Speaking to Austrian daily newspaper Österreich, Niki Lauda announced that he is considering transferring flights of his low-cost airline FlyNiki to Bratislava Airport if Austria introduces a proposed aviation tax.
Former Formula 1 racing driver Lauda sees no problem for holidaymakers in the half-hour drive between Vienna and Bratislava. The change would affect tour operator charter flights so it would not mean a greater choice of destinations available from Bratislava.
If his airline were to switch to Bratislava, however, it would boost the traffic at the airport by about a quarter, which would have a strongly positive impact on the airport’s revenues.
At present FlyNiki has its base at Schwechat Airport in Vienna, which is refusing to comment on the potential departure is its second biggest carrier.
According to daily SME, more information about his decision should be known next week.