Summer 2019 - Adria Airways


Adria Airways will considerably downsize its operations this summer season, which begins on Sunday, March 31. The Slovenian carrier will shed ten routes from its destination network when compared to last year but will also add frequencies to a select number of cities, primarily in Germany. Following the suspension of its daily Moscow and four weekly Dusseldorf service from Ljubljana last month, the carrier won't  be resuming operations to Warsaw, Kiev, Brač, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Geneva or Hamburg either. Furthermore, at this stage, the airline has not scheduled the resumption of its seasonal flights between Pristina and Malmo, which used to operate during the peak summer months.

On the other hand, the Slovenian carrier will increase frequencies between Ljubljana and Munich from double daily to nineteen weekly, while flights from Pristina to the Bavarian capital will grow from four to six weekly. Furthermore, Adria will introduce an additional rotation from Ljubljana to Zurich for a total of 21 weekly flights and an extra weekly service from Pristina to Frankfurt, which will be maintained eight times per week. Notably, Adria will add a second daily flight from Ljubljana to Skopje this summer season. Initially, the Slovenian carrier scheduled twelve weekly services between the two capitals last summer, but quickly after discontinued its evening flights. As a result, the route was maintained seven times per week for much of the 2018 summer season.

Adria Airways is in the process of acquiring Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, which may have an impact on the airline's planned operations upon their arrival. The 2019 summer season runs until October 26. Please note that the changes listed below are preliminary and based on current availability in the Global Distribution System (GDS). Furthermore, the table below displays the peak weekly frequency on each route during the course of the summer season. EX-YU Aviation News will also bring you summer season changes for Montenegro Airlines next week, while you can review modifications being made by Air Serbia here, as well as Croatia Airlines here.

Departing Ljubljana

Destination   Frequency S2018Frequency S2019Change   Notes
Amsterdam66--
Brač20▼ 2-
Brussels1313--
Bucharest40▼ 4-
Copenhagen76▼ 1-
Dusseldorf40▼ 4-
Dubrovnik20▼ 2-
Geneva30▼ 3-
Frankfurt2121--
Hamburg40▼ 4-
Kiev30▼ 3 -
Manchester11- resumes MAY26
Moscow70▼ 7-
Munich1419 5-
Paris109▼ 1-
Podgorica117▼ 4-
Prague55--
Pristina1414--
Sarajevo77--
Skopje714 7-
Sofia33--
Tel Aviv22-resumes JUN20
Tirana1414--
Vienna1414--
Warsaw60▼ 6-
Zurich2021 1-


Departing Pristina

Destination  Frequency S2018Frequency S2019Change  Notes
Frankfurt78 1-
Ljubljana1414--
Munich46 2-
Malmo20▼ 2-

Departing Tirana

DestinationFrequency S2018Frequency S2019ChangeNotes
Frankfurt33--
Ljubljana1414--
Munich33--





Comments

  1. So a net loss of 27 weekly flights.

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  2. Will they be operating some summer charters?

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  3. I guess the only winner here is SKP

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    1. :D

      but lets wait and see first, JP is known for surprises

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    2. Actually the biggest winner in OS in TGD as it will be easier now to compete for transfer passengers.

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    3. I'm surprised they are decreasing TGD. It seemed to have been performing really well considering they had just 2 or 3 flights per week 2 years ago.

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    4. I remember how people said that JP with crush YM on the LJU route.

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  4. And yet they will have the same number of aircraft as last year (even bigger). What will they so with all the planes? As far as I can count only 5 Bombardiers will be wet leased.

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    1. They already leased out all Airbuses and majority of the CRJ fleet.

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    2. Airbuses have returned to the fleet. I don't think they are being wet leased in summer.

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  5. The end of Adria is approaching. They will be lucky to make the winter. A once great Airline had been destroyed!

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    1. I am surprised to see them still alive in March, I expected bankruptcy during the first two months of the year. It looks like all Slovenian suppliers are giving their best to keep this weird company alive.

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    2. They survived the winter thanks to the capital injection.

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

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  7. Lufthansa feeder airlines.

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  8. And on routes they are decreasing frequencies or suspending other airlines are increasing capacity or frequencies to Ljubljana - Air France, Aeroflot, LOT...

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    1. Good news for LJU that they are increasing frequencies and capacity to make up for Adria's loss.

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  9. Maybe they will introduce some new routes once the Sukhois come?

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

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    2. The more time passes, the more doubtful I am those planes will even come.

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    3. You can only dream about the SSJs.

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  10. they try to catch on with OU re SKP

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    1. Last year they planned 12 flights and it didn't materialize. I hope it does operate double daily but let's wait and see since nothing is certain with them.

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    2. even when they operated 2 daily, the evening flights were sometime cancelled, which is unreliable and i wouldn't book an evening flight to be then offered a rebooking for the morning flight.

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    3. ZAG-SKP is 112eur return in june, which is quite attractive

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  11. Good to see Tel Aviv being maintained. The was they were cutting routes I had my doubts whather it would return.

