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Bratislava buoyant on strong economy, LCCs.(profile)

Bratislava's M.R. Stefanik Airport saw its traffic soar 46% in 2007 to 2 million passengers and is one of the fastest-growing privately owned airports in the world, according to an analysis by Arthur D. Little. Passenger traffic grew at a compound annual rate of 38% between 2000 and 2007, and in the first six months of 2008 nearly 1 million passengers used BTS. "The enormous boom was conditioned by substantial growth of air transport in the Slovak Republic, where individual air carriers have subsequently settled. These carriers have created the volume of air transport practically from zero," explains airport CEO Zdenek Schraml.

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Following the breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993 into two independent states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia (population 5. …

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