Soon in Maribor
After several years, Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport will once again be served by flights. Aegean Airlines will operate services from the Greek island of Kos to Maribor every Friday starting June 14 through to September 20. Flights will be operated with the Airbus A320. Passengers using the service will also be offered free parking at the airport, in an attempt to lure potential travellers from surrounding countries but also locals away from using the nearby airport in Graz. Maribor hopes this is the beginning of better things to come since it has failed to attract airlines or passengers for years. Late last year Sašo Murtič, the Slovenian State Secretary for Transport, said “We are trying hard to revive the airport”.
The news comes only several months after Maribor opened its brand new passenger terminal. The CEO of Maribor Airport, Marko Gros, says talks are being held with other airlines as well in order for them to launch services to the city. “At the moment, talks with different airlines are at different stages. We are hoping to reach a concrete agreement with Adria Airways. However, it is difficult to speculate as to how the talks will unfold since it could hinder the negotiation process”, Mr. Gros said. The CEO refused to comment on the airport’s privatisation process and the four bids received for its takeover.
Maribor is Slovenia’s second largest airport behind Ljubljana. It opened for commercial traffic in 1976. In 2007, Maribor handled 31.936 passengers and saw 1.480 flights. Since then the airport has been mostly deserted. Maribor was served by the low cost Ryanair for several months, between 2007 and 2008, but the service was suspended due to poor loads. In 2010, Adria Airways and several other airlines relocated to Maribor during Ljubljana’s runway overhaul.