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Old July 27th, 2017, 11:45 AM   #281
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VLM Airlines Slovenia to launch next month


VLM Airlines will commence scheduled operations from its base at Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport next month. The carrier will utilise three fifty-seat Fokker 50 aircraft, which have all received necessary clearance from the Slovenian Civil Aviation Agency. The trio carry the registrations OO-VLN, OO-VLS and OO-VLI. The airline will initially launch scheduled flights from Maribor to Split and Tivat in August. At the same time, a part of its fleet will operate charter flights on behalf of an Italian tour operator from Ancona, Bari and Salerno in Italy to Brač, Split and Zadar in Croatia, Tivat and Podgorica in Montenegro, and several holiday hotspots in Greece.

VLM Airlines, owned by SHS Aviation, which also runs Maribor Airport, recently advertised for a number of job openings in the company, primarily for the position of captains and first officers for the Fokker 50, Fokker 70 and the Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, which the airline plans to add to its fleet in the near future. VLM Airlines secured a Slovenian Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) in May. However, the company is also pursuing a Belgian permit for its subsidiary SHS Antwerp Aviation, which local media report could be granted by mid-August. Together with Slovenia's VLM Airlines, the two will commence joint scheduled flights under the common trading name "VLM Airlines". The carrier currently counts 55 employees, 45 of which are based in Belgium. SHS previously outlined that in addition to Split and Tivat, VLM Airlines will eventually operate flights from Maribor to Belgrade, Berlin, Hamburg, London, Podgorica, Zurich, Xi'an, Chongqing and Nanchang.

Meanwhile, SHS Aviation has announced the appointment of Carl Runge as the new General Manager of Maribor Airport, replacing Ladimir Brolih. Mr Runge will be responsible for airport administration and operations including safety, security, facility management, marketing and business development, passenger services, quality assurance and all regulatory compliance tasks. He previously held management positions at airlines and tour operators such as Martinair, TUI Fly, Sunair and TUI Travel. In a statement, the airport operator said, “SHS Aviation would like to thank Mr Ladimir Brolih for his significant contribution and past activities at Maribor Airport and his support for the smooth transfer of ownership. Ladimir Brolih will continue to support the future development of Maribor Airport within SHS Aviation”. The company added, “The new appointment and adjustments illustrate the dedication of SHS Aviation towards Maribor Airport, which is providing quality airport operations. The focus will remain on further infrastructure investment and market development securing a proper and challenging future for the airport”.


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Adria - Nordica partnership ended in loan


Estonia's national airline Nordica, which was set up in late 2015 with the assistance of Adria Airways, ended its partnership with the Slovenian carrier in November 2016 by giving it a 4.556 million euro loan at a contractual interest rate of 15%. For a year following the foundation of Nordica as the successor to bankrupt Estonian Air, Adria was the carrier's most important partner, providing it with a booking system, as well as operational services and staff training. “One of the advantages of this cooperation model was the placement of advance payments and deposits into the partner’s accounts, covering their running costs and potential business risks”, Toomas Uibo, Nordica's Marketing and Communications Manager, said. “When the partnership ended in 2016, a part of Nordica’s liquid assets in Adria were converted into a loan as agreed by both sides", he added.

The result was a debt by Adria to Nordica in the form of cash debt converted into a loan to the amount of 4.556 million euros, as listed in Nordica’s annual report under “Other receivables”. “The conditions of this instrument, among them the interest rate, are agreed with international auditors and legal advisors and correspond to accounting norms, as well as to best business practices”, Mr Uibo stressed, adding that though the partnership with Adria has ended, the two companies are still working together. The loan is listed in euros. The interest rate of the agreement is 1.9%, while the loan period is six years. The loan’s internal interest rate is 15%, according to the annual report.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers audited Nordica's annual report and added its comments, confirming that the financial state of Nordica corresponded to good practice, with the exception of its loan to Adria Airways. The auditors wrote in their comment that they hadn’t been able to find “sufficient proof” of similar interest rates in the market, and hence they hadn’t been able to find sufficient evidence either to assess the likelihood of Adria ever paying back the loan. The cooperation agreement between Adria and Nordica was expected to last until at least the end of 2017, however, late last year the Estonian airline opted to ink a similar deal with LOT Polish Airlines and end its arrangement with Adria. It has never been disclosed how much of a financial incentive Adria received for its partnership with Nordica, which was negotiated by the carrier while it was still in state hands. In its 2015 financial report, the airline's new owners, 4K Invest, hailed the tie-up. Jan Palmer, who at the time advised 4K Invest, urged the Estonian government to ink a commercial alliance with Adria. Mr Palmer was also an advisor to Nordica.


