Friday, September 11, 2015

Adria to discontinue Maribor flights

Adria rules out year-long flights from Maribor Airport

Adria Airways has decided against extending its seasonal service from Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport to London Southend due to high costs. The Slovenian carrier resumed scheduled operations from the country's second largest city in June, following a fifteen year hiatus, maintaining three weekly flights to London. Adria confirmed its decision to suspend the service yesterday after lengthy talks with Maribor Airport's management team. The company said that maintaining the route would expose it to excessive risks due to high costs associated with ferrying one of its aircraft from its hub in Ljubljana and thus performing an empty leg. Furthermore, revenue on the service was limited as tickets were mostly sold at low cost prices, in line with the airline's plans to develop Maribor into a low cost hub. "The total revenue generated by these flights could have been greater, but given they operated on a seasonal basis, they met our expectations", Adria said in a statement.

The average cabin load factor on the route amounted to some 70%, however, it failed to attract a significant number of foreigners, which the service was primarily aimed at in an attempt to boost the tourism industry in Slovenia's north-east. Slovenian passport holders made up 85% of all passengers on the route. Adria says it hopes to resume the service next summer season. Previously, the airline said it would consider opening a low cost hub in Maribor by basing a single aircraft in the city, which would lead to the launch of new routes in Spain and, in the long term, Russia. "Adria Airways had good cooperation with Maribor Airport, which has emerged as a reliable business partner. We both hope to upgrade the service to London next year and add additional new routes", the airline noted. Adria's last service from Slovenia's second largest city to Southend Airport will operate on Tuesday, September 29.

Maribor Airport handled some 18.000 passengers last year, the majority of which were flown on charter flights. It estimates handling 35.000 travellers in 2015. According to the "Večer" daily, the airport is in talks with Express Airways over new routes. The small airline has a flight school at the airport and offers panoramic flights over Slovenia, as well as seasonal commercial services from Brač and Split in Croatia to Germany and Sweden. It currently operates its flights with a leased ATR72-500 aircraft. Reports suggest the airline could launch one destination in western Europe and the other in the south of the continent next summer. More information on the new routes should be known in the coming days.

44 comments:

  1. It looks as if Adria is only opening new routes to show how much passenger growth it had during the year. Meanwhile the airline is falling apart. Last week a lot of people at the head office were laid off but on the outside everything is rosy and great. I only hope JP gets sold as soon as possible.

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    1. If even the government is laying off employees I would hardly expect a private owner to do anything different. It could only get worse and in bigger numbers. Looks like a major internal malfunction in the company.

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    2. What was with people at the head office? Explaine?

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  2. So they didn't get those planned subsidies?

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    1. They did, but only for summer time june-september

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  3. Sorry, but laying off surplus workers seems to be the step in the right direction towards lean and efficient organization....

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    1. They don't have enough staff as it is and an airline with liqudity problems every single winter can not be taken seriously.

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  4. They cannibalized the existing business with those flights.
    Petar INN

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  5. First off, Zagreb Airport is way too close and way too appealing with #of flights for these Maribor flights to ever work...It's simply the economy of volume... BA and OU flying to Heathrow...and Zagreb is already a tourist destination, this year a total # of visitors will amount to roughly 1,1 million, the most of any town/city in Ex Yu. Overnight stays are however much weaker due to the fact that people stay 1,8 days in Zagreb on average...

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    1. Odakle ti ideja da su oni racunali na Agram?

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    2. Ideja logike. Isto područje obuhvata: Zagreb, Novo Mesto, Maribor, Kranj (East Slovenia + Zagreb ring + Kvarner).

      Ne kažem da im je Zagreb bio prioritet, ali dovoljno je pogledati tablice na zagrebačkom aerodromu i vidjeti kako je barem 20% tablica iz Slovenije iz navedenih gradova...

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    3. Ako pogledas na kartu videces da je Kranj blizi ljubljanskom aerodromu od Ljubljane. Bez obzira na vasu opsednutost sobom Slouvencov su racunali da bi stanovnici Graca i okoline mozda pozeleli do Londona, ali oni kao i svi ostale svabe samo nemacke zemlje i na Mediteran.

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    4. Hoces rec da Slovenci ne putuju iz Zg? Ili Pule? Evo easyjet za London iz Pule pa ima dosta slo tablica na aerodromu. Pozdrav iz Pule/Pola

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    5. Fora je u tome sto su oni racunali da ce privuci engleske turiste, a tih je bilo jako jako malo. Ocito Southend i Maribor nisu zanimljiva kombinacija. Nazalost, Maribor nije neka destinacija koja moze biti zanimljiva nekim turistima dulje od 1h, to je kao da ides u Karlovac avijonom....

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    6. Putuju. Ali sigurno manji broj. I ako se več spominje Kranj. LJU se nalazi u upravnoj jedinici Kranj, sa kojeg lete tri zrakoplovne tvrtke za LND, tako da mora biti stvarno neki krajni slučaj, da bi taj dio Slovenije letio gore iz ZAG. Dosta jih/nas koristi i TRS (i TSF za koje linije). Ne kažem, da se ne koristi ZAG al sigurno niso ogromni brojevi.

