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Bratislava airport board has new chairman

KAROL Biermann has replaced František Stolárik as the chairman of the board of directors of the M.R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava.

On October 22, representatives of the Bratislava airport okayed changes to the company management. Stolárik will remain a member of the board, the SITA newswire wrote.

The aim of the changes is to make key decisions of the airport's shareholders - namely, the Transport Ministry and the National Property Fund (FNM) - more passable, and to separate the control of the general operations of the airport from the management of the development processes.

After his appointment, Biermann asked for 100 days for analyses of the current situation and preparations for the next developments.

This change could postpone investment talks until January, the Sme daily wrote on October 24.

According to earlier media reports, Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny was not satisfied with the pace at which Stolárik pushed for the airport development project, which cost more than Sk6 billion (€180 million).

After the Robert Fico government took over in June 2006, it cancelled the privatisation of the majority stake of the Bratislava airport.

The airport is still in great need of investment. Passengers complain about insufficient services, airlines are cancelling their flights from Bratislava, and the terminal is working at full capacity.

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