Taken from bhx.co.uk
AIR SLOVAKIA MAKES ITS DEBUT AT BIA
From 29th June 2003, Air Slovakia will commence operations from Birmingham International Airport (BIA) to Bratislava, offering the UK's first and only direct scheduled air link with Slovakia's capital city.
Air Slovakia will start with a summer schedule of four flights per week departing Birmingham every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. It plans to operate a fleet of Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft from BIA to various onward international destinations, with its initial services connecting to Amritsar.
The Birmingham-Bratislavia-Amritsar service will provide an important historical link for the Punjabi community living in the UK, with the sacred Indian city deemed to be the centre of the Sikh faith and the site of its holiest shrine - The Golden Temple.
Mr Tibor Varga, Commercial Director, Air Slovakia, said, "This is an important step in the growth of our airline and part of a massive expansion programme which includes destinations in the North America, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and the Indian subcontinent. We are delighted to be able to offer passengers flying from Birmingham International Airport a first-class service and flying experience which we pride ourselves on so much". Brian Summers, Managing Director, BIA, said, "We are thrilled that Air Slovakia have chosen to launch their first UK service to Bratislava out of Birmingham. This new route is another exciting addition to our expanding network and will provide even more choice for travellers in the Midlands and beyond. The opportunity to travel onwards to Amritsar will be welcomed by many and is further confirmation that we are the Midland's gateway to the Indian subcontinent".
Air Slovakia's first aircraft, bearing the name, 'The City of the Golden Temple', will feature 12 first class seats and 188 economy class seats. Special introductory fares have been made available, starting at £299.