Central Europe's first low-cost operator, SkyEurope Airlines, says that after six months of operations, it has become the largest scheduled airline in Slovakia.

The airline, a joint Slovak/ Belgian/Spanish venture, launched on 13 February operating two Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias between Bratislava and Kosice. Six months on, the airline has five more regular routes to Prague, Split, Venice, Zadar and Zurich. Next month SkyEurope will add four weekly flights to Milan, Munich and Berlin and aims to acquire two more Brasilias between November and next March. For the longer term, the airline says it still aims to move into jet operations with Boeing 737s.

The airline says 25% of the 26,000 passengers carried so far have booked their tickets on-line. The airline's load factor rose to 65% in August, with about half the routes exceeding 75%.

Source: Flight International