A new departure terminal at the Sliač airport in Banská Bystrica Region was opened on July 9, the TASR newswire reported.
The airport's executive director, Ľubomír Krupár, said the new terminal is set to boost the airport's capacity as well as secure comfortable, high-quality and safe flights for travellers.
He added that after the airport buys its second x-ray scanner its capacity will increase to up to 300 people per hour. "It'll be a little less than that for now as we'll use only one x-ray scanner," Krupár stated, as quoted by TASR.
The €1.5 million spent in building the new terminal was funded via a commercial bank loan and a subsidy from the Transport Ministry. The ministry's state secretary, Andrej Holák, told TASR that the government’s programme statement envisages support for developing regional airports.
The president of Banská Bystrica Region, Vladimír Maňka, emphasised that in terms of regional development, the airport is experiencing a revival, as the number of charter flights has been on the rise. "We'd like regular flights to take place as well and this new terminal will help in achieving this goal," said Maňka, as quoted by TASR.
The regional president also said the airport investment is significant for bringing other new investments and new jobs. Last year over 12,000 flights took off from the airport, which has been offering civilian flights for the past two years as well as its traditional military flights.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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10. Jul 2012 at 14:00