7. 6. 2004 - Czech Airlines Launches New Prague – Marseilles – Barcelona Service

Prague, 7 June 2004

Czech Airlines is expanding its flight network by a new flight connecting three destinations. A new regular Prague – Marseilles – Barcelona route will be operated by Boeing 737-500 airplanes in cooperation with Air France as of today. The new CSA flight to Barcelona, Spain, with a stop in Marseilles, France, represents a completely new product – the connection of two destinations outside of the Czech Republic. Furthermore, CSA is the first carrier offering direct connection between Marseilles and Barcelona.

The new CSA Prague – Marseilles – Barcelona flight is one of the first real results related to the Czech Republic’s joining the European Union. With EU entry, CSA acquired a chance to fully take advantage of the “9 Freedoms of the Air” which are of significant importance especially for new commercial opportunities. With the launching of the Prague – Marseilles – Barcelona service, CSA avails itself of the new right to “to carry passengers and cargo to a third country from another country on a connecting flight originating in the home country”.
The new CSA flight also increases the frequency of its Barcelona connection to 11 flights a week.

“We expect the evening flight from Prague to be used by Spanish tourists and business travellers. The new flight also represents a significant extension of connections from Barcelona via Prague to several European destinations, e.g., Krakow, Budapest, and Bucharest”, says Jan Kubata, CSA Director in Barcelona.

The brand new OK 696 Prague – Marseilles – Barcelona flight will take off on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, and Sundays, at 7:10 p.m. from Prague Ruzyně Airport with a stop in Marseilles 2 hours later. The flight will then continue to Barcelona at 9:55 p.m. and land there at 10:50 p.m. The regular OK 697 flight form Barcelona to Marseilles and Prague will depart on Mondays at 6:45 a.m. and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 7:05 a.m., stop in Marseilles at 8:50 a.m., and arrive in Prague at 10:45 a.m.

The EU’s “9 Freedoms of the Air”:

  • The right to fly over the territory of another country without landing.
  • The right to land in another country for technical or other non-commercial reasons (such as maintenance, refuelling). 
  • The right of an airline to carry passengers and cargo from the airline’s own country to a different country.
  • The right of an airline to carry passengers and cargo from a different country to the airline’s own country.
  • The right of an airline from one country to carry passengers and cargo to a third country from another country on a connecting flight.
  • The right to carry passengers and cargo from a foreign country to another one, going through the home country.
  • The right to carry passengers and cargo from a foreign country to another one without going through the home country.
  • The right of consecutive cabotage when the carrier carries passengers and cargo within the boundaries of a foreign country on flights to/from the home country.
  • The right of pure cabotage when the carrier carries passengers and cargo within the boundaries of a foreign country without going through the home country.


Dana Dvorakova
Communication Director CSA