Friday, February 5, 2016

Maribor Airport secures scheduled flights

Express Airways to launch services from Maribor to Dusseldorf and Split

Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, in Slovenia's north-east, has negotiated new scheduled flights for the 2016 summer season, which will see it linked to Dusseldorf and Split. Furthermore, the airport is in talks over potential services to Girona in Spain and flights to either Skopje or Pristina. The German-owned Express Airways will run services from Dusseldorf to Maribor twice per week starting April 28. The route was selected in agreement with local tour operators, while the connection is also expected to benefit local businesses which have strong links to the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In addition, Express Airways will launch a one weekly service to Split from May 5, with the airline anticipating strong demand for holiday packages to neighbouring Croatia this summer in light of security concerns at popular leisure hotspots such as Egypt and Tunisia. Furthermore, the carrier is in talks with Maribor Airport over the introduction of flights to Girona. As a result, Express Airways will become the only airline to operate scheduled services to Slovenia's second largest city this summer season.

The Managing Director of Maribor Airport, Ladimir Brolih, recently said talks with Wizz Air over potential services were ongoing but added that further analysis and discussions with the no frills carrier were required. Both northern Germany and Scandinavia have been identified as underserved markets from Slovenia. Maribor Airport handled 24.886 passengers last year, an increase of 41.7% compared to 2014. Last summer, Adria Airways resumed flights from Maribor following a fifteen year hiatus with a three weekly seasonal service to London Southend Airport. However, the airline has no plans to resume the route this year, despite previous promises to turn Maribor into its low cost base during 2016.

On the other hand, Montenegro Airlines plans to introduce seasonal charter flights from Podgorica to Maribor later this year, the carrier’s Assistant Commercial Director, Dragan Popović, said recently, adding that talks with Maribor Airport are in their final stages. The Montenegrin carrier intends to operate one weekly service between the two cities from mid-June to mid-September. The move is in line with the airline’s new strategy to expand operations within the former Yugoslav region. Slovenia was one of Montenegro Airlines’ fastest growing markets in 2015. Its scheduled Podgorica - Ljubljana service saw passenger numbers grow 53% compared to the year before. Recently, the carrier’s CEO, Daliborka Pejović, said the airline is considering adding frequencies to the Slovenian capital this summer.

60 comments:

  1. Čestitke Mariboru!
    Naj bo 75% napisanega resnično. MBX - TGD ali še bolje MBX - TIV bi bila odlična zamisel za slovenske turiste v ČG in Slovensko plažo.

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  2. Good news although I would prefer if these flights were operated by a more established airline. Good luck to them.

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    1. Like Adria? Wizz? Ryanair?

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  3. Tickets are bookable for Dusseldorf and Split. They are not expensive.

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    1. 99€ return MBX-DUS
      119€ return MBX-SPU

      Haplek

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    2. "Dusseldorf to Maribor twice per week starting April 28."
      Linija je već sad odgođena za više od mjesec dana od početne najave (trebala je krenuti 24.marta!) Pitanje ako će uopće biti išta od toga.

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  4. Will Aegean fly charters to Maribor this year too?

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    1. Yes I'm also wondering whether their new route to Ljubljana will impact their Maribor charters. I hope they keep flying to MXB.

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    2. It wont impact. A3 is flying LJU-ATH route only few times a week, but it flys from MBX to Greek islands so those flights are not so comparable.

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  5. Who would travel from Maribor to Skopje or Pristina? Is there demand?

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    1. Those routes are ment for transfer pax to DUS.

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    2. Makes sense. Thank you.

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    3. no it doesnt make any sense. SKP-MXB would be only O&D (LJU & GRZ) and only if lowcost

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    4. For sure there is demand, either SKP or OHD to MBX.But, as the last comment says - LC only (for quick weekend off or similar for the ones working in Slovenia and some tourism), there are already 3-4 daily bus departures from Struga/Ohrid to Ljubljana or 3-4w to Maribor/Graz.100%LF, full of baggage and 'cargo' :)

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  6. Maribor would be a great alternative to Ljubljana for low cost airlines, particularly Wizz Air. Wizz wanted to expand in LJU a couple of years ago but never did probably because of airport fees. I would suggest they move to Maribor and they would sure get subsidies and support from local government.

