Bratislava would seem to be an unlikely place from which to launch an airline. The capital city of Slovakia has a population of around half-a-million (for the country as a whole it is 5.4 million) and is only 30 mi. from Vienna, home to Central Europe's largest carrier, Austrian Airlines. Nevertheless, SkyEurope founder and CEO Christian Mandl has done just that. And although three years after startup the airline remains quite small, the youthful Mandl, 31, sees plenty of opportunities for ...

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