Since the bankruptcy of the airline Adria Airways, there is no longer a home base carrier at Ljubljana Airport. After lengthy political discussions, a new state-owned airline is to be created. This will initially serve eleven destinations.
The Slovenian government initially tried to use subsidies to strengthen existing routes and encourage carriers to start new connections. It was particularly hoped that the connections to hubs would improve and at the same time that as many low-cost customers as possible would come to Ljubljana. However, the project was not crowned with success, as only a Luxair connection to Luxembourg and an Air Baltic route to Riga could be secured.
This may have given the “own airline” project additional impetus. Economics Minister Matjaž Han now explained that the plans will continue to be pushed forward and that the country absolutely needs its own airline. This will initially serve eleven destinations. It was also confirmed that intensive discussions are underway with some providers. These are the Slovenian Amelia International, Cyprus Airways and Croatia Airlines, each of which could act as a strategic partner or shareholder.
They have not yet decided on one of the three interested parties. However, they are confident that they can sign a contract with at least one company that will lead to the establishment of a new national airline. The members of the government are currently planning to carry out around 60 round trips to eleven destinations from Ljubljana in the initial phase. According to official information, these are also destinations that have no longer been served since Adria Airways went bankrupt.