Low cost airlines WizzAir announced that it would further expand at Prague Airport. The company will increase frequencies on some of its existing routes already from September and October and add a third aircraft enabling new route openings from June 2010 with announcement coming shortly.
Wizz Air has also announced a special rescue fare of €30 all inclusive one way fare to passengers who hold a valid SkyEurope booking for travel between September 1, 2009 and March 26, 2010. To benefit from the special offer passengers should go to wizzair.com or call the Wizz Air call centers. Seats are subject to availability and the rebooking should be made by September 15.
Airlines, Airports, Europe, Prague, Sky Europe, WizzAir
Following the news that SkyEurope has filed for bankruptcy, ELFAA member airlines have sprung into action to offer an emergency rescue package to those passengers who find themselves stranded as a result of the suspension of SkyEurope’s operations.
ELFAA airlines that have overlapping routes with SkyEurope will be offering specially reduced fares to enable passengers who booked with SkyEurope to return home cheaply and quickly. They will be transported back to their original point of departure or the nearest airport served by the ELFAA airline concerned.
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Ryanair launched a €25 (one way including taxes and charges) rescue fare for SkyEurope passengers who may have been left stranded or have had their travel plans disrupted by the bankruptcy of the airline yesterday. This fare applies to Bratislava flights to/from Alicante, Barcelona (Girona), Brussels (Charleroi), Rome (Ciampino), Liverpool and London (Stansted).
Ryanair also pledged to assist with the repatriation of passengers who may be caught up in any future airline collapse and advised passengers that the best way to ensure travel plans are protected is to travel only with financially secure airlines such as Ryanair.
Ryanair’s rescue fare can be booked via www.ryanair.com/member/SkyEuroperescuefare.html until 20th September for travel until 17th December, and applies to SkyEurope passengers only. Passengers must quote their SkyEurope booking reference and bring the same reference for verification at the airport check-in point. Passengers who arrive to check-in without their SkyEurope booking reference cannot be accepted for travel.
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Czech Airlines has a solution for SkyEurope customers. The Airline extended its offer for those passengers who have purchased a ticket from one of the selected carriers and then encountered problems. Upon the presentation of the original ticket and the payment of €50, they can use the next available Czech Airlines flight to the given destination. The same option applies to the return trip. This special offer applies to tickets purchased up until August 31, 2009.
Taking advantage of Czech Airlines’ offer is easy. A passenger who holds a valid ticket from his original carrier only needs to contact the Czech Airlines Call Centre at +420 239 007 007, or visit a Czech Airlines sales desk at Terminals 1 and 2 at Prague Airport, and book the earliest available flight with Czech Airlines. The passenger will pay the price of EUR 50 for each direction, and if there is a seat on the Czech Airlines flight, he can fly to his destination.
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Low cost carrier Smart Wings, operated by the Travel Service company, offers help to any SkyEurope passengers who got into difficulties.
Smart Wings offers to all SkyEurope passengers with a valid SkyEurope confirmation fly tickets to Paris (Roissy Charles de Gaulle), Rome (Fiumicino) , Valencia and Malaga for €49 /one way including all taxes and fees. Unlike any other low cost carriers, included in the price of the SmartWings ticket is a refreshment, 20kg of checked and 5kg of cabin baggage.
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Slovak low cost airline SkyEurope went bankrupt on August 31, 2009. Bankruptcy came after several months of unsuccessful attempts to find a new investor. In June 2009 the airline got protection from creditors, but it did not help to solve the financial problems. Two weeks ago Vienna Airport stopped providing its services to the airline. Finally, SkyEurope did not have enough cash to pay for the airport fees, fuel, salaries etc. and filed for bankruptcy.
Carriers SmartWings and WizzAir have already offered SkyEurope passengers air tickets at a discounted price. Travellers will probably get no money back for their tickets unless they used their credit card to pay for them. In such a case passengers should contact their bank immediately.
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Prague Airport announced today (August 31, 2009) that they stopped providing services to the low cost airline SkyEurope. All flights from Prague Airport have been cancelled. In the afternoon the airline also cancelled flights from Bratislava Airport for this day. Travellers, who bought air tickets with SkyEurope, have very little hope to get their money back if SkyEurope goes bankrupt. The airline has huge debts and there will be probably no money left.
Other airlines seem to think that SkyEurope will end its life very soon and offer special prices to the airline’s passengers. Czech low cost airline SmartWings is offering one-way tickets for €49 including all taxes and fees to the travellers with valid Sky Europe confirmation on flights from Prague to Paris, Rome, Valencia and Malaga. Another budget carrier WizzAir is selling tickets for €30 including taxes to SkyEurope passengers on the routes from Prague to Amsterdam, Milan, Bourgas, Brussels (Charleroi), Rome, London, Malmo/Copenhagen, Naples, Paris (Beauvais), Thessaloniki and Venice. These routes were also provided by SkyEurope.
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WizzAir, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced today that it would provide re-routing alternatives to passengers affected by the suspension of SkyEurope’s operations at Vienna airport due to unpaid debts.
Passengers who hold a valid SkyEurope booking for travel between August 15 and 30 can call the WizzAir call centre at +36 1 470 9491 to benefit from the €30 all inclusive one way fare offer. Seats are subject to availability and the rebookings should be made until midnight on August 18.
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Vienna airport announced that it would suspend services to SkyEurope because the debts to the airport have not been paid as agreed. The airport will discontinue the provision of handling services at midnight on Friday, 14 August 2009. Any SkyEurope aircraft whose departure is scheduled after midnight on Friday, 14 August 2009, will not be handled by Vienna airport and no other services of any kind will be provided for this airline.
Passengers, who have book a flight to or from Vienna with SkyEurope, should contact the airline directly using the phone number 0042-1-23301 7301.
Apart from this problem, SkyEurope faces another threat from its employees. They received an email today with request to accept delay in their salary payments. If the employees refuse this request, SkyEurope will have to announce bankruptcy.
Airlines, Europe, Sky Europe
Airport Vienna Schwechat announces that it has resumed the provision of services for SkyEurope Airlines. These services were suspended at 11 am, August 11, 2009, because SkyEurope Airlines had not paid the outstanding receivables due to Vienna Airport in spite of reminders and the stipulation of time limits.
After intensive negotiations with SkyEurope it was agreed that the outstanding receivables due to Vienna Airport would be paid by 3 pm on Friday, August 14, 2009. If payment is not made by this time, Vienna Airport will terminate the provision of services in agreement with SkyEurope Airlines, a.s. effective at 3 pm on August 14, 2009.
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