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  12. I remember how some on here were telling JU how they need to learn from JP last year. :D

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  13. I have to ask what is happening with 10 million EUR Adria recapitalisation which they said will happen in Q1? It is now 12th March.

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  14. So Sofia is officially the only city that survived from last year's expansion.

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    1. Must say I'm surprised. Is there so much transfer traffic from Sofia?

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    2. The schedule is even extended for winter 2019!
      My guess is that once the Ruski jet arrives, this route will become daily.
      JP will have to compete with JU, who already have very good prices from SOF.
      I think the route is a mix of transfer and O&D.
      The Slovenian president invited the Bulgarian one this week in LJU. Apparently there will be more business between both countries.

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    3. Demand is huge as millions of Bulgarians moved out since the fall of Communism. I think Bulgaria lost some 2 million people since then. All this stimulates demand for air travel. Also, the national carrier is weak while Wizz Air and Ryanair don't cover the whole market leaving a lot of room for airlines such as Lufthansa, Air Serbia, Austrian Airlines...

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    4. Absolutely true.
      But if you visit SOF, you will realise it is full of foreigners in the metro, supermarkets, streets, etc.
      Also many tall buildings built.
      Most importantly is that SOF serves PDV, which is only 1h15m by car and the region there is booming like crazy. Airbus parts factory, huge industrial companies, etc.
      PDV is much prettier than SOF too.

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    5. LCC fly to places where they can fill 2 rotations with appx 200 pax. For the rest there are the transfer airlines like JP. I guess BRU and CDG are the high runners in terms of transfer pax to SOF.

      In any case, for me OU make much more sense than JP

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    6. @Anonymous 12 March 2019 at 09:59
      The business in EU don't depend on Presidential visits. Just to let you know :)

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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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  16. Tirana,Pristina i Skoplje po 14 letova nedeljno a ukinuli polovinu letova ka evropi. Mogucnost za presedanje preko Ljubljane je drasticno smanjena a neverujem bas da ima dovoljno P2P putnika izmedju ovih gradova i Ljubljane. Cini mi se da je kompanija u prilicnom rasulu.Postaju obicna Lufthanzina hranilica.

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

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    2. Proda? Ne znam dal bi ih LH uzela i na poklon?

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    3. believe me there is (at least for SKP) but JP is bit too expensive to attract the gastos. I also think SJJ could do better then the 7weekly

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  17. They should it consider Ohrid seasonally.

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    1. Has Adria ever flown to Ohrid?

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    2. Yes they were flying whole Nineties and early 2000 3-4 times weekly to OHD. It would be nice to see them return.

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    3. Da. Ali to je bio neki čudan noćni let. U 2 noći tamo a u 4 ujutro natrag ili tako nešto

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  18. This looks like a disaster.

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  19. What the hell is going on here??

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  20. Apparently, the Sukhoi deal has complicated. Adria pilots were called back to Slovenia in the middle of the type rating training - apparently Adria is trying to blackmail Sukhoi in giving them a 10 million euros capital injection. Welcome to the 21. century capitalism. With the amount of BS 4K has been spewing, I am lost for words.

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    1. wow that's just crazy :/

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    2. Maybe it's best for Adria if they don't get those planes.

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    3. If no new aircraft come, the end is coming near. They will only be able to keep a schedule like this, which is not enough to keep the airline flying and making money.

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    4. @anon 09.41: zašto? Pa nije ovo Boeing MAX

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  21. So they are leasing planes to Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian and Luxair this summer. No Brussels Airlines?

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    1. No ACMI business for Adria in Brussels this year. They chose CSA and Air Nostrum.

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  22. I hope more foreign carriers see this as an opportunity to launch flights to LJU.

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

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  23. Not at all surprised that their hub business model failed.

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

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  25. And last year they were talking about introducing flights to Dubai this summer...

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    1. and Stockholm was a "done deal"

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  26. And to think they requested slots at BEG some months ago. That would have ended well... not.

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    1. Yes, it was supposed to depart LJU at around 12.30. It would have ended like the rest of their expansion, an utter disaster.

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    2. What slots did they request?

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    3. Sorry just saw the response.

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    4. My guess is that the schedule would have looked something like this:

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

      O&D would have kept on flying with JU due to better times while JP would have to rely on transfer passengers and to fight with much bigger players such as LH, OS, LO and so on.

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    5. I just don't know where they got the idea to even start these flights. When were they supposed to launch?

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    6. No idea when, all I know is that they expressed interest in returning to Belgrade and that they requested information from BEG. I guess they realized there was nothing for them to do here.

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  27. It's seems one of their biggest basis is Frankfurt. It's interesting, I think their network has gone through the biggest transformation over the past few years in ex-Yu.

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    1. Of course it's FRA. it probably has the best yields for them.

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    2. I am regularly flying with JP to FRA/MUC/ZRH for 6+ years now and I don't recall if any of the flights was even nearly full. Usually, LF is 50-70%.

