New airline to be based at Maribor AirportA newly formed private airline, Golden Air, to be based at Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport is to commence scheduled flights to Vienna and London from October 6. Behind the new airline is a British businessman of Indian descent as well as the Slovenian company Avio Fun. Golden Air will launch operations with flights to London Stansted via Vienna. The airline has secured rights to sell tickets on the Vienna - London -Vienna sector as well. The service will operate four times per week, from Thursday through to Monday. Golden Air has leased a 1992 Boeing 737-300 for the flights. A return ticket will set passengers back some 150 Euros. Urban Simčič from Golden Air says that the newly formed airline plans to expand next year with flights to Birmingham, Bergamo in Italy and even Amritsar in northern India. “We have a team of young and enthusiastic people with a strong desire to succeed”, Simčič said.
The new flights will give a much needed boost to the deserted Maribor Airport which hasn’t had scheduled flights for three years. The airport promises to continue the refurbishment of its terminal after work ceased following the bankruptcy of the construction firm carrying out the work. The airport is also to be sold through an auction soon. A few years ago, its owner Prevent Global, filed for bankruptcy.