Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Adria Airways to suspend several routes


Adria Airways will suspend several of its routes, including flights from Ljubljana to Stockholm, as well as services from Tirana to Paris and Brussels this month. Furthermore, the carrier has cancelled its planned new route from the Slovenian capital to Cologne. Adria has confirmed it will terminate its service to the Swedish capital as of April 10. The airline maintains two weekly flights on the route. Services to Cologne, which were initially planned to launch three times per week on March 28, were pushed back to April 20 before being scrapped. The airline says passengers who have already booked tickets will be offered alternative transport or refunded. In January, Adria suspended its daily service from the Slovenian capital to Istanbul.

The airline is scheduled to operate its last nonstop service from Tirana to Paris this Thursday. Ticket sales have been suspended thereafter. While flights to Brussels have been temporarily cancelled until April 13 due to the recent terrorist attacks at the Belgian airport, no tickets have been put on sale afterwards, indicating that this service will be suspended as well. Flights from Tirana to both Paris and Brussels were launched last summer and operated three times per week. During the 2015/16 winter season, the two were linked, with the airline operating flights  to the French capital via Brussels. The Slovenian carrier will maintain services from Tirana to Ljubljana, Frankfurt and Munich, with the latter launched only last week.

Adria Airways was purchased by the German turnaround fund, 4K Invest, last month. At the time, the airline's new CEO, Arno Schuster, said there would be no major changes to the network. "We want growth with the existing network and we want to make it more efficient", Mr Schuster said. Last week, it was announced Adria would launch new flights from its hub in the Polish city of Lodz to Paris. In addition, yesterday the Slovenian carrier scheduled its previously announced new service from Poland's 21st largest city, Olsztyn, to Munich. Flights will operate three times per week starting June 17. The airport is Poland's newest, opened only this January. Adria is also tipped to announce new services from Rzeszow, in south-eastern Poland, to Paris.

53 comments:

  1. My guess: Cologne was selling poorly, Stockholm was worst performing in the network, TIA flights cancelled because they were performing poorly and Lufthansa just launched Frankfurt-Tirana. Evidence that TIA-CDG and TIA-BRU was doing badly is linking them during the winter.

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    1. If I remember correctly Stockholm was also cancelled During Adria restructuring and resumed only recently.

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  2. New owners hard at work.

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  3. It seems the only lucrative business for Adria is its involvement in the Nordica brand, so the new owners plan on capitalising on that and turning the airline into (at least partly) an ACMI solution.

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  4. You can read this as a first step forward Eurowings Slovenia with very clear business concept. Next step after the summer season will be transformation OU into Eurowings Croatia with major cuts in frequencies and further harmonization with LH group.

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    1. I wouldn't go that far with the LH conspiracy. It is simple - the new owner does not want to keep Adria, they want to sell it as soon as possible and make profit out of it.

      To make a good price, they need to clear the company of anything that generates costs rather than profit: routes, aircraft, people...

      Then, when the carrier is made only of money-making components, the owners will be able to look for a good bargain. This also means no growth for Adria (the company can only shrink) but this is how it works. You can never get a good price if you sell something that generates costs (unless you are lucky to ride the Etihad wave, which Adria unfortunately is not).

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    2. +1 good post anonym 0954h

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    3. EW je u problemima odlozili su letove za LAS i IKA . Sigurno nema LH nameru da baca pare u Region gde se zimi slabo pune Avioni .
      U ostalom bolje dovesti strucne ljude u CTN da ih nebi zadesilo kao i JP.
      INN-NS

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    4. kao sto je i na ovom blogu najavljivano, 2016. godina je godina raspleta u regionu. MGX i ADR nece postojati u do sada poznatom obliku, dok slicna sudbina ceka i CTN u 2017. godini. Odluka je na velikim igracima koji, kako smo videli na primeru ASL, nikada ne bacaju svoje pare i stite se trostruko. Naravno i u ovoj igri samo mali mogu da izgube.

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    5. EW je u problemu jer leti long-hual sa samo 3 aviona zbog čega je jedan čulao pokvaren u Havani 3 dana uz sve kompenzacije putnicima. Nije tu pomoglo niti LH koja stoji iza EW niti partneri u Star Alliance koji lete za Kubu.

      A Air Serbija leti sa jednim avionom i ima bitno slabije partnere nego LH.

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    6. Cim se spomene kako EW nece otvoriti bazu u te dve zemlje ovde optereceni ASL odma spajaju neke price odma kako ce se to i ASL desiti u ostalom znate da dolazi onda prelep avion kao zamena A345 ;) pa ne morate da se brinete.
      INN-NS

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    7. Da li je jedan ili tri aviona nije bitno. Svakako ne drže jedan avion u rezervi zlu ne trebalo. Oni lete na nekim drugim rutama. Takav luksuz, ili mnogo verovatnije, rupe u iskorišćavanju letelica zbog održavanja možda imate sa flotom od 20-30 aviona, ali ne tri. Niko neće da drži avion na zemlji, da se nađe.

