A new record - one week in operationThe newly established Golden Air which commenced flights from Maribor to London Stansted via Vienna last week has cancelled all services after the airline was grounded on Wednesday. Golden Air is experiencing problems with Eastern Airways from which it has leased a Cessna to operate the flights. “The Friday flight has been cancelled and passengers have been offered alternative transportation”, Urban Simčič, the airline’s representative told Slovenian media. However, the company’s owner says that he is not throwing in the towel and that a lot has been invested into the airline venture. “The Slovenian public has responded well to the new flights and we see enormous potential in them”, officials from the airline stress.
Golden Air highlights that the Maribor - Vienna - London service has only been temporarily suspended and is certain that flights will resume soon. The airline says it has lined up a Boeing 737-300 for future flights. The aircraft is now undergoing necessary licensing checks and once it is cleared the airline should restore the scheduled flights. The new services are seen as an opportunity for Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport to revive itself.
Golden Air is partially owned by English businessman Harjinder Singh Sidhu who has previously invested into the now bankrupt Air Slovakia. AvioFun, a Slovenian company, has also invested heavily into the Golden Air project.