30. 11. 2004 - Already 4 million passengers for Czech Airlines this year
Prague, 30 November 2004
Czech Airlines has already welcomed 4 million passengers aboard its airplanes this year. And today, Tuesday, 30 November 2004 is the day CSA surpassed the distinctive 4-million point, and therefore for the first time in its history has transported so many passengers over a single calendar year. This high growth in the number of passengers, together with CSA’s fleet expansion, are both symbols of a historic period of growth for the Czech national carrier this year.
The number of passengers transported by CSA has shown such dynamic growth in 2004 especially because of the following factors:
- CSA extended its destination network by ten cities in Europe and Asia this year and also significantly strengthened connections to its current (especially European) destinations, so that CSA now offers two or more daily connections to most key European cities. Connections with CSA via Prague have become even more convenient for passengers from both the Czech Republic and other Central and Eastern European countries – especially for those from the Baltic States, Russia, Hungary, and Slovakia.
- CSA offers the most favourable connections from Prague to Germany and the UK. CSA is the only carrier flying to 9 destinations in Germany, and between Prague and Frankfurt it offers up to 3 flights daily. A similar number of connections is offered between Prague and UK destinations. CSA flies up to seven times a day to all three main London airports, and in addition to this, CSA flies to an additional 4 cities in the UK.
- This year, Czech Airlines has increased the number of aircraft in its fleet by ten, the highest number in CSA history. A fourth long-haul Airbus A 310 has also been added to the fleet and allows for significant expansion in the area of charter transport. Czech Airlines airplanes took off for South America – Brazil and Venezuela, and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean for the first time in its history this year as well.
This year, Czech Airlines finds itself undergoing the largest expansion in its history and is also posting vigorously growing transportation indicators (showing two-digit long-term growth). Over the first ten months of 2004, the total number of transported passengers grew by 22%, to 3.74 million. Similarly, the number of flights rose and showed a year-on-year increase of 19%, i.e., almost 27 000 connections. This growth is also supported by strong expansion in the area of charter transport, where the number of transported passengers grew by 27% over the first ten months of this year (a total of 294 000); the number of charter flights showed year-on-year growth of 19.3% (1 544 charter flights). By the end of 2004, CSA plans to transport a total of 4.4 million passengers and the airline will thus strengthen its position as the largest carrier among the new EU member countries and the eleventh largest national carrier in Europe.