Maribor, 08 May (STA) - Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, Slovenia's second biggest airport, has little traffic for most of the year. But it hopes the summer season will provide a much-needed boost, as five tourist agents will operate five charter flights weekly to Greece and Turkey.
Airport director Marko Gros told the press on Thursday that the number of passengers was expected to reach 20,000-25,000 this summer season, which would be a 30-40% increase year-on-year.
Last summer, the airport served 13,000 tourists on what were three charter flights a week during the June-September period, a 200% rise on the year before, according to Gros.
This summer charter flights will be taking off from Maribor to Antalya, Turkey and the Greek islands of Kos, Corfu and Zakynthos.
The Maribor airport was renovated last year and is trying to attract an airline to establish scheduled flights.
Gros said the airport was now often being used by the Slovenian Armed Forces and it also logs some occasional charter flights.