Flights to Maribor, Slovenia from London Southend Airport will commence three times a week from this summer.
The Adria Airways service will operate on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from June through until October 2015. It will be using an Airbus 319 and the flight time is around 2 hours.
Flights are on sale from March 30 at www.adria.si/en with prices starting from €69 return per person, including taxes.
Star Alliance member, Adria Airways will offer the only direct connection to Maribor with London.
Mark Anžur, CEO, Adria Airways said: "We are absolutely excited about our new scheduled connection from the second biggest city in Slovenia, Maribor to London Southend Airport. We are looking forward to a beginning of a successful partnership and bringing our passengers to both attractive destinations, with the new route offering the travellers from both countries to explore new destinations and everything both countries have to offer. We are very pleased to welcome travellers from UK to enjoy the diversity of Slovenia and all that it has to offer; from mountains to seaside."
Maribor was European Capital of Culture in 2012 , and celebrates the Lent International Summer Festival. The arts festival takes place annually for two weeks at the end of June, attracting theatre , opera , ballet and jazz musicians from all over the world, as well as thousands of international visitors.
Historic Maribor was founded in 1254 and is situated on the River Drava with vineyards to the north and the Pohorje Mountains to the southwest. It enjoys pleasant temperatures in the spring, followed by balmy summers, colourful autumns and sub-zero winters where it is all about the skiing. The World Cup ski slope on Pohorje Mountain is a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Hiking, biking routes, high-adrenalin activities and world-class events are also on offer.
Maribor is also home to one of the biggest and oldest classic wine cellars in Europe (at more than 20,000 square meters / 215,000 square feet) which rests right underneath the city.
London Southend Airport Chief Commercial Officer Roger Clements said: “We are absolutely delighted Adria Airlines chose London Southend Airport above all the other London airports and we look forward to the start of a great partnership with the airline. Maribor has a wealth of things to offer travellers from Essex, London and beyond looking for everything from a weekend break to longer holidays at any time of the year. I am sure these flights will prove popular.”