A public tender to find a provider of regular flights to the Czech and Austrian capitals announced by Sliač Airport – in Banská Bystrica region - has been unsuccessful, as no bid was submitted, the TASR newswire learnt on Tuesday, September 25.

"Even though three companies expressed interest, none of them submitted a bid in the end," TASR was told by the airport's director Milan Ligoš. Among the companies that initially showed interest in providing flights to Prague and Vienna were airlines from Hungary and Poland. The tender conditions were also requested by a Slovak firm. The flights subject to the tender would have been run every working day for a period of at least one year. According to Ligoš, the tender probably will not be repeated, and the airport will approach certain selected companies directly.

Sliač Airport views the 2012 summer season as a successful one, having handled 83 charter flights to destinations in Turkey and Bulgaria. More than 23,000 passengers flew from Sliač during the summer, around 8,000 more than a year ago. "At the beginning of next year, we're planning to introduce a few winter charter flights for the first time for foreign passengers interested in skiing holidays in Slovakia," said Ligoš.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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