Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Adria to launch Maribor flights

Adria tipped to launch up to three new routes from Maribor Airport

Adria Airways will resume scheduled flights from Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, in Slovenia’s north-east, this summer season for the first time in fifteen years with the launch of three new routes. The Managing Director of Maribor Airport, Marko Gros, says Adria wants to develop a “low cost base” in the city. “Adria is a very serious partner in this project”, Mr. Gros says, adding that the airport is estimated to handled 36.000 passengers in 2015, double on last year’s 17.568 travellers. The exact destinations which will be served from Maribor will be revealed at a press conference in the city tomorrow morning, which will be attended by Adria Airways’ CEO, Mark Anžur. However, a three weekly service to London is expected to be announced among the three planned routes.

The decision to launch flights out of Slovenia’s second largest city marks a major turnaround for the national carrier. Last year, CEO Anžur said, “Adria attempted to fly from Maribor but it is difficult to operate flights out of secondary airports in Slovenia because it is a small country with well developed road infrastructure”. He added, “You can drive from Maribor to Ljubljana within an hour and a half”. Over the past few years the airline has only operated summer charters out of Maribor. However, Adria is shifting its focus from its home in Ljubljana to other markets. This summer it will have aircraft based in Pristina, Tirana and Lodz in Poland. Over the past few years, the airline has considered opening bases in cities which are relatively close to Slovenia, such as Klagenfurt in Austria and Verona in Italy. However, these plans did not materialise. You can review the airline’s planned 2015 summer network here.

Adria at Maribor Airport in the early 1980s

Edvard Rusjan Airport opened a new, fifteen million euro, terminal in 2012, with the capacity to handle 600.000 passengers per year. Further investments are planned with the expansion of the existing runway scheduled in two years time. However, the airport has struggled to attract customers for years. It is served by a handful of charters during the high season, with services to Greece and Turkey to be maintained this summer as well. Furthermore, the airport hopes to see charters from Egypt and Azerbaijan too. “There is a possibility for charters to Egypt to operate during the second half of the summer season. In addition, there is demand from Azerbaijan”, Mr. Gros says. Maribor Airport opened for commercial use in 1976. It was served by low cost Ryanair for several months, between 2007 and 2008, but the service was suspended due to poor loads. In 2010, Adria and several other airlines relocated to Maribor during Ljubljana Airport’s runway overhaul. Late last year, the country’s union-owned bank, Delavska hranilica, acquired a 57% stake in the airport, admitting that one of the reasons for its investment was to show that the sale of Slovenia's largest airport operator, Aerodrom Ljubljana, which manages Ljubljana Airport, to Germany’s Fraport was a mistake.

53 comments:

  1. Good news for Maribor.

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  2. Do they have enough spare planes for this?

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  3. + 1x A320 (wet lease for the summer season) an one A319 (6 years lease). http://sierra5.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2240&Itemid=1

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  4. They need to do some big marketing in Austria too - Graz lost its connection to London over two years ago, so a direct flight from Maribor would be quicker than driving to Vienna or Klagenfurt!

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    1. Good idea. Just not sure they would be smart enough to think of attracting people from surrounding countries.

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    2. I believe they did the math. We'll see tomorrow.

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  5. 3 flights are fair enough! I am glad they finally recognized their own market! I think Air Serbia could do the same at INI in the future leasing aditional ATR and flying to Vienna and Ljubljana or Milan at least! Let see!

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  6. I wonder how many passangers on Air Serbia's two daily flights to Ljubljana would actually fly to Maribor if they had a choice?

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    1. TK od 6. mjeseca leti novo IST-GRZ 4/7 s Airbusima,
      a za ASL nije bila opcija za ATRom (napr. u 2. valu) u ljetnoj sezoni?
      ajaj

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    2. He he pa ne skuplja ASL ostatke kao AA.

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    3. ali TK skuplja? :o

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    4. Ti ne razlikujes Gratz od Maribora? I Turke imigrante od Slovenaca?

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    5. tebi nije jasno, da je Stajerska jedno trziste sa dva aerodroma? a ima puno vise "ex-YU" i drugih Balkanaca nego Turaka u Stajerskog.
      GRZ-IST je sigurno 85-90% Transfer (u 2. valu, 1. i 3. je u LJU/ZAG).
      Sada je valjda gotovo za BEG-MBX, za Stajersku je TK itak bolja i vaznija.
      Broj 1 u ex-Yu ostane ovako TK za Transfer (bez ljetne sezone DBV, SPU, PUY).

