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Maribor Airport Operator Gets New Owner

Maribor, 14 August (STA) - The company which operates the Maribor Airport will get a new owner after years of muddling along. It was acquired for EUR 700,000 by Aviofun, the company which manages the Slovenj Gradec airport, from the bankruptcy assets of Prevent, Večer reported on Wednesday.

Aviofun director and owner Damijan Cehner secured the funding for the Aerodrom Maribor acquisition himself after experiencing delays in acquiring funds from foreign partners. But he told the paper he still hoped foreign investors would step in down the line.

Cehner has been tight-lipped about his plans for the airport, but he suggested for Večer some sort of cooperation with the Slovenj Gradec airport was in the works. "I do not know of an airport that would not operate in the black," he added.

Aerodrom Maribor posted revenue of EUR 488,000 in 2012, down more than 16% over the year before, while net profit was EUR 15,000, less than a tenth of that in 2011, according to the company's annual report.

Aviofun meanwhile saw revenue rise 23% year-on-year to EUR 883,000, with net profit down slightly from the year before to EUR 15,000.

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