Going out of Business: Adria Airways Ceases Operations

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Once again, an airline has to suspend its operations due to financial problems. This time it’s the Star Alliance member and Miles&More partner airline Adria Airways from Slovenia that is in serious trouble.


Adria Airways “temporarily” ceased operations last tuesday. Today, on October 1, 2019, it’s official, the airline had to declare bankruptcy.

According to the press release, there is a lack of “fresh money” that the airline needs to keep planes in the air. Therefore none of the carrier’s aircraft will depart on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is unclear what will happen next. All three hubs in Ljubljana, Pristina, and Tirana are affected.

Adria Airways has been in economic difficulties for quite a while now. Several times it had been planned to withdraw the airline’s operating license. Last Friday, a leasing company then claimed back two Bombardier CRJ 900s. Most likely, the Slovenian airline had not been able to pay the bills.

The former national carrier currently belongs to the German investment company 4K Invest and flies its own routes as well as wet-lease routes for Swiss, Austrian and Lufthansa. These flights have also been canceled.

How Does This Affect Passengers?

Affected Passengers should try a chargeback to get their money back. In other airline bankruptcy cases like Germany’s Germania or Air Berlin, this seemed to be the most successful way. Otherwise, passengers have to wait until an official liquidator has been named. You’d have to file your refund there, but most likely won’t ger your money back.

If you’re booked on a wet-lease operation on behalf of Austrian Airlines, SWISS or Lufthansa, the airlines that leased Adria Airways planes has to provide other means of transportation, most likely an alternative flight option. You’re entitled to receive a compensation in this case.

If you purchased a packaged deal – unless booked through Thomas Cook or one of her daughters – the tour operator has to arrange for a replacement flight. Contact the tour operator or the travel agency you booked through.

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