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Ryanair plans Maribor flights for its first route to Slovenia

Ryanair Holdings Plc, Europe's biggest discount airline, plans a new route from London Stansted airport to Maribor, Slovenia's second largest city, in the carrier's first foray into the Balkan country.

Flights will operate three times a week starting June 5 and will carry 40,000 passengers in the first year of operation, Dublin-based Ryanair said in a Regulatory News Service statement today. The route will bring the total of Ryanair destinations from London Stansted to 96 airports in 25 countries. EasyJet Plc, Europe's second-biggest low-fare airline, has operated flights linking London Luton airport with Slovenia's capital of Ljubljana since May 2004, when the country was one of seven in the region, plus the Mediterranean island nations of Cyprus and Malta, to join the European Union. (Bloomberg)