Having lived in SK
for over two years. Being married to a Slovak.... yes biased probably. But working in the industry and therefore has some inside knowledge.... Forget the high-speed train link and the highway/motorway. The Austrians have only committed to have the motorway ready by 2005. More than a year after SK
joins EU. The train link is even further away.
Airport and AUA (Austrian Airlines) has a quite substantial interest in property at BTS
M.R. Stefanika Airport. Their intention has been/is to make VIE
a scheduled PAX hub and BTS
a charter/Cargo hub. This has been spoiled somewhat by politics and AT
's fear of the ost (east) invasion of cheap labor etc.
The first LCC of central / Southeastern Europe SkyEurope Airlines (skyeurope.com) has started operations last year, and now provides BTS
with several EU connections. More, incl. Paris, London and Brussels are planned for this and next year.
is not the right place to "merge" operations! Example: SkyEurope is an LCC, but they server food and drinks for free !!! Why???? It is more cost effective for them to do that, than to set up all the accounting and administration to charge for the food and drinks !!!!
Labor is cheap but high quality, produce is cheap and BTS
Airport provides all the facilities of a modern western airport. Incl. this "new Air Slovakia flight, they will now average about 5/6 international flts a day and 3-4 domestic flights !!! Huge potential for expansion!!!
If anyone of you don't know about SK
or it's attractions. Let me give you some hints.
is about 49000 square km's in size. 47% of which is untouched, unspoiled nature!!! At the most expensive expat hangout in the capitol the (of course) Irish Pub. You can get a pint of the local beer (suggestion: Zlaty Bazant "Golden pheasant" and remember beer was invented in this part of the world.... the Dane admitted) for....... wait for it.....0.60 EUR/USD !!!
The girls are gorgeous and..... I could go on 4ever.....
Anyway...to show some of the nature, with an aviation link. I first need to post a photo or two from POP
. That's Poprad in the foot hills of the High Tatras. A superb Ski/Spa/Hiking area in northern SK
. Direct flts from PRG
with SkyEurope...........and no. I don't have shares in or work for SkyEurope!.
GO and enjoy