Ljubljana, 23 March (STA) - Slovenian flag carrier Adria Airways will switch to its summer flight schedule on Sunday, as part of which it will also reintroduce its route to London. Adria, which cancelled the route for the winter, will for the first time fly to the London Luton airport, the company announced on Friday.
Adria Airways chairman Klemen Boštjančič told the press that London had been "very problematic in the winter months, less so in the summer".
"This summer, especially since it is an Olympic year, we expect a positive result for Adria's London flights, the fact however remains that we for now do not have a solution for the winter season. If there is no agreement among interested partners in Slovenia, we will not fly to London in the winter," he said.
While Adria Airways, rivalled on the route by Easy Jet, flew to London's Heathrow and Gatwick airports in the past, Boštjančič said that Heathrow proved too costly. Luton was picked for its good connections to London and favourable conditions offered by the airport operator.
Luton was praised today by its representative Simon Harley as the fastest growing airport in London, the fifth largest in terms of passenger numbers in Britain, and providing a train link to central London in 21 minutes.
The summer schedule will be valid until 27 October, and will see Adria performing 180 flights weekly to 19 destinations.
These include Frankfurt, Vienna, Munich, Zürich, Brussels, Skopje, Belgrade, Moscow, Prishtina, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Tirana, Copenhagen, London, Podgorica, Barcelona, Manchester and Split.
Adria, which had more than 1.16m passengers last year, will also provide during the summer season charter flights to a number of holiday resorts, mostly in the Mediterranean.