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  5. Question: how realistic is SKP-FRA?

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    1. If W6 succeeds in lowering the price-tag for the Vienna-Bratislava market, OS will probably follow, and demand from both sides will be on the rise (SKP to Vienna/Bratislava area and vice versa).

      With more O&D traffic sustaining the OS SKP-VIE route, it could become less dependent on transit pax and thus 'giving' them to LH and FRA (and possibly Munich).

      I think two daily E-190 or even maybe a combination between the E-190 and an A319 could work fine for LH on the FRA-SKP route.

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    2. there are no aircrafts left at LH

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  6. OT: Split airport

    3/2015 33091
    3/2016 35131

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    1. DBV
      3/2015 24142
      3/2016 41664

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  7. Cutting unprofitable routes is normal I don't see an issue.

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    1. I see an issue that they published their summer schedule well in advance - in January because they wanted to show how new owners won't affect the network. And then they wait until summer starts and cancel a number of routes. And they always seem to announce the cuts days before the suspension comes into place. They did the same with Istanbul.

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    2. You are aware that they have a new owner/management now? Do you think the new owner shouldn't care about losses the original summer schedule would make?

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    3. I agree cutting non profitable routes is smart. I think you'll see more integration of airlines in Europe in the medium term.

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  8. Who didn't see that coming?

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  9. Unfortunately I think soon employee numbers will be cut too not just destinations.

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  10. What's with Adria and Poland. They will soon fly there from every city.

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    1. Probably all subsidized and advised by Lufthansa.

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    2. They are allowed to fly only cities from Poland that are tiny in size...

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  11. If they are cutting these route now what will happen in winter?

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  12. OT:
    PRN March 2016 pax figures are out: ~22% up.

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  13. Will be interesting to see whether they will cancel TIA-FRA. Lufthansa just started those flights.

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  14. Another airline that has NO IDEA about what it is doing!! Sounds like Air Bosnia.

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    1. So when Adria cancel routes that are not selling well than they don't know what they are doing.

      When Air Serbia cancel routes than it is wise decision where they try and did not success and it is good decision not to spend more money and to cancel it.

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    2. Exactly, difference between dead and live company.

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    3. Anon 3:40PM Madonna was wrong!Time DOES NOT go by so slowly!Let's wait until summer 2017 and you will see how a single and only route BEG-JFK-BEF leave a small ambitious airline who thinks it's singaopore airlines of europe in ruins!

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    4. Air Serbia has actually never terminated a route since 2013.

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    5. Sinko ja cu mozda i leteti tom linijom, ali ti uskoro neces vise sa Adriom.

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    6. Wrong, they cancelled Budapest. That said, they will shortly launch 5 new routes

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  15. It is obvious. LJU is already too expencive. They will cancel some routes to free one CRJ up and base it in MBX where fees are way smaller. And they will get pax also from ZAG, GRZ and Hungarian area, when also the their tickets will be cheaper.

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    1. Yes, everybody knows MBX is a gold mine and yet still nobody flies to/from there.

      Remember how long did the MBX-SEN route last? I can't see Adria basing an aircraft there, especially now when they are not bound to respect political opinions and wishes.

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    2. C'mon please:)
      MBX is only for summer charters to Antalya and Greek islands... JP will not position CRJ in MBX.. We have seen success with MBX-SEN route... Now is almost 1 year and where is this route now ?
      If MBX is so interested to get pax from ZAG,GRZ, Hungary and Slovenia, why no one is not flying allready ???

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  16. OT
    AB dobija 2 A332 od JJ i tako ce povecati letove za Mexico i USA .
    INN-NS

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  17. OT: Congrats to Dubrovnik for year round (Turkish airlines) service to Istanbul. First flight in May operated with B738!

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    1. Svaka čast DBV! Hrvatska zracna luka broj 2 uskoro!

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    2. You have the actual news here
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/p/turkish-airlines-year-round-to-dubrovnik.html

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    3. Uz zimske letove za FRA, IST, LGW, MUC, FCO, BEG i AUH to će jako dobro izgledati.

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  18. OT - What happened today with JU's flight to Zagreb? Did the Atr broke down in-there?

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  19. Interesting that LJU-CGN did not work. So many other sometimes incredible city pairs are working. Will see if DUS-MBX yields out

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    1. Perhaps Eurowings flight KLU-CGN 6pw could be the clue?

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  20. Aaa sranja, kupis karte iz stockholma i sad nista od toga..

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    1. Jel su te kontaktirali za refundaciju? Vidim barem na twitteru da je totalni haos. Jako puno nezadovoljnih putnika zbog ovih otkazivanja. Nadam se da sve prodje kako treba.

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  21. Jel nam ovo i Donald licno komentarise? Masala.

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  22. Anna.aero recommended lju arn and lju cgn as potential destinations

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