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Published on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Slovenia risks visitor plunge following airline collapse






As destinations and hotels around the Mediterranean reel from the shock of losing Thomas Cook, which for many was their biggest UK supplier, Slovenia is also suffering from the loss of Adria Airways.

The airline, which was grounded on September 30, accounted for almost 60% of international seat capacity to Slovenia.

The failure of the airline has meant the loss of direct flight connections to around 24 countries, including the Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland, according to travel analytics firm ForwardKeys.

Other main markets will also be impacted as Adria Airways accounted for almost all seat capacity from Austria, almost 88% from Germany and just over half from France.

However, some of the lost flights were seasonal, so would have ended later this month for the winter, and some were irregular. Also, Adria Airways' Star Alliance partners Lufthansa and Swiss have announced plans to launch a network of flights from Ljubljana, Slovenia's capital, within the next month.

Adria Airways had been planning to launch flights from Liverpool to Ljubliana next summer to replace its service from Manchester.

What the Mole says:
EasyJet and Wizz Air both fly from the UK to Ljubljana, so now could be a good time to sell a city break as the destination is likely to be quieter than usual due to the (possibly temporary) loss of international flights and hotels might be offering some good rates.

 

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