Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport is a public airport in Slovenia, serving the city of Maribor. It is located about 9 km south of the Maribor railway station, in the Municipality of Hoče–Slivnica in three different villages: Slivnica pri Mariboru, Orehova vas, and Hotinja vas. Aside from operating seasonal commercial flights and season charter, the airport is also a pilot flight training centre for many European airlines.
The airport was opened for commercial traffic under the name Airport Maribor in 1976. The airport's original name was replaced in 15 June 2008, and was renamed after the Slovene pioneer aviator, Edvard Rusjan. Opened in 1976 and owned by Slovene aviation company AvioFun from Libeliče, the aviation facility in Maribor is currently the second largest airport in the country. It resides at an elevation of 876 ft (267 m) above mean sea level and has two runways: one is paved with asphalt, has lights, and measures 8,202 ft x 148 ft (2,500 m x 45 m), while the other has grass surface (unpaved) with no lights and measures 3,937 ft x 197 ft (1,200 m x 60 m).
On 21 November 2012, the new terminal was opened. It cost roughly 15 million Euros, with a capacity of at least 600,000 pax per year. In 2013, the old terminal of Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport was renovated.
Services and Facilities
Aegean Airlines offers seasonal charter to Corfu International Airport on the Greek island of Corfu at Kerkyra and Kos Island International Airport on the Greek island of Kos. Freebird Airlines operates seasonal charter to Antalya Airport in Antalya, Turkey. Adria Airways provides seasonal passenger service to London Southend Airport in the district of Rochford within Essex, England, with seasonal charter to Zakynthos International Airport in Zakynthos, Greece and Antalya Airport as well.
Inside the airport, there is a bar where passengers can order refreshments, such as a cold drink or a cup of coffee or tea. The bar also offers a wide range of snacks for those who are feeling peckish. The bar is located on the departure side of the passenger terminal. There is a modern and comfortable VIP lounge available, but can only be used by the crew and passengers of private aircrafts and business jets. Business facilities equipped with communication infrastructure are available for rent. This allows people who arrive strictly for business matters to conduct meetings without extra travel time and save both time and energy. Similarly, Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport welcomes the use of certain areas for special events like press conferences, displays, fairs, and others of the like. Advertising in the airport is also possible, with many inner surfaces in the passenger terminal and outdoor surfaces of the airport that receive a lot of human traffic. There are 580 parking spaces available for cars and 10 parking spaces for buses.
The operating hours of Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport is from 8:30 to 20:00 local time (from 7.30 to 19.00 UTC time). Arrivals out of the operating times (for private aircraft) should be announced at least 24 hours prior to scheduled arrival.