Spain’s national carrier Iberia launched seasonal operations between Madrid and Ljubljana this Monday, connecting the two countries with scheduled flights for the first time in several years. Iberia will maintain services between the two capital cities twice per week during August with its 177-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. Ljubljana Airport’s operator, Fraport Slovenija, hopes the route will become year-round as soon as possible. “We are very pleased to welcome Iberia at Ljubljana Airport for the first time. The Spanish market is of interest due to tourism and the economy, and, having connectivity in mind, flights to Madrid also mean a great addition for connecting travel to Latin America, where the Spanish carrier has established a broad network of flights. A smaller number of flights are offered in this summer timetable, but we expect the carrier to return next season with more frequencies. Undoubtedly this new route indicates that even in such challenging circumstances due to Covid-19, Slovenia remains an attractive market for air travel”, the operator’s Head of Airline Management, Janez Krašnja, said. He added there were just over 140 passengers on the inaugural flight from Madrid, and a further seventy travellers on the return service. Iberia's Director for Business Development and Sales for Latin America, Victor Moneo, noted, “The launch of a new route is always exciting, but in the current circumstances where the world is facing the coronavirus, it is truly a cause for celebration. Ljubljana is special because it is the first destination to have been chosen with the help of our followers on social media”. Iberia announced flights to the Slovenian capital after it was selected by followers of its social media channels in 2019. The service was initially planned for 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.