In the first six months of 2006 Adria Airways carried over 406,000 passengers, which is 15% more than in the same period last year. There was also an increase in the number of flights and the passenger load factor. Growth was also seen in cargo transport and in technical services and aircraft maintenance.
In June Adria Airways carried 80,400 passengers, or 12% more than in the same period last year. The number of flights increased by 9%, and the passenger load factor increased by 4% compared to last year. Predictions for July indicate 22% more passengers.
“We have also been successful in maintaining planned growth in traffic during the summer. We are especially pleased that the growth trend in passenger traffic was also reflected in other areas of Adria Airways’ operations. We have significantly increased the volume of cargo transport and there is also intense growth in maintenance and technical services,” commented Tadej Tufek, Adria’s president, on the results achieved in the first six months.
The volume of cargo transported increased by 20% in the first half of 2006. In June, when Adria brought its new SAAB 340A into service, there was a full 57% increase relative to last year.
Business has also increased in aircraft maintenance, and Adria Airways is maintaining its role as a leader in the maintenance of CRJ-100, 200, 700 and 900 aircraft in Europe. Adria has also been successful in obtaining new clients for the Airbus A-320 market and is therefore booked to capacity for the coming year as well. Adria Airways is expanding its activities to include major inspections of the Airbus A-320 family of aircraft, training of mechanics and other engineering services. Due to this growth, 40 new employees were hired this year.