The Slovak low-cost airline, SkyEurope, plans to base two aircraft in the Eastern Slovak city of Košice from this July, the SITA newswire wrote. At a news conference Wednesday, SkyEurope’s chief ommercial officer, Steven Greenway, said that the first aeroplane in Košice would be transferred from the winter-season route between Vienna and Innsbruck, which the company plans to ends this weekend. After the end of the European Football Championships, during which the company will use the plane for charter flights, it will be operate from the new base in Košice. “Košice has been one of the most profitable parts of the network in the long run for us and we expect that this will also continue with the base,” said Greenway.
Before the company starts operating new lines from Košice, it plans to intensify the frequency of flights. Greenway said that a direct flight would be established from Košice to Manchester. As it did this year, the company plans to purchase one extra plane in 2009. The company plans to fly to 20 countries and 43 destinations in the summer season. SkyEurope currently flies from five bases, in Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow, Prague and Vienna. Its fleet currently comprises fifteen planes. By the end of 2011, that should grow to 32 Boeing 737-700 planes. SkyEurope employs over 850 people and has been listed on stock exchanges in Vienna and Warsaw since September 2005. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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