Wizz Air Holding announced in Bratislava on Monday, June 29, that it intends to enter the Slovak flight market, launching its activities as of September with a Bratislava to Rome route, the TASR newswire wrote.
According to the company's executive vice-president, John Stephenson, Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in central and eastern Europe. It has transported more than 6.5 million passengers over the past 12 months and expects to carry 7.5 million in 2009. It currently operates from bases in 11 locations - in Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania and, as of recently, in the Czech Republic. The vice-president did not rule out the airline opening a base in Slovakia.
Touching on the case of another airline - SkyEurope, which was awarded protection against its creditors by the Bratislava I District Court last week, Stephenson said that Wizz Air would have entered the Slovak market regardless of its competitor's problems.
However, he openly asked why the Slovak aviation authority has not taken any action and SkyEurope's airpalnes are still allowed to fly. He added that Wizz Air is ready to take over SkyEurope's routes if necessary, stressing that Wizz Air is in good financial condition and has ordered another 50 Airbus aircraft by 2017 to add to its existing fleet of 25 planes. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Jul 2009 at 10:00