12. 12. 2006 - ČSA to expedite check-in process for passengers boarding in Ostrava

Prague, December 12, 2006

Czech Airlines (ČSA) is about to make travel on its flights between Prague and Ostrava much more convenient. ČSA's passengers will be getting a new check-in counter at the new Ostrava terminal, which officially opens Wednesday.

"We welcome the additional check-in capacity that we will now have at the airport in Ostrava. It will allow us to cut the waiting time at check-in for passengers taking our regular flights to Prague. We are working hard to offer our customers the best service, not just on board our planes but also during the other parts of their trip," said Petr Řehák, ČSA's Vice President for Sales, in commenting on the opening of the new airport terminal in Ostrava.

The new terminal in Ostrava will offer ČSA's passengers a pleasant place in which to wait for their flights. Business class passengers and the holders of ČSA OK Plus frequent flyer Silver and Gold cards can enjoy the services of the new VIP lounge, where they will be able to get refreshments and a quiet place to work before boarding their flights. All other passengers can look forward to the new modern, attractive and larger terminal offering a view out over the airport. The terminal will have two cafes and a duty-free shop.

ČSA operates four daily flights on weekdays and three daily flights on weekends between Prague and Ostrava. The first flight leaves Ostrava for Prague at 5:00 a.m. in order to assist passengers with connections to the first series of outbound ČSA flights leaving Prague for other European and overseas destinations. The early morning flights are also convenient for business people traveling to Prague for meetings. The other outbound flights from Ostrava are also coordinated with the departure times of other ČSA flights leaving Prague. The last evening flight to Prague departs from Ostrava at 6:30 p.m. The first morning flight from Prague to Ostrava leaves Prague at 9:15 a.m. and the last evening flight at 9:55 p.m., after the arrival of inbound flights from other European destinations.

ČSA first flew to Ostrava on June 1, 1935. At that time, the Ostrava airport was the final destination on the Prague – Hradec Králové – Opava – Moravská Ostrava route. The Prague-Ostrava route is currently being served with direct flights using ATR42 and ATR72 aircraft, with seating capacities of 46 and 64 passengers respectively. Lately, the route has also seen service with Boeing 737 aircraft seating 108 passengers. This has been due to the strong popularity of the service. The duration of the flight from Prague to Ostrava is approximately one hour.

Over the first ten months of 2006, the service between Ostrava and Prague carried more than 68,000 passengers, representing three percent growth over the previous year. The flights are popular with business travellers going to Prague for meetings and for having to deal with government offices. The flights are also popular with connecting passengers who use Prague as a hub to travel to other European and overseas destinations with ČSA. The flights from Prague to Ostrava are often frequented by foreign business travellers whose businesses are located in the industrial districts in the Ostrava region. 

Daniela Hupáková
ČSA Spokesperson