SkyEurope Airlines is a low fare airline based at the airport the Air M. R. Stefanik (BTS) in Bratislava, Slovakia, and other bases in Prague and Vienna. With a base in Austria, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Dlovakia, Sky Europe became the first dual-based airline in Central Europe. This airline operates short-haul flights “town to town” and the passenger and cargo charter flights.
The airline was inaugurated in November 2001 and started operations on February 13, 2002 (Bratislava-Kosice domestic flights are operated using the Embraer 120 Brasilia ER 30 seats). The company was founded by Alain Skowronek (Chairman) and Christian Mandl (Chief Executive), financed by the EBRD, ABN-Amro and and of the European Union. The airline has a staff of 850 people. On 27 September 2005, the airline opened its stake in Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges. Initial Public Offering valued 6 EUR, profitable company amounted to 120 million euros
SkyEurope operates 44 routes to 30 destinations in 17 countries, making low-fare airline is the largest in Central Europe. Bratislava Airport is located approximately one hour from Vienna, Brno and Győr, covering population of an area of 4 countries (Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia). SkyEurope operates a shuttle bus from Bratislava Airport to Vienna with a distance of 50 km.