L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5743 posts, RR: 19 Posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7600 times:
Browsing through various destination maps I noticed that Minsk, Belarus (MSQ) seems to be completely ignored and forgotten by vast majority of European Airlines. Reason? Is it Lukashenko's oppressive regime that prevents any business interests to develop there? Or just the geographic proximity of Vilnius and Warsaw being not too distant as well. But both countries are EU members now, which makes cross border travel more difficult.
Anyone with more insight, please explain.
Stirling From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 3943 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7386 times:
As for Minsk and why it remains an aviation black-hole, L410turbolet, you hit the proverbial nail on the head! (as we say in America)
You see, there is virtually no market for air travel in the country as the Belarusian economy is hampered by high inflation, persistent trade deficits, and ongoing rocky relations with Russia, Belarus' largest trading partner and energy supplier. Business is bad, and the local population worries more about being able to afford a loaf of bread, let alone an airline ticket to anywhere.
Belarus has seen little structural reform since 1995, when President Lukashenko launched the country on the path of "market socialism." In keeping with this policy, Lukashenko reimposed administrative controls over prices and currency exchange rates and expanded the state's right to intervene in the management of private enterprises.
As a business owner or even a manager, one must cope with frequent and arbitrary changes in regulations and retroactive application of new business regulations. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Penalties can range from steep fines to even prison! It all boils down to how much money the local or central government needs on that particular day!
With all this said, it appears that Belarus is lucky even to see any airline service at all. It would seem that the Belarusan government does everything in its power to discourage airline service, among other things.
One would say, why don't they throw this idiot Lukashenko out of office? Well, in the last general election, he received over 75% of the vote.
Rigged? Good question.
I hope this helped.
Newkai From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7270 times:
Bratislava is know being promoted in Vienna as "Vienna-Bratislava" (as if it were a Vienna airport). Some airlines such as Sky Europe offer free parking and free transportation to/from Vienna. I think there are also plans to extend Vienna's CAT (City Airport Train) to that airport.
Seeing that it's only 45 minutes by car away from Vienna, I guess the name is ok... Unlike Frankfurt-Hahn, which is over two hours away from downtown Frankfurt!
FraT From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 1107 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7033 times:
Belarus and Albania are probably the most underdeveloped countries in Europe and therefore lacking air traffic.
But there are some flights a day between Moscow and Minsk as well as the above mentioned airlines connecting MSQ with European hubs.
CXA330300 From South Africa, joined May 2004, 1569 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 6611 times:
Lugano Airport is tiny, Lugano, capital of the Ticino canton of Switzerland, is not.
Swiss to Zurich/Kloten
FlyBaboo to Geneva/Cointrin
This is somewhat underserved, with all the people visiting Tuscany, but still relatively big compared to some mentioned in this thread. There are two new airlines there: FlyBaboo, Swiss (op. by Denim Airways).
Air France to Paris/CDG
Alitalia to Milan/Malpensa and Rome/Fiumicino
Austrian to Bologna and Vienna
Carpatair to Timisoara
Club Air to Verona, Bucharest and Tirane
Denim Airways, for Swiss, to Zurich/Kloten
FlyBaboo to Geneva/Cointrin
Lufthansa to Frankfurt am Main and Munich/F.J. Strauss
Meridiana to Amsterdam/Schipol, Barcelona, London/Gatwick, Catania, Olbia/Costa Smeralda and Palermo
SN Brussels Airlines to Brussels/Zaventem
The Underserved Welsh capital only has four scheduled airlines, but has many charters, even trans-Atlantic. The scheduled airlines are:
Air Wales to Amsterdam/Schipol, Dublin, Jersey, London City, Newcastle, Plymouth and Swansea
bmibaby to Cork, Belfast Int'l, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Jersey, Prague, Paris/CDG, Geneva/Cointrin, Toulouse, Palma, Alicante and Malaga
KLM to Amsterdam/Schipol
Ryanair to Dublin
Flybe's base is also nearly entirely flybe: the only other airline is Isles of Scilly Skybus.
Flybe to Dublin, Faro, Alicante, Malaga, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey and Newcastle
Isles of Scilly Skybus to St. Martin?
Nimes: Ryanair to Stansted, once a day. Wow.
The sky is the limit as long as you can stay there