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  7. Congratulations to Maribor :)

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  8. Interesting Analysis

    http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/belgrade-airport-with-resurgent-air-serbia-challenged-the-hub-order-in-centralsoutheast-europe-213774

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    1. Indirectly related to yesterdays topic and why Zagreb has more chances to become KE's cargo stop in an effort to reduce costs, instead of a scheduled passenger one:

      In 2009, Korean Air Cargo took over the management of the Navoiy airport in central Uzbekistan and, under the 10-year development plan, further accelerated the modernization program. Construction of the largest air cargo terminal in Central Asia that can handle 100,000 tons of cargo annually using latest equipment has been recently completed and inaugurated on August 12, 2010. The freighter apron has also been constructed to accommodate 5 B747-400 planes and 4 additional fuel tanks were built, which can supply 1.4 million gallons of aviation fuel altogether and fill up more than 25 B747-400 airplanes. Korean Air inaugurated the 1st cargo flight from Navoiy in August, 2008 and by increasing the frequency it now operates 12 weekly B747-400F flights to Incheon, Brussels and Milan.

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    2. @1:23PM

      The article sucks and is more of inaccurate tabloid politics than aviation. Never seen such a politicized and biased analysis on CAPA. Shame.

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    3. It is full of wrong data as well.

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    4. Quite the opposite, gives a fairly balanced overview of BEG and ASL on par with other articles. CAPA is well respected source in the industry.

      Naysayers are advised to point to other respectable aviation sources with more accurate coverage of the same topic, otherwise their negative comments deserve to be dismissed.

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    5. No one is disputing their aviation expertise (although Belgrade handled 4.7 million last year, not 4.3 as they say and has 6 cargo operators, not 3), but the political mumbo-jumbo.

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  9. Adria could really start a base in Niš and fly to Frankfurt, Zurich, and Vienna.

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  10. Najverovatnije ce leteti iz MBX sa CRJ7:
    Mislim da oni nece osvojiti ni malo putnika zato sto AB povecava letove za jos 7 pw i TK uvodi letove.
    INN-NS

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    1. braco, reci da je AB GRZ-TXL (Berlin) +7/7,
      ali kakvu to ima veze za Adriom?

      CRJ7 je u Poljskoj (MUC i AMS), druge linije su za CRJ9, pogotovo ako ima i charter letova.

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    2. Ima veze zato sto ce tesko pri dobiti Austriskog Putnika da leti sa njima prema buducim zapadno Evropskim destinacijama iz MBX.
      INN-NS

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    3. pa ko leti GRZ-Berlin-Paris ili GRZ-Berlin-London, gluposti!
      reci Skandinavija ili Baltikum, Rusija, to je OK.

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    4. Dobro pogresno sam se izrazio :)
      INN-NS

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  11. Ostaje za vidjeti koje bi to linije mogle biti. Indikativno je da autoputom iz Maribora potencijalni putnik za pola sata može doći do Graza, za sat vremena do Ljubljane, za sat i pola do Zagreba, te za dva i pol sata do Beča, dočim je vrlo teško uspostaviti bilo kakve linije. Stoga jedinu šansu imaju one linije koje su već "pretrpane" u Ljubljani i Grazu, pa samim time traže nove frekvencije dočim je pametnije pokrenuti frekvencije iz 3. zračne luke. Ove može biti samo , ZRH, MUC i FRA, no upitno je ima li tu mjesta za dodane letove u kontekstu činjenice da i iz LJU ne pokrivaju sve valove za MUC (trenutno lete 2 od 4 potrebna vala) i FRA (trenutno lete 3 od 4 potrebna vala) bez obzira što za se iz Graza leti 5x dnevno za MUC i 4x dnevno za FRA. ZRH ne vjerujem da ima mjesta za 4. dnevni let obzirom da sada lete 3 puta dnevno iz LJU, dok se iz Graza leti 4 puta dnevno, a i Swiss će krenuti sa letovima ZRH-LJU (iz GRZ već lete). Ići na opciju par letova tjedno nikako nije dobra opcija ako je alternativa u Grazu ili Ljubljani svakodnevni let jer tada će se putnik odlučiti za Graz/Ljubljanu. No, ako se odluče za nadopunjavanje Graza i Maribora poput Londona gdje će Adria letjeti jednom tjedno iz Graza i tri puta tjedno iz Maribora onda to i ima logike. I Istanbul bi mogao proći obzirom da iz Graza Turkish leti 4 puta tjedno, ako Adria u code-share sa Tukrishem uz istu cijenu bude letjela bar 3 puta tjedno iz Maribora i to u one dana kada se ne leti za Graz.

