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SkyEurope February passenger numbers rise 40% on more flights

SkyEurope Airlines, a Slovak low-cost carrier, said February passenger numbers rose 40% after the company's planes flew more hours.

The airline handled 202,851 passengers in the month compared with 145,425 in February 2006, SkyEurope Holding AG, the carrier's Vienna-based parent company, said in an e-mailed statement today. The carrier filled 86.2% of available seating, up 11.1%age points. SkyEurope said it carried 2.85 million passengers in the 12 months through February, an increase of 46% from a year earlier.

The increase was also helped by a new base in Prague that SkyEurope opened in April. Austrian investor Ronny Pecik said in February he has a 16.6% stake in SkyEurope. Pecik, who made the investment through his RPR private foundation, hasn't outlined his plans with the carrier so far. SkyEurope shares have gained 79% this year, helped by Pecik's announcements. (Bloomberg)