Doubts over Bratislava airport
PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) gave a lukewarm response to a proposal by Transport Minister Árpád Érsek (Most-Híd) to lease the state-owned M.R. Štefánik airport in Bratislava to a strategic investor for 30 years. He pointed out that if the investor fails, Slovakia will lose its only large airport. The investor will face a tall order—it will have to service the airport’s current €55m debt, provide €200m for investment, pay rent to the state, and make a profit. The airport has space to increase its revenue—its sales come to €12.3 per passenger, while it is €30.9 in Vienna and €15.5 in Prague.