easyJet dumps Paris service as Ryanair confirms Ljubljana interesteasyJet has announced that it will cancel its service from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Ljubljana Jože Pučnik in 2012 with the last flight scheduled to operate on March 1. The suspension will leave easyJet with flights from London Stansted to the Slovenian capital. This comes as bad news for the airport’s management which is trying to secure new services in order for it to overturn its sliding passenger trends. In October, Adria Airways suspended its flights to the French capital citing competition by easyJet as one of the reasons behind the suspension. Air France will come out as the biggest winner as it will be the only airline offering direct flights between Paris and Ljubljana. This winter easyJet is operating two weekly flights between the two cities with an extra weekly service added during the busy Christmas and New Year holiday period.
easyJet has already announced that it will also be suspending its Paris - Zagreb service from March 23. Ljubljana Airport is still hoping for the Russian airline RusLine to commence flights from Moscow. The two weekly service was originally planned to launch on September 1 but the flights never materialised. Ljubljana Airport is currently served by only six scheduled airlines.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, has confirmed that the airline plans to commence services to Ljubljana next year if the airport lowers its fees. “If Ljubljana Airport were to lower its taxes Ryanair would surely return to Slovenia”. The two sides are locked in talks in order for the no frills airline to launch flights to the Slovenian capital. The airport has proposed for Ryanair to operate flights out of Dusseldorf, Madrid, Oslo and London to Jože Pučnik Airport. In 2007 the no frills airline operated 3 weekly flights from London Stansted to Maribor Airport. The flights lasted 9 months before they were cancelled.