Czech Airlines to Open Base at Bratislava

 According to a report on The Slovak Spectator, CSA Czech Airlines will be launching a new base at Bratislava, Slovakia’s main airport, as early as next June.


 The airline will be operating the following roster of flights from its new Bratislava base
Paris – Daily
Rome – five times a week
Amsterdam – four times a week
Brussels – three times a week
Larnaca – three times a week
Barcelona - twice weekly

 The airline already flies between Prague and Bratislava.


 From the looks of the proposed flying programme, it seems that the airline will be basing one aircraft – likely an Airbus A319/A320 or a Boeing 737-500 – to operate the 24 weekly frequencies. The airline will not be facing any competition on any of the routes.

 The ticket sales are expected to open by 17th May.

 According to the European open skies deal, airlines from European Union member countries are allowed to open bases in other EU member countries – however this has been only very rarely utilized by a full fare carrier while LCCs like RyanAir and easyJet have actively been setting up foreign bases.

 Slovakia has been lacking a national carrier ever since Air Slovakia, and then SkyEurope Airlines, went bankrupt during the recent worldwide recession. In an interesting twist of events, the former Československé Státní Aerolinie will now be again serving both Czech and Slovakia.

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