Adria skips London as B&H delays Skopje launch
Adria Airways will not resume flights to London this summer season after turning the route into a seasonal service last year. In 2011 the airline suspended the high profile Ljubljana - London Gatwick route due to cost cutting. It resumed flights, albeit to Luton, in the summer of 2012 with plans to continue operating the service on a seasonal basis. However, the route will not make a comeback in the airline’s schedule this summer. According to a 2010 report, the carrier made a 1.3 million euro loss on the route. The airline is believed to have made the decision to ditch plans to operate flights to Luton after Wizz Air launched the service this winter. Passengers from Ljubljana also have the opportunity to fly to London with easyJet. Furthermore, the Slovenian national carrier also plans to scrap flights from Priština to Verona.
On the other hand, Adria will still maintain flights to the United Kingdom as it plans to resume its seasonal service to Manchester. The carrier will also resume one weekly seasonal flights to Split and services to Paris after more than a year, though it too will operate on a seasonal basis only. Adria will also feature a brand new route this summer. It will operate two weekly flights from the Slovenian capital to Tel Aviv. Services will be inaugurated on June 3 and will run throughout the summer season until late October. Further flight details can be found here.
Meanwhile, B&H Airlines has delayed the planned launch of its Sarajevo - Skopje service. Flights were originally to be inaugurated on April 1 but have now been moved by a month to May 1. The decision comes as the airline has also delayed the arrival of its jet engine aircraft until May, which was supposed to free up the ATR set to operate the Skopje service.