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Adria unveils Darwin plans


Adria Airways has revealed some of the future plans for Switzerland’s Darwin Airline after acquiring a 99.1% stake in the company last month. Adria Airways Switzerland, under whose name Darwin is now operating under, says the carrier is “very likely” to feature the Adria livery, new cabin crew uniforms and complement the network of its Slovenian counterpart. The airline’s CEO, Heinrich Ollendiek, who previously served as Adria’s Chief Finance Officer, said the Slovenian carrier will be a much better “fit” with the Swiss regional airline than its previous equity partner, Etihad Airways. The Lugano-based Darwin operated as Etihad Regional for the past three years, after the Arab airline acquired 33.3% of its shareholding.

Speaking to “ATW”, Mr Ollendiek said, “It will certainly be a different relationship than that with Etihad. It will be a much better relationship. Darwin will be integrated into Adria Airways and will, in the future, fly under the title of Adria Airways Switzerland. It will be much better for Darwin in the sense that Etihad was a giant compared to it. Adria is bigger, but it’s not a giant. It’s a similarly sized company, with thirteen jets. That is what makes this a strong team”. Darwin has ten regional turboprops, half of which are on wet-lease with Alitalia. Adria has already utilised some Darwin aircraft for its flights out of Ljubljana over the past few weeks.

Mr Ollendiek said the route networks of Adria Switzerland and Adria Airways were complementary, with the Slovenian airline connecting southeast Europe with the center of the continent, while its Swiss subsidiary weighted toward central-southern Europe. He added that Darwin had relied on Etihad for much of its marketing, “But Etihad was never so focused with selling the Darwin product. That will change with the new Adria connection. Both companies will derive mutual benefit from the deal, more than Etihad could ever have dreamed of, because they’re a similar size”.

Adria Airways’ owner, the private equity firm 4K Invest, will study the cost side of its new acquisition and redundancies have not been ruled out. However, its aim is to expand Darwin. “Experience tells us that if you want to turn around a company you have to look at the cost side, of course, but it’s decided on the top line whether you can lead your business into growth. We focus on improving the top line and developing the business”, Mr Ollendiek said. He concluded, “Adria and 4K Invest will now spend the coming weeks evaluating Darwin’s business and planning the way ahead”.


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Slovenia’s capital city airport Ljubljana (LJU) welcomed 198,138 passengers, a significant growth of 21.4 percent.


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Ljubljana Airport maintains growth momentum


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has registered its ninth consecutive month of strong passenger growth, with 198.138 travellers handled in July. The figure represents an increase of 21.4% on last year. The number of aircraft movements stood at 3.273, up 1.8%. During the January - July period, the airport welcomed 921.081 passengers through its doors, up 21.0%. A total of 6.602 tonnes of mail and freight were processed in the first seven months of 2017, representing an increase of 13.0% on last year. The growth comes as Adria Airways continues its recovery, while foreign airlines maintain their solid performance. July figures were further aided by the strong charter offering at the airport. Apart from Adria, which runs the bulk of leisure services from Jože Pučnik Airport, a number of other carriers are maintaining charters to the airport this summer, including AMC Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Nouvelair, Corendon Airlines, Arkia Israeli Airlines, Air Malta and Tunis Air, covering mainly Greece, Turkey and Israel.



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Adria and Darwin seek synergies


Adria Airways and Adria Airways Switzerland, which recently purchased a majority stake in Lugano-based Darwin Airline, are exploring mutual synergies and efficiencies, as well as enhanced network choice and services. The Adria-appointed CEO of Darwin Airline, Heinrich Ollendiek, told the "Corriere del Ticino" that, "Darwin is much more than a company just offering flights between Lugano and Geneva. We have a very strong ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance lease) business and a competent team. We want to utilise Adria's operational network and strengthen the ACMI business. We want to optimise the flight network between Adria and Darwin", He added, "We want to develop and expand Lugano Airport's potential, but our operations will not be limited to Lugano", he added.

