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New Slovakian Airline on the Horizon

Posted on Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:58:41 GMT

After the bankruptcy of the national carrier Air Slovakia on June 1. 2010, a brand new firm is ready to enter the market. Air Slovakia was formerly owned by an Indian businessman who transformed the airline into an exotic carrier that was not very much used by Slovak citizens. The airline consisted of one Boeing 737-200 (ex Southwest aircraft) and two Boeing 757-200 until it went bankrupt. The primary Hub was Bratislava International Airport (Letisko Milana Rastislava Stefanika).

The main destinations that were flown to were: Amritsar (India),Tel Aviv (Israel), Milano-Bergamo (Italy) and Barcelona-El Prat (Spain). Since the airline only operated two or three airplanes, the competitiveness against Ryanair or the no more existing Sky Europe who were also present at Bratislava airport, was very weak to almost non existent. Last but not least, during the holiday season when Slovaks did use the service of the airline it was almost never on time because of few planes available in the case one was not flyable. Therefore it is good that a new airline is ready to enter the market and offer Slovaks more travel choices directly from Bratislava airport.

The new airline that will begin operations on December 1. 2011, it will hold the name "Slovakian Airlines" and will operate three Boeing 737-500. The number of airplanes in the fleet is expected to grow more rapidly after the destination contracts are finalized. The board of directors of Slovakian Airlines is planning to target the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Russia as their first destinations offered. According to the board " We chose the destinations for different reasons, economical reasons, competition weakening and passenger volume potential". One advantage for passengers flying to or from Slovakia is that they will have more choice when choosing their carrier. Today only Ryanair, CSA and Danube Wings offer flights from Bratislava. Another advantage is that employment in the aviation sector of the Slovak Republic will increase, after the shutdown of Sky Europe a lot of pilots, stewards, aircraft mechanics and airport employees lost their jobs because there was no replacement for Sky Europe. Most pilots and flight attendants are now working for Ryanair which took in people after the downfall of Sky Europe.

The new "Slovakian Airlines" Boeing 737 preparing for take-off.

The new "Slovakian Airlines" Boeing 737 preparing for take-off.

It will definitely be interesting to see how the new airline can compete in the fast moving market of the aviation industry. Bratislava as a home hub has advantages but also brings some disadvantages with itself. The airport is very close to the Vienna International Airport and is also geographically close to the Budapest Ferihegy International Airport. The main disadvantage is that many Slovak travelers got already used to flying from Vienna, where the competition of airlines is much bigger which for the passenger meant probability of lower prices for tickets. On the other hand, the main advantages are that if the destinations are attractive, corporations will want to create business contracts, passengers from Slovakia will welcome the saved money on the trips to Vienna or Budapest and last but not least the price competition at Bratislava Airport will increase because Ryanair will get forced to revise their prices from Bratislava. It will be very interesting to see what the airline can deliver, the potential is definitely there for a great airline to hit the sky.

This article was written by Roland Ondrus, an in-house aviation news editor for Fly Away Simulation.

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John BuckleThu, 29 Sep 2011 12:14:15 GMT

It will be great News if the Slovakian Airline fly from Poprad to the UK.

After all Poprad does state it is an international Airport. The High Tatra mountains is such a beautiful area. This area must be suffering from reduced holiday visitors since Sky europe whent bust.

Roland OndrusFri, 30 Sep 2011 12:05:29 GMT

Hi Mr. Buckle,

Thanks for the reply, Yes it is a shame that the Tatras are suffering declined tourist rates. On the other hand i don't know how quickly the airline plans to add destinations and hubs. Whats a little bit strange is the name of the airline, "Slovakian" is grammatically incorrect. But there might be reason behind it, the bankrupt Air Slovakia demands 19,000 euro for the author rights on the name, just found this out actually today.

CLINTON COOKWed, 26 Oct 2011 12:57:46 GMT

I AM GLAD THAT THERE IS FINALY NEW AIRLINE FLYING, NOT JUST RUBBISH RYANAIR. IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER IF THEY COULD FLY TO OTHER AIRPORTS IN THE COUNTRY LIKE KOSICE OR POPRAD.I AM TRAVELING THERE ALL THE TIME AND SOMETIMES IT TAKES ME A WHOLE DAY TO GET THERE. I RATHER PAY LITTLE BIT MORE TO GET WHERE I WANT THAN SPENT SIX HOURS ON THE TRAIN. THANK YOU

ivana cookSat, 29 Oct 2011 10:54:53 GMT

I'm very happy that you are about to start flying ,since Sky Europe went bankrupt it's been a nightmare to travel home to visit my family and for so many other people who live in Slovakia. My husband loves going home as he calls it; even though he's English. We wish you good luck and hope to be flying with you in the future and be flying with you for many years.

mr & mrs burnhamSat, 29 Oct 2011 11:16:56 GMT

HELLO MR BUCKLE. My wife and i are hoping that your airline service is going to fly from Slovakia to England on a daily basis. We loved visiting Slovakia when our friends got married and have wished to return, but because there are on direct flight to Kosice or Tatra/Poprad, we have not returned. We have heard that you had something to do with Czech Airlines, so you known all the dangers and problems you will encounter, we would like to wish you all the luck in the world AND HOPE TO BE FLYING SOON,

MR C BURNHAM /MRS BURNHAM

Roland OndrusSun, 06 Nov 2011 11:33:22 GMT

Hi,

I am glad this discussion came up about the article. The one question that remains foggy to me is that the airline has some sub-contract with Armenian airlines. This looks a little let's say suspicious to me.

ireMon, 14 Nov 2011 02:51:47 GMT

What about the flights from Dublin.. or Cork?

SRSun, 08 Jan 2012 17:43:42 GMT

Any flights from Ireland? CORK or Dublin in option?

denise sutcliffeMon, 15 Oct 2012 20:09:53 GMT

It would be WONDERFUL if there were international flights from Kosice International airport.

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