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Russia to help with Slovak national airline

Igor Dula, director of Slovakia's Airport Authority, announced on August 15 that representatives of Russia's Aeroflot are helping Slovakia create a national carrier, RFE/RL reported. Since the Czech-Slovak split, Slovakia has had no national airline, although a number of small carriers exist. Aeroflot official Yevgenii Shaposhnikov met in Bratislava earlier this month with Slovak government officials, including Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar. The Russians reportedly are prepared to provide four to six planes for the new airline. Dula said it is too early to say when the airline will begin operations. Nearly 200,000 passengers used Bratislava's airport in 1995, a 33 percent increase over the previous year. However, many Slovaks fly from Vienna, since the Austrian capital offers more flights and is close to Bratislava.

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News digest: Pilot testing deemed successful

Coronavirus affects bus connections, gastronomy businesses send an open letter to the prime minister. Take a look at the latest in our news digest.

PM Igor Matovič presents the results of the pilot nationwide testing on October 26.

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.

No balanced budget for next three years, this time due to COVID-19

2021-2023 general government budgets lack consolidation measures.

Finance Minister Eduard Heger