Slovenia’s former national carrier Adria Airways’s AOC certificate has expired in less than two years since the company filed for bankruptcy, exyuaviation.com reported on Friday.
According to this online portal specializing in news from the aero industry, AOC was bought by Air Adriatic, a Slovenian company founded by businessman Izet Rastoder, in January 2020 for 45,000 euros, with plans to use the operating license to decide reindeer of Slovenia national carrier. Air Adriatic had until September last year to resolve the discrepancies with the license to start using it, but the company requested an extension due to the coronavirus pandemic to which it was granted. However, the Slovenian air regulator refused to approve a second request for the extension, thus ending the AOC.
The Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology has said it is still seeking a solution that would lead to the creation of a national airline. The state abandoned plans to create a new carrier using European Union funds, following opposition from the bloc. The Ministry is in talks with interested private actors who are interested in establishing a new commercial airline. The government has also held talks with foreign carriers including LOT Polish Airlines and Air Serbia to improve the country’s connectivity. Slovenia has been one of the most affected European aviation markets by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier, Slovenian cargo carrier Solinair held talks with the Slovenian government on the possibility of launching scheduled flights or establishing a new national carrier. The airline has proposed two strategies to improve the country’s connectivity following the bankruptcy of Adria Airways and has asked the government for financial support for the project. The company noted that it would operate a five-member fleet consisting of the Mitsubishi CRJ900, Dash 8 Q400 or turbo-produced ATR72, which it said would be ideal for the Slovenian market. The cargo operator said it would seek an agreement with the Lufthansa Group for the new airline to take over their routes to Ljubljana, including Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt and Munich, Swiss services from Zurich and Brussels Airlines services. from the Belgian capital.
The last remaining remnants of Adria Airways are now being sold as part of its bankruptcy proceedings. In February, Muneef Tarmoom, a businessman and investor from the United Arab Emirates, bought the Adria Airways brand name for 33,000 euros. His motive for buying the brand is unknown. In addition to the name, the package also includes three different logos and online domains adria.si, flyadria.si, adria-airways.si, afs.si, adria-airways.com, adria.ba, adria.mk and adriaairways .mua