Darwin Airline, currently branded as Etihad Regional, will take on its new name - Adria Airways Switzerland - in the coming weeks. Asked whether the carrier could launch services between Lugano and Ljubljana, the CEO said, "We will launch flights only if they are economically viable. If Lugano - Ljubljana makes economic sense, we will, otherwise, we won't". Mr Ollendiek recently noted that the Slovenian carrier will be a much better “fit” with the Swiss regional airline than its previous equity partner, Etihad Airways. "It will be a much better relationship. Darwin will be integrated into Adria Airways and will, in the future, fly under the title of Adria Airways Switzerland. Both companies will derive mutual benefit from the deal, more than Etihad could ever have dreamed of, because they’re a similar size", he said.

Adria Airways Switzerland is looking to cooperate with the Slovenian carrier's fellow Star Alliance member Swiss International Air Lines. "We are interested in domestic flights and we have a lot of respect for Swiss. It is a strong company and we see the potential for us to develop our offering from the Canton of Ticino and Switzerland with them", Mr Ollendiek said. Recently, Swiss told EX-YU Aviation News it was monitoring Adria's takeover of Darwin "with great interest". "While we do not comment on other market player's business, Swiss works closely together with Adria Airways as our current wet-lease partner", a spokesperson said. Darwin boasts a fleet of ten regional turboprops, half of which are on wet-lease with Alitalia. The arrangement will come to an end next month when the aircraft will return to Lugano.


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Adria considering Kiev flights


Adria Airways is considering introducing services from Ljubljana to the Ukrainian capital Kiev after Dniproavia cancelled its plans to commence flights between the two cities this summer. A source at Kiev's Boryspil Airport has confirmed that advanced talks between Adria and the airport have taken place with flights possible as early as this winter season. The Slovenian carrier itself has previously said it is examining the Ukrainian market. “Ukraine has potential. We are now in negotiations with Ukrainian airports and are exchanging ideas. I cannot go into detail at this moment but we are discussing a direct service between Ljubljana and Ukraine”, Adria's Chief Commercial Officer, Thomas Hoess, said in the past.

Adria's CEO, Arno Schuster, and the Ukrainian Ambassador to Slovenia held talks over the resumption of flights between the two countries earlier this year. The Embassy said Adria had expressed strong interest to launch services to Ukraine, with the two sides discussing commercial cooperation. It was followed up by a meeting between the Slovenian aviation regulator and the Embassy aimed at amending the bilateral air agreement between the two countries which limited flight operations to Kiev and Ljubljana only, excluding other cities in the process. After fulfilling all criteria of the European Union's Visa Liberalisation Plan in May, Ukrainian nationals were granted visa free travel to most EU-member states two months ago, resulting in a significant increase in travel demand. The Ukrainian carrier Dniproavia was to introduce three weekly flights between Kiev and Ljubljana in late June with tickets put on sale, however, the service was cancelled prior to its launch.

Adria last operated flights to Ukraine six years ago when it ran two weekly seasonal services from the Slovenian capital to Kiev. The airline has boosted its operations to key markets this year following a consolidation process in 2016. During the January - July period, the carrier handled 672.905 passengers, representing an increase of 11% on last year. The number of operated flights grew 6%. Adria will enter the upcoming winter season, which begins on October 29, with a fleet of thirteen aircraft. It is also exploring mutual synergies and efficiencies with Darwin Airline, which it purchased in July through its Swiss subsidiary. Mr Schuster recently noted that following Adria's takeover by 4K Invest in 2016, emphasis was put on the restructuring effort, as well as stabilising the business, while this year has been devoted to growth and improvements in service quality. "Of course, the restructuring cannot be completed overnight but we are on the right path", the CEO said.


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Adria set for "substantial growth"


Adria Airways' CEO, Arno Schuster, has said the Slovenian carrier will grow significantly over the coming period as it continues to improve its connectivity and expand its network. Speaking to the "CEO Magazine", Mr Schuster said, "The initial phase of Adria was the stabilisation of our business, giving a clear vision with tangible goals to each employee. Now we’re looking to substantially grow the business - a huge opportunity for us. We’ve started adjusting our schedules to offer better transfers and increased frequencies”. The Slovenian airline is expected to boost its winter operations considerably when compared to last year, with over thirty additional weekly flights planned at this point from November onwards.

