Adria shakes up summer network


Adria Airways is in the process of drafting its 2019 summer network out of Ljubljana with at least nine fewer routes to be operated compared to last year. After announcing the suspension of its Moscow and Dusseldorf service, which were maintained seven and four times per week respectively during the 2018 summer season, the carrier has no plans to resume operations to either Warsaw, Kiev, Brač, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Geneva or Hamburg. Jointly, the nine routes were served 32 times per week last year. Furthermore, at this stage, the carrier is yet to schedule its two weekly seasonal flights to Tel Aviv, while services to both Copenhagen and Paris will be reduced by one weekly flight.

On the other hand, the Slovenian carrier has said it will increase frequencies between Ljubljana and Munich next summer from double daily to nineteen weekly, while services between Pristina and Frankfurt will see an additional weekly service for a total of eight per week. However, these changes are yet to be reflected in Global Distribution Systems. At this stage, the airline has scheduled an additional weekly flight between Ljubljana and Zurich. The Slovenian carrier is also set to maintain nonstop services from Tirana to Frankfurt and Munich.

In a statement, the airline said that changes to its network are taking place as a result of optimisation and available capacity. "We keep in mind our long-term goal, which remains growth, but we want to keep it sustainable and stable and our services reliable and safe", Adria told EX-YU Aviation News. According to local media reports, Adria will further grow its lucrative ACMI business with plans to wet-lease additional aircraft to Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Luxair and Lufthansa during the summer. Furthermore, reports suggest it will continue growing its operations outside of Ljubljana, due to the limited opportunities on the Slovenian market, although the carrier itself has never confirmed such statements.

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  1. Well, that's a shame!

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  2. Oh dear, I forgot Warsaw was cancelled :((

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  3. "the airline said that changes to its network are taking place as a result of optimisation and available capacity. "

    What about the Sukhois??? Wouldn't that increase available capacity?

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    1. They'll probably lease them out to some other airline.

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    2. Who would lease Sukhois in Europe?

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    3. Who said it will be in Europe?

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    4. I think JU is the perfect airline to lease them and expand out of INI.

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    5. Only JU haters want to burden the airline with such a failed plane.

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    6. Adria's SSJs is a kids story.

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    7. We will see this month. Apparently that is when the order should be firmed up.

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    8. That will happen when 4K injects the promised 10 million EUR.

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    9. Sukhois are coming. There is no doubt about it. You will see very soon.

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    10. In February we still don't see firm order for start of operation in April. This is how profitable airlines operate.

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    11. SSJs will most likely operate only from Lju and all the others ACMI...

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  4. Suspension of OTP is great news for JU especially since they already do really well in LJU.

    I guess JP's dream of a regional hub are slowly fading away and they are waking up from a dream.

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    1. However bad news for JU in SOF. JP intentionally has almost identical schedule.

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    2. intentionally?what are you talking about?

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    3. Sofia is different because JU has more flights to SOF and a much superior network out of Belgrade. Not to mention JU flies Airbuses and not claustrophobic CRJs.

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    4. Sofia sees a mix of CRJ-700 and CRJ-900 so I guess they must be doing well there. Shame JP doesn't operate daily night flights to improve connectivity.

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    5. Sources indicate that JP has already borrowed transfer traffic from JU in SOF and people gradually chosing LJU because of shorter journey period and less stress in LJU.

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    6. Хаха yes, I heard JU is shutting down its SOF flights because of mighty JP.

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  5. LJU airport will have negative growth this year. Again.. Back to 2017 numbers we go.

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    1. If Adria remains alive throughout the year, then the growth is expected to be -5%. If not, pick any number between -5% and -50%.

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    2. Negative growth doesn't exist. How can you grow down ? You can just diminish the traffic, reduce the traffic, lower the traffic, etc.....

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    3. "Negative growth" is jargon used by economists, but you can always make things simple and just refer to a "decrease" or a "decline."

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  6. What a financial mess this company must be in!

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  7. Over 30 frequencies less. Yikes.

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    1. I guess LJU numbers should fall to some 1.6 million next year with the mess JP is in. Such a shame the airport keeps on stagnating like that especially since Slovenia is the richest country in ex-YU.

