Ryanair serves 19 destinations from Slovakia; ice-hockey world championships will boost traffic in April and May
Since the demise of SkyEurope (a low-cost airline that miraculously survived for over seven years without ever coming close to reporting an annual profit) at the end of August 2009, Slovakia’s air transport market has been heavily reliant on foreign carriers to provide air transport services. Passenger traffic across the country’s three main airports at Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad-Tatry peaked in 2008 at just under three million passengers across all airports. In 2009 and 2010, this figure fell to around two million passengers, with Bratislava’s share rising from 81% in 2009 to 85% in 2010. Passenger traffic should get a boost in late April and May when Slovakia hosts the 75th Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships with 56 matches being shared between stadia in Bratislava and Kosice.
Traffic demand peaks in July and August, at levels almost three times higher than in the off-peak month of February. As at many European airports in 2010, the Icelandic ash cloud saga in April resulted in an estimated loss of 20% of traffic for that month.
Ryanair starts seven new routes in last year but drops three
Sine the beginning of 2010, there have been a number of new routes offered from Bratislava.
|Launch date||Destination||Airline||Weekly frequency|
|1 April 2010||London Luton (LTN)||Ryanair||7|
|4 May 2010||Bari (BRI)||Ryanair||3|
|4 May 2010||Palma de Mallorca (PMI)||Ryanair||4|
|7 May 2010||Trapani (TPS)||Ryanair||2|
|17 May 2010||Warsaw (WAW)||LOT||6|
|23 June 2010||Malaga (AGP)||Ryanair||2|
|24 June 2010||Alghero (AHO)||Ryanair||2|
|17 January 2011||Yerevan (EVN)||Armavia||1|
|18 February 2011||Gran Canaria (LPA)||Ryanair||2|
|14 June 2011||Tirana (TIA)||Belle Air||2|
|Source: anna.aero new route database|
A comparison of schedule data for June 2010 and June 2011 reveals that Ryanair has cut its routes from Bratislava to Bologna, Bari and Pisa, while local carrier DanubeWings no longer operates flights to Basel or Catania. As a result of capacity and frequency reductions on a number of surviving routes, this summer’s scheduled capacity appears to be around 10% down on 2010.
This summer, Ryanair’s network from Bratislava will consist of 19 destinations spread across seven countries; Belgium (Brussels Charleroi), France (Paris Beauvais), Ireland (Dublin), Italy (Alghero, Milan Bergamo, Rome Ciampino, Trapani), Spain (Alicante, Girona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca), Sweden (Stockholm Skavsta), and the United Kingdom (Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted).
Other scheduled flights mostly provided by Central European airlines
Other scheduled services this summer from Bratislava are provided by Armavia (to Yerevan), Belle Air (to Tirana), CSA Czech Airlines (to Prague), DanubeWings (to Kosice), and LOT (to Warsaw). From Kosice, the only international scheduled services are to Prague (with Czech Airlines) and Vienna (with Austrian), while Poprad-Tatry currently has no scheduled services planned for this summer.
Central Europe’s biggest home-grown LCC, Wizz Air, has so far studiously avoided the Slovakian market apart from a brief experiment in late 2009 when it served Rome Fiumicino from Bratislava.