RusLine to help a stagnating Ljubljana AirportThe Russian airline RusLine will commence 2 weekly flights to Ljubljana Airport this August. Flights will operate to Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and will be in direct competition with Adria Airways’ service to Sheremetyevo Airport. As a result, Ljubljana will be connected to Moscow’s two largest airports. Adria operates 9 weekly flights to the Russian capital. RusLine will begin services on August 15 with a Bombardier CRJ200. Flight details can be found here. This will be RusLine’s first scheduled destination in the EX-YU region.
Ljubljana Airport is in need of new airlines. The airport is recording almost no improvement in passenger figures this year compared to last, with the exclusion of April as the airport was closed due to runway redevelopment last year. Adria Airways’ recent announcement to suspend up to 32 weekly flights from its hub will prove as a new challenge. Ljubljana Airport has seen its passenger figures slide each year since 2008. In 2010 the airport handled 1.3 million passengers. If such a downward trend continues, Ljubljana is in danger of losing its position as the third busiest airport in the former Yugoslavia to Priština, which is having a bumper year so far with growth of over 10% in the first half of the year (helped partly by Adria Airways' expanding operations from the airport).