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    1. MBX is indeed in talks with Wizz.

      Haplek

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    2. LJU decreased airport fees substantially in 2015. If Wizz was willing to expand there, it couldn't be a better environment to do that.

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    3. Yes but Maribor would probably offer subsidies unlike Ljubljana.

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    4. Of course MBX is way cheaper than LJU.

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  7. Congratulations Maribor. I'm glad smaller airport like Maribor, Osijek and Nis are expanding. Tuzla has set an example to all of them.

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  8. Flights to DUS starts in April, not March.

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  9. Express Airways made a huge mess at Brač Airport last year, we have already seen many comments regarding that issue. Hope they will do a better job at Maribor Airport, although I doubt it.

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    1. What happened?

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    2. This comment explains everything, it was published 3 days ago by the user called Petar;

      Express Airways is a trecherous/deceitful airline. I doubt they'll ever take off - in Brač Airport, last year they played unfair and dirty - they signed contracts and took over the lines (Austrian line from Graz) and never paid their airport bills. Several times, their aircraft didn't get clearance for take off due to not paying bills for months. The poor passengers were catered by the airport staff due to Express' fault- Express never paid the rest of their bills nor did they ever pay the bills related to the passenger care in such situations...

      The owner is "german turk", dirty old *art who is deceitful.

      watch this, if MBX for some reason doesn't sell amazingly well, Express will cancel the route. They'll probably never pay the airport fees either.

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    3. Sto se tice Braca, hoce li CA povezivati karte iz zapadne Evrope prema Bracu, preko Zagreba? Sad ta mogucnost ne postoji na web-stranici ali se moze karta uvezati ako se kupi preko njihovog kontakt-centra ili zastupnistva. Medjutim, ta karta je onda odprilike duplo skuplja.

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    4. Petar's comment is rasistic, regardless how bad the brac story is/was

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    5. What the hell does "rasistic' mean ?

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  10. OT Is it true that CTN will soon fly to LED ?

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    1. I think Moscow would be a bigger priority.

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    2. Sure Moscow would be priority, but they opted for Saint Petersburg instead.

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    3. SU flies daily Zagreb-Moscow, and there is no direct flights Zagreb-St.Petersburg. LED is very big and wealthy city, lot of tourists in both directions, makes perfect sense

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  11. OT What is the result of TSA checks at Belgrade airport?

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    1. If Air Serbia starts offering tickets to JFK soon that means it went well.

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  12. Sorry I don't see how they will fill a B733 two times per week. Good luck anyway.

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    1. Transfer pax DUS-MBX-SPU on Sundays, but once a week they really need to fill a B733 with locals...

      Good luck from me too.

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  13. Old news but why not have a link from Maribor to Kraljevo:

    Half a century since the departure of the "Brotherhood and Unity" train

    On the occasion of marking the half century since the departure of the first "Brotherhood and Unity" train in 1961 about 300 Slovenians from Maribor and other towns from Slovenia came to Kraljevo today. Since mid-September 1961, every year in mid-September, Slovenians who were expelled to Serbia during WWII would arrive to Serbia by that train, and the citizens of Serbia would render a visit the following year. Until 1989, the train was symbolically running from Maribor to Kraljevo in memory of the hospitality that the people of Serbia provided for about 7,500 citizens of Slovenia in September 1941. Many of them are no longer alive, or are elderly. Mainly their descendants and friends of the citizens of Kraljevo have arrived here.

    More info here: http://www.kraljevo.org/Vesti-Review_eng

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  14. OT ZAG

    1/2015 150.667
    1/2016 156.947

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    1. The way to go!

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    2. Not bad, I also think there were fewer flights in January this year than in 2015.

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    3. +4,2% for Zagreb

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  15. MBX je okruzen sa nekoliko Regionalnih i Glavnih Aerodroma a i pre vise je blizu LJU i to je najveca prepreka .
    Mozda da ponude neku dobru ponudu FR onda bi uspeli.
    INN-NS

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    1. FR have already flown from MBX on MBX-LTN route. LF stood at 85-90% at the time but FR stopped operations due to lack of subsidies. That was back in 2007-2008. They have flown 3 times per week.

