Tufek explains that the economic crisis had hit the majority of European flag carriers, who are fighting it with price dumping. He added that people are economising and this also shows in the number of travels. Recently Adria Airways launched its new flights from Ljubljana to Madrid. According to Tufek, the new route between Ljubljana and Madrid is expected to carry about 5.000 passengers annually. In 2006, Adria Airways opened the Ljubljana to Barcelona service, which has been operating with two flights per week since this April. With the new route, the company wants to attract both business passengers and tourists. Madrid, which lies in the middle of Spain, is a good springboard for visiting other parts of the country, he added. Flights to Madrid operate twice per week using the CRJ900. Ticket prices start at 185 Euros.