The European airport association ACI Europe has blamed a spate of airline failures in September for “softening” growth in air traffic.
In news from the Balkans, it seems likely there may be a merger in the offing, with reports suggesting that Croatia’s national air carrier Croatia Airlines are set to hold talks with their Slovenian counterparts Adria Airways to form a new pan-Balkan carrier.
Amid accusations Montenegro Airlines desires some kind of monopoly on the Balkans country’s airspace, CEO of the company, Zoran Djurišić, announced his invitation to executives of three of the former Yugoslavia’s biggest carriers, Croatia Airlines, Jat Airways, and Adria Airways, to a sort of summit on the Budva Riviera.
Ulrich Schulte Strathaus, Secretary General of the Association of European Airlines revealed to Slovenian daily “Dnevnik” that air carriers of the former Yugoslavia need to unite in order to stay afloat. Once a single market capable of supporting in country players, the former Yugoslavia demands a single regional carrier to meet the growing needs.