    U svakom slučaju iz sada objavljenih podataka vidljivo je da će ta baza biti subvencionirana od strane lokalne vlasti, te da će pola putnika tog baziranog aviona letjeti na chareterima, dok će ostali putnici biti na tri redovne linije. Kako se planira 18.000 redovnih necharter putnika, tj. 9.000 u jednom smjeru, to je 25 putnika dnevno, za očekivati je ili da će to biti jedan do dva redovna dnevna leta + jedan dnevni charter u top sezoni ili manje letova ako će baza biti cjelogodišnja.

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  12. OT: Skygreece info posted on Ex Yu has changed yet again. Flights are now on Wed and Tue, not Sat. Flights are now actually Athens-Toronto with a stop in Zagreb. Is this final schedule and is pricing available?

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    1. so ZAG is getting direct flights and Athens is not??

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    2. Both Athens and ZAG will be direct, but only ZAG will be non stop.

      A flight doesn't have to be non stop to be direct.

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    3. ^ Aleksandar I know that :D, but ZAG gets the upper hand since Athens pax will have to wait for an hour in ZAG. After a 7 hour flight I would not be too happy to wait for another hour and then a flight of almost 2 hours. Maybe they decided to do that since ZAG flights will sell better than Athens?

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    4. Not correct. Athens-Toronto will have a choice of 3 routings: nonstop, stop in Zagreb or stop in Montreal with SkyGreece. Flights are still not searchable using internet travel sites.

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    5. @anon 5:58

      7 hours, more like 9, 9.5 hours on a YZZ-ZAG leg. I agree with you, waiting another hour after that would be painful.

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    6. "ZAG gets the upper hand since Athens pax will have to wait for an hour in ZAG." :D

      Hahaha, that SkyGreece is starting to look like a joke, fuelling even more dellusional imagination.

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    7. Especially in a place they never heard of.

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    8. Ahhhh, your jealousy is so cute, SkyGreece, Korean, JAL, must be hard to read about it, planes (charter though, Korean scheduled) flying from a place no one ever heard of ;))

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    9. Going back to original question: is this schedule final and what is the price?

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    10. Looks like demand for dedicated ZAG-YYZ route wasn't there so Zagreb will top up plane from Athens.

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    11. that is also question of routing and crew planning... that way they have crews in ATH and YYZ and no need to fly crews into ZAG.
      I would ask why they don't sell tickets ZAG-ATH?

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  13. Ot
    I had it with another Lufthansa Streik. More flight cancellations! They are now worse than old JAT ever was. Get your things in order DLH or watch your passengers fly with other airlines!

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  14. Any idea why is Zagy so late tonight?

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  15. Are Qatar flights to BEG and SOF going so well or are they planning to terminate BEG? I was just looking for tickets to Doha and Pegasus was like 400 euros while Qatar is close to a 1000. As discussed already would not be surprised if Qatar terminates BEG after not being allowed fifth freedom

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    1. I think their loads are ok, not great but fine, although with serious fluctuations for the time being. With SOF it should be working, since neither route could do it alone and i don't see Qatar axing both and almost completely getting out of SE Europe. Also they have interline with Air Serbia and they're getting some regional pax as well.

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    2. If not for the small a/c they operate i would see LOT already leaving Belgrade. Flew them last November and we were like 20 pax on-board, maybe even less.

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    3. During summer LOT will be doing daily flights, buy I get what your saying. As for Qatar, I asked this before once, but has anybody had a chance to travel with them potentially via Sofia or Anakara

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  16. MBX what about some cooperation with railways and to continue doing business with truck drivers through MBX? MBX-INI or BEG on low cost segement? free parking in MBX a big advantage!

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  17. MBX needs Volotea/Vueling/Wizzair...... to develop point to point destinations and some really rare seasonal flights - charters: cape verdes, Madeira, lisbona and Madrid to catch passegners in croatia, hungary and austria! and dont forget to built 2,5 km rail track for pendolinos or railjets that Will connect it like vienna!

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  18. OT
    Today was the first time a SU95 landed at BEG. The reason is far from good - it brought victim of a February industrial accident in northern Siberia.
    This aircraft has been flying on scheduled seasonal flights between VKO and TIV.

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    1. So it made a tech-stop in Belgrade?

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    2. It was not the first time. 2 moths ago or even less, Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Montenegro diverted to BEG due to the strong winds and severe weather.

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  19. OT: Nice analyse about Air Serbia: http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/belgrade-airport-with-resurgent-air-serbia-challenged-the-hub-order-in-centralsoutheast-europe-213774

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  20. London Southend Airport, ESSEX not London

    Airport closed at night,
    No Train connections to London before/after certain time.

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