Adria to Warsaw, Prague and from Tirana to Frankfurt from March 30
Adria Airways has delivered good on its promise and will launch three new destinations next summer season. Starting March 30, 2014 the Slovenian nationals carrier will inaugurate services from Ljubljana to Prague. Flights will operate four times per week with the Bombardier CRJ200. A day later Adria will resume services to Warsaw after three years. The flights were suspended in 2011 as part of the carrier’s cost cutting measures. They will operate three times per week. Finally, On April 2 the airline will launch four weekly direct services from the Albanian capital Tirana to Frankfurt using the Airbus A319. As a result, the number of flights operating between Ljubljana and Tirana will increase from the existing ten weekly flights this summer to eleven weekly in 2014.
All of the abovementioned routes were announced by Adria’s CEO Mark Anžur early last month. The airline will launch flights from Tirana to Frankfurt as part of its strategy to put greater emphasis on emerging travel markets but also following the success of its base in Pristina. However, despite the addition of new destinations, Adria also plans to reduce frequencies on several routes. “We must reduce our frequencies on flights. Our strategy is to operate larger aircraft and fewer frequencies. This way we can offer cheaper prices”, Mr. Anžur recently said.
Meanwhile, the tender for the sale of Adria’s assets has come to an end. The airline is selling off its maintenance hangar at Ljubljana Airport, its apron, workshops, flight academy, simulator and office building. A total of three parties have put forward their bids with the airline to hold talks with all of those who have expressed interest. “Our goal is to sign the contracts as quickly as possible”, Adria said in a statement. China Southern Airlines has been rumoured to be interested in purchasing Adria’s flight school. However, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport and Slovenian Air Traffic Control are also believed to have put forward their offers, causing some controversy as their bids could be interpreted as state aid since both are owned by the Slovenian government.