Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport

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Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport
Letališče Edvarda Rusjana Maribor
Maribor airport from airplane (2).jpg
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner SHS Aviation
Operator Aerodrom Maribor, LLC
Serves Maribor, Slovenia
Location Hoče–Slivnica
Elevation AMSL 267 m / 876 ft
Coordinates 46°28′47″N 015°41′10″E / 46.47972°N 15.68611°E / 46.47972; 15.68611Coordinates: 46°28′47″N 015°41′10″E / 46.47972°N 15.68611°E / 46.47972; 15.68611
Website maribor-airport.si
Map
MBX is located in Slovenia
MBX
MBX
Location of the airport in Slovenia
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
15/33 2,500 8,202 Asphalt
15/33 1,200 3,937 Grass
Statistics (2015)
Passengers 24,886
Passenger change 14–15 Increase42%
Source: Slovenian AIP at EUROCONTROL,[1] STV[2]

Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport (Slovene: Letališče Edvarda Rusjana Maribor) (IATA: MBXICAO: LJMB) is an international airport in Maribor, Slovenia. The second biggest and second most important Slovenian airport was opened in May 1976. It is located in Hoče–Slivnica which is about 10 km (6.2 mi) south from Maribor.[1] In 2008 airport was renamed after the Slovene pioneer aviator Edvard Rusjan. In recent years this airport has become a pilot flight training centre for many European airlines. The Slovenian savings bank Delavska hranilnica plc is the owner of the airport, which is operated by Aerodrom Maribor llc.

History[edit]

The airport was opened in May 1976. Since then this airport has been the second biggest and the second most important in Slovenia.

When Slovenia was a part of Yugoslavia, the airport was regularly served by state airline Jat Airways, mainly connecting Belgrade and the Croatian Adriatic coast.

In the early 1990s passengers and cargo traffic reached record highs. Around 85,000 passengers and 700 tonnes of cargo were carried per year. In 1999 its runway was renovated, as was the airport's apron in 2000.

In 2002 Aerodrome Maribor llc was sold to Prevent Global plc from Slovenj Gradec, as a majority owner. In 2005 the instrument landing system ILS CAT I and the distribution transformer station were renovated. Airport was later served with scheduled flights by Slovenian Spirit, an arm of Styrian Spirit, which offered scheduled flights to Paris and Salzburg until March 2006. Styrian Spirit ended operations due to insolvency.

On 8 March 2007 Ryanair announced that it would commence service between London-Stansted and Maribor in June 2007, three times weekly. The expectations from this service included an increase in tourist exploration of the region, which has great potential for all-year-round offerings. The service started on 7 June 2007, but ended 27 March 2008. On 22 February 2008, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia decided to rename the Maribor Airport as Maribor Edvard Rusjan Maribor. The renaming was made as a result of a suggestion of a Slovene citizen, Silvo Škornik. The airport's new name has been in use since 15 June 2008.

The airport's new terminal, which cost some 15 million Euros opened on 21 November 2012.,[3] with a capacity is at least 600,000 pax/year. In 2013 its old terminal was renovated and Prevent Global plc sold Aerodrom Maribor llc to AvioFun Ltd, an aviation company based in Libeliče.[4] The total number of passengers in 2013 was 15,000, an increase on the previous year.[5]

In October 2014 Delavska hranilnica plc bought the airport for 1 million € and became the co-owner of the airport. Delavska hranilnica plc had a 57% share and AvioFun Ltd with 43% share of the company.[6]

During summer 2015 Adria Airways operated a seasonal service to London using London-Southend Airport between June and October with 3 flights per week.[7][8]

On 9 June 2015 Slovenian savings bank Delavska hranilnica plc bought the remaining 43% share from AvionFun Ltd and became the sole owner of this airport.[9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Aegean Airlines Seasonal charter: Heraklion, Corfu
Air Malta Seasonal charter: Malta
Bravo Airways Seasonal charter: Kharkiv
Freebird Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Dnipropetrovsk

Statistics[edit]

Year Passengers Growth
2004 6,215 -
2005 16,046 Increase 158%
2006 12,452 Decrease 22%
2007 25,000 Increase 101%
2008 17,000 Decrease 47%
2009 5,000 Decrease 240%
2010 9,000 Increase 80%
2011 6,000 Decrease 33%
2012 6,500 Increase 8%
2013 14,065 Increase 116%
2014 17,568 Increase 25%
2015 24,886 Increase 42%

Access[edit]

Maribor Airport, which is close to the A1 and right next to the A4 motorway, is easily accessed by road. There are car hire firms based at the airport. Other cities near the airport are: Ljubljana (120 km), Graz (77 km) and Zagreb (107 km) away. It is also easily accessible by rail from all directions.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Maribor Airport at Wikimedia Commons