* * SkyEurope has declared bankruptcy as of August 2009. They are no longer servicing any routes.* *
Sky Europe is Bratislava’s low-cost airline carrier. Its main airport base is M. R. Štefánik Airport in Slovakia. Sky Europe announced bankruptcy in August of 2009 cancelling all further flights.
- IATA code: NE
- Number of serviced cities: 30 destinations
- Main hub: Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (BTS)
- Fleet: 13 aircraft
History of SkyEurope
SkyEurope was founded in November of 2001. It was the first airline in Central Europe to have bases in more than one country. SkyEurope’s operations began in February of 2002 with domestic flights within Slovakia. The founder, Alain Skowronek, saw SkyEurope as the low-cost airline to service a low-cost country like Slovakia. Being based in Bratislava meant also that neighbouring cities in other countries could also take advantage of a low cost service of this kind. In 2005 the airline went public once it was listed on the Vienna and Warsaw stock markets. At one point in 2006, SkyEurope had to offer reduced ticket prices to attract more passengers. Essentially this meant that the airline was paying travellers to fly with them. In 2007 this seemed to work and SkyEurope opened a new hub at Vienna’s International airport.
In 2008 the small airline carried more than 3.5 million passengers, making it a clear competitor with Hungary’s Wizz Air. In 2009 the airline experienced major financial difficulties. It could not pay landing fees and was denied access to land at Vienna International Airport so flights were redirected to Bratislava instead. Not being able to secure financial protection from the airline’s creditors the SkyEurope declared bankruptcy in August of 2009 and operations have ceased since then.