Double whammied Slovenia

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In Western Europe the impact caused by the collapse of Thomas Cook has been substantial. But it is nothing compared to the effect in Slovenia of the collapse of not just Thomas Cook but also Adria Airways. Not only did Cook bring in tourists to the country and spirit Slovenians into holiday beach destinations, Adria was their lifeline to the world.

panoramic view of Ljubjlana
Ljubljana – cpaital of Slovenia, a popular short break destination

Almost 60% of international seat capacity to Slovenia was supplied by Adria.

The travel analytics company, ForwardKeys says that the demise of Adria has resulted in the loss of direct flight connections to around 24 countries, including the Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland.

The airline was responsible for almost of all the passengers flying in from Austria and nearly nine out of every ten passengers from Germany. About half of allm visitors from France arrived and departed on Adria.

From the UK regular flights from Manchester took British visitors to see the delights of the country and its capital city, Ljubljana. Adria had planned to offer flights from Liverpool John Lennon next year. That won’t happen now.

The connection between the UK and Ljubljana was the third busiest that Slovenia had but, unless the gap can be filled and quickly, there will be a slump. easyJet still provides a service from Gatwick and Stansted and there has been a seasonal service from Heathrow by British Airways ad another by Wizz (a direct service) from Luton. There is also the option of flying to Venice and catching a direct bus service to Ljubljana which takes about two-and-a-half hours or a train journey which takes at least an hour longer.

But the absence of any flights from the regions will reduce the opportunities for people to explore the delights of Slovenia such as the old part of Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Postojna Cave or any of the other attractions of the country.

Perhaps Flybe or Jet2 would like to look at a direct service from some of the larger UK regional airports?

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