Slovenia’s air connection ambitions failing 2023

The plans that the government has to enhance the country’s poor air connectivity have gotten off to a rough start because only the flag airlines of Luxembourg and Montenegro have filed for state subsidies to assist them cover airport fees at Slovenia’s three international airports. The government’s efforts to boost the country’s air connectivity have been a failure so far.

The Infrastructure Ministry said on Monday that both Luxair and To Montenegro had filed their proposals before the deadline that had lapsed the previous week.

After a government panel has finished evaluating the bidders’ proposals, a final decision will be made public about whether or not the bidders satisfy the requirements for eligibility.

One more call is going to be issued in July, and another one is going to be released in November as part of the plan to strengthen the air connectivity in Slovenia.

The government intends to fund the program at a rate of €5.6 million per year for a period of three years.

Subsidies for new passenger air links can be applied for by carriers, and if they are approved, they will pay fifty percent of the airport costs at Slovenia’s three international airports.

The proposal prioritises Brussels, Skopje, Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen, Athens, Madrid, Amsterdam and Helsinki.

It has been decided that secondary destinations would include Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Oslo, Barcelona, and Lisbon. Pristina is also on the list.

If there is money left over after the second round, there will be subsidies available for routes that travel throughout the European Common Aviation Area.

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