Experts estimated prospects of expanding transportation to Slovenia
Aeroflot Airlines intends to increase the frequency of flights to Ljubljana. According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, the carrier received permission to increase the frequency of flights to the capital of Slovenia from 7 to 14 times.
In early October, Slovenian national carrier Adria Airways turned bankrupt, which, like Aeroflot, flew from Ljubljana to Moscow daily. Apparently, the Russian airline intends to receive passengers from this Slovenian competitor.
Experts believe that such an increase of flights is not profitable. The tourist flow to Slovenia from Russia is not so large, and there is not enough business traffic to fill two flights a day.
As Elena Tveritinova, the head of the Czech Republic and Slovenia department of the tour operator Pax, explained, Slovenia is not such a big country which may be called as a popular tourism destination, so additional boards there will be unprofitable. “Especially in winter, as there are only three ski resorts in Slovenia. Moreover, Aeroflot performs flight to the Croatian Zagreb, which is too close to Ljubljana. If Aeroflot is going to do this in the summer time, the flights will also not be filled. We have blocks of seats to Pula. The conditions are no worse than Aeroflot proposes, but the prices are better. Now the price difference is 10–20%, and in the high season it can reach 100–200%,” Tveritinova said.
Nevertheless, observers positively evaluate the expansion of transportation in the Slovenian destination, believing that this will favorably affect prices. At the moment, in the Aeroflot schedule the second flight didn’t appear yet, the price of tickets on the route starts from 7 300 Rubles (103 Euros) one way.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.