02. 06. 2008 - Czech Airlines Celebrates 40 Years of Service to St. Petersburg

Prague, 2 June 2008

The Czech Airlines service between Prague and St. Petersburg will celebrate its 40th anniversary tomorrow.  The former Czechoslovak Airlines flew to the city that was then known as Leningrad for the first time on 3 June 1968, becoming one of the first foreign airlines to offer direct flights to St. Petersburg.

Today, Czech Airlines flies to St. Petersburg four times a week from Prague and once a week from Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), deploying its most modern Airbus A320 aircraft for 162 passengers, which cover the route from Prague to St. Petersburg in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Last year, the St. Petersburg route was used by more than 52,000 passengers, which constitutes a year-on-year increase by two percent.  The increase was aided by the introduction of a new service between St. Petersburg and Karlovy Vary, which has connected the two cities once a week since 30 June of last year.  In 2007, Czech Airlines operated 232 flights between Prague and St. Petersburg and an additional 27 flights between St. Petersburg and Karlovy Vary.

The Offer of Czech Airlines Flights to Russia
Currently, Czech Airlines offers direct flights from Prague to five Russian cities.  In addition to St. Petersburg, Czech Airlines flies to Moscow, Samara, Yekaterinburg, and also, since the end of this April, to Rostov-on-Don.  Passengers flying to Moscow and St. Petersburg are also increasingly using the direct flight from Karlovy Vary.  Presently, Czech Airlines operates 33 flights between the Czech Republic and Russia weekly.

Last year, nearly 315,000 passengers travelled on Czech Airlines flights between the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation.  Year-on-year, their number increased by over 13 percent.  In greatest demand were flights between Prague and Moscow.  This year, Czech Airlines expects a yet greater rise in demand.

Russia is a significant market for Czech Airlines.  Hence, as a priority, the Airline deploys its newest Airbus A320 aircraft on flights to the Russian Federation, as they offer passengers the greatest comfort.  Discerning Russian clientele can enjoy the high standard of Business Class services.  Passengers on flights from Russia usually have special demands as to catering and prefer traditional Czech cuisine.

The Schedule on Flights between the Czech Republic and St. Petersburg
During the summer flight schedule, i.e., 30 March through 25 October, Czech Airlines offers four flights weekly from Prague to St. Petersburg, leaving on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.  The aircraft lands in St. Petersburg at 3:55 p.m. local time.  The aircraft returns from St. Petersburg to Prague on the same day at 4:40 p.m., landing in Prague at 5:15 p.m.  From Karlovy Vary, passengers can fly direct each Saturday at 12:55 p.m., landing in St. Petersburg at 5:10 p.m.  The plane takes off from St. Petersburg every Saturday at 5:55 p.m., landing in Karlovy Vary on Saturday at 6:15 p.m.  In addition to these connections, Czech Airlines passengers can make use of another three flights weekly from Prague to St. Petersburg and back, in code-share cooperation with Rossiya.

The connection from St. Petersburg to the Czech Republic is used predominantly by Russian clientele for its business or tourist trips.  Prague and Karlovy Vary are among the most frequent destinations of Russian tourists in the Czech Republic.  Czech businessmen and tourists can also make use of these flights to the second largest city in Russia.  The city on the Neva offers them countless tourist attractions, such as Petrodvorec, Czarskoe Selo with the Amber Chamber, the Petropavlovskaya Fortress, the Hermitage, and Nevsky Boulevard, but also the legendary Battleship Aurora.


Daniela Hupáková
Communications Director
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson