Friday, April 1, 2016

Adria to expand Lodz network


Adria Airways will launch new flights from its base in Lodz to Paris, as it continues to expand its presence in Poland. Flights between the two cities, which were not initially planned as part of the airline's 2016 summer season operations, will commence on June 2 and run three times per week, each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with a Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft stationed at the airport. The service will be codeshared by Lufthansa. The Slovenian carrier already maintains flights from Lodz to Amsterdam and Munich - six and twelve times per week, respectively. The addition of the new flights are in line with promises made by Adria's new owners, 4K Invest, to continue developing the airline's operations in Poland, along with Slovenia, Albania and Kosovo.

The growth in Poland is part of a revised outlook at Adria to place less of a focus on the carrier's limited home market and to develop as more of a European than a Slovenian air carrier. The airline's former CEO, Mark Anžur, under whose tenure the carrier established bases outside of Slovenia, including Lodz last year, recently 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. The Bombardier is an ideal aircraft for regional routes because it acts as an alternative to low cost airlines which can’t make a profit on certain flights with larger Airbus aircraft".

Earlier this year, Adria announced plans to launch flights from Poland's 21st largest city, Olsztyn, to Munich three times per week starting this summer. The new service is to be promoted later today and put on sale. Lodz is centrally located in Poland and is the country’s third largest city. However, it is just 135 kilometres south-west of the capital Warsaw and the opening of a motorway linking the two cities in 2012 has reduced travel time to approximately just one hour, making it much harder to generate and sustain air services from Lodz. Adria's new CEO, Arno Schuster, recently said, "We look quite positively into this year, expecting good results. Adria's strategy seems like a good fit for a regional carrier. We want to grow with our own existing network and to make it more efficient". Flight details for the new Lodz - Paris service can be found here. This summer, the Slovenian carrier will also launch new scheduled flights from Ljubljana to Cologne and from Pristina to London Luton.

67 comments:

  1. After reading the last paragraph my guess is Adria is getting some good subsidies for its Lodz flights

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    1. Smart move. Slovenia is a very limited market and they pretty much are serving anything that can make money from there and have something like a 70% share of passengers anyway.

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    2. It was reported on here a few times that JP experienced liquidity issues. These subsidies could have helped them big time.

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  2. "The service will be codeshared by Lufthansa"

    Might be worth noting that Lufthansa Consulting provides air service development advice to Lodz Airport so I'm not surprised they approached Adria and that they fly 12x per week to Munich. They get Adria to fly routes they don't want to make losses on but want connecting pax from.

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  3. Why not focus on Maribor? I can't understand this!

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    1. Why should they? MB is just 1 hour from LJ (MB is just 2nd largest city in Slovenia, Lodz is 3rd largest city in Poland). MB could work as LCC alternative airport for LJ, ZAG, GRZ (with proper bus/train routes to this cities).

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    2. Do not forget that GRZ is even closer and we are in Schengen so it is like travelling to LJU but even closer.

      MBX could work for charter tourism if Slovenia would stand together, make some good packages and then flights could be made to LJU and MBX so passengers could have trips starting at LJU ending at MBX area and vice versa.

      Adria is now for the third year flying twice MAN and LGW in corporation with UK tourist agency and flights are packed.

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    3. If they would good hybrid - low cost offers from MBX they eould be fully successful. But for that they would have to base an aircraft there but they are eather not willing to do that but i believe they are just to afraid.

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    4. Why always some people have there wet dreams about MBX?
      MBX is not interested to no one, who will travel from MBX?
      Have you ever been to this region in Sloevenia?
      Powerty is the highest in this part of Slovenia, and please stop being non-realistic.
      Last year Adria was flying from MBX because they got subsidies, and line without this money was not profitable.
      GRZ, ZAG is close enought, so people from this region travels from this destinations.
      Whenever I travel I go from ZAG, and I can say many slovenian cars parked in ZAG airport parking are MB, MS, CE.
      MBX is only capable to serve summer time charters to Grecce islands and Turkey Antalya... and If nk maribor plays euro or champions league, than supporters and clubs can use MBX :)

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  4. Adria is pretty much the only ex-Yu airline that can establish bases outside of their home country seeing as they are the only airline from ex-Yu with a neutral brand, something I think others should have thought of as well. Names like Air Serbia, Croatia Airlines or Montenegro Airlines make it much harder for them to establish their brand anywhere outside of their boarders and at least in the case of Montenegro Airlines it could have been a very good move.

