Adria Airways widens regional reach with Paderborn base and additions to its fleet

Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways are to facilitate the opening of a new base in the German city of Paderborn with the addition of six Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft, sourced from the now defunct Switzerland-based Darwin Airline. Although only a single Saab will be based in the western German city it will enable Adria to connect…

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The North-South Divide that Dictates Accessing Slovenia and Austria from the UK

The addition of an easyJet-operated Manchester-Innsbruck route commencing in December is a boost for winter-sports aficionados but by belatedly replacing the presence at Ringway and the Tyrolean capital of the now defunct Monarch Airlines, the Luton-based airline is simply filling a considerable void rather than in real-terms representing a net-gain of services between the two…

Ryanair’s Welcome Commitment to Ukraine Further Knocks a Return to Slovenia Down its Priority List

A deal to connect Irish Low Cost Carrier Ryanair with Ukraine once more exemplifies the inability and/or unwillingness of the pertinent parties to bring the Dublin-based airline back to Slovenia, after its ill-fated flirtation with eastern city Maribor foundered a decade ago. Labelled with the inauspicious title of being the only European Union state that…

Should its new-found stability encourage Adria Airways to stick or twist?

Adria Airways' tacit core strategy of concentrating on its 'bread and butter' routes from Ljubljana's Brnik Airport has been further underlined by an increased commitment by the Slovenian flag carrier to extend services into its fellow former-Yugoslav republics. Despite there always being a wide disparity between the relatively prosperous northern Yugoslavia and the comparatively impoverished…

Maribor Airport: no return of London flights but services confirmed to Duesseldorf and Split

Adria Airways have confirmed that flights operated by the Slovenian flag carrier from Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport will not recommence during 2016, dashing hopes that its 2015 route into London Southend, its first service from Maribor in fifteen years, will be reintroduced for the summer season. This decision was presumably made before Adria's new owners,…

Adria Airways to sell for €1 – but there’s a catch…

The imminent sale of Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways has taken a decisive step towards its denouement, with the country's incumbent administration agreeing to facilitate the airline's disposal with a rumoured €2-4 million cash injection that could potentially be used to service the Brnik-based operator's debts, one of the reported conditions demanded by interested parties…

Adria Airways: a January sale of the Slovenian flag carrier?

The protracted sale process of Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways appears to be entering its denouement, following reports that a meeting scheduled for 19th January 2016 called to discuss and vote on a recapitalisation package, rumoured to total €8 million and designed to see the ailing airline through the notoriously lean winter season, will decide…

Adria Airways to take over Lufthansa’s Tirana-Munich route

Adria Airways' two-pronged strategy for their immediate future has seen the Slovenian flag-carrier move away from a desire to expand its route network, opting to shelve plans to broaden its continental reach and instead consolidate existing services, concentrating on maximising passenger load factors.Strengthening of key routes will form the cornerstone of Adria's notional blueprint, a…

Maribor Airport set to welcome seasonal flights from Podgorica

Life has been much quieter at Maribor Airport since the initial flurry of excitement surrounding Adria Airways' reintroduction of services after a hiatus of fifteen years gave way to the almost inevitable shelving of the flag carrier's route into London Southend, with no guarantees of a 2016 reinstatement. Berlin-based aviators Windrose Airlines plan to operator several…