Adria plans forthe future
Mark Anžur, the acting CEO of Adria Airways, says he believes the Slovenian national carrier can survive in the industry without a strategic partner and adds the airline mast focus on emerging markets in the Balkans such as Serbia and Albania. Adria operates flights from Ljubljana to both Tirana and Belgrade. Recently Mr. Anžur revealed plans to open a base in Tirana with an inaugural service to Frankfurt. “We must launch flights to new destinations such as Berlin, provide additional connections to Russia and the Balkans and focus on opening new flights to Serbia and Albania”, Mr. Anžur said.
The airline’s CEO believes the carrier can survive without a strategic partner and has no need to be privatised. This is despite the fact that the Slovenian government earmarked the privatisation of Adria as part of its new austerity measures, outlined last week, in order for the country to avoid a European Union bailout package for its struggling banking sector. “If I had money I would invest in Adria”, Mr. Anžur says. He continues, “Our first quarter results are encouraging. Our revenue is up 2.6 million euros. More and more I am convinced Adria can survive on its own”. Mr. Anžur believes it is essential for Adria to focus on the travel and leisure markets as it currently relies too much on business travellers. “We will never be Ryanair. We need to create some sort of a hybrid model”, he concludes.
Adria will soon lease two Airbus jets to replace the A319s it will be leasing to Jat Airways. Since Serbia’s national carrier does not have enough time to train its crew for the Airbus jets by June, Adria will provide both pilots and onboard crew to Jat over the next few months. As a result, Adria’s leasing agreement is becoming increasingly profitable to the Slovenian carrier.
Adria Airways will operate some of Croatia Airlines’ flights tomorrow as the Croatian carrier prepares for a general strike by its staff. On behalf of Croatia Airlines, Adria’s jets will operate services from Zagreb to Paris, Dubrovnik, Brussels and Priština as well as the Pula - Erfurt service.