July 17, 2018
Adria Airways has officially announced that it will open a new base at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport for the 2018/2019 winter schedule, with direct flights to Zurich (11 flights weekly), Vienna (four flights) and London Southend (three flights.
In an interview with Ex-Yu Aviation last week Mr. Holger Kowarsch, the Managing Director of Adria, now privately-owned by 4K Invest, noted that “Slovenia is a limited market and thus we are looking for business opportunities in a wider international environment. Since our network just got bigger with seven new routes, most of our attention is focused on the optimising these new destinations.” Adding that: “In the long term, we are focused on growth, so we do not limit ourselves to existing bases. We are exploring the market outside of Slovenia and looking for potential partners to achieve our goals.”
The news comes just a few days after the carrier reported the addition of six Saab 2000 to its fleet, bringing the total number of aircraft it now operates to 21. At the time Mr Kowarsch said that the move “confirms our commitment to investing in the company's development since our acquisition of the firm. Our goal is to keep growing and strengthening, and we believe that we are able to further transform the company into a stable, strong and important carrier in the region, by developing it for a prosperous future.” The Saab 2000 is 50-seat aircraft, and the newly leased planes are expected to begin operations in September.