Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dniproavia to launch Kiev - Ljubljana service


Ukrainian carrier Dniproavia will introduce a three weekly service between Kiev and Ljubljana this summer, connecting the two cities for the first time in six years. The airline will run flights each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from Borispol Airport to the Slovenian capital with its fifty-seat Embraer E145 aircraft starting June 27. Tickets are already on sale through the carrier's website. The news comes several months after the President of Ukraine and his Slovenian counterpart reached an agreement to restore air services between the two countries. Adria Airways last operated the route in the summer of 2011 on a seasonal basis, however, the two weekly flights were suspended as part of the airline's wide-ranging cost cutting measures at the time. In 2014, the company intended to resume services and applied for permits and slots at Kiev Airport. Those plans were subsequently shelved with the outbreak of violence in Ukraine.

After fulfilling all criteria of the European Union's Visa Liberalisation Plan, Ukrainian nationals are expected to be granted visa free travel to the Schengen Zone by June this year, which will significantly boost travel. Dniproavia maintains a small network of seven scheduled destinations, four of which are in Ukraine. Furthermore, the airline operates a range of charter flights. It boasts a fleet of eleven E145s. Return ticket prices for its new Ljubljana service start from 120 euros. Further flight details for the Kiev - Ljubljana route can be found here.

Dniproavia will launch flights to Ljubljana a month after Adria expressed strong interest to introduce services between the two countries. “Ukraine has potential. We are now in negotiations with Ukrainian airports and are exchanging ideas. I cannot go into detail at this moment but we are discussing a direct service between Ljubljana and Ukraine”, Adria's Chief Commercial Officer said recently. It is believed Adria was considering flights to both Lviv and Vinnytsia. Last month, the Slovenian aviation regulator met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Slovenia to amend their bilateral air agreement which limited flight operations between the two countries only to Kiev and Ljubljana, excluding all other airports in the process.

62 comments:

  1. Great news :) nice to see something new from Ljubljana.

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  2. Perfect capacity for this route. Wish them the best.

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  3. I wonder if there is a sufficient market for these flights. I would assume that if Adria started these there would be because they could get transfer passengers but Dniproavia can more or less count only on point to point pax. Good news in any case.

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    1. I agree it would have been a good destination for Adria as a feeding route to western Europe.

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    2. Dniproavia is unofficial feeder for Ukraine International. They flight to the destinations were Ukraine International can't flight due to unsufficient market for their fleet.

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    3. Thanks. Didn't know

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    4. Arrival time to Ljubljana gives you approx 45 min for connection with afternoon Adria wave.

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  4. They beat Adria to it.

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  5. Last winter Dniproavia operated to Maribor.

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    1. Yes. Charters from Kiev and Harkov.

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    2. For last 2 winters already. :)

      Haplek

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  6. So this will be the second new airline at LJU this summer after Transavia.

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    1. Ground breaking - so exciting

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  7. What, I can't believe it! Is this announcement real or just 1 April Joke?

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    1. It's real. You can buy tickets on their website.

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  8. Very good news for LJU. Hope the loads will be there to keep the route during the winter.

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  9. Admin, why did you cancel my comment (OT) on Finnair Helsinki Dubrovnik?

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    1. Because there are no such flights with that equipment. It's an April's Fool joke by another website.

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    2. Ahahahah, ok, sorry.

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  10. If JU could not operate KBP profitable, i doubt any other in the region could do. JP was in KBP already but left again. So expecting a short guest performance

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    1. Direct traffic + transit for UIA. This combination works for OTP and SOF

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    2. I beg to differ. JU aren't renowned for running a profitable airline or route for that matter.

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    3. They started SOF 3 p/w and now they are flying there daily.

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  11. is this a reliable airline?

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    1. and why LJU and not TIV, SPU,DBV or BEG for example?

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    2. Maybe they saw some sort of potential in LJU because it has less coverage from the east than those other places. Dniproavia has been around for a long time.

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    3. The coast will have charter flights with Airbusses.

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  12. Prices seem ok.

