Maribor Airport: Sometimes the most obvious solutions are those that are overlooked

It has been a while since I have written anything about Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport, for the good reason that there has been little of note to report from Slovenia's secondary landing strip, which has all but ceased operations. Notwithstanding the obvious novel coronavirus-related pause to air travel Maribor's airport cannot actually point to Covid-19…

Slovenia: Can Maribor Airport be given the wings it needs?

The world has considerably moved on since Maribor Airport opened to commercial aircraft in 1976. For more than two decades the site, and its grassy airstrip, in the neighbouring Hoce-Slivnica municipality had been the preserve of an acclaimed air school. Only once the construction of a more conventional runway and terminal building had been completed…

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…

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…

Maribor Airports: the race to introduce new flights for 2016 has begun

Majority shareholders of Maribor Airport, the trade union backed savings bank Delavska hranilnica, have secured additional flights for 2016 to somewhat mitigate the loss of Adria Airways' service connecting Slovenia's second city with the Essex-based London Southend facility.Whilst the loss of Adria's presence has been felt at Edvard Rusjan Aerodrome, there is still the possibility…

Adria Airways: Southend route ends as timetabled; CRJ200 jet to be removed from service

The reinstatement of services operated by Adria Airways from Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport after a fifteen year hiatus have in the last few days come to a scheduled halt, its four month service connecting Slovenia's east with the Essex-based London Southend ended on September 29th.¬†Thrice weekly flights linking Maribor with a southeastern airport chosen for…

Maribor Airport to receive Ukrainian charter flights

Traditional a fallow period for Slovenia's airports, the forthcoming winter season promises to be busier than usual for the eastern city of Maribor following news that its Edvard Rusjan Airport is slated to receive several charter flights between Christmas and mid-January from Kharkiv, the second-largest city of Ukraine.The exact purpose of this short run of…

Adria Airways decides against extending Maribor-London Southend schedule

The long anticipated announcement from Adria Airways regarding the future of its route connecting Maribor with Essex-based London Southend has been met with disappointment - the flag-carrier passing up the chance to elongate the service beyond its original June 1st-September 30th schedule.Occupancy rates of between 60-70% were declared satisfactory by Adria but with few foreign…

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…

Adria Airways a step closer to privatisation

The protracted saga surrounding the privatisation of flag-carrier Adria Airways appears to be approaching its endgame, the 91.58% publically-owned stake in the airline attracting far greater interest during the second attempt by Slovenia's government to denationalise one of the fifteen state-owned companies it earmarked than the first, ultimately aborted sale several years ago.The deadline for…

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 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…

Adria Airways: bids for airline expected during the next month

Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways continues to hoist 'business as usual' banners amid a backdrop of ongoing uncertainty regarding its future ownership. Recent data supplied by the airline suggests a 15% year on year increase in passenger numbers compared to figures for the first six months of 2014, equating to nearly 550,000 travellers being handled primarily…

Adria Airways: encouraging data shows 15% year on year increase in passenger growth

Amid heightened speculation regarding its immediate and long-term future, Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways has posted encouraging data for the first six months of 2015, seemingly vindicating a pursued business model predicated on operating leased aircraft and increasing the number of sites from where its planes are based.Despite claims to the contrary Adria have sought to…

Adria Airways and Delavska hranilnica discuss future Maribor Airport strategy

Adria Airways has voiced its contentment with 70% occupancy figures on its flagship Maribor-London Southend service, vindicating its pursuit of a low-cost business model in conjunction with the majority shareholder of Edvard Rusjan Airport, the trade union-backed savings bank Delavska hranilnica. Passenger uptake on the flag-carrier's embryonic service connecting eastern Slovenia with the Essex coastline…