Slovenia’s enduring appeal with Italian tourists has driven demand for a raft of new Adria Airways-operated charter services, linking Bari, Naples and Palermo with Ljubljana’s Brnik hub. The roster of flights is slated to continue until the end of 2015 with the promise of additional services earmarked for next year during lucrative bank holiday periods.
Operated in conjunction with tour operators the flights are aimed at Italian visitors from the south of the country, an area that geographically precludes tourists from travelling overland to Slovenia due to the distances involved. The Italian demographic is one Slovenian tourism bosses are keen to maintain and develop, with travellers from the country which shares a frontier with the northwest of Slovenia being the largest foreign contingent of overnight visitors.
Despite Adria Airways’ ongoing liquidity issues which may yet affect its attractiveness to those who’ve already submitted binding bids for the state-owned flag carrier, the airline continues to broaden its services from Brnik and other bases in Lodz, Pristina and Tirana. A fleet that now sees a complete absence of Adria-owned aircraft will in all likelihood find during the next few months additional wet lease acquired jets added to its lineup, the acute need for reinforcements to maintain an ever-lengthening schedule that would otherwise spread too thinly the ‘planes currently at Adria’s disposal being palpable.
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