The influence upon Slovenia from its neighbours is significant and despite border disagreements with Croatia having recently gone to The Hague’s Permanent Court of Arbitration, relations are generally regarded as cordial. Such cross-border reciprocity has this week seen flag-carrier Adria Airways absorb Austrian charter-holiday passengers initially scheduled to fly from Klagenfurt to the Greek island of Rhodes but with traveller numbers insufficient to justify the service from Carinthia, tourists will now be bussed to Ljubljana’s Brnik-based airport and flown on Adria’s charter-route into the Dodecanese. This though does suggest that passenger uptake on Adria’s service into Rhodes must also be disappointing if it has sufficient spare capacity on its flights into the Greek island, the weekly Friday service slated to begin in June. The Austrians travelling the 85 kilometres to Joze Pucnik Airport from Klagenfurt will at least see their travel arrangements honoured and Adria will fill seats that might otherwise have remained empty, once more highlighting Slovenia’s advantageous positioning in Europe’s heartland.
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