Adria returning to Kiev in 2014
Adria Airways plans to resume services to the Ukrainian capital after three years, Boryspil Airport said in a statement yesterday. It will mark Adria’s return to Kiev for the first time since the 2011 summer season. Previously, flights operated on a seasonal summer basis with Adria being the only EX-YU airline offering links to Ukraine at the time. In a press release, Ukraine’s busiest airport said, “A total of eight airlines, which have previously not maintained regular flights to Kiev, have applied for permits to launch services to Ukraine’s largest airport in 2014”. The airport adds that among them are Adria Airways and Air Serbia, though Emirates, which will launch flights to the city today, is its star arrival. Air Italy has also been named as a new customer while new services to Istanbul, Thessaloniki and Budapest will also be launched.
Adria is yet to publicise the new route or put tickets on sale. This year the airline will be resuming many flights it previously suspended as a result of cost cutting measures. Kiev was one of the carrier’s first casualties. Adria will also return to Prague and Warsaw this coming summer season. Furthermore, the airline will resume seasonal flights to London Gatwick from May 17 and is believed to be close to finalising its schedule for seasonal flights to Ohrid, which it also previously served. On top of the new routes from its Ljubljana base, the carrier will also inaugurate nonstop flights from Tirana to Frankfurt.
Adria Airways plans to significantly boost passenger numbers in the coming years as it shifts its business model from a full fare legacy carrier to a more hybrid low cost airline model. The Slovenian carrier aims to handle two million passengers per year by 2020 according to its recent business strategy for the next six year. In addition, it is looking to cut down on frequencies while at the same time boosting capacity by operating larger aircraft.