24. 1. 2006 - Czech Airlines carried a record 5.2 million passengers in 2005

Prague, January 24, 2006

In 2005, Czech Airlines (CSA) carried a record 5.2 million passengers and by doing so continued the growth in this important transport indicator that was initiated in 2004, when the airline carried 4.3 million passengers.  The company’s share of charter transport rose last year as well, doubling to 706 000 passengers.

The total number of 5.2 million passengers carried over the twelve months of 2005 represents year-on-year growth of 20% and is also the highest number of passengers in the history of CSA.

The number of flights grew as well: in 2005 there were almost 40 000 flights, which is year-on-year growth of 18%.  The seat load factor dropped by 0.4% to 70.1%.

Scheduled flights
In 2005, Czech Airlines continued to consolidate its position in the aviation market, especially through further improvement to its flight schedule and by boosting its fleet by adding new generation aircraft.  At the beginning of the Summer Season 2005, Czech Airlines offered four new regular connections to Sarajevo (Bosna and Hercegovina), Minsk (Belorussia), Skopje (Macedonia) and Žilina (Slovakia).  Flight-frequencies were added to several existing destinations in Eastern Europe as CSA added flights to Bucharest, Moscow, Yerevan and Kiev.  CSA also added flights to several destinations in Western and Southern Europe, such as Marseille/Barcelona, Hanover and Athens.  In May, two new generation Airbus A320’s were added to the fleet and in June, Airbus A321’s were added for charter flights.

The most popular CSA destinations in 2005 were London, Paris, Amsterdam, Moscow and New York.

Charter flights
The year 2005 was an important one for the growth of CSA charter flights.  Over the January-December 2005 period the number of passengers grew by 114%, to 706 000 passengers. Travel agency clients travelled with CSA especially to destinations in Egypt, Spain, Turkey, Tunisia and Greece.  Among the long-haul destinations, Fortaleza, Brazil; the Dominican Republic; Cuba; Isla Margarita, Venezuela were the most popular.

Jitka Novotná,
CSA Spokesperson