The Bratislava International Airport is also called M.R. Stefanik Airport. It is located nine kilometres northeast of the city centre of Bratislava. It is the main airport of Slovakia. It serves an area that includes parts of Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. The airport was named after General Milan Rastislav Stefanik, whose airplane crashed near the city in 1919.
There are three terminals. The original Terminal, A which was built in 1970, was demolished and a new Terminal A was completed in 2012 that serves departures and arrivals. Terminal B is for arrivals and was built in 1994 and Terminal C is also for arrivals and was built tin 2006. A new control tower was built in the 1990s, and a building that links departures with arrival Terminal B was completed in 2008. With the completion of the new terminal, the capacity of the airport doubled to five million per year.
Parking at Bratislava Airport
The airport offers short term and long-term parking. There is short stay for passenger pick-up or drop-off on the drive-through road in front of the terminal. This is free of charge. Long term parking for holidays or business trips offer the option of parking in an open air parking space that is secured by a barrier and camera system, or parking that is some distance further away from the terminals but within walking distance. The first 15 minutes are free.
The airport offers baggage wrapping and weighing service for a small charge as well as free use of baggage trolleys. Any lost, stolen or damage baggage should be immediately reported to the Baggage Claim Office. These claims will be handled by the particular airline. There are also machines where passengers can purchase a plastic bag that is the right kind for taking 100 ml of liquid on board the plane. Restaurants and snacks are available in the departures terminal on the ground floor.
Passengers with reduced mobility for any reason are given assistance free of charge inside the airport. This service should be requested 48 hours in advance of departure time. There are also special phones where people can call for assistance. An employee will come and help the passenger with all formalities from check-in to embarking the plane.
The VIP lounge offers alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. It has Internet connection with the latest computer equipment and newspapers. This is also for business class travellers and other selected passengers on the second floor of the departures terminal. Others can gain entrance by paying a fee. Business class travellers and people with selected types of loyalty programmes and can use priority security check-in.
For business purposes, there is a lounge that holds up to 40 people with a screen and projector for presentations. It is fully air-conditioned and on the first floor of the departures terminal in the public area. Catering is also available for gatherings using this room. There is an hourly or all day fee.
Internet connection and telephones are available in the departures terminal. Mobile and notebook batteries can be charged for free near the boarding gates in the departures terminal. There is free unlimited Wifi service in all the airport terminals. In the business lounge, passengers can work with ultrabooks HP Spectre XT Pro. Card and coin pay phones are in the public area of the arrivals terminal. Children’s corners where there is child-sized furniture and facilities for baby changing and feeding are in several places in the airport.
The Bratislava International Airport has several environmental policies as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy. They protect the groundwater, monitor the air traffic noise, cut carbon emissions and participate in proper waste disposal systems including toxic wastes.