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  13. O.T. BEG handled 343.771 in March +10%
    http://www.b92.net/biz/vesti/srbija.php?yyyy=2017&mm=04&dd=01&nav_id=1246010

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    1. Wow plus 10% and so many on this blog complain about JU. Im sure that big part of this growth was of JU origin

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    2. JU growth was 7%, foreign airlines 12%. Good result.

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    3. Real results or April fool

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    4. Those are some really great news. It means that so far BEG welcomed 955.988 passengers, up from 872.123 last year!

      Growth so far in 2017 has been 9.6%. If they keep this rate, the airport will welcomed more than 5.400.000 passengers this year.

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    5. I would also like to add that with Wizz Air's second A320, Transavia, Atlasjet, Israeli charters... BEG might finally handle over 600.000 passengers in July and August.

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    6. Yas,that is realisic,and flights to China will surely start,soo,we will see..

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    7. Nice!! Even if BEG has 0% growth from now it will still pass the 5 million mark. This is a great success for the airport. Congratulations to all parties involved.

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    8. If only we don´t see any single OT involving JU, BEG, OU or ZAG that would be a true wonder!

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    9. Anonymous at 3:44 PM
      +1,000,000!

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    10. Then there would be no comments or interraction which is something none of us really want.

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    11. Speaking of BEG, once renovation is done it will have a total of 61 check-in desks plus 5 self-serve kiosks. That's 12:1 ratio. In 2017 when online check-in is available and when majority of customers prefer self service, really? It should have been a LOT more kiosks, like this:

      http://bit.ly/2onioHF

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    12. What now of all those who commented that JU killed their winter timetable ? 7% growth in Mar - together with growth in Jan and Feb - proved that they made the right decision

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    13. Anonymous at 3:44 PM
      +100,000,000!!
      I too feel so tired of BEG vs ZAG and OU vs JU kids.

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    14. You should remember that last winter was huge decline, so now increase is directly connected to that decline. Compare to winter 2014 numbers are not so good.

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    15. Compared to 2014 growth is 21,7%. So sorry to burst your jeloust bubble.

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    16. @AirCEO

      I'm pretty sure noone prefers to tag their own luggage as opposed to handing it to check-in agent. That's why business and first counters are always manned, as opposed to economy check-in. From pax POV, online check in with mobile boarding pass (and preferably a separate baggage drop off queue) is perfect.

      Don't get me wrong, I'd like to see more options, and I get why airlines are pushing self-checkin technology, but I don't believe "majority of customers" prefer self service when it comes to baggage.

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    17. First and business check in lines are always short unlike economy class queues. As most passengers fly economy, they usually have a choice of typically waiting 10-20 minuntes in line for check-in counter (or sometimes 5-10 mins for manned bag drop queue) vs instant self service. Takes two minutes to print bag tag using a kiosk, and one more minute to stick that tag onto your bag handle and scan it using self service bag drop machine. It is faster and I prefer it. Anyway, one kiosk to 12 check-in desks does not seem to be enough at BEG, hope it's not too late for someone to increase the number of kiosks.

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    18. Michael,

      He wasn't speaking about comparing one to the other but generally mentioning any of the four as OT. I can't imagine you would agree with that.

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  14. Why there no any flights between Zagreb and big market potentional Ukraina ?

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    1. Becose slovenian market is more intresting for Ukraine.

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    2. Slovenia and Ukraine have a few times bigger trade exchange, than Croatia and Ukraine.

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  15. Eurowings pojačava liniju za Zagreb iz Dusseldorfa, uvode treći let tjedno, svake subote. 2,4,6

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    1. I still don't understand why OU didn't launch this route. What were they waiting for?!

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    2. +1 Million Votes

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  16. Znam da nema veze sa temom,ali da li neko zna da li ce se graditi nova vatrogasna stanica na Tesli,i kontrolni toranj koji su spominjani,pre dolaska koncesionara.

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  17. As a matter of fact, Z6 has a strong code share with PS so their smaller planes act as feeders to PS extensive Ukranian network. They have a relatively high rating on SkyTrax:

    http://www.airlinequality.com/airline-reviews/dniproavia/

    I heard they´re quite punctual too.

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    1. Cool. Might give them a try.

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  18. Great timing of the flights for connections in LJU, both on and from JP main wave.
    I would be surprised if this route fails, they might at least next summer extend it with more frequencies.

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