Slovenia: Spring conditions fail to dampen Maribor’s Golden Fox weekend

This weekend's annual Golden Fox Ski World Cup programme saw the best female exponents of slalom and giant slalom take on the Radvanje piste adjacent to Slovenia's second city Maribor, and part of the Pohorje massif. Despite occupying a modest altitude Maribor's yearly skiing jamboree has endured, although spring conditions meant an astonishing 95% of…

Maribor Airport facing its very own China Syndrome

The potential loss of large amounts of farmland and tree cover abutting Maribor's airport flies in the face of an 'environment first' credo that Slovenia has become synonymous with, and of which it is rightly proud. Representing something of a reality check of what value is placed on prime agricultural and arboriculture that serves not…

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…

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…

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…