Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Adria unveils six new routes


Adria Airways will grow its destination network next summer season with the Slovenian carrier to focus on the Balkan and Western European markets. The airline will launch services from Ljubljana to Brač, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Hamburg, Sofia and Geneva starting March 25, 2018. It will mark the carrier's  return to the Croatian coast and will see it enter the Bulgarian market after initially scheduling flights to Sofia in 2009, prior to dropping them ahead of their launch. All operations will be maintained by the fifty-seat Saab 2000 turboprop. Ticket are already on sale. Adria's Chief Commercial Officer, Christian Schneider, previously said, "We are always looking into interesting markets. The recent launch of flights to Ukraine is the first step towards many other destinations that should come in the future and we are always evaluating. We are looking into Western Europe and also into the Balkans. That is something we should expect for next summer. For Slovenia, this is a perfect fit and I'm looking forward to the future".

RouteLaunch date
Ljubljana - Sofia25.03.2018
Ljubljana - Bucharest25.03.2018
Ljubljana - Hamburg25.03.2018
Ljubljana - Geneva26.03.2018
Ljubljana - Dubrovnik27.04.2018
Ljubljana - Brač28.04.2018
Click on links for flight details

Speaking to Slovenia's "Planet TV", Mr Schneider noted that the carrier's future growth forms part of the its strategy to develop Ljubljana Airport into a hub. "The new strategy Adria has implemented over the past twelve to eighteen months has generated and positioned Ljubljana into a hub. That means that people are coming from Western Europe to travel via Ljubljana to the Balkans. We have a two-wave system, meaning we have two periods during the day where people can travel and connect via Ljubljana", the Chief Commercial Officer said. The carrier recently noted that in addition to growing its network it is also looking into expanding its fleet.


Following a year of downsizing in 2016, Adria began adding frequencies on existing services this summer and launched flights to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev last month. "It was a decision we based on the incoming market because of the [EU] visa liberalisation [for Ukrainians]. We have seen that the flights are already nicely booked and the service is also ideal for Slovenian citizens to visit Ukraine ", Mr Schneider said. Flights have been scheduled so as to fit into Adria's departure waves at Ljubljana Airport. "We have a good schedule and good prices on the market. Consumers who choose us as their airline say they are pleased with us. We will definitely build on this strategy in the future", Mr Schneider concluded.


Meanwhile, Switzerland’s Darwin Airline, operating under the brand name of Adria Airways Switzerland, has entered reorganisation under Swiss insolvency regulations yesterday, just four months after the airline was purchased from Etihad Airways and other minor shareholders by Adria Switzerland, a subsidiary of 4K Invest. Despite a “promising” start to the restructuring process, Darwin “has encountered several unfavourable market impacts” that led to the decision to enter insolvency proceedings similar to US Chapter 11 protection, according to a statement by Darwin. The company said, “Darwin has been challenged with the termination of all business contracts by Alitalia, which filed for insolvency proceedings in May 2017. Furthermore, the unexpected insolvency of Air Berlin in August 2017 led to significant negative impacts such as bad debt, loss of existing business and future business opportunities”. Darwin said it is seeking to save as many jobs as possible and will continue flying under its existing Air Operator’s Certificate “for the time being”. As previously reported, it will offer wet-lease services to other airlines and “offer maintenance services for own aircraft and third parties”. “These operations will require between 100 and 120 employees at Darwin Airline. The company believes these steps will provide foundations for the continuation of its business activity and future operations”, Darwin concluded. The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation has since temporarily suspended the airline's operating license, grounding all of its aircraft. 

149 comments:

  1. Nice work they did there with Darwin...

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    1. It seems they purchased them just for the planes.

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    2. Or they had to get them off the market for someone...

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    3. It was about the planes all along. They will all be Slovenian registered soon.

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    4. So after many decades Adria is becoming a turboprop operator again...

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    5. Your point being?

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    6. That's why every country needs a national carrier! So you have the privilege of paying 400 EUR for a ticket on a 25-year old turboprop.

      Imagine you would have to fly on one of LCCs new aircraft. What a shame what would be.

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    7. Darwin had to end scheduled flights so Adria could launch new routes next summer.

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  2. They can't consider themselves a serious hub without serving the following Balkan destinations: BEG, OTP, SOF and ATH.

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    1. They used to fly to Athens. It didn't work out. Didn't work for Aegean Airlines last year either.

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    2. Well there you go, they have added OTP and SOF.

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  3. How about they finally start Belgrade flights?

