Fraport hopes that Ljubljana Airport will replace most Adriatic flights

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LJUBLJANA, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Ljubljana Airport should be able to replace most of the flights lost during the collapse of Slovenia's Adriatic Airways in a year and a half, its manager and owner Fraport said on Tuesday.

Fraport is negotiating to replace 11 Adriatic flights with airlines, which made up 11 of the 29 scheduled services serving Ljubljana, Zmago Skobir, Fraport's business director at a press conference, said at a press conference.

Monday's bankruptcy of the Adriatic, which employs around 500 people, could have a negative impact on Slovenia's tourism sector and economy, according to some analysts.

Slovenia is less connected to the world, which means its competitive advantage is diminishing, Bogomir Kovac, a professor at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, told Reuters.

The government is considering setting up a new airline, but Kovac said he did not believe it would happen, noting that the government had not responded to signs of Adria's plight in recent months.

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