Adria celebrates the launch of seven new destinations
The advent of the summer timetable and the announcement of seven new destinations was marked by Adria Airways on Sunday, 25 March with the launch of a new route to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. To celebrate the first flight, passengers and guests heard speeches by Peter Gašperšič, the infrastructure minister, Holger Kowarsch, the director of Adria Airways, and Zmago Skobir, the managing director of Fraport Slovenija.
Mr Gašperšič took the opportunity to say: “At the Ministry of Infrastructure we are creating new opportunities for airlines through new air transport agreements that provide the basis for launching scheduled air services. These agreements not only allow for the launch of scheduled services, they make it possible for airlines to reach commercial agreements such as code-sharing arrangements. The most recent bilateral agreements that we have signed are with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and with China. Good connections between Slovenia and the rest of the world are of key importance for the economy, particularly for tourism. Although Adria is no longer Slovenian-owned, we still consider it our flag carrier, and its success is therefore very important to us.”
President Borut Pahor also made use of the new service at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, by taking a delegation to a working meeting in Sofia. The Slovenian airline’s aircraft and its important guests on board were given a water salute on their departure, while their arrival in Sofia was accompanied by the national guard and full state formalities.
A Ljubljana to Bucharest service launched this week, and April will see the introduction of services between Ljubljana and Hamburg (starting on 1 April). Passengers will be also able to fly to Düsseldorf for the first time and to Dubrovnik from 26 April and 27 April respectively. Flights from Ljubljana to the last of the seven new destinations, the Croatian island of Brač, will begin on 28 April, and three new aircraft will be added to the fleet.