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Bratislava's M R Štefánik Airport (BTS) is the main international airport in Slovakia. It serves civil and governmental, scheduled and unscheduled domestic and international flights. Some of the airlines that service this airport are Ryanair, UTair Aviation and Sun d'Or. Cargo flights are operated DHL Aviation, while charter operations are operated by Onurair and Samair. Although Slovakia has over 10 airports, the four major airports with scheduled air services are M R Štefánik Airport (BTS), Košice International Airport (KSC), Žilina Airport (ILZ) and Poprad-Tatry Airport (TAT). Danube Wings is the flag carrier and major airline of Slovakia, based in Bratislava. Civil Aviation Authority of the Slovak Republic is the authority responsible for overseeing and regulating the air transport industry in Slovakia.
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Slovakia is seeing growth in the low-cost carrier market with Ryanair expansion and Wizz Air reportedly planning to resume operations. LCCs already account for about 80% of seat capacity in Slovakia, with Norwegian Air Shuttle also operating to the small Eastern European country.
Slovakia is poised to see significant growth in aviation activity in the coming years with Ryanair stating its intention to establish a base at the country’s main international airport, Bratislava Ivanka Airport.
In early Apr-2013 Ryanair announced plans to operate 16 routes from Slovakia's Bratislava Airport in summer 2013 including one new service to Trapani in Sicily, Italy. The airline expects to transport over 800,000 passengers through Bratislava in 2013 and support over 800 associated jobs.
There are few subjects that Europe’s airlines can agree on, but the lamentable state of the European air traffic control system is one of them. This week, industry bodies representing all sectors of the European air transport market blasted the efforts of European member states and their air navigation service providers (ANSPs) on reducing costs and increasing efficiency for falling short of where they should be.
Air traffic inefficiency and the high costs associated with Europe’s patchwork air traffic management (ATM) system are estimated to cost the European aviation industry between EUR4 billion and EUR5 billion p/a. The delays and inefficient routings punish both passengers and airlines, increasing flight times and distances and driving up fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions, a particularly galling situation given the entry of aviation into the EU Emissions Trading Scheme next year.
Cautious capacity growth plans for 2011 highlight concerns among US carriers in adding back seats at a rate that could create the excess capacity situations of previous post-recession recoveries. Instead, airlines are focussing on the protection of yields and profits as escalating fuel costs threaten the global aviation industry’s profits.
US carriers continue to be cautious in their capacity growth plans for 2011 as they focus on the protection of yields as escalating fuel costs threaten the US (and global) aviation industry’s profits.
Ryanair may have to repay millions of euros as Germany’s highest court ruled fees it has received to operate from airports may amount to subsidies in breach of EU competition rules. Lufthansa and airberlin have been awarded the right to pursue legal action accordingly. Together with the other difficulties the Irish airline faces in Germany could this be the beginning of the end for its operations there? Or might there be even more significant outcomes?
Ryanair has been cancelling or suspending services at a wide range of airports across Europe, including in countries where it is growing. Is there any discernible strategy here or is it no more than coincidence, as a result of too many disagreements with airports? What future prospects are there for smaller airports when Ryanair decides to quit?