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…

Slovenia: Maribor’s residents seek to protect local countryside from wholly unnecessary airport expansion

Residents living adjacent to Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport are rightly concerned by plans to expand the facility. Doing so could not only see the loss of forest and a large parcel of agricultural land, simultaneously undermining Slovenia's hardwired 'green' credentials, but also ultimately be an exercise in futility now that the modern, fit for purpose…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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: 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 pitches Maribor flights to Graz region

The reintroduction of scheduled flights from Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport has begun with a service Adria Airways hope will be the catalyst of one of more of its aircraft being based in the east of Slovenia, their route into London Southend seen as a precursor to future operations that majority owners Delavska hranilnica insist will…