British Airways, the second largest airline based in the United Kingdom, has begun operating flights from London Heathrow to Ljubljana, Slovenia, after nearly two years of no air traffic, which was imposed to stop the spread of the Corona virus.
Furthermore, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday travelers can travel between the two cities for the next four weeks.
The head of the airline management at Fraport Airport Slovenia, Janez Krasinga, welcomed the decision and wished for stronger travel and other business ties with the United Kingdom.
“We are pleased that one of the most popular routes among Slovenian passengers is back to Ljubljana. We welcome stronger travel and trade relations between Slovenia and Great Britain,” said Krasenja.
On the other hand, easyJet, the UK’s number one national carrier, is expected to restore flights between London Gatwick and Ljubljana on September 8.
According to UK health authorities, Slovenia presents a low risk of contracting coronavirus; Therefore, the country is placed on the Green List, which means that passengers arriving from Slovenia are exempt from quarantine requirements upon return to the UK.
Moreover, the UK has lifted entry bans on European countries and the US since August 2, allowing those who have been fully vaccinated or immune to the virus to enter the country without self-isolating upon arrival. However, the country of departure must be on the UK’s amber list in order for the traveler to be eligible for the relaxation of quarantine restrictions.
Unlike the United Kingdom, Slovenia has announced that it will allow travelers around the world to enter the country, as the country ended a color coding system last month. However, entrants are required to present a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or negative test result to be exempt from quarantine and additional testing requirements.
Air traffic was an industry hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, posting a 61 percent drop in May 2021 compared to the same period in 2019. However, the European organization for the safety of air navigation, EUROCONTROL, revealed that there is hope for the industry to recover if states lift entry restrictions.
According to WHO data, in the past 24 hours, the UK has reported 49 deaths from coronavirus and 31,976 positive cases. In contrast, Slovenia has not reported any deaths from the coronavirus, but 116 people have tested positive for the disease.
Our world shows in the data that 71.6 per cent of the UK population has received the first dose of the vaccine, and 62.7 per cent have been fully vaccinated. In contrast, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reveals that Slovenia has vaccinated 54 percent of its population with the first dose of the COVID vaccine, and 48.7 percent have been fully vaccinated against the virus.