Wizz Air shies away from Bratislava base

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Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has opted against establishing a base at Bratislava Airport in Slovakia, despite the void left by collapsed SkyEurope Airlines.

Wizz Air had been hoping to fill the gap in the Slovak capital's route network.

But its has failed to agree terms with the airport and will also cease its Bratislava-Rome service in January 2010.

The airport operator claims that the airline "unilaterally decided to quit negotiations without further explanations and without specifying the reasons".

A spokeswoman for Bratislava Airport says: "Wizz Air was not ready to guarantee the volume of operation in return for the volume discount.

"There were also several points of non-commercial character, on which the carrier and the airport were not able to find a compromise."

Wizz Air executive vice-president John Stephenson says: "We are disappointed that we have been unable to achieve an agreement on the commercial terms with Bratislava Airport."

Bratislava's operator says it is still trying to find carriers to serve unfilled links in the summer 2010 schedule.