19. 1. 2007 - ČSA flights cancelled due to strong winds on Thursday – traffic returning to normal today

Prague, January 19, 2007 
 
Due to the poor weather conditions at Prague Ruzynĕ Airport and at other European airports, Czech Airlines (ČSA) had to cancel more than twenty of its flights on Thursday. Most of these were evening or late night flights that were scheduled to return to Prague early the next day.
 
The passengers on the cancelled flights had to be rebooked for later departures and throughout the day today and since the morning, ČSA has been deploying planes with greater carrying capacities to ensure that the passengers from the cancelled flights can get to their final destinations as quickly as possible.
 
ČSA has been able to handle the situation thanks to the commitment of its staff, especially from the aircraft and passenger handling departments. The weather-related problems required a flexible deployment of the carrier's airplanes and crews and perfect coordination between all sections of the company. As a result of these unusual weather conditions, ČSA incurred additional operating costs, which are expected to exceed three million Czech crowns.

This morning, Prague airport authority temporarily shut down Terminal North 2 and relocated all departures and arrivals to Terminal North 1. So far, ČSA has been able to manage the handling of the increased numbers of passengers. While the morning flights were still departing with a 30 minute delay, mid-day peak hour traffic was departing on time.
 
Despite the continuing warnings issued by the weather service and despite the stronger winds in both Western and Eastern Europe, flight traffic has been operating normally since last night.
 
For the latest information on ČSA's schedule, passengers can call the ČSA Call Centre toll free at 800 310 310. International callers can use the following number: +420 239 007 007.
 
Daniela Hupáková
ČSA Spokesperson