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…

Adria Airways and Sukhoi: Cancelled agreement mired in claim and counterclaim

The dramatic cancellation of a deal to supply Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways with a phased delivery of fifteen Sukhoi Superjets has provoked a divergence of reasons behind the now annulled agreement. Much is therefore unclear, although it is blatantly unequivocal that both parties will insist on pursuing their own face-saving narrative. The need for owners…

Adria Airways: No Sukhoi Superjets, and no obvious Plan B

Adria Airways' summer schedule was presumably released by the Brnik-based flag carrier on the proviso that it was to begin receiving, through a phased introduction, the first two of what was to be a deal for up to fifteen Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The introduction of the Russian-made jets to the Star Alliance member's fleet…

Slovenia: Government moves to bolster air traffic amid continuing uncertainty of Adria Airways’ future

There can surely be little coincidence that the Slovenian government will attempt to entice airlines to the country's Brnik-based Ljubljana hub by way of subsidies, a common practice of state-sponsored inducements to offset operational costs of forging new routes and not inconsiderable landing charges, whilst flag-carrier Adria Airways approaches its own day of reckoning where…

Update: Adria Airways to phase introduction of Sukhoi jets to its fleet

Further details have emerged of the proposed deal between Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways and Russian aircraft manufacturer, Sukhoi. It was initially thought that the Brnik-based airline was to receive existing aircraft previously withdrawn from service and returned to source by Ireland's CityJet, themselves having wet-leased the SSJ100 jets to the Belgian carrier Brussels Airlines. It…

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…

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…

Ryanair’s Welcome Commitment to Ukraine Further Knocks a Return to Slovenia Down its Priority List

A deal to connect Irish Low Cost Carrier Ryanair with Ukraine once more exemplifies the inability and/or unwillingness of the pertinent parties to bring the Dublin-based airline back to Slovenia, after its ill-fated flirtation with eastern city Maribor foundered a decade ago. Labelled with the inauspicious title of being the only European Union state that…