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…

Is Adria Airways’ impending use of Sukhoi-built aircraft an ominous bellwether of its future?

In what seems more a desperate, last throw of the dice than a shrewd, if albeit pragmatic change of aircraft supplier, Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways have quite possibly made a future-defining decision that does little to guarantee the Star Alliance member's ongoing presence in the skies of central and eastern Europe. With a potential fifteen…

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…

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…