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    1. They flew to Belgrade until 2014. They have a codeshare with Air Serbia. They can't compete with 10 weekly flights by jU.

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    2. I think Belgrade would make sense because they would be after a different market than Air Serbia.

      JU carries O&D and transfers to the Balkans and the Middle East.

      Adria would be carrying transfers to western and northern Europe.

      LJU-BEG 12.30-13.30
      BEG-LJU 14.00-15.00

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    3. They after exactly the same market as Air Serbia.

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    4. Overall yes but I was referring to the Serbia-Slovenia market. JP would not be able to compete for the O&D as their times would be awkward, especially compared to JU.

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    5. I agree with Nemjee. JP would fly in the middle of the night or in the middle of the day. ASL is safe. It would harm more OS.

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    6. JP cannot get the transfers fron BEG,because BEG has directed flights to North Europe; and Lufthansa providing better connections in Europe (their departure has better time from BEG);

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    7. LH is not cheap so JP can offer lower prices like LO.

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    8. All that is bad news for JU.
      It means more competition for northern European markets. Presure on yields and even more loss of marketshare in BEG.

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    9. JP will offer a few flights per week on a regional aircraft. Not really such a threat.

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    10. Anon at 10.17am - i think you are referring to the wrong airline ... it is not JU who this is bad news for, rather, OU. LJU is much closer to ZAG and so any improvement in JP's competitive position will have much greater impact on OU, since OU has a poor network covering Nthn Europe, which JP will attract.

      Moreover, JP doesn't even fly to BEG, so not sure how you figure it will be bad news for JU and not OU

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    11. More people form Sarajevo, Skopje, Podgorica and Tirana via Ljubljana instead via Belgrade

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    12. Lol... sure. I bet that by summer 2018 most of these will be cancelled like half of their morning wave was this morning.

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  4. Nice to see them add Brac :) I just went to the Adria website and they have also added it to their drop down menu so I assume tickets will be on sale soon.

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    1. would be fantastic :) But they should also add Split. Demand in summer is huge and they can easily feed with their Western-European flights.

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    2. Yep it's on the menu and is offering flights to Ljubljana, like this article indicates. Although it's still not bookable.

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    3. Dubrovnik is in dropdown too with connecting LJU

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    4. They will fly those from Pula with the SAAB.

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  5. Great about BWK. Glad to see that airport get some traffic. Could the rumors be true that they will open a base in Pula next summer?

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    1. Evo samo sto nisu. Ljudi moji, basa u Puli????

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    2. There will be no base in PUY.

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    3. With 6 new routes from Ljubljana next summer, they don't have the equipment to open a base anywhere. I'm sure at least one or two planes will again be wet leased to someone.

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    4. Pula ... protekcionizam u najprostijem obliku !

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  6. This is what someone wrote yesterday. Seems they could be correct

    "Something big is happening at Adria... More then 20 new copilots are on training, more then 10 new captains, there are rumors that 3 new CRJ are coming in spring..."

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    1. 3 additional CRJ900 in S18 are confirmed. All Saabs goes to Slovenian Avi. register with S5 reg.

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    2. Nice. So we can assume that they will be expanding quite a bit.

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    3. The people at Adria are idiots. They have wetleased out so many planes that their mainline ops are suffering. 3 flights cancelled already this morning! Idiots. If you can't sustain your own network then don't go out and lease planes and crew.

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    4. Absolutely agree with your comment above.

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    5. Jbt kad cete skapirati da gube pare na svojim letovima?

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  7. Why would someone transfer through Ljubljana if there are nonstop flights between Western Europe and the Balkans and a lot of them are operated by LCCs? This is not the 90s anymore.

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    1. In fact the Balkans are better linked to Western Europe then Ljubljana :D

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    2. Because low cost does not also mean low fare. When Wizz Air entered the Macedonian market they were sooo cheap. Today fares have gone really up. That's why JP has survived in SKP.

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  8. Batter for they open base on brac and conected more destination from it..like frankfurt,munich,london,genf,roma,katovovice,milano,bari,ancona,amsterdam,viena..zurich,barcelona,paris,beograd ...etc
    They hawe a great airplane for started new market from brac,before brac finished his runway...so adria can make gut work there in this 3 sommer sezone...need try all solutio from brac and there lot routes hawe a big potentional..

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    1. Every company wich hawe a plane who can landed on brac now need take a chance a start flight to brac becose there is lot space for new routes with out risik..
      london can go daily.,frankfurt daily...nantes,prag,athena,stockolm,oslo?

