Air Slovakia flies to such a bizarre mix of secondary airports and destinations, you'd think they were an LCC: BHX, LCA, TLV, KWI, Bergamo, Bologna, DEL, and Amritsar, India.
Air Slovakia's website has these charming tidbits: "Air Slovakia BWJ was established in 1993, when the group of independent people, who had been working in aviation business, having necessary skills and knowledge, but especially the enthusiasm about enterprise and serve to passengers, joined together. Under the name Air Slovakia BWJ the airline operated since 1995. Till that time the companys name was Air Terrex Slovakia and after the separation with Czech subject Air Terrex it operates as a pure Slovak company. The main aim was clear: to fill the gap in Slovak aviation after the departure of ÈSA."
Slovak Airlines is even more of a joke, as it flies only to two destinations out of BTS: SVO and BRU. Kind of funny, actually: Slovakia's former masters, the Soviet Union, and their current masters, the EU.
From the Slovak Airlines website: "Slovak Airlines has been operating on the Slovak airlines market for 7 years. The company's main target is to operate regular and irregular passenger and cargo air transport."
On top of both of these carriers, SkyEurope's hub at BTS serves 21 destinations all over Europe, including STN, AMS, BCN, FCO, and ATH.
Considering the small size of the market, it puzzles me why Slovak Airlines exists at all. It was founded two years after Air Slovakia! Anyone have any thoughts on the curious prevalence of small airlines in a small market like Bratislava?
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