Reaching for the Slovak Sky

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photograph courtesy of planespotter.de/baseman.mathes.co.uk

We continue to be impressed with the meteoric rise of Slovak low-fare airline Sky Europe. Their passenger totals are up 38.1% in January 2007 compared to January 2006. More impressively, their seat load factor is up 10.3% over the same period.

Compare these to Ryanair‘s equivalent figures: up 23% in passenger totals and down 3% in seat load factor in January 2007 against January 2006 figures.

Consider Sky Europe’s commitment to purchase 21 (yes, 21!) Boeing 737-700NG planes and its securing of rights to an additional eleven, and the airline appears to be consolidating its place among the first tier of European low-fare airlines.

We also love Sky Europe because they’ve nudged Bratislava—one of our favorite cities—up a league or two, and because they’ve opened up Croatia’s stunning Adriatic coast to budget travelers, with flights to Dubrovnik, Zadar, and Split on offer.

About the author

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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