22. 12. 2010 - Czech Airlines Adds Extra Flights to the Russian Federation at the End of the Year

Prague, 22 December 2010

A dozens additional flights, beyond the scope of the current winter flight schedule, will be operated by Czech Airlines on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to and from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg. The Airline is responding flexibly to the extraordinary interest in travel between the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation during these traditional holidays.

On New Year’s Eve, Czech Airlines will operate up to five return flights to Moscow instead of the three planned in the current winter flight schedule. On New Year’s Day, the Airline will add another two return flights to the two scheduled ones on the Moscow route, and one return flight each will also be added on the Karlovy Vary-St. Petersburg and Prague-Yekaterinburg routes. On the two holidays at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011, Czech Airlines’ aircraft will therefore head to and from destinations in the Russian Federation a total of 29 times.

On the last day of 2010, Czech Airlines will operate a total 113 scheduled flights, of which 48 will depart from Prague. The last three Czech Airlines flights of the old year will head out on New Year’s Eve for Cairo, Athens, and Tel Aviv. And the last HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines charter flight of 2010 will also head to Athens. Passengers on those scheduled flights will therefore celebrate the arrival of 2011 with a toast on board of Czech Airlines. Czech Airlines will operate its first three flights in the New Year of 2011 on its scheduled flights to Amsterdam, Paris, and Košice, at 7:00, 7:15, and. 7:25, respectively. The first HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines charter flight on New Year’s Day will head to a traditional tourist destination, Hurghada, Egypt.

For HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines, a Czech Airlines subsidiary focused on charter carriage, this year’s Christmas and New Year’s holidays are marked by operations from temporary foreign bases. From the Greek base in Athens, the Airline is operating flights for example to Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, and Milan at the end of the year. Since Boxing Day, the Airline has been operating charter flights for important Irish clients from Dublin to traditional ski resorts such as Salzburg, Geneva, and Toulouse.

Companies from the Czech Airlines Group operate non-stop, even through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. On New Year’s Eve, as during Christmas, there will be several hundred employees of the Group on duty, from pilots, in-flight staff, and passenger and aircraft handling staff to technicians, call-centre employees, and colleagues from operational route management and other support services. The first morning shift of the employees of Czech Airlines Handling starts at 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Even during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Czech Airlines aircraft cannot avoid the de-icing process. The special spray coat applied primarily to the surface of the wings and rear control surfaces is supposed to remove frost, ice, and snow and any remnants thereof. The second type of fluid used then protects the cleaned surfaces from being coated with ice or snow, until the aircraft takes off. The volume of the de-icing liquid used and the number of aircraft de-iced, as compared to the same period last year, indicate how extraordinarily adverse the weather was at the beginning of this winter season. Between mid October and 20 December, Czech Airlines had to have 66% more aircraft de-iced than in the same period last year. The overall consumption of both types of fluids this year is up to 74% higher, and the consumption of the second, so-called protective type of fluid is up by as much as 146%.

 


Hana Hejsková
Communications Director
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson