07. 03. 2008 - Czech Airlines Carried over 42,300 Passengers between Prague and Istanbul Last Year
Prague, 7 March 2007
Last year, Czech Airlines carried 42,300 passengers on the Prague-Istanbul route. Year on year, their number has grown by 8.9 percent. Last year, Czech Airlines celebrated 60 years of service between Prague and Istanbul.
The former Czechoslovak Airlines flew to Istanbul for the first time on 19 April 1947. The route was then served by the legendary Dakota DC-3. Today, on the route, the Airline deploys modern Boeing 737 jets, for up to 162 passengers.
Czech Airlines’ service to Istanbul is used primarily by entrepreneurs and managers. Many of those passengers coming from Istanbul carry on from Prague on Czech Airlines connecting flights, primarily to Western Europe, on the evening service to Germany, London, Madrid, and Scandinavia.
In the summer season, which will commence on 26 March 2008, Czech Airlines will adapt the departure time for the Istanbul-bound flight to better serve passenger demand. Compared to the present arrangement, when the planes take off in the evening and return from Istanbul the next morning, the flight will newly take off from Prague at 11:40 local time, landing in Istanbul at 15:10 local time. It will fly back at 16:10 local time, landing in Prague at 17:55, to enable transferring passengers to make the evening departure.
Overall, Czech Airlines aircraft carried 5.6 million passengers last year, taking into account ACMI rental. With a comparative capacity, the number of passengers grew by 2.7 percent year-on-year: in 2006, Czech Airlines carried over 5.4 million passengers, and 5.2 the year before. Czech Airlines’ charter flights carried 797,300 passengers last year.
Czech Airlines Spokesperson