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    2. ^ So it's questionable if they will have ACMI with Lufthansa this summer? Or does this concern new ACMi deals?

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  8. Lufthansa feeder airlines. Nothing more, nothing less.

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    1. There is nothing bad about this; if they would just ensure to have more frequencies to the 5 LH hubs...

      but it looks darker that just 4 months ago. Last autumn they were in talks to increase its acmi deals with LH; in December they did not even get invited to talks when LH was soliciting offers to run its LGW/OU dash operations....

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  9. They must be reducing their fleet out of Ljubljana. Will the Airbus fleet come back to LJU at the end of winter?

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    1. Apparently according to Slovenian media, fleet in Ljubljana will be decreased to 8 aircraft.

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    2. The airbuses are on ease till spring unless they have extended them. I guess it can be checked in their timetable. Which routes did they use to dispatch the airbuses too?

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    3. Two Airbuses are already back. One is currently flying out of Ljubljana, one from Pristina. It has been like that for a few weeks.

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    4. Anon 14:50, correct. Only one A319 is flying for LH (MUC - OTP).

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  10. Unfortunate, from so much optimism this time last year with new routes to so many suspensions.

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  11. Maybe they will introduce some new routes so they cut some loss making ones.

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    1. Eh it would be nice but I don't think so.

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    2. What will they do with the other planes?

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    3. ACMI obviously.

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    4. Which media was that?

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    5. Siol.net
      https://siol.net/posel-danes/novice/nemski-racunovodski-triki-za-resitev-adrie-pred-stecajem-484060

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    6. Siol is always very negative towards Adria.

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    7. ^^ But facts are facts.

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  12. Not holding my breath for TLV coming back.

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  13. Well 4K said that when they give recapitalization Adria will be restructured. So this is the restructuring.

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  14. They have huge debts, they are clearly downsizing, they have no liquidity, their main currency is the good will of the contractors. There is no good news here.

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  15. I can only imagine the 2017 financial report if so many routes are being cut. They need much fewer planes in LJU.

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    1. Media wrote it will be the company's biggest loss ever.

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    2. What would that be then?

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    3. I think the record is over 50 mio EUR.

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  16. So fewer flights from Ljubljana, big losses, focus on different markets. Smells like 2016.

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  17. What the hell is going on here??

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    1. No liquidity.

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    2. Anon 09:33 We're witnessing an airline's bankruptcy, live coverage.

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    3. @15:00

      I think the theory now is that the Russians are behind it and they are cleaning the airline for the Russian takeover.

      Untill now, we had: Iranians, who wanted the coveted JP's AOC, then we had Lufthansa, where JP was absolutely instrumental to the future of LH Group, we had 4K wanting the airline for itself, because they have a magic touch. Oh, of course, we also had the theory of 4K taking over all of the exyu airlines.

      Still, if I turn the sarcasm off, they are still paying the salaries and the are not one day late. And they are also in debt to the ceiling.

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    4. The problem is that they would need to find somebody to from EU who wants to invest 51% of capital required to keep the sinking boat alive. Difficult task.

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    5. Salaries on time.. They are late couple of days every month. But people are used to this, the legacy carrier has always done business like that.

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    6. From what i heard the salaries are always on time. I think it happened only once that it was 1 day behind because 15th was on sunday. I heard that only extras to your basic salary are late a few days and there's nothing wrong with that because it's not your basic salary...

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  18. What is happening with those Saabs they purchased. Are half of them still grounded?

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    1. They are stored. They can't find crew.

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    2. There must be something else than just crew shortage

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    3. You have to wonder who on earth cooked up the idea for them to get a plane that has so few operators and is not even in production any more.

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    4. Anon at 10:30
      I bet it's the same genius who thought getting SSJs was a good idea...

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    5. @11:02

      AFAIK, the Saab deal is part of draining Adria, since the whole thing goes through a couple of companies, which, of course, have nothing to do with 4K.

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  19. I think at this point it would be best for 4K to sell Adria to Lufthansa.

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    1. Why would LH want them?

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    2. Well I hope 4K sells Adria to someone ASAP.

