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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ljubljana Airport: Brnik experiencing continued passenger growth

Like for like figures highlighting a 10.1% spike in passenger footfall during September through Ljubljana's Brnik Aerodrome translated into over 157,000 travellers using 3,183 flights, itself a 14.6% climb in services exiting and entering Slovenia through its primary, Fraport-owned airport.Over the nine month period to the end of September Brnik welcomed in excess of 1.13…

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…

Maribor Airport: negotiations ongoing with Wizz Air

Whilst Slovenia, the aviation world and the shareholders of Maribor Airport continue to wait for a formal announcement from flag-carrier Adria Airways regarding its future plans, if any, to develop services from Edvard Rusjan aerodrome or curtail them altogether, news of a possible deal between the Delavska hranilnica-majority owned facility and Hungarian budget operator Wizz…

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…