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Old November 8th, 2017, 10:52 PM   #301
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Ljubljana Airport operator's profit grows

Fraport Slovenia, the operator of the Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, saw its revenue increase by 16.3% to 31.4 million euros during the first three quarters of the year, while its net profit grew by 30.6% to 4.7 million euros compared to the same period in 2016. In the third quarter of 2017 alone, revenues were up by 20.6% to 12.9 million euros, while net profit increased by 19.4% to 3.7 million euros. As previously reported, Ljubljana Airport handled 1.3 million passengers during the first nine months of the year, an improvement of 20.4% year-on-year.


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Old November 10th, 2017, 10:06 AM   #302
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Eurowings to launch Ljubljana flights

Low cost carrier Eurowings has tentatively scheduled its first nonstop service to Slovenia, between Dusseldorf and Ljubljana. Dusseldorf Airport has confirmed that the flights will commence on January 15, 2018, with the service to run three times per week, each Monday, Friday and Sunday. All operations will be maintained with an Airbus A319 aircraft. The Lufthansa subsidiary is yet to put tickets on sale, although the airline has filed its schedule until March 23 and has begun entering fares into the system. At this point, changes to the schedule are possible. Earlier this year, Eurowings' Senior Manager for Network Development and Airport Relations, Ivan Oreč, noted, "We are in constant talks with airports in Slovenia and we anticipate for a greater presence there in the coming period".

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is yet to officially comment on the new service, however, the airport previously said it expects a low cost airline, based in northern Germany, to launch flights to the Slovenian capital soon. At the time, Ljubljana Airport said, "We have introduced an updated and flexible tariff system, as well as incentives available to airlines, which has improved competitiveness. The system will contribute to the introduction and expansion of new and existing flights, as well as to the engagement of new carriers". It added, "By working on marketing, we aim to encourage airlines to launch new routes and attract passengers, particularly those using airports in neighbouring countries, and thus reduce the outflow of local travellers. We will focus our marketing activities on raising our profile and strengthening the airport’s competitive position in the region".

Low cost airlines have recently increased their operations to the Slovenian capital. Late last year, easyJet launched flights from London Gatwick, while the Dutch-based Transavia commenced services from Amsterdam in April. Eurowings has expanded significantly throughout the former Yugoslavia this year and has already announced new services to Mostar, Pristina and across Croatia for next year. The carrier provides passengers with the opportunity to transfer onto Lufthansa flights from Germany on a single ticket and has codeshare agreements in place with a numbers of Star Alliance operators including Air Canada, United and All Nippon Airways. The carrier faces no direct competition on its planned new service between Dusseldorf and Ljubljana. Further flight details can be found here.


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Old November 16th, 2017, 07:28 PM   #303
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Adria anticipates network growth in 2018

Adria Airways plans to continue growing its network following the recent introduction of flights between Ljubljana and Kiev. The airline's CEO, Arno Schuster, told public broadcaster "RTV SLO" that the carrier will soon unveil its plans for 2018, which will include new destinations. Mr Schuster noted that when selecting new points for its network, the airline first takes into account inquires made by passengers for new routes and then cooperates with the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which provides data and details on necessary connections. Finally, a study is conducted which shows whether a potential route would be viable. The carrier noted that it is satisfied with initial loads on its three weekly service to Kiev, but will evaluate the route and its future in due course.

The Slovenian carrier expects to operate 6% more flights in 2017, while passenger numbers are up almost 11% during the first three quarters of the year when compared to last. In other developments, Adria will wet-lease a Boeing 737-400 aircraft in late December and early January from the Slovak charter airline Go2Sky, with which it plans to operate flights from Pristina and Tirana to both Munich and Frankfurt during the busy holiday period. At the same time, the airline has secured wet-lease arrangements with Eurowings and Luxair, in December and January respectively, to provide one of its Airbus A319s and Bombardier CRJ700s to the airlines.

In a previous interview, Mr Schuster noted, "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, while other new routes will be added next year. We also have a great advantage here since Slovenia is centrally located in Europe, meaning that the majority of our flights take around one and a half hours. That makes transferring through Ljubljana appealing to many customers". Ljubljana Airport has previously said it was looking at establishing connections to Madrid, Barcelona, Oslo and Hannover. Furthermore, the airport’s medium-term goal is to further strengthen charter operations, particularly from Asia.


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Old November 28th, 2017, 07:21 PM   #304
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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 next year. 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. Ticket sales are expected to begin soon. 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".

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.