      I honestly think that MBX has better chances with W6 than FR.

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  16. Ryanair decreases their prices in Croatia (for 2 days)

    http://www.poslovni.hr/hrvatska/ryanair-u-hrvatskoj-snizio-cijene-letova-za-cak-25-akcija-traje-do-nedjelje-308314

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  17. Dajte se smiriti vise s tim MBX, jel tko od vas uopce kad letio iz MBX? Koja kompanije ce da leti za MBX?? Adrija koja je imala subvencije, ovu godinu 2016 pazi cuda, ne razmislja o uvodjenju neke linije. Mislim, to je toliko prozirno... neki Express Airways se najavljuje iz MBX kao da je rijec o Adriji ili nekoj normalnoj drugoj kompaniji... Osim Onur, Flybird i Aegeean preko ljeta, ostalo iz MBX je sve prica za malu djecu...

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    1. I ja se bojim da je to još jedna "moš si mislit" kompanija poput dostadšnjih:

      Sea Air,
      Air Croatia,
      dalmatian.hr,
      Bosnian Wand airlines,
      Sky Greece,
      Swift air,
      Centavia,
      Adriatic Skyways,
      Libertas Air,
      Air Albatros,
      Adria Wings,
      Anić Airways...

      Express Airways je u proljeće 2014. najavljivao letove iz DUS,BER, FRA, MUC, LEJ, STR i ZAG za DBV. Ni više ni manje! I što se desilo? Jedno ogromno ništa!!!! Što bi sa letovima za BWK? Fijasko!

      Kada će više ljudi kod nas naučiti? Ajde da ti netko proda rog pod sviječu jednom, ali brate mili, ovi ga prodaju po raznim aerodromima već dvije godine!

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    2. Da stvar bude gore na svojim stranicama uopće ne spominju letove iz Maribora za Dusseldorf i Split, nego iz Bremena za Pulu i za Split, te iz Njemačke za Španjolsku.

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    3. @Mutassim

      Yes, I have flown form MBX to CFU with A3. I must say that MBX is as an airport pretty amazing. It is completely new, well organized, small but nice in every aspect. Friendly staff and so on. I couldnt believe that it had no regular routes, because it was really great experience to fly from there.

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  18. OT; Sarajevo 1/2016 -5,70%

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  19. OT: Beograd 1/2016 -5,8%

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  20. To je super vijest za AS, pošto su smanjili kapacitet ove zime 30% a putnika je bilo samo 5.8% manje. Kada se to sve pretvori u konačne brojke znači da je popunjenost kabine više nego odlično

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  21. To je super vijest za AS, pošto su smanjili kapacitet ove zime 30% a putnika je bilo samo 5.8% manje. Kada se to sve pretvori u konačne brojke znači da je popunjenost kabine više nego odlično

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    1. Smanjili su kapacitete za 13%, a ovo su podaci za sve kompanije. ASL je imala preko 11% putnika manje, ostale kompanije su imale nešto bolje rezultate nego prošle godine.

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    2. I travel a lot between BEG and AUH. JU has doubled the amount of pax on their flights compared to last year. Last night in fact, JU800 went with a full load, only 2 empty seats in business class!

      In 2014 when I wrote of the loads, they were around 40 pax, one flight was even only 30 pax.

      I'm yet to try the wifi. What keeps me from buying is the price is too high. There is people buying it however more would had the price been lower. However, connecting to the wifly system gives access to a launch page from where news can be read, information on JU destinations including codeshare, weather, flight time to destination which is nice. From there as well it is possible to buy internet data.

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    3. Дечко ТзарFebruary 6, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      Wifi is very good but Panasonic needs to start sharing revenue with Air Serbia. When I tried WiFly for the first time, I wanted to explore options before signing up. Turns out 90% of what I needed was already available for free, from news to weather. Other 10% could wait, at least on a typical 1h30m ride. Air Serbia does not seem to have financial incentive to push customers to paid access, and Panasonic does not seem to promote WiFly on Air Serbia behalf even though they stand to gain financially.

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