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M. R. Štefánik Airport

Airport information
 Location of the airport in Slovakia
Airport typePublic
OperatorAirport Bratislava, a.s. (BTS)
Elevation133 m (436 ft)
Cargo17,717 tonnes
Aircraft movements27220

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M. R. Štefánik Airport ( ) , also called especially in English Bratislava Airport ( ) or Bratislava-Ivanka, located 9 km (5.6 mi) northeast of Bratislava Castle in Bratislava is the main international airport of Slovakia. Scheduled and non-scheduled domestic and international air connections are provided to destinations in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The scheduled flights are operated by Czech Airlines, DanubeWings, El Al, Ryanair and UT Air. Travel Service also sells some seats on its charters as scheduled through its Smart Wings affiliate.

The airport is named after general Milan Rastislav Štefánik (since 1993), whose aircraft crashed near Bratislava in 1919. The airport is run by the Letisko M. R. Štefánika - Airport Bratislava, a.s. (BTS) a public limited company. Until May 2004, the airport was run by the state-run entity Slovenská správa letísk (Slovak Airport Administration). In 2010, the airport served 1,665,644 passengers equating to an average 19% annual increase every year since 2000 (but a gradual decrease from 2008 see table below). It is a base of AirExplore, Czech Airlines, Opera Jet, Sayegh Aviation Europe - whose flights operate under the SAM Air brand, Slovak Government Flying Service, Travel Service (Slovakia), VIP Wings - whose flights operate under the DanubeWings name and VR Jet; and was the primary base of Air Slovakia, Seagle Air, SkyEurope Airlines and Slovak Airlines until each of these airlines ceased flights between 2008 and 2010. Slovakia has no flag carrier but temporarily the biggest scheduled carrier from the country is Czech Airlines, the flag carrier of the Czech Republic. A new airline - Slovakian Airlines plans to start regular scheduled flights late 2011. Austrian Technik Bratislava (ATB) and East Air Company both maintenance companies for third parties are also based at the airport. ATB does maintenance on Fokker 70, Fokker 100 and Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft, while East Air does maintenance on Pipers and Let 410. Bratislava airport is open 24 hours.

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