbus A320 on behalf of Slovenian tour operators. In addition to Zanzibar, charters to Crete, Rhodes, Antalya, Hurghada, Madeira, Tenerife and Dubai are all planned in the coming days, tour operator Kompas said. Demand for Zanzibar among Slovenian travelers has been strong in recent months as it was one of the few destinations to have been open to tourists throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The African market accounts for a small share of passenger traffic at Ljubljana Airport with 14,401 travelers traveling between the Slovenian capital and the mainland via other points before the 2019 pandemic. There are no scheduled flights between there. ‘Africa and Slovenia. In 2019, Cairo had the highest number of indirect passengers to and from Ljubljana. According to OAG, a total of 2,663 travelers flew between the two cities on a single route. Next come destinations in South Africa, as well as leisure spots in the Indian Ocean such as Mauritius, Seychelles and Zanzibar. Turkish Airlines has benefited the most from the lack of flights from Ljubljana to Africa. With an extensive network on the mainland, the Turkish carrier accounted for 60% of all passengers traveling between the two. It was followed by Air France.
Ljubljana Airport’s busiest unserved destinations in Africa in 2019
Due to its history, Ljubljana Airport was once connected to Africa by JAT Yugoslav Airlines and Adria Airways. After purchasing four second-hand DC-6Bs in 1961, Adria launched flights to Tunis, Conakry and Leopoldville, now known as Kinshasa. The Slovenian carrier also operated services to the Seychelles in the late 1980s, via Athens and Djibouti. In 1990, an Adria A320 flew nonstop from the Seychelles to Athens, setting a new record for the longest flight ever made by this type of aircraft at that time. Ljubljana Airport hopes that the upcoming holidays will boost traffic. “We look forward to a busy end of October, which will mark a turning point as the number of passengers served in 2021 will exceed the total number of travelers handled for the whole of 2020,” Ljubljana airport said.