25. 1. 2007 - Problems at Prague airport persist; ČSA flights delayed, some cancelled

Prague, 25 January 2007, 15:00

Problems at Prague airport persist. Czech Airlines have cancelled another 15 flights today. Many flights are delayed by several hours. The condition of the apron does not allow for smooth positioning of airplanes for ground handling.

Prague Airport stopped all operations due to heavy snow fall at 3:35 a.m. on Wednesday and gradually kept postponing its reopening until 9:00 a.m. today. The airport remained closed for almost 30 hours and ČSA had to cancel 90 flights on Wednesday and another eight this morning. After the airport reopened, ČSA had to gradually cancel another seven flights. Many flights have been delayed by three to four hours. The most affected flights are those to Oddesa, Vilnius, Riga or Moscow, which were scheduled for 11 a.m. Considering the current situation on the airport movement area, continued delays are expected and ČSA will have to cancel more flights.

The over 30 hour closure of the airport has shown in the revenues of Czech Airlines as a dropout of 30 million CZK. Additional costs of crew and passenger accommodation or bus transport of passengers from diverted flights from Bratislava and Brno have not been quantified yet.

For more information on departures passengers can call the ČSA Call Centre toll free at 800 310 310. International callers can use the following number: +420 239 007 007.
Information regarding individual flights can also be found online at www.czechairlines.com in Online departures and arrivals section. ČSA offers its passengers from cancelled flights free of charge rebooking for later departures or refund of their tickets.


Daniela Hupáková
ČSA Spokesperson