Ex-Yu Aviation reports that Joc Pečečnik – the founder of Interblock Gaming, which manufactures products for lottery games – has plans to establish a new airline based in Ljubljana. The businessman has made a bid for what remains of Adria Airways, along with an unnamed foreign partner with experience in aviation.
Mr Pečečnik is quoted as saying: “We decided to do this because we would like to establish a successful business and because we would like to be able to fly to European cities again from Ljubljana, and not go to neighbouring airports three or four hours before our flights, which are typically [just] an hour long.”.
The report goes on to say that the new airline would draw on the expertise of Adria’s former CEO Mark Anžur, who ran the company from late 2012 until its privatisation in March 2016, going on to work as the CEO of the Irish regional carrier Stobart Air for eight months.
Moreover, the Slovenian banana and real estate tycoon Izet Rastoder has reportedly founded a new carrier called Air Adriatic and is currently looking to acquire two private jets. On the state side of things, the government is said to still be considering setting up a new national carrier with a foreign partner, although a decision on this is not expected until the end of the month.
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