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    3. I think to sell it to BA would be better

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  20. No ACMI business for Adria in Brussels...they choose Air Nostrum...

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    1. What aircraft type did they lease to Brussels last year?

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  21. I hope more foreign carriers see this as an opportunity to launch flights to LJU. It would nice to see TAROM launch Bucharest or easyjet from Geneva...

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    1. well, if as speculated that at some point Adria goes bust, somebody will certainly jump in and fill the gaps

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  22. Slowly, but inevitably, the end is coming. Is summer schedule is reduced so much, how is the winter 19/20 schedule gonna look like? Feeder to MUC/FRA/VIE/ZRH. Which is, as said, still better then nothing.

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  23. And I thought Germans were known for their efficiency and sound business decisions.

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    1. but of course:
      the sound business decision in this case was/is to earn as much as possible with the purchase of a struggling regional carrier.
      When they acomplish that, they will make another sound business decision - and many here are guessing already what thats gonna be.

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  24. So how many routes in total do they have scheduled out of LJU for summer 2019 at the moment?

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    1. That's still not that bad actually

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    2. Out of those 5 are to LH hubs.

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  25. Adria is focusing more on Albania and Kosovo

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    1. But they are just adding one extra weekly flight from Pristina. Nothing spectacular.

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    2. Their passenger numbers from Kosovo have declined quite a bit last year.

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  26. The fleet of Suhoi 100 Superjet aircraft is a real opportunity for Adria Airways profit increase.

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  27. More like "Adria sheds summer network"

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  28. I really do wish the best for Adria and I hope they recover but I'm not at all surprised that their hub business model failed. It's the same problem previous managements encountered and that's why they started opening bases in Pristina, Lodz and so on. They realized the Slovenian market is very limited and too competitive because of surrounding airports. Problem is basing planes elsewhere isn't cheap.A t the same time, the Balkan markets they hoped to link via Ljubljana already have developed air traffic compared to the 90s when this worked for Adria.

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  29. SKP will be 14x weekly-up from 7 last year.

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    1. It was 12 per week last year not 7.

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    2. Same like PRN and TIA

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    3. it was 7 (after middle of April they cancelled the night flight)

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  30. They will close PAD base...

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    1. I pray to God they don't, they need it to succeed!!!!!

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    2. Is this for real? Flights are in the system.

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    3. Nope, flights are not on sale anymore

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    4. Well that didn't last long...

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    5. They were leasing an ATR to maintain these flights so I'm not surprised.

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    6. The writing was on the wall. They cancelled PAD- London just a few weeks after it started.

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    7. Operations from Paderborn are ceased.
      https://www.wp.de/staedte/warstein-und-umland/adria-airways-stellt-flugbetrieb-in-paderborn-lippstadt-ein-id216345151.html

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    8. Neka se spremi Ljubljana. Ljudi su klinicki mrtvi.

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  31. I've really lost patience with Adria. Every other year restructuring, route cancellations, near-bankruptcy...

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  32. So ok guessing those announced routes to Spain and Italy are not happening?

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    1. Expansion will happen one Sukhois arrive.

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    2. Paderborn will rise again! First we get state airline then we take it all.

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  33. I hope this will make Fraport realise they can't depend mostly on Adria and that they should bring new airlines.

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    1. Could not agree more. I don't know what strategy Fraport has, but If they want to make their investment profitable they should start attracting new airlines. Being dependent just on one customer in business is risky.

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  34. Everything points to LH using or influencing 4K/JP for their needs like feeder routes, aircraft leases, messing with regional markets etc. Whatever money is spent on 4K/JP is pennies for them, officially LH has nothing to do with them so they are free to play with the fate of Adria any way they want.

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    1. Lh je pilo vodu do Suhoja.

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    2. nisu ni potpisali obavezujuci ugovor za superjet a kao treba da stignu za mesec dva. nema nista od toga ali ovo za LH zvuci realno.

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    3. šta se babi htilo to joj se i snilo

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  35. The slovenian state should alternative develop MBX as low cost hub and forget about JP! It will bankrupt or they will do just ACMI. Maybe charter as it was in the really beginning! INEX ADRIA.... kids are playing pilots. Just forget it!

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