01. 03. 2012 - Iceland Express Chose HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines for its Scheduled Flights, Bringing Prague Airport a Connection to Reykjavík
Prague, 1st March 2012
At today’s signing ceremony, Iceland Express and HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines confirmed their partnership in providing a direct air connection from Reykjavík, Iceland to a series of European destinations. With the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation, which will start to apply in the spring of 2013, the companies are building on the success of the first stage of their joint operations, which was first launched at the end of November 2011. Iceland Express will continue to have the youngest fleet operating scheduled flights from Iceland. The two companies have also agreed on enhancing their joint activities in the future.
HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines will operate flights for Iceland Express with Airbus A320-type aircraft. The new agreement between the two airlines brings passengers continuity and a confirmation of the reliability of the scheduled flights of Iceland Express.
“Since HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines has flown for us, the punctuality and regularity of our flights have increased significantly. Since last November, HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines has flown over 400 flights for Iceland Express. If any flights were delayed during that period, the only cause was bad weather,” said the CEO of Iceland Express, Skarphedin Steinarsson, adding: “HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines is known around the world for the punctuality of its flights.”
“Aside from aircraft, we also provide our Icelandic partner with experienced crews – pilots and cabin attendants – and broker professional technical aircraft maintenance, not only in Prague, but also in Iceland. Czech mechanics operate directly at Keflavík Airport. In the summer season, we will operate more than 20 destinations for our Icelandic partners on scheduled and charter flights,” said Jan Čejka, Chairman of the Management Board of HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines, in adding to the information.
Reykjavík to be Added to the Map of Flights from Prague Airport
The direct flights between Prague and Reykjavík that will commence on Wednesday 20 June 2012 are a natural choice in the light of the success of the existing cooperation of Iceland Express and HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines.
“We are greatly pleased to be able to offer the first-ever scheduled service to the Icelandic metropolis from Prague Airport,” said Stanislav Zeman, Executive Director for Aviation Business, Marketing, and Product Management at Prague Airport.
The beauties of Prague and the environment of Prague Airport, the holder of a prestigious award for the world’s most developing airport, together form a high quality offer for passengers. New opportunities will also open up for Icelanders to travel onward from Prague to major destinations such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Odessa, Kiev, and Bucharest, which will thus support the development of tourism in Iceland. Czechs, on the other hand, will now have Iceland’s rich tourist beauties within reach.
In the future, Iceland Express’ partnership with HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines will offer passengers the possibility of using Czech Airlines’ network, particularly in Eastern and Southern Europe. The development of the two airlines’ cooperation should bring benefits both for Icelandic passengers and Czech and foreign visitors to Iceland.
About the partners:
HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines is subsidiary of Czech Aeroholding. This independent airline specialises primarily on charter carriage for tour operators and travel agencies, but also for sports clubs, musical ensembles, and other VIP customers. It also provides ACMI aircraft leasing. The airline also offers traditional travel agency services, with a long-term focus on specific products such as Euro-weekends, cruises, and spa and wellness stays.
Iceland Express is currently the second largest company in the tourism sector in Iceland. It was the first low-cost airline in Iceland to operate year round, and it offers affordable air travel to an increasing number of passengers. Iceland Express plays an important role in the developing tourist industry in Iceland, and currently accounts for 21% of the number of passengers at Keflavík International Airport.
Prague Airport handled 11.8 million passengers in 2011. In 2011, Prague Airport won the Eagle Award from the IATA association, for being the most developing airport in the world. In the 2011/2012 winter flight season, passengers have a choice of 47 airlines that connect Prague by direct flights to 96 destinations around the world.
Heimir Már Pétursson
Public Relations Manager
HOLIDAYS Czech Airlines and Czech Airlines
Communications Director and Press Spokesperson