26. 10. 2006 - ČSA carried more than 4.2 million passengers over January – September 2006

Prague, 26 October 2006

Czech Airlines (ČSA) carried, over the first three quarters of this year, more than 4.2 million passengers.  Year-on-year, their number grew by 4.9%.  Scheduled flights have the greatest share in those results, having carried nearly 3.6 million passengers.  Over the January - September 2006 period, ČSA has made 29,660 flights.

“The carriage results confirm that our decision to enhance connections to destinations in Russia, and other East European countries, among others, was correct,” said ČSA’s Vice President for Marketing and Sales, Petr Řehák, commenting on the results.  That is why ČSA intends to bolster its flights to the east, even in the winter season.  With the winter flight schedule, which will apply as of Sunday 29 October, flight frequencies will be added for example to Moscow, but also to Yekaterinburg, Odessa, Tallinn, Vilnius, Sofia, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Zagreb, and Bucharest.  ČSA offers flights to 120 destinations in 45 countries worldwide.

ČSA charter flights also showed an increase of more than 15 per cent, having carried, from January to September of this year, over 685,000 passengers.  The most frequent destinations in the ČSA charter network were, in the first three quarters of this year, Hurghada (Egypt), Heraklion (Crete), and Turkish Antalya.  The most remote destination was Varadero (Cuba).  On its charter flights, ČSA carries not only the clients of Czech and foreign travel agencies: renowned international companies, such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, order ČSA charter flights with increasing frequency.  ČSA aircraft also carry football teams, such as Anderlecht Brussels, or the Irish or Macedonian national teams.

ČSA puts great emphasis on the punctuality of its flights.  This August, ČSA ranked first among the 26 airlines associated in the Association of European Airlines (AEA) in the punctuality of its flights.  In addition to that, it ranked second in the first eight months of 2006.  In August, 88.6% of ČSA flights were on time (according to the AEA methodology, having a delay of less than 15 minutes).

Czech Airlines also improved in the carriage of goods and mail over the first three quarters of this year.  Compared to the same period last year, the volume of carriage increased by 4.1%, reaching nearly 16,400 tonnes.

Daniela Hupáková
ČSA Spokesperson