|Adria considering Bydgoszcz flights|
Following a successful start to its operations between the Polish city of Lodz and Munich, launched in April, the Slovenian carrier is now considering inaugurating flights from Bydgoszcz in Poland’s north. Adria Airways initially planned to launch services from Bydgoszcz, rather than Lodz, to the Bavarian capital earlier this year. In a statement, Bydgoszcz Airport said, “Talks were progressing well and finances were agreed but in the end they [Adria] signed an agreement with Lodz Airport”. However, Adria is now contemplating launching the subsidised route from Bydgoszcz during the 2015 summer season while at the same time bolstering its operations out of Lodz. The Slovenian carrier runs six weekly flights between Lodz and Munich with a Bombardier CRJ900. Bydgoszcz Airport is served by several airlines, including Ryanair.
In a recent interview, the CEO of Adria Airways, Mark Anžur, said, “Strategically we want to be a European carrier and not only a Slovenian carrier. We are embracing internationalisation. There are many reasons for this. One of them is that the Slovenian market is very limited. Through this segment of our strategy, we expect a 5% increase in our passenger numbers. The CRJ900 is an ideal aircraft for regional routes because they are an alternative to low cost airlines which can’t make a profit on certain flights with larger Airbus aircraft”. In addition, Adria is considering launching flights from Verona in Italy next year while it has given up on plans to base an aircraft in Klagenfurt in Austria.
Adria has two bases outside of Slovenia - in Pristina and Tirana. The national carrier will boost its operations out of the Albanian capital next year by launching flights to Brussels and Paris, complementing its existing services to Frankfurt and Ljubljana. On the other hand, Adria maintains flights from Pristina to Frankfurt and Munich, as well as the Slovenian capital, with seasonal flights to Malmo and charters to Basel. In addition, the airline says potential new routes out of Ljubljana include Stockholm, Madrid and Berlin.