Sunday, May 7, 2017

Adria to close Lodz base


Adria Airways will terminate flights from Lodz this summer after three years of operations. The Slovenian carrier will suspend its sole remaining route out of the Polish city to Munich on June 30. Ticket sales for the ten weekly service, codeshared by Lufthansa, have been terminated thereafter. The Slovenian carrier has a Bombardier CRJ 700 aircraft, nicknamed Lodz, stationed in the city, as well as local Polish crew. The airline has been steadily reducing its operations from Lodz over the past year, initially suspending flights to Paris, followed by Amsterdam. In a statement posted on its official Facebook page, Lodz Airport said, "The Board at Lodz Airport has decided to end its cooperation with Adria after failing to conclude a new agreement. Despite negotiations, we failed to reach a deal that is acceptable to both sides".

The development marks an end to Adria's Polish adventure which began three years ago and saw the carrier maintain services out of Olsztyn and Rzeszow as well, which were both discontinued after several months of operations last year. The growth in Poland was part of a revised outlook by the airline's former management to place less of an emphasis on the company's limited home market and to develop into a pan-European, rather than a Slovenian, air carrier. Adria's new owners said last year they would continue developing operations out of Poland. The airline will keep flying between Ljubljana and Warsaw where it competes directly against LOT Polish Airlines.

Lodz is centrally located in Poland and is the country’s third largest city. However, it is just 135 kilometres south-west of Warsaw and the opening of a new motorway linking the two cities in 2012 has reduced travel time to approximately one hour, making it much harder to generate and sustain air services from Lodz. From June 30, Ryanair will become the only airline to maintain services from the city, serving Dublin, East Midlands and London Stansted. It had previously operated flights to an additional eight cities, but, like many, has scaled back activities in recent years. SAS Scandinavian Airlines closed its route to Copenhagen and Wizz Air has suspended operations from Lodz, after cancelling its links to Dortmund, London Luton and Stockholm Skavsta. Adria is yet to comment on the closing of its Lodz base, the faith of its local staff or where it plans to deploy the CRJ 700 past June 30.

84 comments:

  1. This might not be such a bad thing if they woll focus more on LJU.

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    1. Why would they focus on LJU? It's an extremely small market, even the LOCOs are avoiding it to some extent (on one hand, LJU is not desperate enough to lower it's handling fees, on the other there is no real prospect of having some 200 pax on every flight). The new management already said, they will be focusing more on ACMI (wet lease)-

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    2. Shut up you troll
      Ljubljana and Slovenia are NOT a small market

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    3. Yes it is a small market and there ia no reason to get worked up about it. Even the previous CEO of Adria said the market was small and that is why they opened a base in Poland.

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    4. @Anonymous May 7, 2017 at 1:21 PM:
      I apologise. LJU is a huge market and every airline on this planet wants to fly to LJU.

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    5. Problem with LJU is not a small market, but competition from numerous nearby airports, mainly ZAG,TRS,GRZ,VCE,TSF, to some extent also VIE,MUC,BGY,MXP,BUD and even BLQ,KLU,PUY,RJK,SZG,BEG. These are all airports Slovenians travel to by car.

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    6. Ma raspadose se koliku guzvu pravite po parkinzima. Do ozbiljnih skijalista u It i Au treba vam par sati, a Kvarner vam je pod nosem.

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    8. It's not an exact comparison since it's an island, but Malta has a population of 0.4 million compared to 2 million in Slovenia. The airport has over 60 destinations direct, all with A319 and larger. I myself, based in Ljubljana, use Venice for around half my flights due to lack of connectivity from LJU. In short the Slovene market could easily support more flights given reasonable (not cheap) flights and good destinations.

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  2. So, Adria has more planes and routes than the Slovenian market can handle. And is basically staying alive by flying all over the place.
    While Air Serbia needs those regional jets

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    1. But Air Serbia also has more A320s and 737s than it actually needs.
      And an expensive A330 that spends most of the year sunbathing in BEG tarmac. ;)

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    2. Glupost u Air Serbiji ne opravdava majmune u Adrii koji su unistili kompaniju letenjem po Balkanu. Ni
      njima nije daleko ta sudbina.

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  3. So Adria managment has now managed to destroy two deals - the one with Nordica and this one with Lodz.

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    1. Quite interesting. But then again both deals were done by the previous management and we don't know whether they were financially bad or good.

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  4. I feel sorry for the Polish pilots and cabin crew who will loose their jobs.

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  5. This was expected. It was crazy to think they would keep a plane based in Poland with only one route.

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    1. With subsidies, I guess it worked

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    2. The whole Polish thing was crazy to begin with.

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    3. @ 9.19 (1) true but the loads were extremely light on these flights from Lodz. Avarage 16 pax.

