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Bratislava Airport submits claims against SkyEurope to bankruptcy court

Bratislava Airport reported that all its past due claims against Slovak low-cost airline SkyEurope Airlines, unpaid on June 22, have been submitted to the court supervising the airline’s restructuring process. On June 22, the Bratislava-based airline was granted protection from creditors, the SITA newswire wrote.

Bratislava Airport reported that all its past due claims against Slovak low-cost airline SkyEurope Airlines, unpaid on June 22, have been submitted to the court supervising the airline’s restructuring process. On June 22, the Bratislava-based airline was granted protection from creditors, the SITA newswire wrote.

“The claims will be subject to the restructuring process; the Bratislava Airport has not published their amount,” said the spokeswoman for the airport, Dana Madunická. She informed SITA that since that date, SkyEurope has been settling its obligations within the regime of protection against creditors. The Prague Airport, where SkyEurope is also based, did not answer whether they filed claims against the indebted company. The deadline for submitting claims against SkyEurope in court and with the administrator of the restructuring process expired on August 17.

"Low-cost airline SkyEurope can't confirm or deny when it will resume flights from Vienna (Schwechat) Airport," the company's spokesman, Tomáš Kika, told TASR on the same day. "We believe that we'll manage to find an agreement with Vienna Airport as soon as possible so that we'll be able to return to providing flights in line with the flight schedule," Kika said, adding that the current situation is only temporary.

The spokesman did not elaborate on how such an agreement can be reached. Vienna Airport refused to service the airline's flights beginning Saturday, August 15, after SkyEurope failed to meet a deadline to pay off its debts. The airline then switched all the affected flights to Bratislava's M.R. Štefánik Airport with extra buses made available for travellers to and from Vienna. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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