Tourism and airport situation stabilising after Adria shutdown
Ljubljana airport operator Fraport Slovenija told the STA that a 10% year-on-year drop in passenger numbers was recorded at the airport in September. However, since Adria's operations fully grounded to a halt only on 24 September, it is expected that the situation will have a bigger impact on the October figures.
In the first nine months of the year the number of passengers at the airport was up 1.9% compared to the same period in 2018. Foreign airlines saw 18.4% growth, while Adria recorded a 10.2% drop. Foreign carriers and the German-owned Slovenian flag carrier each accounted for 50% of the passengers, Fraport Slovenija added.
"With the receivership of Adria Airways we lost eight out of 29 regular routes - 21 of 29 are thus left. We expect that the flights network will be fully restored in a year and a half," the operator said.
Fraport will also be affected by Adria's past operations and the liabilities it is leaving behind. "At present it is hard to assess what the impact on the operations will be until the end of the year. There will definitely be consequences, but they will not put the operations of Fraport Slovenija in peril," the company wrote.
Freight transport at the airport was not significantly affected, with Adria's share having been only 5% and mostly limited to postal shipping, Fraport added.
Meanwhile, Turizem Ljubljana also said things were gradually normalising. Adria's termination led to a 10-20% decrease in the number of participants of business events and conferences that had been confirmed for the second half of September and for October, the capital's tourism organisation said.
While Turizem Ljubljana also responded to the problems by directing organisers and guests to alternative routes to Ljubljana, it said things are improving now with the revival of flight links that used be in Adria's domain, especially to Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Brussels.
"We are of course in constant contact with the organisers of business events and doing all we can to keep the events in Ljubljana and support a satisfactory connectivity of Ljubljana with the world also by air," Turizem Ljubljana said.