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  6. Nije problem sto su letovi sezonski ne bi ni ASL drugacije drzao Maribor vec u nevestim objasnjenjima i slaboj popunjenosti za "hibridni" nacin poslovanja. Nije lako dovuci Germane iz Austrije da lete iz Maribora samo su pravili gubitke.

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    1. Nisu pravili gubitke, posto su imali subvencionirane letove od Maribora i kohezijskog EU fonda za razvoj..., ali zato bi radili gubitke, kada ne bi imali vise subvencionija i zato je Anzur trazio neubolozne pare da neka naprave kao fond iz kojeg ce se to financirati. Jebiga, ovaj dio Slovenije je prava socialna bomba, i bolje je potrositi 3 mil eur koliko bi bio potreban fond na nesto pametnije, nego na poluprazne avione. Jer ionako na Southend kad je mokra pista, nisu mogli sletjeti s Airbusom i vise od 80 putnika, jer je kratka pista.

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  7. OT: Air Canada Rouge u 2016. otvara nove linije za Budimpeštu, Prag i Varšavu.

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    1. wow. they rather fly to cee, than finally open a route to its star alliance partner in vienna. that comes as a surprise to me

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  8. Da su izabrali BCN ili tako neku destinaciju imali bi profita makar sezonski .
    Ima toliko precih linija koje bi bile profitabilne iz Lju a oni ne lete.
    INN-NS

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    1. Ma nje to tako lagano, Slovenija je mala, moras racunati da cijeli dio primorske regije ide u Italiju , ovaj dio Mariborski tj. Sjevero-zapadni svi koji putuju ili idu u Bec ili u Zagreb a i Budimpesta je popularna postala, jedino Ljubljana i okolina idu putovati sa LJU.

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  9. Mogla bi i ASL da leti do BCN, intresovanje putnika postoji ali izgleda nemaju dovoljno aviona za rotaciju.

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    1. Po ceni od 2-250 eura se putuje tamo na nekoliko dana u hotelu tako da ne postoji interesovanje. Aviolet leti za Gironu preko leta.

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    2. Naravno da postoji interesovanje, Span Air je odrzavao tu liniju veoma uspresno sa veoma visokom popunjenoscu kabine, ista stvar je i sa Vuelingom koji odrzava sezonske letove za BCN, doduse sa cenama oko 150-200 eur

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    3. Aviolet je na misice izdrzao letnju sezonu sa nekoliko skandaloznih situacija, ali mora se reci iznad ocekivanja. Sad je zaista vreme da stari B733 odu u zasluzenu penziju, makar sto se tice putnickog saobracaja. Ne znam da li to znaci i gasenje brenda Aviolet i pokretanje nekog novog programa za letnji carter saobracaj ili ne. Ako neko ima info mogao bi da podeli sa ostalima.

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    4. B733 nece skoro u penziju jer resursi traju jos bar dve naredne sezone...

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    5. resursi su mozda ok, ali enterijer je ispod svakog kriterijuma cak i za carter.

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    6. @ AnonymousSeptember 11, 2015 at 2:32 PM
      Летео сам "боингом 737" Авиолета- унутрашњост авиона је на високом нивоу- све је чисто, уредно, седишта су кожна, нова. Бар је тако било пре годину дана.

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    7. Koliko ce 737 resursi da traju zavisi da li ce leteti samo preko leta ili stalno kao sada

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  10. OT: Nove linije iz Beča za Split i Dubrovnik

    http://aerocroatia.blogspot.hr/2015/09/niki-otvara-nove-linije-iz-beca-za.html

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    1. Split 2016 prelazi sigurno 2,0mil pax.

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    2. A i Dubrovnik bi mogao do 2 mil.

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  11. But MBX will have now place to organize already traditional car market - avtosejem.... I will also come to sell mine! Nothing works.....

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  12. Znaci, leteli su za London Southend i ocekivali da naplate vise nego low cost? Ako hoces veci yield moras leteti za LHR ili LCY. Zasto bi neko ko ima iole komfora u dzepu leteo sa Southend-a... osim ako ne zivi u nekom obliznjem mestascu, a na tome se ne gradi konstrukcija za let za London.

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  13. OT
    Tmrw KC grad club in BEG 23h to 04h DJ Fyasko playing. He is Country Mgr of Cargolux Switzerland and also likes a good chat about Aviation
    So feel free to visitm him

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    1. For him: Cargolux 747 at Belgrade:

      http://www.pixstel.com/cargolux-boeing-747-400_urlb12741.php

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  14. Ex-Yu - It's maybe time to clean the flash news rubrique?

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    1. All the news from this week is on display

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  15. OT

    Admin, do you have any news whether Ryanair will start flights to Skopje?

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    1. The official statement from the airline is that they are still in talks with the government over potential routes and they have no further updates at this point.

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