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  6. JP (and most probably OU) can not survive without direct help of LH group.

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    1. Also can not survive without direct help from the government.

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    2. That is ASL.

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    3. It's all of them.

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    4. Thankfully EU membership makes it extremely difficult for Slovenian and Croatian governments to constantly give subventions to their national carriers.

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    5. PSO is open to ANY European airline to participate. And the EU who provides quite a lot of the money for it checks that they are being spent properly.

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    6. especially the DBV one !

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    7. PSO is only possible for domestic services as far as i know, no?

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    8. pravo pitanje je zasto JP, Wizz ili bilo ko drugi iz EU ne moze aplicirati za PSO u CRO !

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    9. to nije točno, bilo koja kompanija registrirana u EU može aplicirati na natječaju za PSO u Hrvatskoj. Na posljednjem, u prosincu 2015. godine, za razdoblje od 2016.-2020. javile su se samo dvije kompanije, Trade air i Croatia Airlines.

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    10. No, I dont't mean the airline operating a PSO routes. I mean the routing. A PSO route must be a national flight, it departs and ends within the same country. It is subsidized by the authorities/ministry of a certain country, never by a bunch of countries or the EU.

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    11. Not true. There are routes from/to different countries that are PSO. For example Strasbourg, or those last routes from Busapest to Balkan destinations by Wizz.

      Naravno da Adria, Wizz ili drugi mogu sudjelovati u PSO. Ali nisu, njihov odabir da nisu.

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  7. CRJ 700 je avion koji bi unapredio uslugu u JU i svakako pomogao vremesnim ATR masinama da izguraju letnju sezonu.

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  8. Maybe we could see new routes from Ljubljana now?

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    1. It's more likely they will just return the plane to the lessor.

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    2. Routes from Ljubljana was the reason for the losses. Not enough interest, too many free seats. Adria should just fly for Air Serbia, those regional jets could things around for JU

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    3. Ano @9:26
      Hahaha, good one... But I think they will be sold to Croatia. Balkan bumb-ass.

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    4. Adria is leasing its entire fleet and it cannot "sell" anything. It can either further lease out to someone or fly on behalf of someone

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    5. Anon 9.26
      JU doesn't need additional aircraft as it is trying to find others to lease 2 of its already leased aircraft. JU is decreasing in size not expanding.

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    6. No....JU needs regional jets. There is a gap between its ATR and Airbus fleet. A lot of routes are perfect for a 100 seater jet

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    7. JU already operates 4 different aircraft families, adding a fifth one doesn't make any sense for an airline that small.
      Unless of course they retire the 737s and maybe the ATRs too.
      And instead get 70 and 90-100 seat regional jets either CRJs or Embraers.

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    8. Plane Mad I agree.
      They need to retire both the Boeing and ATR fleets and get a regional jet family in their place.
      Keep only as many A320 family planes as they can actually use and try to connect BEG with as may cities as it is financially possible.
      Also (although it is extremely important politically) they should give up with the longhaul experiment and save a great amount of money.
      Offer instead government and airport incentives for foreign longhaul carriers to fly to BEG.

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    9. what are the routes for 90-100 seaters currently? Is JU using A319 on them?

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  9. OT: Turkish is sending A330 tonight on the evening flight to Skopje

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  10. I am glad they are done with Poland. It never made much sense. It would be better if they focused on developing Pritisna as a secondary hub before it gets too much competition and Wizz eventually opens a base.

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  11. Adria je danas brend isto koliko i Jugoslavija.

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    1. No, it is not. When traveling around the world you can easily see that Yugoslavia is still much stronger brand than all former Yugoslav countries together or all their airlines together.

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    2. Ne lupetaj teske gluposti. Adriju mozda zna neki engleski penzioner po zastavici u svojoj kuci sa Genexovom. Ako ne odu u Eurovings idu u istoriju uskoro.

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    3. but it is true...

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  12. OT
    INI just published its numbers. In the first four months of the year it welcomed 99.402 passengers.

    I think they handled around 36.000 passengers in April.

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    1. INI in 2016:

      124.917 passengers
      722 aircraft movements

      This year INI is definitely going beyond 300.000.

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    2. +1
      INI is going to have way more than 300.000 pax for 2017. It had almost 100.000 during the slowest period of the year, I expect large increases during the Summer and Autumn periods with the new services announced.
      Expanding the terminal needs to become priority number one for the government.

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    3. The problem with INI was that for years they tried to attract legacy carriers and to mirror what BEG has been doing.
      Once they had a reality check and when they lowered their fees and invited ULCCs, results started to show.

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    4. Let's not forget that FR said they will announce more flights out of Nish this month.
      I wonder how Wizz Air might respond. They already increased INI-DTM and INI-BSL. Let's see if more is to come.

