Vienna forecast unchanged despite SkyEurope ban

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Vienna Airport operator Flughafen Wien is maintaining that the full-year decline in passenger numbers will be limited to 9%, despite the enforced removal of SkyEurope Airlines flights.

The airport operator has posted a one-third drop in half-year net profit to €34.1 million ($48.5 million) today, after passenger numbers fell by 12.7%.

Revenues for the six months to 30 June were down by more than 10% to €245 million. The airport handled 8.4 million passengers.

Flughafen Wien says it has "not received any proposal" from SkyEurope regarding the airport operator's claims for outstanding payments, nearly a week after refusing to serve any further flights by the carrier.

But Flughafen Wien is sticking by its earlier forecast of 18 million passengers, a 9% fall, for the full year.

Market share for Austrian Airlines, the hub's main carrier, declined slightly to 48.7% over the first six months. Eastern European destinations from Vienna suffered heavily, with traffic falling by 19%, while that for Western Europe was down by 11%.