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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.