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    5. INI growing by so much would be bad news for both BEG and ASL.
      I just cant see the government allowing that.

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    6. The government won't do anything about it. This expansion at Nish is filling their coffers which are usually empty. Not to mention that the whole region is seeing a lot of tourism as a result of these flights.

      Positive impacts on the whole region are way too positive for them to do anything.

      As for BEG, let them lower their fees so as to remain competitive. Also, they are getting a second A320 by Wizz Air. They are far from being a victim here.

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    7. @ anonymous 14,10

      not really.

      I've always been skeptical of flights out of Nis, judging how the legacy carriers have performed. Now with the influx of LCC flights, and their relative success, I think its opened a new market where people previously using busses now fly, as well as expanding on tourism in the region.

      BEG and JU would probably lose a small amount of pax from Nis, however statistics are showing that both are showing an increase in pax numbers. Lets not forget, BEG isn't just JU.

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    8. That's why it will be interesting to see how Swiss performs. The market is there, the only question is if they can capture it.

      If the market didn't exist then Germania wouldn't be extending their own flights to year-round and Wizz Air would not be increasing INI-BSL from 2 to 3 weekly.

      Funnily enough, BSL will have more flights from INI than from BEG. :D

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    9. BRAVO Ini! Bravo! If Nis has accepted the challenge to compete with SKP, it will need more gates and eventually 1 or 2 airbridges, don´t you think?

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    10. Swiss often comes to Nis with A320, that's great.
      BEG - ZRH 4 daily (Swiss A321/A320,JU A320/A319)
      BEG - MLH 2 weekly (Wizz A320)

      INI - ZRH 2 weekly (Swiss A320/CS100)
      INI - MLH 2 weekly (Wizz A320)

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    11. + BEG - GVA 3 weekly (Easyjet A320/A319)

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    12. FR or W6 don't need airbridges so why increase their costs?

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  13. I also feel sorry for the crew but the writing was on the wall with the suspension of Paris and Amsterdam first. It just made no sense to keep a plane in Lodz with just one route.

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  14. Lot's of disgruntled passengers in Lodz at the moment about this suspension.

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  15. To be honest. Their prices were quite high out of Lodz.

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    1. Their prices are high out of everywhere.

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  16. The polish bases were well subsidized. As soon as that ended, all flights ended too.

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  17. To me it seems as if Adria is constantly being pushed by Lufthansa to open these weird routes on which they codeshare to see if there is a market there.

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  18. Well if they are really getting the Sukhois like the rumors say then they might as well return the CRJ700.

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    1. I have been hearing these Suchoi rumors for all ex-Yu airlines for a very long time.
      is there any actual evidence in them?

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    2. Nothing much although there is this
      http://www.exyuaviation.com/2017/02/russia-eyes-ssj100-sales-in-serbia-and.html

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    3. I bet Russia eyes SSJ sales everywhere on the planet.
      Getting some airline to actually buy them is the difficult part...

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    4. The management said, they would make a decision regarding the fleet renewal by the end of April. We'll see if they announce anything in the upcoming days.

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    5. Would very much like to see Sukhoi in JU fleet :))))

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  19. Koliko super pametnih komentarjev...

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    1. Meni so posebej vsec ta dva da bo Nis v kratkem imel vec potnikov kot Pulj in da bodo na niskem letaliscu aviomosti LOL

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    2. Not gonna happen

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    3. then you should follow this post more often then, I believe its almost every second day that its oracled how INI is gonna surpass not only Pula but Pristina and Skopje..
      Im still waiting for the estimate how INI will become a hub in the Balkans

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    4. It's no different than when people kept on saying how the new terminal in ZAG will turn the airport into a regional hub.

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    5. new terminal, by it self, is not sufficient enough to turn any airport into a hub.
      but, in this case, it is important precondition.

      now, that being said, we will see what new operator is able to do.

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    6. But you see, ZAG is an airport that serves a capital city and it aims to attract mostly legacy carriers.
      Nish on the other hand is a secondary airport that hopes to become an LCC hub.

      A shiny new terminal makes sense in ZAG but it doesn't in INI.

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  20. I think there are 2 good reasons why they left LCJ:

    i) After the A2 motorway between Łódź and Warsaw opened in 2012, which reduced the travel time between the two cities to about one hour, the Łódź airport has faced tougher competition from the two Warsaw airports (Warsaw Chopin and Warsaw-Modlin) - source Wikipedia
    2) FR already flies to the gasterbeiter destinations

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  21. Emirates in recent schedule update revised planned operational aircraft for Dubai – Zagreb route, set to launch on 01JUN17. The airline will now operate this route with 3-class 777-300ER, instead of -300, on daily basis.

    EK129 DXB0815 – 1220ZAG 77W D
    EK130 ZAG1535 – 2305DXB 77W D

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