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Reaching for the Slovak Sky

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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.

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Alex Robertson Textor

About the author: Alex Robertson Textor is a London-based travel writer and editor. He has written for Rough Guides, the New York Times, and Public Books, among other publications; he also guided the tablet magazine Travel by Handstand to two SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards. With Pam Mandel, he writes copy and generates ideas as White Shoe Travel Content. He is on Twitter as @textorian and maintains his own blog, www.alexrobertsontextor.com.

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