Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Adria not returning to London

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.

20 comments:

  1. Did anyone even buy a ticket on BH to Skopje? Seriously this happens every single time they launch a route. Its either cancelled or delayed.

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  2. Do not sratch too much !!!

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  3. Which jet engine aircraft are they getting???

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    1. Most probably an A380

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    2. Lets be a bit professional instead of wasting each others time writing comments at the level of 5-year-old...

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    3. Professional? lol

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  4. The Tel-Aviv flight is not a brand new one. As far as I can remember, Adria used to operate this flight in the 90s once or twice a week, year around. This and the Las Palmas in the Canary Islands used to be their longest flights operated by the A320. The flight to Las Palmas was almost 4 hrs long and pretty close to the max range of the A320 they used to own.

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    1. i agree;the only thing i'm not sure if JP operated flights to Tel-Aviv as regular cahrters or were they listed as "normal" scheluded flights.well i'm 100% they flew to Tel-Aviv every summer (in addition to Arkia and Sun d'Or, with their 757s).

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    2. If I recall correctly, their longest A320 destination was JNB with 2 technical stopovers when they carried Slovenian footbal team three years ago, but other than that during 1990/91 they operated regular seasonal flight from LJU via BEG and some point in Africa (KRT if I recall) to Mahe/Seychelles. The flight was a CS with HM and again if I recall the flight number was JP/HM 901/902

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    3. Hi @FlyingJack; you are right about JNB as on-time-flown-charter; concerning regular flights, you mixed-up something: Adria's flight to Larnaca were operated via BEG. Seyhelles flights were direct from LJU, without BEG or any other ex-yu stop, and technical landing to/from SEZ, if I remember correctly, was Djibouti, not Khartoum.

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    4. I meant one-time-flown charter, sorry

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    5. The flight to JNB was a one-time thing and not a regular charter. It was operated by Adria's new A319 and not A320. Does anyone know what equipment did Adria use on it's flight to SEZ? Hard to believe that they used A320 on this one. Just the segment LJU-JIB is almost the same length as from LJU to YYT across the Atlantic Ocean. Impressive range indeed. Seems like Adria used to have some really exotic destinations in their network. Wish they continued with more charters like that as this used to be their core business and a money maker.

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    6. Hi @Sam,
      They used MD80 on LJU-BEG-LCA, and yes, A320 was used to/from SEZ. Longer range was possibile as no freight was carried; as you said it was regular charter, only for tourists. Maybie there was some limit on number of passengers as well, but not sure about that, however LJU-JIB was nonstop

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    7. @ last Anonymous

      Thanks for the answer. Flying an A320 all the way to SEZ would definitely be a great adventure. A year ago or so, CSA had a plan to operate Prague - Hanoi with a stop in Almaty with their A320. Not sure if it ever materialized but it for sure grabbed my attention. I guess with the new A320 generation, they will be able to use them over the Atlantic as well.

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  5. 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.
    *Not true, there will be charter flights to Gatwick every Saturday since May

    Furthermore, the Slovenian national carrier also plans to scrap flights from Priština to Verona.
    *Not true, flights were "canceled" from the scheduled timetable already this winter though flights are operated as charters and will stay the same during summer.

    ...and services to Paris after more than a year, though it too will operate on a seasonal basis only.
    *Even Adria does not know if Paris will be seasonal? So how can you make statement like this? Even summer timetable is not finalised yet and if you are making this things out of winter 2014 timetbale you are making very wrong conclusions as it is copy of this winter.

    Adria will also feature a brand new route this summer. It will operate two weekly flights from the Slovenian capital to Tel Aviv.
    *Again NOT TRUE, Adria is flying to TLV EVERY sumer for past xy years ?!

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    1. The timetable is finalised. They have it on their website and there is no London.

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    2. do you understand word CHARTER? It is not placed in the timetbale, but there will be flights to London LGW.

      And for the timetable it does state it is just informational for now. There is a lot of plans in progress...Specially in geting rid of CRJ2

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    3. Hey Sky,

      Do you know what the replacement option for the CRJ2s is?

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  6. Is TLV gonna be regular charter like previous years, or regular non-charter flight? I hope for the second option :)

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  7. About CRJ2, no idea as this are only the unofficial info comming from the upper management and are very short. But for now it looks like no replacement =/ big staff cuts are in sight.

    About TLV it is ascheduled though Adria sells cc 10-15 seats, other seats are bought by turist agencies from Israel in advance so officialy it is in timetbale (and was previous years too, though not maybe in version 1 made in March but in later versions it was in for suer every summer).
    Though do not know why it is not bookable already. (period 03JUN-24OCT)

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