Klagenfurt will become Adria’s latest international base
Adria Airways plans to open a third base outside of Slovenia in the city of Klagenfurt in Austria’s south, close to the Slovenian boarded. It comes only days after the airline revealed it would open a base in Verona, Italy next summer season. Adria has offered to station an aircraft in Austria’s sixth largest city and is awaiting the airport’s response to the proposal. Klagenfurt is only some ninety kilometres north of the Slovenian capital. “We see it as our home market. We are focused on the Alpe-Adria region. Besides Slovenia we focus on southern Austria, eastern Italy and parts of Croatia”, Adria Airways CEO Mark Anžur told the “Austrian Aviation” portal at a recent European Regions Airline Association meeting in Salzburg.
It will be up to Klagenfurt Airport to decide which routes Adria will launch from the city. Despite plans to open bases in Verona and Klagenfurt and the launch of nonstop services from Tirana to Frankfurt next summer, the airline has no plans to expand from Maribor Airport in Slovenia. “It is not that simple to launch flights from Maribor without the support of the local community. Currently, there are no resources”, Mr. Anžur says. He adds the airline will focus on Verona where it will base a Bombardier CRJ200 because it is underserved, particularly for business travellers. As a result, it will offer daily flights to Brussels, Vienna and Zurich. On the other hand, Adria has recognised Albania as a growing market with great potential for future development.
In the future, Adria plans to ease its reliance on smaller aircraft with plans to sell two out of four of its CRJ200s by the end of 2015. “The CRJ200s are only suitable for the development of new routes”, the CEO says. The Slovenian carrier plans to replace them with CRJ900 aircraft. The Airbus A320 and two A319s the airline currently operates will remain as part of its fleet in the coming years.