Slovenia Publishes Exciting Tender For Subsidised Routes

Slovenia has recently published a tender for subsidized routes that has been approved by the European Union. The tender is aimed at airlines who are interested in operating scheduled air services on various routes from Slovenia, with the goal of improving connectivity and accessibility within the country and the wider region. The tender covers a five-year period from 2022 to 2026 and offers subsidies for up to 50% of the route’s operating costs, subject to certain conditions.

Prioritised destinations include Amsterdam, Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Madrid, Prague, Skopje and Vienna. Other destinations of interest that may be approached after the first round are Barcelona, Lisbon, Oslo, Paris, Pristina, Rome and Stockholm. If there will be funds left, they will provide support for routes in the European Common Aviation Area.

Adria Airways
Bankruptcy forced Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways to cease all operations. Presumably, its last flight was from Paris to Ljubljana. | © Anna Zvereva

More About The Tender for Subsidised Routes

The purpose of the tender is to support the development of Slovenia’s aviation industry and enhance air connectivity within the country and the wider region. It is hoped that the tender will attract competitive bids from airlines and lead to the establishment of sustainable air services on these routes, benefiting both passengers and the aviation sector.

The tender process will be conducted in two phases. In the first phase, interested airlines must submit an expression of interest, while in the second phase, shortlisted airlines will be invited to submit a detailed proposal. The successful airline will be selected based on the quality of the proposal and the economic viability of the route.

Ljubljana Joze Pucnik Airport in 2017
Ljubljana Joze Pucnik is the most important airport in the country. © Tiia Monto

Aviation in Slovenia

Slovenia’s aviation industry has experienced significant growth in recent years, and the government is keen to capitalize on this trend by expanding air services and improving connectivity. The tender for subsidized routes is one of several initiatives aimed at achieving this goal, and it is expected to contribute significantly to the growth and development of Slovenia’s aviation industry.

Overall, the tender for subsidized routes represents an exciting opportunity for airlines to expand their operations in Slovenia and the wider region. With the country’s growing economy and the increasing demand for air travel, there is great potential for airlines to establish sustainable and profitable air services on these routes.

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