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Old December 2nd, 2017, 10:37 AM   #305
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Maribor Airport set for €660 million revamp


SHS Aviation, the operator of Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, has signed a 660 million euro deal with the China State Construction Engineering Corporation for a major upgrade and development project. As a result, Maribor Airport will lengthen its runway and expand its facilities. SHS Aviation's Marko Gros said the agreement, which was signed in Budapest during the China-CEE 16+1 Summit late last week, is a preliminary contract. "This project will be implemented in several stages, and will affect cargo and passenger traffic, as well as the services sector. The funds will be allocated for the extension of the runway, as well as the expansion of the passenger terminal and cargo depot. Furthermore, new hangars and a hotel will be built", Mr Gros said.

The first phase of the project will include the extension of the runway from 2.500 to 3.300 metres, the expansion of the apron, as well as the construction of a de-icing area. The Slovenian government is now drafting a new zoning plan, which is expected to be completed by March 2018, in order for construction work to begin. Marko Kovačič, the advisor to the Mayor of Maribor, noted that only then could building permits be secured. "The development of the airport is going according to plan. The next step is drafting the state zoning plan to extend the runway, which the Infrastructure Ministry promised would be ready by the end of March", Mr Fištravec said.

SHS Aviation, owned 60% by Dutch investors and 40% by Chinese investors, initially planned to put in some 300 million euros into Maribor Airport, however, an analysis carried out by the investor had shown greater spending was needed. "It is a big moment for us, as signing a deal with such a major partner is a significant development for our city. Maribor Airport will be known in Europe and Asia as a niche airport with passenger and cargo flights to China", Mr Kovačič said. He added that SHS will finance the project from its own funds, as well as loans from banks. The state-owned China State Construction Engineering Corporation, with its headquarters in Beijing, is one of the world's biggest construction companies and has worked on many airport infrastructure projects in China. The Slovenian Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, noted that it was in his country's interest to improve connectivity with China, with the two countries working on establishing flights.

SHS Aviation purchased the "Aerodrom Maribor" operator for seven million euros in December 2016 and won a concession to run the airport for a period of fifteen years. It also owns VLM Airlines and has outlined plans for the carrier to launch flights from Maribor to Xi'an, Chongqing and Nanchang in China following the extension of the runway.


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Ljubljana maintains growth momentum


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has continued to post double digit growth by handling 121.520 passengers in November, an increase of 22.6% on 2016. The number of aircraft movements stood at 2.680, up 13.8%, while 1.052 tonnes of cargo and mail were processed during the month, a jump of 13.2%. Over the past eleven months, Ljubljana welcomed 1.573.038 passengers through its doors, an increase of 20.1%. Aircraft movements increased 5.8% to 32.010 during the same period. Jože Pučnik Airport is now on course to surpass its record 2008 figures when it handled 1.673.050 passengers.



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Ljubljana poised for UAE service in 2018


Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will be linked with the United Arab Emirates next year according to the Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure, with further details to be revealed next month. It comes following talks between State Secretary, Jure Leben, and a delegation from the United Arab Emirates at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Air Services Negotiation Event in Sri Lanka earlier this month. "There are good prospects for the establishment of flights between the UAE and Fraport Slovenia's Ljubljana in 2018. UAE carriers are interested. More will be known in January", Mr Leben said. A representative from Fraport also attended the meeting. Ljubljana Airport has been seeking nonstop flights to the Middle East despite increased competition from nearby rivals in Zagreb and Venice, which has made it increasingly difficult to secure such operations.

The Slovenian government and Ljubljana Airport launched an offensive last year to attract Gulf carriers. The airport held talks with leading airlines from the UAE, including Emirates, Etihad Airways, Flydubai and Air Arabia. Furthermore, Slovenia and the UAE signed a Civil Aviation Agreement, which enables flexibility on routes, capacity, number of frequencies and types of aircraft between the two countries, for both passenger and cargo flights. Asked last month whether it intends on introducing services to Ljubljana, Flydubai noted it plans to unveil a range of new European destinations by the end of the year, which may or may not include the Slovenian capital.

Emirates recently extend its reach into Ljubljana after finalising an agreement with the Slovenian shuttle bus company GoOpti. Customers are now able to book tickets to Ljubljana Airport or Ljubljana's railway station through the Emirates website. Passengers are shuttled from either of the two locations to Zagreb Airport, from which they transfer onto Emirates' service to Dubai. The Emirati airline has targeted the Slovenian market since introducing flights to the Croatian capital. The carrier previously told EX-YU Aviation News that Slovenia is the strongest contributor to its business in the former Yugoslavia. Ljubljana, which is in close proximity to a number of larger airports, is looking to increase its competitiveness by offering more direct flights. Besides Emirates, Zagreb Airport is served by Qatar Airways, while Etihad, Emirates and Qatar link Venice to the Middle East. In April, the Slovenian Ministry for Infrastructure noted that it is concentrating its efforts on boosting the country's air connectivity and linking Ljubljana Airport with new destinations.