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    2. Ajde izbjegavaj engleski ako ti je kompliciran

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  9. Brac is excellent news, finally Adria Airways is back at Jadran!!
    Lets hope for one dest in Spain

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    1. Real money for them is in the east like KBP. They can not compete with low class cheap charter flights bringing drunk Brits to the seaside. Leave that to Thompson and easyJet.

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    2. Did somebody knows how was adria flight before on brac?

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    3. In this time and next 3 sezone thomson and easyjet can not landed there...so chance to open british market is big big potentional..

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  10. wow 2018 will be huge for Adria

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  11. The news sounds great, but reality is different. It seems Darwin fleet is completely grounded today, resulting in number of canceled flights. :-(

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  12. Before you grow Adria, you might want to sort yourself out:

    CANCELLED FLIGHTS TODAY:

    WARSAW
    ZURICH
    MOSCOW

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    1. True. What the hell is going on?

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    2. Darwin/Adria Switzerland aircrafts grounded: "Darwin Airline SA has its operating licence temporarily suspended by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation, therefore flights are currently not operating."
      https://www.adriaairways.ch/en-us/breaking-news/important-announcement/

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    3. Wow, what a way to run an airline.

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  13. Daily to INI with the smallest aircraft they have and good connections to northwest Europe would be a success, I think.

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    1. I'd say the same for LYKV. Send SAAB there 2-3 times per week.
      Not nearly as good as Austrian but at least would be something

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    2. I wouldn't mind if JP stayed away from Serbia, they are a parasite.

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  14. Despite the overall optimism here, I wonder if Adria can survive this winter. Increasing capacity (and opex) during winter period was the most stupid idea it could implement and that'll speed up the bankruptcy process significantly.

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    1. I think they know there finances a little better than you.

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    2. Financial results from the past 15 years show the opposite...

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    3. adria's or 4k's?

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  15. And at the same time they are flying a 20+ year old Carpatair Fokker so they can keep their schedule intact because they leased planes to Austrian. At least we know 4Ks priorities... not that it was ever in doubt.

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    1. They can employ their new SAABs!
      Average age about 22..

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    2. Too funny Anon 9.55AM
      Ultra modern fleet compared to half of JUs fleet inc Aviolet?

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    3. What does Air Serbia's fleet have to do with this? Some of you people just show your complexities each time you have no response.

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  16. I would be very interested to see their financial performance so far this year. With no brand name to sell I don't know how they will reach a profit this year.

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  17. Nice spread of new destinations there from Adria. Well done!

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  18. Wooowwwww this is just awesome news. Good destination mix, so cool to see JP back at two Jadran destinations
    Thank you JP. Will certainly make use of BWK flights

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  19. I'm interested to see the frequencies they will be offering to these new cities.

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    1. BWK and DBV probably twice per week. The others I assume 3-4 times per week.

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  20. When was the last time Adria operated scheduled flights to the Croatian coast?

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  21. Finally to the Adriatic coast. Was about time :)

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  22. Good to see Adria expanding and adding new destinations for a change.

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  23. Excellent! I was hoping for Hamburg. Hope the fares are good as well when the tickets go on sale.

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  24. Nice PR from a person who drowned Darwin together with Merlo. Even bigger amaters, offered him a job. Sooner or later you will see similar result.

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    1. What is cooking up here?

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  25. lights to the Croatian coast is a very good idea, especially now that they have turboprops, I think it will work.

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    1. * that was supposed to say flights, sorry.

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    2. And last week people here were writing how no one will fly from Ljubljana to the Croatian coast because the distance is too close.

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    3. The flights were just announed, they will have to compete with OU which has a mighty network to the coast.

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  26. So these are the only routes next season? I mean, 6 new ones is quite enough, but is that all or might they announce more?

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    1. You never know with Adria. They make surprising announcement noone sees coming. Remember how 2 weeks ago they announced they would open a base in Bern and then they cancelled it 3 days later.

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    2. That just shows how unfit they are at running an airline. One week you are announcing a base in Bern, three days later you cancel all those plans, ten days later all you aircraft are grounded because the Swiss revoked your license.

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  27. Hope the new routes work out. Congratulations Adria.

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    1. I don't think that there is a demand for Brač and Dubrovnik. Slovenians like to drive and the ones without the car (the poor and the old) use buses. The distance is not that big. They should be focusing on Ibera peninsula instead.

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    2. Lol, guess I’m poor and old :)

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    3. Since there are way more Slovenes going to Croatia than Spain, this is a good move.

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  28. They will be indirectly competing with Croatia Airlines on the Bucharest route.

