BRATISLAVA’s M.R. Štefánik Airport (BTS) handled 91,321 passengers in January 2010, a drop of 10 percent year-on-year, BTS spokesperson Dana Madunická told the TASR newswire on February 22. Lower figures were recorded for both international and domestic air transport. The drop in domestic passengers is in line with a long-term trend at the airport, despite an increase in the number of flights and destinations.

Conversely, the amount of freight transported went up from 651 tonnes in January 2009 to 1,085 tonnes in January 2010, a 67 percent increase.

No-frills airline Ryanair remains the airport’s number one carrier, transporting 71,552 passengers in January 2010, followed by VIP Wings, which includes Danube Wings, with 5,064 passengers, and Air Slovakia with 4,979 passengers, TASR wrote.