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Maribor Airport Launching Regular Route After Long Pause

Maribor, 23 September (STA) - Slovenia's second largest airport in Maribor will get a regular route after more than three years in October. The Golden Air airline confirmed on Friday that it would be operating a route to London's Stansted via Vienna five times a week as of 6 October.

While representatives of Aerodrom Maribor and Goldean Air plan to present the details of the arrangement next Wednesday, Golden Air's webpage shows that a return tickets will cost EUR 150.

Golden Air, 90% of which is in foreign ownership in 10% in the ownership of Slovenian company Avio Fun, was started two years ago and has so far been specialising in business and charter flights.

According to free daily Zurnal24, Golden Air is planning to launch additional routes in the future, possibly also to India, which was announced recently by Aerodrom Maribor boss Marko Gros. Bergamo and Birmingham are moreover mentioned as possible destinations.

However, the renovation of the old and construction of a new terminal at the state-owned airport, named the Edvard Rusjan Maribor Airport, need sto be completed as soon as possible to enable the realisation of such plans.

Construction work at the airport was suspended this year as a result of the collapse of builder SCT. Bids for a new contractor, which has to complete the project within 10 months, will be opened on 7 October.

Moreover, a new owner of Aerodrom Maribor, the operator of the airport, is still being sought. The Prevent Global group, the sole owner of Aerodrom Maribor, recently announced that the company would be auctioned off at the opening price of EUR 675,000 at the end of October.

Aerodrom Maribor continued to rent the airport this year after the government failed twice to find bidders for a long-term lease. With no bidder in sight, an extension of Aerodrom Maribor's lease for another year is the most likely option.

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