Adria is also looking at enchaining the overall flying experience. "Our vision for Adria is to offer our passengers the most convenient travel experience. In this region, although there are other possibilities for travel, Adria is the most convenient way. This starts with us offering passengers inspiring articles about new destinations, then helping them through the booking process, and finally ensuring the flight itself tops off the overall experience. Travelling has become an important part of our life, and therefore it needs to be convenient rather than stressful", Mr Schuster noted. In a bid to attract more passengers and generate incremental revenue, Adria recently partnered with Optiontown, a third-party service, offering its economy class passengers a paid upgrade option or the opportunity to acquire an empty seat next to them.

Adria's CEO said that being a member of Star Alliance continues to play an important role for the airline. "With our connections, you can basically travel anywhere in Europe within one hour. For an airline, this is the perfect strategic location", Mr Schuster said. Earlier he noted, "Adria is currently going through a very exciting chapter in its history. We will continue to improve customer experience with the aim of gaining and retaining customer loyalty. This does not only include shorter connection times and a great network overall, but our efforts will be aimed at fulfilling the high expectations of each of our customers. We recognise that a journey does not start at the airport, but rather when a person starts planning their trip. Furthermore, it does not end after landing but long after the desired destination has been reached".

The equity investment firm 4K Invest took over Adria Airways a year and a half ago. The change in ownership saw the carrier adopt a new business strategy. It initially discontinued unprofitable routes and cut down on its operations before resuming expansion this year. “It all starts with the employees who’ve stayed throughout the years. They’ve been flexible and adapted quickly to new market opportunities and challenges. In this industry, where circumstances change constantly, that’s the mindset you have to have. We have the right people to meet these challenges”, Mr Schuster said.

The Slovenian carrier handled 672.905 passengers during the first seven months of the year, representing an increase of 11%. It is currently exploring mutual synergies and efficiencies with Darwin Airline, which it purchased in July through its Swiss subsidiary. The carrier is expected to post its 2016 financial report next month, which should show a reduction in losses to that of 2015, which amounted to 9.6 million euros.



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Ljubljana Airport revises growth forecast


Fraport Slovenia, the operator of Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, has revised up its passenger growth forecast for the year following a strong first half of 2017. Passenger numbers at the airport during the six-month period grew 20.8% year-on-year. "This growth was due to, on the one hand, the arrival of new airlines and, on the other hand, a significant increase in capacity utilisation by Adria Airways", Fraport said. While there were more passengers on flights from Ljubljana to Amsterdam (operated by Adria and Transavia), Istanbul (Turkish Airlines), Paris (Adria, Air France) and Brussels (Adria), figures decreased on routes to and from Frankfurt (Adria) and Belgrade (Air Serbia), as there were fewer flights operated to these cities.

London was the most popular route to and from the Slovenian capital during H1 2017, with 114.915 passengers carried by easyJet and Wizz Air, which serve Ljubljana from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. In two weeks, Wizz Air will further boost capacity on its London - Ljubljana route by upgauging its equipment to the Airbus A321 aircraft. Frankfurt was the second most popular route, followed by Istanbul. In order to cater for the increase in travellers, Ljubljana Airport plans to build a new passenger terminal and overhaul its existing facilities. Construction is set to begin in October 2018 and completed by April 2020. Procurement procedures are currently underway.

The Executive Board of Ljubljana Airport initially forecast passenger growth for 2017 in the low single-digit passenger range, but now foresees growth in the low double-digit percentage range. "This is phenomenal growth which will likely continue, so we expect an annual increase of around 10%", the General Manager of Ljubljana Airport, Zmago Skobir, said. He added, "According to forecasts, by the time the new terminal opens the airport should be handling around 1.8 million passengers. Over the next thirty years, we expect for average annual passenger growth to amount to 3.1%. In order for this to happen, Slovenia must continue growing, the Slovenian economy must continue developing, and foreign investment must keep rising. As a result, foreign travellers will continue coming to Slovenia. Our job is to maintain our competitiveness. Of course, passenger growth will also heavily depend on our national airline, Adria Airways, and the number of transfer passengers. Currently, Adria carries half of our passengers".

