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Regular direct flights between Ljubljana and Brussels during the EU Presidency

During the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of this year, a regular direct flight connection will be established between Ljubljana and Brussels

A regular direct flight connection will be established between Ljubljana and Brussels

A regular direct flight connection will be established between Ljubljana and Brussels | Author niyazz/stock.adobe.com

It will be operated by Brussels Airlines from the Lufthansa group and the Hungarian low-cost airline Wizzair, the Slovenian Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels announced.

During the summer flight schedule, i.e. from 31 May to 30 October, Brussels Airlines plans six flights per week to the main airport in Brussels, i.e. Zaventem or Brussels Airport. Flights will be scheduled every day, except Saturdays.

There will also be a connection with the Belgian capital operated by the low-cost airline Wizzair twice a week. As of 31 May, the carrier will fly to Charleroi Airport south of Brussels on Mondays and Thursdays.

Currently, Lufthansa (to Frankfurt), Air France (to Paris), Air Serbia (to Belgrade) and Turkish Airlines (to Istanbul) operate from Jože Pučnik (Ljubljana/Brnik) Airport. In May and/or June, they will be joined by the Dutch low-cost airline Transavia, which will fly to Amsterdam, the Russian Aeroflot, which will fly to Moscow, and British Airways and Easy Jet, which will fly to London.

In the process of preparing for the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Government has been paying considerable attention to ensuring adequate air connectivity, as it is – in addition to the epidemiological situation – an important issue both in terms of the organisation of events in Slovenia and the participation of Slovenian representatives at meetings in Brussels or at events in other countries. Efforts are mainly aimed at increasing connectivity with Brussels at appropriate times of the day, as well as with other destinations across Europe, the Slovenian Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels explained.

Slovenia has also been inviting foreign airlines by offering state subsidies. Eight carriers were selected in the first tender to promote the restoration of air connectivity of Slovenia, under which a total of five million euros is available to airlines for co-financing the costs incurred in providing flights to Slovenia. These carriers will share just under a million euros in government incentives. All airlines receiving a state subsidy will have to operate regular passenger lines to one of Slovenia's airports twice a week for at least two months.

There will be two more openings as part of this tender in June and October.