22. 9. 2004 - Czech Airlines has transported 3 million passengers since the beginning of this year

Prague, 22 September 2004

Czech Airlines transported 2.9 million passengers on its flights over the January-August period this year.  This represents a growth of 26% in comparison to the same period of the previous year.

Czech Airlines showed growth in other areas of the company’s performance as well – for example, a total of 21 078 flights over the January-August period representing a year-on-year increase of 18%.
 
CSA seat load factor was at 72%.  Cargo transport showed a year-on-year growth of 13% – 15 000 tons of cargo and mail were transported over the first eight months of the year.

On charter flights, CSA transported 220 000 passengers over the January-August period.  In the month of August itself, CSA charter transport grew by 37% when compared to the previous year.

In addition to traditionally favourite destinations of CSA passengers, such as Paris, London, Amsterdam, and Rome, the popularity of holiday destinations such as Athens, Larnaca, Split, Barcelona, Milan, Madrid, Sofia, and Colombo grew over the summer months.

In connection with the success of the flight to Colombo, the number of flights there will be increased to 4 flights a week in the Winter Season and new direct flights to the Maldives will also be offered.  These flights are operated by long-haul A310-300 airplanes that together with high quality in-flight service provide passengers with comfortable travel to their holiday destinations.

In the Summer Season, CSA also noticed a positive response to the introduction of low cost fares to many interesting destinations.  Ticket prices were around 2 990 CZK for a return ticket while CSA kept the high standard of in-flight services.  The list of destinations included almost 20 European destinations.

CSA plans to offer attractive prices to selected destinations in the future as well.  For example, the introductory price to a new CSA destination – London Gatwick – will begin at 1 990 CZK for a return ticket.  The new destination will be flown to twice a week, effective as of the Winter timetable (31 October 2004).

Jitka Novotná
CSA Spokesperson