During the first half of the year, Ljubljana Airport's net profit doubled to one million euros, while revenue grew 13.5% to 18.5 million euros.


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VLM Slovenia to expand fleet


The recently launched Maribor-based VLM Airlines will expand its fleet later this year with the addition of a jet engine aircraft, as it begins preparations for the upcoming winter season. The carrier will add a jet during the fourth quarter of this year, with Fokker 70s, Airbus A320s and A330s to follow. They will join the existing fleet of three operational Fokker 50 turboprops. The carrier recently completed its summer operations from Maribor, which saw it maintain one weekly flight each from the Slovenian city to Split and Dubrovnik. "We are extremely pleased with the commercial performance of our flights to Split and Dubrovnik, especially if we take into consideration that tickets went on sale just five days prior to the first flights, as well as the relatively short period of time that services operated in August", spokesperson, Yves Panneels, told the "Večer" daily.

VLM Airlines is believed to have handled a total of 213 passengers between Maribor and the Croatian coast this August. Despite initial plans to extend the service into September, this did not materialise, with the final flight to Split and Dubrovnik merged into a single operation. "There has been a positive response from passengers, tour operators, travel agencies and enthusiasts from Slovenia and Croatia. The entire VLM team feels encouraged", Mr Panneels noted. Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport handled some 2.040 passengers over the January - August period. On the other hand, the airport welcomed 8.890 travellers for the whole of last year.

The Maribor-based airline is in the process of drafting its 2017/18 winter operations which begin on October 29. "We are already negotiating with some tour operators for the 2018 summer season, when you can expect a broader program with more frequencies. We are also trying to define our winter flight schedule which will begin on October 29. We will be revealing more shortly. With the Fokker 50 aircraft, we will continue operating ad hoc charters. Because of the aircraft's size, there is a lot of interest for such flights", Mr Panneels said. VLM continues to maintain charters on behalf of an Italian tour operator from Ancona, Bari and Salerno in Italy to Brač, Split and Zadar in Croatia, Tivat and Podgorica in Montenegro, and several holiday hotspots in Greece.


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Adria Airways posts record 2016 profit


Adria Airways was the most profitable national carrier in the former Yugoslavia in 2016 after posting a net profit of 3.232.971 euros, up 135% from its 9.2 million euro loss in 2015. The figure represents its best result since the airline made its first profit in 1997, with Adria's new owners delivering on their promise of steering the company back to profitability within the first year under their management. The airline achieved the numbers in large part due to the role it played in establishing Estonia's national carrier Nordica, and the subsequent partnership between two, which saw Adria provide its counterpart with a booking system, operational services and staff training, at a fee. Furthermore, the carrier profited from aircraft leasing arrangements made with several airlines during the year and the sale of two Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, as well as spare engines. Overall, revenue grew 2% to 155.2 million euros. Adria reduced its workforce from 420 employees in 2015 to 396 at the end of last year.

Adria's CEO, Arno Schuster, noted, "2016 was a historic year in Adria Airways' history. Following a change in ownership in March 2016, Adria began shaping its future under 4K Invest. After a long period of uncertainty for passengers, business partners and employees, emphasis was put on stabilising the business in the first few months. I am very proud of the commitment and enthusiasm shown by all employees at Adria Airways during the first year of restructuring. Every one of the company's departments illustrated that it was open to change that had to be carried out in order to transform Adria Airways into a modern regional carrier. After defining the strategic tasks and objectives for each department, a number of measures began to be implemented, which required demanding time frames". He added, "With so many challenges, but also encouraging developments in 2016, Adria Airways has shown that it is ready to enter into a new phase of the restructuring process, which will be marked by growth in all business sectors. We are committed to providing our customers the most convenient way of travelling in the region and I look forward to many successful years ahead".

The Slovenian carrier handled 1.103.530 passengers in 2016, down 11% on the year before. The decline came as a result of a significant reduction in the number of operated flights, a move aimed at improving the airline's finances. Its average cabin load factor decreased from 67.9% in 2015 to 65.5% last year. Adria operated 19.470 flights in 2016, representing a decrease of 4% year-on-year. During the first seven months of 2017, the Slovenian carrier handled 672.905 passengers, representing an increase of 11%. It is currently exploring mutual synergies and efficiencies with Darwin Airline, which it purchased in July through its Swiss subsidiary and expects "substantial growth" in the coming period.