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    1. The only difference is that JP will offer a superior product compared to OU.

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    2. Superior product. Are you serious? How so?

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    3. Because they will fly a jet and not a noisy old Q400

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    4. I can guarantee you that Adria will use a Saab to Bucharest which is about 12 years older than Croatia's Q400s.

      In fact they will use Saabs for all the routes they announced.

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    5. Nope, CRJ 700.

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    6. Why do you even care? You two probably won’t be flying with them anyways. If they want to fly DC-10, let them. The market will and always had been the factor which company survives and which don’t.

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    7. Oh, the market factor being the countless subsidies that most of the exyu airlines have enjoyed since the beginning of their existance?

      JP survived because it was so successful, that tens of millions of Euros of taxpayers money that was sunk in had absolutely nothing to do with it.

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    8. Well if you want it that way; market will be factor for JP as no more taxpayer will or can be spend ;)

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    9. As I have said all of these new routes are operated by Saab 2000 including Bucharest. So absolutely no superior product compared to Croatia Airlines.

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    10. The SAAB is faster and JP seems to be offering more competitive prices. OU is quite expensive ex BUH

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  29. 4k has bitten off more then it can chew with Darwin.

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    1. Definitely. I hope Adria doesn't have the same fate.

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  30. Geneva is a very smart route in my opinion. It will definitely feed their Balkan flights.

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  31. I for one am happy they are adding new routes out of Ljubljana and not from bases in foreign countries like they did in the past.

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  32. BWK is soo nice. Welcome Adria :)

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    1. is the 319 now certified for ops at Brac?

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    2. No, they have the SAAB for that.

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    3. I thought BWK would extend the runway once more?

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    4. Happy for Brac!

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  33. Brač and Dubrovnik? Silly. They should be focusing on bussiness destinations not tourist transporting that has no added value. What Slovenia needs is connection to Rome, Madrid, Berlin... such a waste of "new" planes.

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  34. They should start flying Dnipropetrovsk

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    1. Lol... why should they fly to some Russian village?

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    2. It is not Russian and served only by Austrian with Fokker. Almost all bussines class passengers.

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    3. To selo je tri puta vece od slovenackog sela BTW.

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    4. It is a city with nearly 1 million population. The main part of the population is Jewish. ...And it is in Ukraine and not in Russia.

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    5. Austrian and Fokker? Ahhh living in the past!...

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    6. Well if it was more important as city it would be on Airbus. They sell a few seats because they are only one there flying people to the west.

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  35. Finally some good news from Adria!

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  36. The route launch of Ljubljana to Düsseldorf by EW on the right hand side of this blog has disappeared. So the route won´t launch?

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    1. The have announced it.

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    2. I contacted DUS couple of days ago and they said EW has moved it to 15th February. We will see if it happens. EW has cancelled a lot of routes they announced like Munich-Skopje and Dusseldorf-Sarajevo so I am not very optimistic.

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    3. Thx for the info! Was just searching on skyscanner for January flights and there was non. Hope they come true :)

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  37. JP will eventually go bankrupt, the inevitable will happen.

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  38. I hope because of LJU DBV that fares from ZAG will go down. Finally some competition.

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  39. Perfect timing with Sofia considering the Bulgarian presidency of the EU!

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    1. So? They are a tiny player in Brussels.

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    2. There are a lot of official delegations. Also the MEP are having some sessions in the host (president) country.

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    3. Yeah and they are all going to fly on mighty Adria. hahaha

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  40. What about Rome , Madrid , Oslo ?
    very disappointed about those flights ...

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  42. Ufff Ljubljana - Hamburg on a Saab :(

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    1. I'd say it's just premilarly date/info that JP had to put on their page :)

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  43. from S18 LJU TDG LJU goes duble daily :)

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    1. Looks like CPH goes daily from april.

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    2. I wonder how this will impact OU which will also increase CPH.

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  44. Flights are already bookable on JP page.
    Chosen a random date for LJU - SOF - LJU (23. 4. and 29. 4.). Total price (for now) is 189 €. They probably still have some more stuff to implement before going public as you can only book TLL from SOF :)

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    1. And the same flights are 151 € on Skyscanner

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    2. @Anon 10:24. The cheapest fare I could find for this flight was 192 when I proceeded to payment after browsing them through SkyScanner. Adria still shows me 189.

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    3. Maybe they’ve read the comment and made sure Skyscanner corrected their prices :) Joke aside, hopefully we’ll get prices when they go public with new routes.

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  45. SOF and OTP will also mean business travellers.

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