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    1. I absolutely agree with you!

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    2. Would you fly for 30 eur with airline from Hungary called "Air Hungary" instead of being called WizzAir?

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    3. Well, there is Norwegian which seems to be doing fine.

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    4. For 95% of the people, it's the price that dictates demand. The other 5% of narrow minded nationalists, usually don't ever venture outside of their own countries, but tend to have biggest "concerns" for the rest.

      It's not Adria's name that opens up external bases, its their business plan.

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    5. I think it's not even 5%, maybe 1% that refuse to fly on an airline because of the country where it comes from.

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    6. As you say anon@11:29...It should be wtitten ShitAir" on the tail...the most important for a pax is as fast, as cheap and with best privileges for the price as possible. It is all depending on how good management is to offer and give me this

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    7. Even if they wanted to, Air Serbia and Montenegro Airlines are prohibited from establishing bases within the EU due to regulatory issues. Neither is from a country which is a member of the EU.

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    8. If true, then why does Wizz Air have a base in Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia, or Adria in Kosovo or Albania ?

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    9. Great post anonym 1apr 11:29
      Thank you :-))

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    10. Anonym apr01, 1912

      Only EU and Swiss Carriers can open base in EU and fly fm EU A to EU B country or city.
      Serbia, Macedonia and Albania seems not to hve any restriction on foreign Carriers to operate flights fm their country to others. Mac and Albania no real own carrier or no national one, Serbia does, still Wizz was allowed to offer a hub. But i think with some commitment of them, that they hve a certain nbr of Serbian staff etc. Also to allow good competitve market, so travellers can benefit.

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    11. That happened before Air Serbia was established - during times of Jat Airways. I'm surprised that they still allow Wizz to have a hub in Belgrade, when EU doesn't allow Air Serbia same

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    12. Has Air Serbia actually applied to have a base outside of Serbia? ;)

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  5. Adria's biggest ally is Polish decentralization and the fact that Lot's main base is to the east of the country.
    Of course, having Lufthansa on their side will shield them from any possible attack by LO.

    Will be interesting to see how all of this plays out and if Adria manages to survive. If I were JP, I would have offered JU to operate PRN-BEG flights for them and why not even TIA-BEG. After all, the latter is better served by a regional jet aircraft than a turboprop.

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    1. To meni vise lici na neki manji napad na LO od strane JP.
      INN-NS

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    2. I think it has to do with Lot's refusal to operate unprofitable routes for an airline that doesn't really value it and that is looking at ways to exploit it. Adria is the perfect candidate given the fact that they are still on the verge of bankruptcy...

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  6. About the article:
    Adria will fly
    LCJ-CDG-RZE-CDG-LCJ 2 time per week and once without RZE trip
    LJU-MUC-SZY-MUC-LJU 3 times per week

    All from the beginning of June.

    At the same time Adria cancelled:
    TIA-BRU and CDG from April onwards.

    The same might happen to LJU-CGN.

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    1. Is it just me or did Cologne get postponed. It was supposed to launch in March, now its moved to April. Poor ticket sales?

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    2. Didn't Transavia introduce a seasonal ORY-TIA? Could this be the reason they are suspending the route? If it is then it only goes to prove how incompetent JP is at defending 'its turf.'

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    3. Yes it was delayed in the beginning of March. Try now on Adria's web to book CGN; at least I am unable to book it. It should run from end April.

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    4. Keep in mind they will have 1 fewer aircraft during peak summer with CRJ900 going to JU. Are there plans to lease some other aircraft?

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    5. Yes, they are negotiating with the lessor to get the B735 that were operated by OV.