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Airlines boost capacity for EuroBasket

Serbia and Slovenia will face off in the final of the European Basketball Championships - EuroBasket - in Istanbul tonight with additional flights and capacity being scheduled from the Turkish city to both Ljubljana and Belgrade.

An unprecedented number of services will be operated between Ljubljana and Istanbul today. Turkish Airlines will run a total of ten flights in order to ferry fans to the game. The carrier has deployed its largest aircraft, the wide-body Boeing 777-300ER, which has the capacity to seat 400 passengers, to Ljubljana this morning. Furthermore, both the morning and evening service to the Slovenian capital on Monday will be operated by the type. In addition, Adria Airways has scheduled two flights to Istanbul.

From Belgrade, Air Serbia's charter brand Aviolet has scheduled a service to the Turkish city, which will be followed up with two flights by Turkish Airlines, two flights by Atlasglobal and another flight by Pegasus Airlines.


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VLM Slovenia to launch Belgrade service

VLM Airlines will introduce services between Maribor and Belgrade this October, linking the two cities for the first time in over two decades. According to Belgrade Airport, flights are scheduled to commence on October 9 and run five times per week, Monday through Friday. Although the Slovenian carrier itself is yet to confirm the new route launch, it has indicated its intention of starting operations to the Serbian capital on several occasions. VLM has noted that, "New routes for our winter schedule are coming soon". Belgrade Airport has listed the new service as operating with a midday arrival, and a departure at 13.00 local time.

VLM Airlines has previously said that, in addition to Belgrade, it will eventually serve Berlin, Hamburg, London, Podgorica, Zurich, Xi'an, Chongqing and Nanchang. The carrier operated its first two seasonal routes out of its base in Maribor to Split and Dubrovnik during August and has been engaged in a number of charter flights from Italy to Croatia, Greece and Montenegro this summer. "We are already negotiating with some tour operators for the 2018 summer season, when you can expect a broader program with more frequencies. We are also trying to define our winter flight schedule which will begin on October 29. We will be revealing more shortly. With the Fokker 50 aircraft, we will continue operating ad hoc charters. Because of the aircraft's size, there is a lot of interest for such flights", the airline said. In addition to its three Fokker 50 turboptops, VLM intends on adding a jet-engine aircraft to its fleet during the fourth quarter. Fokker 70s, Airbus A320s and A330s are all expected to join the airline in the coming period.

Scheduled flights between Maribor and Belgrade have not operated since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia in 1992. Previously, JAT Yugoslav Airlines maintained services between the two cities, launching operations on May 26, 1976. At the time, flights to Maribor were primarily targeted at Yugoslav nationals living in southern Austria. Services between Slovenia and Serbia resumed in the early 2000s. The bilateral air agreement between the two countries at the time limited the national carriers of each nation to operating only one destination the other had not covered, with JAT introducing operations to Ljubljana and Adria commencing services to Pristina. Today, Air Serbia runs twelve weekly flights between the Serbian and Slovenian capitals. Last year, start-up airline AWEX Croatia secured a Swiss charter contract to operate services from Zurich to Belgrade via Portorož. Flights were maintained once per week with a 34-seat Saab 340B turboprop, however, the route was not resumed this year.


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Winter 2017/18 - Adria Airways

The 2017/18 winter season begins in just under a month's time with Adria Airways significantly boosting its operations out of its hub in Ljubljana. It will also mark the first winter since the closure of the airline's base in the Polish city of Lodz, from which it maintained eighteen weekly departures during the 2016/17 season. This winter, the Slovenian carrier will introduce three new weekly services to Kiev, marking the route's resumption following a six-year hiatus, when it was operated on a seasonal summer basis. Furthermore, Adria will strengthen its regional network with additional frequencies to Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo, Skopje and Tirana. The airline continues to grow its operations to the Montenegrin capital since ending its codeshare partnership with Montenegro Airlines earlier this year.

