LCC Buzz

A range of European low-cost carriers are experiencing difficulties. Air Berlin’s recent profit warning and Vueling’s halted forward momentum are just two examples of this season’s troubles.

Now comes the news that SkyEurope will close its Krakow and Budapest bases in late October. The airline is spinning this shift as a reinforcement of “its position in Prague and Vienna”—a brave face, certainly, but contracting its bases from five to three hardly hints at financial strength.

We hope that the contraction works for them, as SkyEurope has been one of our favorite European LCCs for some time now, in large part due to their Bratislava base and their routes to Croatia and Bulgaria.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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  • Michael says:

    Ryanair and Easyjet must be delighted – there’s now a medium sized airport in central Europe which has lost a big customer.
    Easier to haggle over airport charges, and no competition if they should decide to set up a new base there…

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