|Adria to inaugurate Munich - Bratislava service next summer|
Adria Airways is continuing to expand operations outside of its home country, with the CEO of Bratislava Airport confirming that the Slovenian carrier will launch flights from Munich to the Slovak capital next year. Adria’s new service will be scheduled to offer passengers from Slovakia numerous connections onto Lufthansa’s network. Bratislava Airport, which is located only fifty kilometres from Vienna Airport and offers 23 daily buss shuttles to the Austrian capital, has always been in the shadow of its counterpart but is increasingly becoming a low cost hub with the likes of Ryanair and Niki opening bases in the city next spring.
Adria has strengthened cooperation with its Star Alliance partner Lufthansa, with the airline launching flights from Pristina and Lodz to Munich over the past two years. In addition, it maintains flights to the Bavarian capital from Ljubljana. Flights from Munich to Bratislava are likely to be operated by Adria’s newly leased Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. With a capacity to seat seventy passengers, the jet will be based in the Polish city of Lodz from late March 2015. The aircraft, registered D-ACPK, is being leased from Lufthansa CityLine and is twelve years old. It has been stored at Ljubljana Airport and has been stripped of its former livery.
In addition to the Bratislava service, the Slovenian carrier will be adding several new routes to its network next year. It will launch flights from Ljubljana to Stockholm and Berlin, open a base in Lodz with a new service to Amsterdam and introduce flights from Tirana to Paris and Brussels. Adria will count four bases from next summer, which are Ljubljana, Pristina, Tirana and Lodz. In a recent interview, the airline’s CEO, 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 being that the Slovenian market is very limited. Through this segment of our strategy, we expect a 5% increase in our passenger numbers.