03. 08. 2007 - CSA Carried over 2.4 Million Passengers in H1 2007

Prague, 3 August 2007

Czech Airlines (CSA) carried more than 2.4 million passengers in the first half of this year.  Compared to the same period last year, this means a 1.1% increase.  In the first six months of 2007, Czech Airlines’ aircraft also carried nearly 10,700 tonnes of goods and post.  Overall, CSA operated over 19,200 flights.

Scheduled CSA flights carried 2.2 million passengers in the first half of the year, which is one percent more than during the same period of 2006.  Scheduled carriage thus accounted for the greatest part of the overall results, with nearly 90 percent.  Czech Airlines’ charter flights carried more than 308,000 passengers by the end of June, primarily to exotic destinations.  This represents y/y growth of nearly two percent.

The system load factor in January – June 2007 was 65.6 percent.  The slight drop in aircraft occupancy is due to the airline’s plan to increase revenue by focusing primarily on better-paying clientele, and by not selling off tickets below cost.  Compared to last year, the number of business class clients increased by 6%, and the number of passengers in the full-fare economy class by 8%.  “Revenue, which is the most important indicator of the success of a traditional airline, is growing according to plan, and that is decisive for CSA,” said Petr Řehák, CSA’s Vice-President for Sales.  In Q1 2007, the airline’s income from carriage reached CZK 4.2 billion, which is a year-on-year increase of 6.9%.

The most sought-after destinations on CSA’s scheduled flights:

Paris
Amsterdam
London
Moscow
Madrid
Dublin
Bucharest
Rome
Sofia
Košice

In 2006, Czech Airlines carried 5.5 million passengers, for a y/y increase of 4.8 percent.  CSA carried 5.2 million passengers in 2005, and 4.3 million in 2004.


Daniela Hupáková
CSA Press Officer