Maribor Airport: Flights of fancy to a now flightless facility

"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow" or so the saying goes. The loss this week of the only scheduled flights operating out of Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport is another blow to the ever-increasingly far-fetched proposal to link eastern Slovenia with a roster of services from China. Far from following a growth trajectory consistent with reaching…

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…

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: German companies compete to acquire the troubled airline

A Teutonic influence over the Slovenian aviation industry heralded by the 2014 Fraport takeover of Ljubljana's Brnik aerodrome could see a further German incursion into the country's flight sector, with news breaking confirming binding interest in flag carrier Adria Airways from three Germany-based investment vehicles.Whilst calls for expressions of interest failed to factor in Adria's…

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)…

Adria Airways: and then there were eleven?

With a fleet of twelve aircraft at its disposal this summer, Adria Airways has maintained a commitment to its existing route schedule and furthermore added services from Lodz and the eastern Slovenian city of Maribor. At first sight the evidence therefore points to a relatively healthy airline, indeed, passenger uptake has increased, heavily contributing to…

Ljubljana Airport hits the one million passenger mark

In all sectors and areas of life statistics have the ability to spin whatever message those who commission their publication wish. Whilst the numerical size of passenger numbers in the aviational field merely serve as window-dressing for vital positive exposure in a notoriously volatile sector, a modest year on year increase should be taken in…

Adria Airways defers decision over future services from Maribor

A decision whether to lengthen Adria Airways' fledgling service connecting Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport with the Essex-based London Southend facility appears to be predicated on the creation of a local fighting fund to subsidize the Slovenian flag-carrier's continued presence at the Delavska hranilnica majority-owned aerodrome.Whilst a final commitment to the service has yet to be…

Adria Airways set to announce future Maribor Airport plans

Adria Airways' long awaited decision regarding its operations from Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport has yet to be revealed, the overdue announcement seemingly allied to the future plans for its existing Maribor to London Southend route. A statement has for a while been expected as to whether Slovenia's flag carrier intends to extend the operational period…

Ljubljana Airport passenger numbers once more overtake Skopje

A resurgent Ljubljana Airport has regained its traditional hold over Skopje's Alexander the Great aerodrome, overtaking the Macedonian capital's facility after lagging behind during the first six months of 2015. Whilst all the indicators of passenger uptake in relation to aircraft capacity, overall footfall and net profit point to an ongoing upward trend, data for…

Adria Airways set to enhance passenger in-flight experience

In an unexpected move Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways are set to unveil some form of in-flight entertainment to enhance its on board passenger experience. Since the airline adopted a business model predicated on slashing costs and removing the complimentary element of its on board catering Adria has in many ways taken on the persona of…