It is difficult to offer long-haul flights from the Slovak airport. Condor found this out the hard way. Now World 2 Fly has started a new endeavor in Bratislava on behalf of a German tour operator.
When Condor’s new long-haul direct line to Punta Cana was announced two years ago, there was great joy at the airport in the Slovak capital, Bratislava. However, there were only a few solo outings before the show was shut down. Since then, many Slovak tour operators have relied on the tried and tested in the form of long-haul charter flights with Smartwings’ Boeing 737-800 – including refueling stops.
But now a long-haul plane comes to the airport regularly again – and it is a modern one. Tour operator Dertour is launching a new regular charter flight from Bratislava to Santa Clara in Cuba, Phu Quoc in Vietnam, and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.
Single class layout
From 24 October, World 2 Fly’s brand-new Airbus A350-900 in a single-class layout with 432 economy seats will operate once a week to the three holiday destinations. However, he does not do this without stopping. The A350 flies via Prague.
According to Bratislava Airport, the success this time is likely to be much higher than previous long-haul flights, and the good booking numbers are promising. In the first seven months, overall demand for flights from Bratislava was still quite weak, down 24 percent compared to 2019, but in July, MR Stefanik Airport recorded strong traffic again with 307,304 passengers handled. The volume reached 93 percent in 2019.
66 charter destinations
In addition to the launch of a new scheduled connection with Aegean Air to Athens and an expanded offering from Ryanair, the charter offer with 66 destinations in particular has contributed to passenger numbers being able to match previous results.
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