Adria Airways Collapse Cuts Air Service to Slovenia

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Adria Airways, the national airline of Slovenia, filed for bankruptcy Monday morning, causing a significant disruption to Slovenia’s air connections to other countries. Other airlines are stepping in to fill the gap. 

One Mile at a Time reports that the airline filed for bankruptcy Monday morning, a little less than a week after it had cancelled the majority of its flights. For most of the week the airline operated a single daily flight to Frankfurt, its most important international destination due to the airline’s partnership with Lufthansa

According to a preliminary analysis by ForwardKeys, the bankruptcy resulted in the loss of flight connections between Slovenia and 24 countries, including the Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland, all of which are important source markets for the country’s tourism sector. Prior to its collapse, Adria Airways had accounted for 59.7 percent of international capacity to Slovenia. It also accounted for a significant percentage of capacity from other key source markets that still have connections, including Austria (99.6%), Germany (87.3%) and France (50.8%). 

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Here is a full list of the countries that lost their connection due to the bankruptcy:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Latvia
  • Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Romania
  • Spain 
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine

Since then, other airlines have announced additional flights to Slovenia to fill the gap left by Air Astana. These include Brussels Airlines, which will begin operating flights between Brussels and Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, on November 4 six times weekly. 

The Lufthansa Group Airlines have announced plans to offer connections to Ljubljana from their hubs in Frankfurt, Zurich and Munich. Starting October 27, Lufthansa will operate twice per day from Frankfurt, followed by a daily flight out of Munich on November 1. SWISS will begin operating five weekly flights from Zurich to Ljubljana starting October 16, expanding it to a daily flight from October 27 onward. Austrian Airlines will offer three flights per day from Vienna to Klangenfurt

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