Ryanair restores regular flights from Bratislava

The renewal of flights will depend on how Slovakia opens borders with other countries.

(Source: TASR)

The Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair restored its regular flights from the Bratislava airport, nearly four months after the ban was imposed on civilian flights in mid-March to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The first planes to Burgas (Bulgaria) and Paphos (Cyprus) were dispatched on July 4. Another flight to Thessaloniki (Greece) is scheduled for July 6, and to Corfu (Greece) for July 7.

While last year it operated 26 regular links, the carrier plans to restore only 12 this year.

“Four of them are destinations in the UK, which are currently banned,” said Jozef Pojedinec, head of the Bratislava airport.

Also flights to and from Russia, Ukraine, Dubai, Skopje in North Macedonia, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and others are down for now, the airport informed.

Charter season to begin soon

Apart from Ryanair, the Bratislava airport restored flights to Sofia (Bulgaria), operated by Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air.

Although Bulgaria dropped from the list of less dangerous countries on July 6, flights are still permitted. However, it is necessary to contact the regional branch of the Public Health Authority, stay in home isolation and took the COVID-19 test on the fifth day after the arrival.

The airport expects to launch the summer charter holiday season in mid-July. Flights to the Greek islands of Zakynthos, Crete and Rhodos, and Burgas will be added from July 16, and there is a plan to restore flights to Antalya (Turkey) and Hurghada (Egypt).

“However, their launch will depend on Slovakia opening borders with Turkey or Egypt, which are currently closed,” said Imrich Ancin, head of the Bratislava airport’s air traffic department.

The restoration of other regular flights will depend on which countries Slovakia adds to its list of less risky states.

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