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Ljubljana Airport breaks all-time record

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has recorded its busiest year on record, reaching the milestone on December 24, exactly 54 years since its opening. It welcomed 1.676.032 travellers through its doors by December 27, surpassing its record 2008 results when growth was fuelled by Slovenia's presidency of the Council of the European Union. The airport is expected to record annual passenger growth this year of 20.1%, well above initial estimates, which were in the low double digits. "The growth in traffic came as a result of airlines strengthening their operations, and, consequently, offering more competitive fares, which, in turn, has made travel from Ljubljana more accessible. The growth is also attributed to an increase in flights by both domestic and foreign carriers, a favourable economic climate and Slovenia's emergence as a tourist destination", operator Fraport Slovenia said. Adria Airways has so far announced the launch of six new routes from the Slovenian capital next year including Sofia, Bucharest, Hamburg, Geneva, Dubrovnik and Brač.


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VLM to launch new Maribor service


VLM Airlines will resume operations from Maribor next month by launching flights to Munich. The service will continue on to Antwerp, giving travellers the opportunity to book a connecting flight to the Belgian city. The Slovenian carrier will maintain the service five times per week, from Monday through to Friday, starting February 12 with its fifty-seat Fokker 50 aircraft. Tickets will be available for purchase through the airline's website from tomorrow. VLM Airlines CEO, Karl Rickard, said, “The new service to Munich will not only cater for companies in Maribor and its surroundings, but is also perfect for travellers looking for a break in the city. Passengers from Slovenia will also be able to easily travel to Antwerp”.

VLM Airlines has three Air Operator Certificates (AOCs): a Slovenian and a Belgian one for its Fokker 50 operations and a Belgian AOC for its Airbus A320 operations. Its fleet consists of six F50 turboprops and two A320s, which are all registered in Belgium. The airline has previously said it would operate a number of routes from Maribor but has so far maintained a limited number of operations from the Slovenian city to Dubrovnik and Split during August of last year.


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Ljubljana Airport readies for new terminal

Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport will start work on the construction of a new terminal building at the end of 2018 in order to open its doors to the public in time for the 2020 summer season. The airport has begun administrative procedures so as to commence necessary tenders related to the terminal development later this year. Initial construction work will involve the demolition of the old administrative building, which will take place in the fourth quarter, while the construction of the new terminal will be carried out mostly during 2019. The existing passenger terminal, which stretches over 13.000 square metres, will also be partially renovated. The two facilities will be joined to form a single functioning unit.

The entire renovated and expanded terminal complex will cover a total area of 22.000 square metres. As a result, the capacity of the departures area will grow from the existing 500 passengers per hour to 1.280 travellers. New features will include a large duty-free shop, a new premium lounge, as well as an updated food and beverage offering. The airport will also boast a new baggage sorting area, in addition to the existing one, while there will be a total of 22 check-in desks and five security lanes. Furthermore, the baggage claim area will be expanded to fit three carousels. However, the new terminal building will not feature air bridges. Ljubljana Airport's General Manager, Zmago Skobir, previously said that the existing terminal will remain partially in use and will be utilised by low cost and charter carriers in order to provide product differentiation and allow further passenger growth.

Ljubljana Airport is due to publish its passenger figures for last year on Monday. It is expected to have handled almost 1.7 million passengers, making 2017 its busiest on record. Overall, passenger growth is estimated to have stood at 20% compared to the year before. "The increase in traffic stems, above all, from the consolidation of our flight network in 2016 and 2017, resulting in more competitive services that are seeing passengers increasingly choose Ljubljana Airport for direct flights to nearby destinations, but also for services to more remote points that are accessible via major European hubs. A further contribution to growth comes from an increase in both domestic and foreign carrier traffic, the favourable economic climate and Slovenia's growing popularity as a tourist destination", operator Fraport Slovenia said. Adria Airways has so far announced the launch of six new routes from the Slovenian capital this year including Sofia, Bucharest, Hamburg, Geneva, Dubrovnik and Brač.

Apart from the construction of the new terminal building, Ljubljana Airport plans to launch several other projects in 2018. "A slight slowing in traffic growth is expected in the coming year, which cannot be said for the development of the airport. We started the expansion of the existing passenger terminal, the new airport bypass project is nearing completion, and in 2018 we will see the start of several other important projects in the business and logistics zones, among which will probably be a training centre for the Fraport Aviation Academy. The complete overhaul of the airport information system is also continuing. Once completed, this will increase the speed, quality and efficiency of our services", Fraport Slovenia concluded.


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Record year for Ljubljana Airport




Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has registered its busiest year on record in 2017, overtaking its previous best result achieved in 2008. It handled 1.683.045 passengers last year, an increase of 19.8% on 2016. The number of aircraft movements stood at 34.467, up 5.4%, while 12.324 tonnes of cargo and mail were processed during the year, a jump of 18.7%. The airport anticipates growth to continue into 2018, albeit at a slower pace, with Adria Airways to launch six new routes from the city this summer.



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