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.