26. 7. 2006 - CSA flights to Beirut cancelled until the end of August

26 July 2006

Because of the development of the situation in the Near East, which does not indicate that the international airport in Beirut will be operating in the near future, Czech Airlines (CSA) has been forced to cancel flights between the Czech Republic and Lebanon. The operation of regular flights between Prague and Beirut is temporarily suspended until the morning of 31 August 2006. Nevertheless, CSA is prepared to react to any change in the situation in this area very rapidly.

In order to renew CSA flights on this route, apart from getting the damaged airport in Beirut into operation and opening the airspace over Lebanon, it is also essential that aircraft can be refuelled at the location. The recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic on safety when travelling to this area is also important.

If the international airport in Beirut is initially opened only for military or humanitarian purposes and not for civilian transport, CSA is prepared to make alternative arrangements for flights to this area, e.g. rerouting Prague – Beirut flights to Larnaca in Cyprus or to another nearby destination.

Passengers on Czech Airlines flights cancelled because of this problem can receive a full refund for the unused part of the flight ticket, or the flight can be deferred to a later date – without any increase in price.

For more detailed information, please contact the Czech Airlines Call Centre: 800 310 310, free of charge, or the appropriate regional CSA offices. Calls can be made from anywhere in the world to the following customer line:
+420 239 007 007.

Jana Víšková
CSA Spokesperson