Adria Airways suspends most flight operations

An Airbus A319 of Adria Airways. Photo: © Benedikt Lang

Slovenian flag-carrier Adria Airways has ‘temporarily’ suspended flight operations, the airline announced on late Monday evening.

All flights for Tuesday and Wednesday have been cancelled, it is unclear what will happen to Adria Airways’ flights after this two-day suspension period.

Update: On Tuesday, Adria Airways updated the notice on its website and states that it is maintaining a single connection to its “most important hub” in Frankfurt.

The airline says a lack of funds have forced it to take this decision. During the last few days, lessors have repossessed at least three aircraft of the Slovenian carrier. The lack of planes already led to some flight cancellations.

Talks regarding an investment to save Adria Airways’ operations had failed. The airline’s request for a rescue loan of reportedly four million Euros from the Slovenian government was denied.

[Adria Airways] is at this point intensively searching solutions in cooperation with potential investor. Goal of everyone involved is to make Adria Airways fly again and that ceasing of operations is indeed temporarily.Adria Airways

Affected passengers that booked a flight with the carrier are advised to “contact sales offices where tickets were purchased“.

Adria Airways was operating short-haul flights using a fleet of thee Airbus A319 and a number of Bombardier CRJ regional jets. Additionally, five Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft are part of Adria, after previously flying for defunct subsidiary Adria Airways Switzerland. The 1961-founded airline employs a total of 558 people and is part of the Star Alliance since 2004. It carries more than one million passengers per year and uses Lufthansa’s frequent flyer program ‘Miles & More’.

Earlier on Monday, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia ceased operations after parent Thomas Cook Group plc entered liquidation, making Adria Airways the third airline suspension on a single day.