Maribor Secures Munich & Antwerp flights, but Will Other Destinations Follow in the Near Future?

The jury is still very much out as to whether VLM Airlines can deliver on its grand vision, which includes the prospect of wide-body aircraft regularly linking mainland China with Maribor, Slovenia's second city. An extremely modest start to operations have seen Fokker 50 aircraft used during last summer to link eastern Slovenia with the…

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Will Planning Laws Ever Put the Environment First?

Lax planning laws that foster an attitude of money first, the environment a distant second, are having a devastating effect on Britain's urban and suburban tree cover. Emboldened by the National Planning Policy Framework's (NPPF) central tenet of a presumption in favour of all developments, especially those within a municipality without an adopted Local Plan,…

Ancelotti Scapegoated for Bayern’s Inability to Compete with Football’s Nouveau Riche?

Bayern Munich's defenestration of Carlo Ancelotti shows that no football manager, however decorated and revered, will in the current climate be judged on past glories; the denouement to the Italian's tenure with the Bavarian giant has proven to be no exception. The corridors of power within the Allianz Arena have in recent days become restive…

Turkmenistan: Finding Gas is the Easy Bit, but Selling it…

The recent discovery of a large gas field off Turkmenistan's Caspian Sea coast should be a cause for celebration in the former Soviet republic, but a lack of customers and little prospect of the much-vaunted trans-Caspian pipeline to supply the European market coming to fruition means the find has, at the moment, little in the…

Tajikistan Seek to Control the Barely Controllable, Whilst the Real Issues Continue to Remain Unresolved

Writ large in the psyche of today's society is the seemingly inalienable right for all to do what they want, when they want or, as Bart Simpson's once concluded to 'do what he(or she) feels'. Whilst freedom is in equal proportion taken for granted or yearned depending on individual circumstances, an unchecked laissez faire approach…

Ljubljana’s Brnik Airport Announce Plans for a Sensible but Proportional Expansion

Ljubljana's Brnik Airport has announced through owner-operator Fraport of its intention to construct an additional and second terminal, slated for completion by 2020. Predicated on increasing passenger flow through the airport, especially at peak periods, Brnik will be able to process two and a half times as many travellers than the current 500 per hour…

Maribor’s flight of fancy?

When it was recently announced that Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport is set to rouse itself from relative hibernation in such an unexpected, nay spectacular fashion, those local to the modern but chronically underused facility were not the only ones to wonder if Christmas or April Fools' Day had arrived ahead of schedule. From a standing…

Adria Airways’ pilots avert further strike action

Although the finer points have yet to be fleshed out in public, behind-closed-doors meetings between Slovenian flag-carrier and representatives of its 113 pilots have resulted in consensus, bringing to an end industrial action initiated by the Brnik-based aviators. An ultimatum of further scheduled strikes hung heavy over Ljubljana, at a time when Adria's Summer timetable…

Transavia compete for Ljubljana-Amsterdam travellers

Established in 1965 but now part of the Air France-KLM stable, the Dutch-based Transavia have become the latest Low Cost Carrier(LCC) to service Ljubljana's Brnik Airport by offering a thrice-weekly service between Schiphol and the Slovenian capital. Joining fellow budget airlines WizzAir and EasyJet who have successfully implemented routes between the UK and Slovenia -…

Have Adria Airways blinked first in the race to reintroduce flights between Slovenia and Ukraine?

A welcome reintroduction of flights between Kiev and Ljubljana Brnik has been announced, linking Slovenia with a potentially lucrative market of Ukraine's 45 million citizens who last benefited from a direct air link between the two countries in 2011. Russian-backed separatist violence and the inevitable Ukrainian backlash stymied attempts in 2014 to reboot a Kiev…

Mutual backslapping in Ashgabat: the President of Turkmenistan hosts his Belarus counterpart

It is said that birds of a feather flock together. By meeting Belarusian premier Alexander Lukashenko it seems his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedow has found a brother in arms, one whose autocratic modus operandi has regularly had a nomenclature of Europe's last dictator appended to descriptions of his near 23 year rule over the landlocked,…

Adria Airways’ First Big Test of 2017

As two days of industrial action from Adria Airways' pilots draw to a close, regional aviation commentators will be closely monitoring the fallout from events that threaten to unravel the Slovenian carrier's apparent upturn in fortunes. The downing of tools stems from terms in the previous but now expired collective bargaining agreement not being redrawn…

Lake Bohinj Must NOT Allow Cycling on its Northern Reaches

In a wide-ranging interview with Radio Television Slovenija Bohinj Mayor Franc Kramar expressed his many frustrations with and hopes for the area, including a wish for the hotels controlled by Victor Pacnik to be expeditiously sold to more caring and focused owners - following the recent sale of Japec Jakopin's Hotel Bellevue and Pacnik's own…