07. 11. 2008 - 2 Millionth Passenger at Bratislava Airport, 44 Days Earlier This Year!

(A Czech Airlines passenger was the two-millionth passenger at Bratislava Airport)


Bratislava, 7 November 2008

Today, Bratislava Airport welcomed its 2-millionth passenger, who came in on the wings of Czech Airlines at twenty minutes after eight.  The unsuspecting passenger was Štefánia Dzurillová, who was returning from Prague on flight OK 960.  At Bratislava Airport, she was welcomed by the Chairman of the Management Board and Managing Director of the M. R. Štefánik Airport, Zdeněk Schraml, and the representative of Czech Airlines Lenka Slivkaničová.  The magic two-million threshold of passengers handled was broken by Slovakia’s most significant airport far earlier than last year, when the two-millionth passenger did not pass through the airport’s gates until 21 December.

Last year, we served 2,024,142 passengers, and we welcomed the two-millionth right before Christmas.  This year, since January, we have noted a stable increase in interest in carriage via our airport, which is on average 16% higher than the year before,” said the airport’s Managing Director, Zdeněk Schraml.  The jubilee two-millionth passenger arrived at Bratislava Airport precisely 44 days earlier this year, on 7 November.  She was a passenger on a scheduled Czech Airlines flight from Prague to Bratislava, arriving at 8:20 a.m. – the pleasant Ms. Štefánia, who was returning home from the neighbouring Czech Republic.

The likelihood that the two-millionth passenger would come on a Czech Airlines flight was relatively high, as Czech Airlines accounts for over 10 percent of the operational output of Bratislava Airport, but we were still very happy that it was our client,” said Czech Airlines’ Regional Manager for Central Europe, Alena Šoralová, and added: “And our joy is even greater, given that Ms. Štefánia is a member of our frequent flyer programme and flies with Czech Airlines very frequently.

And what were the impressions of Štefánia Dzurillová when she found out that she is the jubilee two-millionth passenger of Bratislava Airport this year?  “At first, I thought that it was a joke and someone had pranked me.  But gradually, I began to realise that this is reality and that I am indeed the two-millionth passenger at Bratislava Airport.  I would like to wish the Airport that it would continue to grow and develop, as we need to fly and have a connection to the world.  I keep my fingers crossed for it!”  Ms. Dzurillová’s first phone call was to her husband in Košice, with whom she shared her feelings and joy about the first prize that she had won in her life.  Before she left the Airport, she managed to add that her experience with Bratislava Airport to date has been very good and that she likes coming back here.

This young lady left Bratislava Airport with a practical suitcase and small gifts given to her, on behalf of the M. R. Štefánik Airport, by the Chairman of the Management Board and Managing Director, Zdeněk Schraml, and a free ticket in Europe from Czech Airlines, which was presented to her by the airline’s representative, Lenka Slivkaničová.
It is very important for us that passengers feel comfortable and pleasant at our airport, and that they always enjoy coming back to us.  My heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Štefánia, and I wish her happy arrivals at her destinations on all of her future travels,” added Zdeněk Schraml heartily.
Passengers from Milan and Košice, who had just missed victory, did not leave empty-handed, either.  They left Bratislava Airport with symbolic souvenirs to remind them of the moment, and they toasted to the success of Bratislava Airport.

Every year, Czech Airlines carries some 80,000 passengers between Prague and Bratislava.  In the first nine months of the year alone, over 56,000 passengers used the connection.
During the winter flight schedule, from 26 October to 29 March of the following year, Bratislava Airport passengers can use these connections 4 times a day, departing at 5:20, 8:50, 15:00, and 18:30 hours.  On most flights between Bratislava and Prague, Czech Airlines deploys ATR 42 or 72 aircraft, for 46 and 64 passengers, respectively.  On the more sought-after flights, Boeing 737-500 aircraft for 108 passengers, and B737-400 for 162 passengers, are used.  Starting this summer flight season, the most modern aircraft from the Czech Airlines fleet have also been deployed on this route – the Airbus A319 for 135 passengers.



Letisko M. R. Štefánika – Airport Bratislava, a. s. is the largest international airport in the Slovak Republic.  It is named after a significant Slovak politician, scientist, and diplomat – General Milan Rastislav Štefánik.  The history of the Airport reaches back to 1946.  The Airport especially noted a sharp increase in passenger numbers in 2004–2006, when their number increased, year on year, by 60% on average.  In 2007, a record 2,024,142 passengers passed through the airport’s gates, and their number evinces an upward trend.
Bratislava Airport has a significant position in the Central European region, and in the summer season it offers flights to 60 destinations.
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