- Title: Fraport expects Ljubljana airport to replace most Adria flights
- Date: 1st October 2019
- Summary: ADRIA AIRPLANE PARKED AT AIRPORT MODEL OF ADRIA AIRPLANE IN AIRPORT EMPTY ADRIA CHECK-IN AREA (SOUNDBITE) (English) STRANDED TOURIST FROM MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, MARK DEBEVC, SAYING: "We're from Australia, we've been in Ljubljana for a week we were supposed to catch a plane today, so we get to the airport and we find out from the staff here this morning that there are no flights out of Ljubljana. The airline's collapsed, they couldn't even inform us to help us what to do next, so we're stuck at the moment and we have to go back to the hotel. Being from Australia, Australia is eight hours in front, we have to wait pretty much till midnight before we can contact our travel agent and see what's next. So, we don't know what's next, we're stuck for the moment. We could be here one day or three days." VACANT ADRIA TICKETS BOOTH (SOUNDBITE) (Slovenian) BUSINESS DIRECTOR OF FRAPORT SLOVENIA, ZMAGO SKOBIR, SAYING: "At the moment, our first task and priority are the passengers and replacing all lost and cancelled connections from our airport." FRAPORT NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Slovenian) HEAD OF AIRPORT SERVICES AT FRAPORT SLOVENIA, JANEZ KRASNJA, SAYING: "Considering the market potential of Slovenia, it is expected that lines to the main hubs - Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Zurich and Brussels - will be replaced soon." KRASNJA'S HANDS DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Slovenian) HEAD OF AIRPORT SERVICES AT FRAPORT SLOVENIA, JANEZ KRASNJA, SAYING: "Cancellations have strengthened the interest of new air carriers for flights to Ljubljana airport. As we said before, we are talking with carriers from the Star Alliance group, also with some others and low-cost carriers. Most connections will be replaced for the 2020 summer schedule. In Fraport Slovenia we expect the network from the Ljubljana airport to be restored to something similar to what we had until yesterday within a year and a half." PARKED ADRIA AIRPLANE, CONSTRUCTION WORK IN FOREGROUND LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (Slovenian) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SLOVENIAN BUSINESS CLUB AND ANALYST, GORAN NOVKOVIC, SAYING: "The biggest question in Slovenia at the moment is how to replace what was lost with Adria Airways. We believe other carriers will take over some flights, which is already happening. On the other side, charter flights will still be organised by tourist agencies which is OK. The problem is with connections important to the economy or the state which however aren't profitable, and only in this case the state could help with a subsidy or a similar solution. It would not be good if Adria would return to state ownership, as we have seen in the past that did not end well." BRNIK, SLOVENIA (OCTOBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PARKED AIRPLANES
- Embargoed: 15th October 2019 16:22
- Keywords: Ljubljana Slovenia Fraport Slovenia Adria Airways bankruptcy airline insolvency flight disruptions
- Location: BRNIK AND LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
- City: BRNIK AND LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
- Country: Slovenia
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA003AZ9NDBT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Ljubljana airport should be able to replace most flights lost in the collapse of Slovenia's Adria Airways within a year and a half, its manager and owner Fraport said on Tuesday (October 1).
Fraport is in talks with airlines to replace Adria flights, which accounted for 11 of 29 regular routes serving Ljubljana, Zmago Skobir, business director of Fraport Slovenia, told a news conference.
Bankrupt Adria, which is owned by German investment firm 4K Invest, owes 4 million euros ($4.36 million) to Fraport.
Still, Fraport Slovenia expects to end the year in profit and does not does not plan to cut staff.
Monday's (September 30) bankruptcy of Adria, which employed about 500 people, could have a negative impact on Slovenia's tourism sector and economy, according to some analysts.
At the airport, Australian tourist Mark Debevc said he had arrived on Tuesday only to find his flight had been cancelled and staff were unable to advise him what to do next.
Last week Adria cancelled most of its weekend flights and many scheduled for Monday as it battled to hang on to its operating license.
Analyst Goran Novkovic said profitable routes previously operated by Adria should be restored swiftly, but that the government may have to intervene with subsidies for those flights that were not profitable but of economic importance for the country.
(Production: Boris Kavic, Branko Filipovic, Boki Babic, Lewis Macdonald)
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