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  28. Better cut costs and make money to avoid problems.
    JP can consider CLJ and VAR as future destinations. In VAR they can cooperate with OS and TK, both Star Alliance.
    Another possible route is DUB and BCN.

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  29. Why no routes to south-western Europe? I'm pretty sure people would fly to Spain.

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    1. They said that the available slots in BCN don't suit them.

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    2. There is also Madrid, Lisbon they could have started.

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    3. LIS and MAD for over Atlantic flights, what is with north Africa Algir, Spain: BCN, canarian islands? azorean islands? both with better cooperation with touroperators? what is with airlinks in summer DBV,SPU? you have more than.... potential!

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    4. They used to fly to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. It was their longest flight operated by the A320. The flight to Las Palmas was almost 4 hrs long and pretty close to the max range of the A320 they used to own.

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    5. They used to fly to Tenerife in Canaries. Las Palmas was flown as well but less popular and less frequent. Their longest flight operated by A320 was to Seychelles via Djibouti. Max range of A320 in charter (no cargo) operation in good weather and normal runway length is well over 4 hours

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  30. adria is sinking like the titanic

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  31. What are they- airline of Slovenia, airline of Kosovo, feeder of LH, transfer airline, slovenian charter airline??? It seems they have failed in every field and will end up only with feeder flights to FRA, ZRH, MUC, VIE!

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    1. In conclusion, they are an airline of failed business concepts.

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    2. @nemjee

      No, 4K has a very clear strategy from the beginning. They paid 100.000 euros for a high revenue company, they immediately cashed out base capital (which was injected into Adria by the taxpayers).They did the same with Darwin, and since then, they have been siphoning money from JP to Malta and the Caribbeans with fictitous advisory contracts. That's it. And the longer they can keep their head above water, the more money they can siphone out.

      And for people who say 'they can do whatever they want, they are a private business':
      1) JP's failure will have an impact on the whole of Slovenia. Now, for an average Slovenian it would be better to have a LOCO in LJU than Adria, but this could be done by the state (ie they should have closed down Adria years ago in an organized manner), there was no need for the circus 4K has brought to town..
      2) Everything in Adria (staff training, equipment, knowledge) was paid for by the taxpayers.
      3) 4K owes a huge heap of money to private and public companies - and again, the people, who will pay the bill in the end will be the taxpayers.

      Unfortunately, Slovenia is, like the rest of exYu, a country without a functioning legal system. In a normal society, 4K 'managers' would be in jail.

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    3. Interesting insight.

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    4. Thanks for the post Anon, quite interesting.

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  32. What an underwhelming network. Really disappointing.

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  33. Well, let's look on the bright side, at least they will keep on flying to Sofia. It's not all doom and gloom. They need time to get back on the horse.

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  34. Which destinations ex Ljubljana are profitable?

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    1. Probably Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich and Vienna.

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    2. Is it Adria profitable on feeder routes only?

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    3. Hard to know - in all of its history, Adria has never had a normal management which would operate under the laws of economy from this universe.

      When JP was state-run, it was an ATM for the 'then in power' political elites. Now, with this lot, it's pretty much the same. Could it be a normal, profit making company,, if it had normal management? Who knows. But it's pretty much the same as in the rest of the Balkans.

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    4. this is bs. Adria did have a normal, functioning managment and there were times when they were thriving. 4K is typical mafioso story. They tried to scam the Russians, and as result SJ100 is not coming. Since half of the fleet is in ACMI this summer, they need to downsize the operations.

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  35. I find it odd that Swiss failed on ZRH-LJU route. Adria seems to be doing well there. Up to 21 weekly flights.

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  36. I just realized that Adria has the fewest number of seasonal flights. Just 2. Compare that with OU, JU and MGX,

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    1. And TLV used to be a year-round route in the 90s.

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  37. What's the situation inside Adria at the moment?

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    1. People looking for other jobs ASAP.

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  38. Odd they don't fly to Tivat during the summer.

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  39. Adria from Prishtina is extremely successful and profitable,while Adria from Ljubljana is a total failure and loss of money.
    Instead of flying Paris from Ljubljana they should fly to PRN!

    With the profits from their PRN flights they subsidize their failure in Ljubljana.

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    1. How do you know that? Source?

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    2. ma neki local fanboy, two airlines failed on Paris from PRN including one low cost, just saying

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  40. I refuse to believe that none of the routes they opened last year didn't work out. I mean if that's the case then someone has to be fired for that spectacular failure and the choice of routes.

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    1. Well, it sure seems so. The sad thing is, at the end the employees will be paying for piss poor decisions made by the management while at the same time, they (the management) will be paying out themselves bonuses.

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  41. 3/4 Europe za JP tabula rassa. Tužno. A najviše je tužno da nije prošao KBP. Slovenski incoming touroperatori plaću da nema letova kako bi doveli turiste, a što se dogodi kad dobiju letove?

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