Adria will add the largest number of frequencies when compared to last winter season on services to Zurich with an additional five weekly flights for a total of twenty. It comes following its purchase of Switzerland's Darwin Airline, although the regional carrier itself does not maintain services to Zurich. In addition, Adria will continue to grow its frequencies to Amsterdam despite increased competition from Transavia. The Slovenian airline and Transavia's part-owenr, KLM, remain committed to their codeshare partneship on the route. Adria will run the same number of flights from its base in Pristina as it did last year, while its nonstop service between Tirana and Munich will operate three times per week this winter, down by one weekly frequency on the previous season.

The 2017/18 winter season runs until March 25, 2018. Please note that the changes listed below are preliminary and based on current availability in the GDS (Global Distribution System). Both frequencies and destinations are subject to change. Over the next month, EX-YU Aviation News will bring you all the winter season modifications the remaining two national carriers in the former Yugoslavia - Croatia Airlines and Montenegro Airlines - will be making.

Destination Frequency W16/17 Frequency W17/18 Change Notes
Amsterdam 5 7 ▲ 2 -
Brussels 12 12 - -
Copenhagen 2 5 ▲ 3 -
Frankfrut 20 20 - -
Kiev 0 3 ▲ 3 starts OCT29
Moscow 6 7 ▲ 1 -
Munich 14 14 - -
Paris 5 7 ▲ 2 -
Podgorica 3 7 ▲ 4 -
Prague 3 4 ▲ 1 -
Pristina 6 10 ▲ 4 -
Sarajevo 6 7 ▲ 1 -
Skopje 7 9 ▲ 2 -
Tirana 7 10 ▲ 3 -
Vienna 12 14 ▲ 2 -
Warsaw 5 5 - -
Zurich 15 20 ▲ 5 -






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Adria to wet-lease CRJ700 to Luxair

Adria Airways will wet-lease another one of its aircraft, this time a Bombardier CRJ700, to Luxembourg's national carrier Luxair. The jet, registered S5-AAZ, will commence operations on behalf of Luxair from January 1, 2018. It will be deployed on services from Luxembourg to Saarbrucken and Berlin in Germany. Nicknamed Lodz, the aircraft was based in the Polish city until Adria closed the outstation earlier this year. The Slovenian carrier has previously announced wet-lease arrangements with Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines, which will end by November 1. A wet-lease is a leasing arrangement whereby the lessor provides an aircraft, complete crew, maintenance and insurance to another airline.


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Adria eyes fleet and network expansion

Adria Airways is looking into further expanding its fleet and destination netowrk as the airline continues to grow its operations out of Ljubljana. Speaking to "Aero Telegraph", Adria's CEO, Arno Schuster, said, "We believe our fleet is now a good size. Our Bombardier CRJ700 and CRJ900 aircraft, as well as the Airbus A319, are ideal for both scheduled and charter flights. We are already discussing expanding the fleet. On the one hand, it is about increasing frequencies and expanding the network. On the other hand, we are seeing strong demand for our wet-lease services. We recently secured an agreement with Austrian Airlines". He added, "Carriers value our flexibility and reliability, and know that we offer a good service to them. We are not just some unknown airline, we are a recognised carrier within Star Alliance. The wet-lease business helps us exploit our fleet better throughout the year. We will certainly grow strongly in the coming months and years".

The Slovenian carrier has extended the leasing terms of its existing fleet. As a result, one of its Airbus A319 jets is now on lease until 2021, while the other two until 2024. Four of its CRJ900s will remain with the airline until at least 2022, while the other two are on lease until 2026 and 2027 respectively. Finally, the lease of three CRJ700s has been extended until December 2019. Previously, Vadislav Masalov, President of the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, said that Adria is negotiating the purchase of twelve Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft for delivery from June 2018 onwards. However, the carrier itself has never confirmed the arrangement.

Adria has recently based two turboprops, an ATR72 and a Saab 2000, in Ljubljana from sister company Adria Airways Switzerland (Darwin Airline). It is using the smaller aircraft on a select number of regional routes. "Darwin complements us perfectly. Our fleet now ranges from the 140-seat A319 to the 50-seat Saab 2000. We are thus much more flexible. We now have the right aircraft for every situation. Likewise, we can do better in the wet-lease market because we now have a suitable aircraft for every need", Mr Schuster said. He added that the airline is looking into linking Ljubljana with Adria Switzerland's bases in Lugano and Geneva.

