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AI to fly to Paris from Bratislava

AN AUSTRIAN national air transporter, Austrian Airlines (AI), will carry out direct flights from Bratislava starting in 2004.

AI's director Vang Sorensen recently told the Wirtschafts Blatt daily that his company would start operating two planes from Bratislava next year with Paris as the planned destination. The route is linked to the construction of a plant by the French carmaker, PSA Peugeot Citroen, in Trnava.

Slovak Airlines (SA) also plans to strengthen connections to Western Europe and expect to launch a direct line to Brussels in a few days.

According to the Slovak daily SME, more air operators are expected to move their planes to Bratislava after the completion of the Austrian highway strip to the Slovak border. Bratislava's advantageous position, only 50 km from Vienna, and the high fees that Vienna's Schwechat airport charge operators are cited as the biggest reasons for the move.

The Slovak cabinet wants to sell the Bratislava airport.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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