|Adria could suspend some flights over Fraport’s planned fee increase|
Adria Airways has said its new flights from Ljubljana to Berlin and Stockholm, which are to launch next year, as well as some existing routes, could be in jeopardy after the new operator of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Germany’s Fraport, revealed plans to increase fees for the Slovenian carrier. Adria’s CEO, Mark Anžur, has warned there will be no new routes from Slovenia next year if Fraport goes through with a planned 10% fee hike. The carrier currently pays ten million euros in airport fees, meaning it would have to provide an additional one million euros in 2015. Mr. Anžur notes that in such a case, Adria’s restructuring program over the past two years will have been in vain, adding that Fraport’s policy is short-sighted. Furthermore, the CEO said the airline was trying to reverse the trend of Slovenians using neighbouring airports, rather than Ljubljana, and would like to work together with Fraport to increase passenger numbers.
The CEO of Slovenia’s national carrier conceded that the airline’s results in 2014 will not be as good as originally expected. The airline will break even by the end of the year but no significant profit is likely. Mr. Anžur says the reason for the poorer performance comes as a result of strong pressure to reduce ticket prices. Revenue per passenger at Adria is down 10% this year. On the other hand, the airline will see its passenger numbers improve 8%, while lower fuel prices have also helped to reduce expenses.
Meanwhile, Adria yesterday officially announced the opening of its newest base in Lodz, in central Poland, in 2015. During the summer season, Adria will operate twelve weekly flights from Poland’s first largest city to Munich. There will be a morning and an evening flight every day apart from Saturday. In addition, the Slovenian carrier will launch six weekly midday flights from Lodz to Amsterdam, starting March 29. Further flight details can be found here. The airline will base a Bombardier CRJ700 in the city. Earlier this month, Adria announced it was also launching flights from Tirana to Brussels and Paris next year, in addition to its new routes from Ljubljana to Berlin and Stockholm from April 23.