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Niki postponed its expansion into Bratislava

AIR carrier Niki, a subsidiary of Air Berlin, has postponed its expansion into Bratislava. Direct flights on the line Bratislava-Brussels, will become reality as late as October 5, 2015 due to the market situation, the Hospodárske noviny daily reported on January 26, citing the Austrian APA newswire.

In early December, Niki announced that it will initially use an Embraer 190 airplane to Brussels, which will later be replaced by an Airbus A320 airplane, and will fly an A321 to Palma de Mallorca right from the beginning.

“I view this cooperation as critical for the further development of Bratislava Airport that we expect in the near future,” M.R. Štefánik Airport General Director Ivan Trhlík then said, as quoted by TASR.

Trhlík pointed out that via the Oneworld [airline] alliance and the network of Etihad Airways, Bratislava Airport will join a global distribution system.

“This means that virtually any passenger anywhere in the world will be able to find a flight ticket to Bratislava,” he added.

Niki wants to operate two flights daily on Monday-Friday between Bratislava and Brussels as of April.

Niki was set up by former Formula One driver Niki Lauda in 2003. Niki merged with Air Berlin in 2011, sharing operations, booking systems and aircrafts. By virtue of being a subsidiary of Air Berlin, Niki is an affiliate member of Oneworld, according to TASR.

Source: Hospodárske noviny, TASR

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