21. 7. 2005 - Czech Airlines carries 93,000 passengers to its destinations in Slovakia over the first six months
Prague, July 21, 2005
Over the January - June 2005 period, Czech Airlines carried 93,000 passengers on its flights to and from Slovakia. In a year-to-year comparison, the number of passengers increased by 8.5%. During the first half of the year, Czech Airlines completed a total of 1,370 flights to Košice, Bratislava and Sliač. A total of 262 tons of cargo and mail was carried on these flights. On July 15, 2005, Czech Airlines also launched regular service to Žilina, which became the airlines' fourth Slovak destination.
Czech Airlines currently offers its passengers regular flights to Košice, Bratislava, Sliač and Žilina. In total, the airline operates 64 Slovakia-bound flights per week, 26 weekly flights to Košice, 26 to Bratislava, 6 to Sliač and 6 to Žilina. For its Slovakia-bound flights, the airline uses modern ATR turboprop aircraft, including the latest ATR42-500, and Boeing 737 aircraft. The duration of the flights ranges between 1 hour and 1 hour and 30 minutes.
The largest number of passengers flying to Slovakia with Czech Airlines in the first half of the year travelled to Košice – 46,900; the second most popular destination was Bratislava, followed by Sliač. For passengers travelling from Slovakia, Czech Airlines offers flights via Prague to all of the 77 destinations served by the airline plus the destinations served by its nine SkyTeam partners. The most popular connections from Slovakia via Prague are those bound for Paris, New York, Dublin, London and Toronto.
Passengers can also benefit from the CSA OK Plus frequent flyer program, which allows travellers to quickly accumulate award miles for their flights with any of the SkyTeam alliance members and other partners such as hotels, car rental agencies, restaurants and others. The accumulated miles can later be used to acquire bonus tickets, business class upgrades, VIP lounge access and other benefits. The CSA frequent flyer program has been very popular with Slovak passengers. After all, Slovak travellers represent the second largest group of CSA frequent flyer program members.
Czech Airlines in Slovakia
Czech Airlines is interested in further expansion in the Slovak market. As one of the possibilities, the airline sees connections to the Tatry Region through charter flights from the tourist rich and economically vibrant regions of Western and Eastern Europe. For these activities, CSA is willing to contribute not only part of its flight capacity but also its know-how and business contacts, along with acquiring new prospective clients in additional European countries, working together with Slovakian tour operators. The possibility of direct connections between Bratislava and some of the hubs of the SkyTeam alliance partners is also being considered.