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    6. No, the timetable was made without this plane and it fit to the fleet of 11 planes.
      Now on days 2 4 6 one plane is without flights.

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    7. Thank you :)

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    8. Strange with LJU-CGN, also advertisement on www.adria.si is gone. And yep u cant book as well....
      seems that Arno + Co hve already done some cleaning

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    9. I don't get it. LCJ-CDG is a long flight. RZE-CDG is even longer and therefore very expensive to operate (not the least with a CRJ) at the same time as it flies past hubs in for example Germany. Is the point-to-point demand really big enough to cover the costs? I doubt it. Subsidies will have to cover a huge gap. And I don't understand why LH codeshares on this. They can't help with connectivity at either end of the route and it bypasses their own hubs. I guess this is what happens when people in power of EU funds don't understand airline economics and an airline doesn't mind wasting subsidies as long as they get hold of them.

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  7. It will be interesting to see how their winter timetable will look. I assume we will see first influence from new owners.

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    1. It will be interesting if they still focus on hub or will they stationed a few planes around and feed LH and fly what is interesting from the new stations.

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    2. I think they will do what Sky says. Unfortunately, I think this may result in cutting some routes from LJU which are not profitable. Remember 4K's only goal is to get Adria to make a profit.

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  8. What about Sarajevo? Could have been a good base for them.

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    1. It's probably too expensive for them.

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  9. Admin, when will you publish Adria's summer timetable?thnx

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    1. They already published it a few months ago

      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2016/01/summer-2016-adria-airways.html

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  10. I heared some rumours regarding Croatian launching seasonal from Pula to Sofia.
    Does anybody have such information?

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    1. Doubt it, they are short on aircraft as it is and PUY is not on top of their priorities.

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    2. Got some information. It wil be charter flight operated by BH Air. Still waiting more information about the start and end date.

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  11. Adria is going to lease an A340 for charters this summer. It seens it is not the 1. of April joke.
    Source:
    http://sierra5.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2533&Itemid=1

    Haplek

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    1. I'm sure it is. Last year there was the same joke in the biggest romanian site for aviation regarding Blue Air getting A330.

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    2. Adria wet-leased an A340 for a few charters last summer too.

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    3. They also used it to operate some PRN flights when one of their jets went tech.

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  12. I say good on Adria for thinking outside of the box.

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  13. There are rumors EK will start OTP, BEG, and ZAG this winter season. Aircraft operating are rumored to be A330 at first and eventually B777















    April fools fellow fanboys :)

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    1. Let's also SJJ, SKP, INN & LJU to the list.

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    2. Da dolazi i QF za ZAG I BEG sa A388.
      INN-NS

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    3. you could create a lot of triangles
      ;)

      let's see how flydubai's show will go on depending on the findings in Rostov na Donu

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    4. You people do understand the meaning of April fools?

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  14. It seems that Adria will not fly to CGN this year since these flights are no longer in GDS. Now is the opportunity to codeshare on MBX-DUS route. There is hope for this to happen.

    Haplek

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    1. Had ADR a codeshare planned with EWG?

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    2. CDG and ARN are cancelled for the summer season :(

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  15. OT: ASL Airbus wifly fleet is completed with the last A/C been finished APG.

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  16. OT

    Seems like we will be seeing more of Qeshm Air in Belgrade. It is expected that additional 3.000 Iranian tourists will visit Belgrade. It was reported that a total of 14 charter flights will be operated.

    http://www.blic.rs/vesti/ekonomija/najavljen-dolazak-3000-turista-iz-irana/hwv5j28

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  17. Any pax numbers for March in Ex-Yu airports?

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  18. Flight details for the new Flights
    lju-muc 06.45-07.45
    muc-szy 08.15-09.50
    szy-muc 10.15-11.55
    muc-lju 12.20-13.20 crj900

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  19. OT: Ryanair opens a huge new base at Sofia as from October. Will be a big blow for Wizz and Bulgaria Air.
    http://airlineroute.net/2016/03/31/fr-sof-w16/

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