Chinese Investors Are Planning to Open 11 New Flights from the Maribor Airport
On 2 March, the lease agreement came into force, under which the Maribor Airport is transferred for the period of 15 years into the ownership of the Aerodrom Maribor Company that has been recently purchased by Chinese investors. They are planning to expand significantly the air traffic. Eleven new flights from Maribor will connect the second largest city in Slovenia with London, Berlin, Hamburg, Barcelona, Zurich, Belgrade, Split, Podgorica, Xi’an, Chongqing and Nanchang.
The Minister of Infrastructure Peter Gašperšič signed the lease agreement with the Aerodrom Maribor Company. The two existing directors of Aerodrom Maribor, Ladimir Brolih and Boris Bobek, put their signatures under the agreement. The agreement stipulates the amount of monthly rent (95,000 euros) and ensures the possibility of extension for five years.
Investors from China Are Planning to Invest 300 Million Euros
The investors from China have their own fleet of aircrafts in the Belgian VLM Airlines Company. During their presentation in the waiting hall of the Maribor Airport, the Head of SHS Aviation Mr. Pang Siu Yin said that the investors would invest at least 300 million euros and build new terminals, hotels and shopping centres.
By 2028, the Chinese investors want to increase the passenger traffic of the Maribor Airport up to 2 million passengers and the number of transported cargoes up to 160 thousand tons. In addition, they plan to open a Flight Simulation Centre and a Service Centre, which coincides with the plans of the Maribor municipalities regarding the circular economy, as well as an Aircraft Dismantling Centre.
The new owner presented not only the mid-term but also the short-term projects of flight routes.
Investors Will Buy Six Additional Aircrafts
According to Mr. Pang Siu Yin, the projects involve the extension of the runway length from the current 2,800 meters to, at first, 3,300 meters and then up to 3,800 meters.
Currently, the Belgian airline operator owned by the Chinese investors has six aircrfts of Fokker 50 model. The Chinese plan to buy further six A320 aircrafts and fifteen A330 aircrafts, which they want to register in Slovenia. Mr. Pang Siu Yin notes that in May–June, the investors expect to receive licenses in Belgium and Slovenia, after which they will immediately start working.