Air Adriatic falls at the first hurdle in its quest to replace Adria Airways

Should a country the size of Slovenia expect to have a national airline? A nation of just over two million citizens is not an ideal market for an established flag carrier or one that is considering starting up, and had the former Yugoslav republic not previously been serviced by the now defunct Adria Airways, I…

Maribor Airport the real victim of VLM Airlines’ demise

To describe VLM Airlines as Maribor Airport's 'anchor tenant' somewhat stretches a definition more associated with large retail concerns, situated to attract custom to smaller, adjacent businesses. Despite offering a modern, fit for purpose terminal, VLM were though all Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport had, aside from sporadic charter flights for visiting soccer teams. Having recently…

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…

Adria Airways: sale of Slovenian flag carrier agreed in principal

GOING...GOING...FINALLY GONEThe seemingly interminable denationalisation of the troubled Slovenian flag carrier has been concluded, at the second time of asking, although the wishes of the Slovenian government to divest themselves of Adria Airways have been bubbling under the surface since its initial failed attempt in 2012.As widely reported in the Slovenian media, on the Ex-Yugoslav…

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 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…

Adria Airways to clip the wings of its own ambition

Adria Airways have announced plans to scale back their ambitious plans for the coming year, deciding instead to consolidate its current schedule and confirmed routes for 2016.Whilst much of what Adria's management implement is at the mercy of the flag-carrier's new owners, there is, as has perpetually been the case, a strategic position being adopted…

Adria Airways Tehnika: employees unhappy at perceived unequal treatment during bidding process

The acquisition of Adria Airways Tehnika(AAT) by Warsaw-based aircraft maintenance specialists Linetech Holding(LH) has been roundly condemned by AAT's workforce, who, having formed a standalone company predicated on forcing through an employee buyout are dismayed that they weren't given ample opportunity to raise their initial bid, in response to what ultimately proved to be the…

Ljubljana Airport: strong 2015 numbers underpinned by increased winter schedule

A 20% increase in services operating within Ljubljana Airport's 2015/16 winter timetable translates to a roster in excess of 180 weekly scheduled flights, an itinerary overseen by eight airlines including flag carrier Adria Airways.Adria's commitment to its raft of scheduled and charter services will though surely be contingent on receiving the reported €8 million of…

Adria Airways: will the need for recapitalisation deter would-be suitors?

Recapitalization seen by Adria Airways as vital for its continued presence in the skies throws into considerable doubt the viability of the ongoing bidding process for 91.58% of the Slovenian flag carrier. Having identified a figure of €8 million to maintain services through the traditionally fallow winter season the state restructuring company Slovenian Sovereign Holding(SSH)…