Maribor Airport operator sold to Chinese


The operator of Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport has been sold to SHS Aviation, a Slovenian-registered company backed by Chinese capital. The trade union-controlled savings bank Delavska hranilnica sold the "Aerodrom Maribor" operator for seven million euros. The actual purchase price amounted to ten million euros, however, the remaining three million is being held in a neutral account and will be deposited when and if SHS, through its newly acquired operator, secures a fifteen-year lease of Maribor Airport's infrastructure from the Slovenian government. A public call for bids for the lease of infrastructure has been published by the government and will run until the end of January. Edvard Rusjan Airport opened a new terminal in 2012 with the capacity to handle 600.000 passengers per year but has struggled to attract customers. The airport handled almost 11.000 travellers this year, down almost 50% on 2015. It has no scheduled year-round flights.