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Maribor-London Route Launched

Maribor, 06 October (STA) - Maribor airport, the second biggest in Slovenia, saw off the first scheduled flight in three years as a Golden Air jet bound for London Stansted took off on Thursday. The owner of Golden Air, British businessman Clifford Dachuna, said the following six months would be crucial for the start-up company.

The company is determined to grow, take advantage of Slovenia's tourist potential and to develop the Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, Dachuna told the press.

Golden Air will fly to London via Vienna three times a week at first, but it intends to increase the frequency of the flights. Return tickets are EUR 150 and the baggage allowance 25 kilos.

The launch comes just as a new owner for the airport operator, Aerodrom Maribor, is being sought. The operator's sole owner, Prevent Global group, recently announced that the company would be auctioned off at the opening price of EUR 675,000 at the end of October.

Dachuna said that it was logical that the Golden Air group was interested in the purchase of the airport operator. However, the airline's principal business first needs to prove viable.

Golden Air hopes to expand its services, introducing new routes to Birmingham, Barcelona and Bergamo, possibly even to India.

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