Amid heightened speculation regarding its immediate and long-term future, Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways has posted encouraging data for the first six months of 2015, seemingly vindicating a pursued business model predicated on operating leased aircraft and increasing the number of sites from where its planes are based.

Despite claims to the contrary Adria have sought to lessen its reliance on operating solely from Ljubljana’s Brnik-based aerodrome, presumably once faced with landing charges that have spiked since the acquisition of Slovenia’s primary airport by the German-based concern Fraport. Passenger numbers have grown year on year by 15% compared to like for like data for 2014 although it is unclear if figures to the end of June include its embryonic service connecting Maribor with London Southend, a thrice-weekly route originally slated to operate during the peak summer tourist season. Adria’s management have been cautiously pleased with ticket sales prior to the June 1st start of a service very much seen as a test case for future, low-cost flights from the Delavska hranilnica majority-owned facility. Benefiting from a virtual blank canvas at the underused but fit for purpose Edvard Rusjan Airport, Adria are in a far better position to dictate terms with Delavska than Fraport, Maribor’s need being far greater and therefore, better positioned to offer terms more advantageous than those by Brnik’s management. Nevertheless, the core of Adria’s services will continue to operate out of Ljubljana, where a premium can be justified on many routes aimed at business travellers and on services that do not overlap with other airlines operating flights between the same two airports.

Adria have increasingly seen that life does not begin and end with Brnik and, in their desire to bring Maribor back into the fold after a fifteen year hiatus of flying out of the east of the country, relations are subsequently cordial between the respective management groups. The Polish city of Lodz is Adria’s third operational site where one of its Bombardier regional jets is permanently based to service an aggregated eighteen flights per week between Poland’s third largest metropolis, Munich and Amsterdam.

With charter services making up fourteen percent of Adria’s passenger numbers, a close eye is being kept on the fluid, volatile situation in Greece where many of its seasonal flights are destined. As a fellow member of the Eurozone it is not though anticipated that Slovenian travellers who purchase additional currency prior to departure and are journeying on their national airline will suffer any curtailment of their Aegean odysseys.

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Ex Yugoslav Aviation: Adria posts passenger growth for first six months of 2015