Vienna airport has stopped servicing SkyEurope planes because the Slovak budget airline hit hard by the economic slowdown has not paid its bills. The airport had set a weekend deadline, after temporarily grounding SkyEurope flights on Tuesday.
An Austrian investor’s promise to inject cash into the company did not come true. Now passengers have to find another way out of Austria. The creditor’s deadline was last night but not everyone appears to have been properly informed. One said: “I phoned Slovakia twice yesterday, and they assured me the flight from Vienna to Split would definitely happen. I called Vienna airport and I was told the flight was off.”
Another passenger left to stew said: “Around midnight I was getting rather concerned because I have to fly to Bulgaria to pick up my children, so it is important to know: will I fly today or do I look for other options.”
Paris Orly airport got court permission in July to keep a SkyEurope plane for weeks over unpaid fees. The latest blow in Vienna also shows the economic environment is making business practices tougher.
Vienna grounds SkyEurope