18. 02. 2014 - Czech Airlines to offer a stable schedule during the 2014 summer season, with more connections to Asia and new services to the Mediterranean
Prague, 18 February 2014
Czech Airlines is to strengthen its regular connection to Seoul during the upcoming summer season and, thanks to the on-going co-operation with Korean Air, add 18 new destinations in Asia and the Pacific region to its schedule. The company’s offer in Europe will not lack behind. 25 new destinations in the Mediterranean will be added to its schedule, offered on a code-share basis with Travel Service. Upon completion of its restructuring process, Czech Airlines will offer a stable and reliable product, without the need for last-minute changes. Together with its partners, Czech Airlines will offer connections to 126 destinations in 50 countries. The summer timetable comes into effect on 30 March and terminates on 25 October 2014.
The proposed Czech Airlines summer schedule is based on the winter 2013/2014 timetable. “The main goal of the 2014 summer schedule is to continue the stabilisation of the transport network, and prepare a reliable product without the need for ‘ad hoc’ changes and last minute cancellations. The summer schedule will thus, year-on-year, appear a little moderate, built on more conservative estimates, in regards to this year’s demand and market development. The main value Czech Airlines wishes to offer to its passengers and business partners is a reliable and stable product,” explained the company’s strategy Jozef Sinčák, Czech Airlines Executive Director for Sales and Marketing.
Fourth frequency to Seoul, more flights to Bratislava, Ostrava and Perm
The first innovation for the upcoming summer season is an increase in operations on the long-haul route to Seoul, where Czech Airlines has added a fourth frequency, thus offering, together with Korean Air, eight return flights weekly. More connections, when compared with the terminating winter season, will also be added on the company’s routes from Prague to Bucharest, Yerevan, Nice, Ostrava, Perm, Tel Aviv and Ufa. Frequencies on the new service Prague – Bratislava – Kosice will also be increased, by two return flights a week. Both legs of the connection will then be serviced twice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Additionally, Czech Airlines will resume its seasonal operations on routes to Odessa, Tashkent and Tbilisi.
Proposing a more conservative schedule allows Czech Airlines to use its spare capacity of several Airbus A320 Family aircraft for long-term ACMI leases, i.e. leasing the Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance to other carriers.
18 new destinations in Asia and the Pacific region
Thanks to the introduced fourth frequency on the company’s Seoul route and the coordination of departure and arrival times in Prague and Seoul with connecting flights, Czech Airlines can again, working with Korean Air, expand its offer of connections to Asia and the Pacific region. The list of 20 destinations serviced by Czech Airlines in co-operation with Korean Air during past terms will be expanded by 18 new cities, to be added on the carrier’s schedule this summer season, e.g. Auckland, Honolulu in Hawaii, Nadi in Fiji, Phnompenh Rangun, Ulaanbaatar and nine cities in China, e.g. Beijing. Ticket sales to the new destinations in Asia and the Pacific region will be launched in phases from the beginning of March.
25 new destinations in the Mediterranean region with Travel Service
The existing co-operation with Travel Service on a code-share basis will also continue during the coming summer season. Both carriers will jointly operate and code-share flights to Barcelona, Rome, Tel Aviv and a new service to Nice.
Thanks to this co-operation, Czech Airlines can now offer its customers 25 new destinations in the Mediterranean region, e.g. Cagliari, Catania, Lamezia, Terme, Naples and Olbia in Italy, Ibiza, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Valencia in Spain, Heraclion, Chania, Kerkyra, Kos, Rhodes, Solunia and Zakynthos in Greece, Larnaca in Cyprus, Dubrovnik, Pula and Split in Croatia, Burgas in Bulgaria, Malta and many more. The connections will be operated by Travel Service under its SmartWings brand while Czech Airlines will use its OK codes for these flights. Tickets to the new code-share destinations may be purchased by both transfer and local travellers, i.e. those who originate or terminate their journey in Prague.
Travel Service will include in its schedule a total of 19 regular scheduled flights operated by Czech Airlines, using its own QS codes, e.g.: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Kosice, Kyiv, Madrid, Milan, Odessa, Ostrava, Stockholm, Warsaw and Zurich.
Sales of the code-share tickets have already been launched. Tickets may be purchased at the Czech Airlines’ and SmartWings’ websites or through travel agents.
The co-operation between Czech Airlines and Travel Service on a code-share basis is welcomed by passengers and travel agents alike. Both carriers will expand their offer of destinations and connections this summer season, allowing passengers heading to various final destinations from different markets to combine flights via Prague and enjoy easier business and leisure travel.
Czech Airlines Spokesperson