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Bratislava Airport wants to attract clients from Schwechat via alternative products

Bratislava's Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (BTS) is not supposed to serve as a direct competitor to Vienna's Schwechat, but is rather trying to be an alternative offering different products, BTS director Maroš Jančula told TASR.

Bratislava's Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (BTS) is not supposed to serve as a direct competitor to Vienna's Schwechat, but is rather trying to be an alternative offering different products, BTS director Maroš Jančula told TASR.

According to Jančula, BTS's advantages are its many links and flexibility, which are not typical for the large Schwechat airport.

BTS commercial director Tomáš Kika pointed out that Austria in March introduced a so-called ecology tax for airlines, which has led to increased fares. According to Kika, this tax may be critical for some airlines. This is where BTS sees its chance, as there is no such tax in Slovakia, TASR wrote.

The number of passengers handled at BTS fell by 5 percent year-on-year to 642,000 in the first half of 2011, according to Jančula. Despite the drop, occupancy levels on international flights grew by 9 percent, TASR wrote.

London remained the most popular destination with 156,925 passengers transported to or from Stansted and Luton. The British capital was followed by Milan with 45,641 passengers and Dublin with 44,152 passengers.

Irish airline Ryanair kept its position as the main carrier with 498,429 passengers. Czech company Travel Servis with 63,048 travellers was second, followed by Czech Airlines (CSA) with 19,280 passengers.

Meanwhile, the volume of transported goods grew by 16 percent y-o-y in the first half on 2011, TASR wrote.

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