Commenting on the carrier's future plans, Adria's CEO said the company will continue to grow. "In the first year after changing ownership, we reduced costs and increased revenues. As a result, we have increased Adria's stability. We believe that we now have a good and secure base to further improve our results. One possibility for this is expanding the network. We noticed that our customers want a wider choice. For example, we have added Kiev to the timetable. Other new routes will be added next year. We also have a great advantage here. Slovenia is very central in Europe. Our flights all take one and a half hours. That makes transferring through Ljubljana appealing to many customers". Addressing the carrier's relatively low average cabin load factor of 66% in 2016, Mr Schuster noted, "We are seeing an increase in capacity utilization every month. We are therefore very confident. It must be noted that Adria Airways has increased frequencies on many existing routes, such as Amsterdam, Moscow, Vienna and Zurich. This, of course, initially pushes the load factor down. But it makes us more attractive to business customers. When we look at bookings for October, we are very satisfied as the upward trends continue".


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VLM schedules Belgrade and Zurich flights

Maribor-based VLM Airlines has scheduled flights from Slovenia's second largest city to both Belgrade and Zurich this coming winter season. As previously reported, services to Belgrade will operate five times per week, from Monday to Friday with the fifty-seat Fokker 50 aircraft. In addition, the airline will run five weekly flights between Maribor and Zurich. Both operations commence on October 30, with ticket sales expected to begin soon. Further flight details for the Maribor - Belgrade service can be found here, while additional information for the Maribor - Zurich route


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Ljubljana Airport maintains strong growth


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport recorded strong passenger growth in September, handling 180.380 travellers during the month, an increase of 18.9% on last year. The growth was achieved despite a notable decline in the number of aircraft movements, which stood at 3.027, down 8.3%. During the month, the airport received a boost from a significant number of charter flights to Istanbul ferrying fans to the final of the European Basketball Championships. Over the first three quarters, Ljubljana Airport welcomed 1.297.877 passengers through its doors, up 20.4%. During the same period, the airport processed 8.705 tonnes of cargo, an increase of 15.2% on last year.


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Slovenia moves to secure China flights


Slovenia is moving forward with plans to secure services to China next year. The Slovenian State Secretary within the Ministry for Infrastructure met with the head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in Beijing last week to discuss the establishment of flights between the two countries. The representatives of the CAAC "responded positively to the initiative to launch scheduled services between the two countries and provided assurances that there were no reservations in this matter", the Ministry for Infrastructure said. The State Secretary put an emphasis on Maribor's Edvard Rusjan Airport, presenting its development potential. The CAAC representatives welcomed Slovenia's activities targeted at the expansion of commercial aviation in the country and said they would offer technical assistance and support if necessary.

The talks come after an airline expressed interest to launch services between Xi'an and Ljubljana. The Slovenian Minister for Economic Development and Technology, Zdravko Počivalšek, said, "We are especially interested in improving land, sea and air connectivity with China. We expect that direct flights between China's north-western city of Xi'an and our capital city Ljubljana will be established soon". He added, "Connectivity with China will enhance bilateral tourism and people-to-people exchange, which is another very important aspect of our cooperation. Slovenia wishes to establish itself as one of the major logistic hubs of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in this part of the world". In May, Slovenia's Minister for Infrastructure, Peter Gašperšič, visited China where he held talks with China's Minister for Transport and the head of the CAAC. They discussed improving airline connectivity between the two countries.

Maribor Airport also expects to link Slovenia with China after SHS Aviation took over and established an airline with the aim of launching services to the Far East. Andrej Fištravec, the Mayor of Maribor, said, "I believe that SHS will start with flights inside Europe and once the infrastructure at Maribor Airport is developed, I think they will start continental flights to China". SHS has previously announced plans to commence services from Slovenia's second largest city to Xi'an, Chongqing and Nanchang in China. On the other hand, Ljubljana has been attempting to secure flights to the country for several years. In 2013 the airport's General Manager, Zmago Skobir, sent an invitation to China Southern Airlines to introduce services to the Slovenian capital. Last year, the Chinese Embassy in Ljubljana launched an initiative for flights between the two countries to be established, with a proposal for Hainan Airlines to operate its service from Beijing to Prague via the Slovenian capital.


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