07. 08. 2008 - Prague Airport and Czech Airlines introduced destinations in an unusual way
Prague, 7 August 2008
Prague Airport and Czech Airlines offered inspiration to everyone who is having a hard time getting oriented in the flood of offers from travel agencies. For airport visitors and journalists, the two companies prepared an unconventional presentation of new destinations, through their typical national meals, beverages, music, and culture. Directly in the terminal building, visitors could see the culinary show of Ondřej Slanina and Filip Sajler, which is known from TV.
Prague Airport connects the Czech Republic to the world. Currently, there are flights available to 124 destinations from Prague, and the number keeps on growing. Czech Airlines flies to 72 destinations in 42 countries from Prague, and 43% of the passengers flying from Prague Airport use the services of the Airline. Thanks to record-low ticket prices and increased interest in travel, the numbers of passengers grows continuously. The clear trend shows a growing number of flights to Eastern Europe and Asia in particular.
Since this Spring, there has been regular service to Heraklion in Crete, the Syrian metropolis of Damascus, Rostov-on-Don in Southern Russia, Tbilisi, Georgia; Almaty, Kazakhstan, and Strasbourg in France. “This summer, the flight to Heraklion is definitely the most popular.
A vacation in Greece is affordable for Czechs, and it is a typical seasonal destination,” said Czech Airlines’ Vice President for Ground Operations, Peter Jusko, in commenting on the first results of the new routes . “In June, Heraklion ranked among the five most sought-after charter-flight destinations,” confirmed Stanislav Zeman, Managing Director for the Aviation Business and Product Management at the Prague Airport Authority.
There is satisfaction with other flights, as well. “Thus far, the Rostov service has shown the best result, but the flights to Almaty and Damascus also boast a good seat-load factor. From Strasbourg, we expect long-term steady results, especially due to business ties and contacts with European institutions in the city, which will be even more intensive during the Czech European Union Presidency. Already, we operate nine flights a week there,” added Peter Jusko.
The communications directors of both companies, Daniela Hupáková and Eva Krejčí, also got involved in th cooking. “We thought that the boys help themselves with film tricks when cooking, but they really did do much better than we did,” said Eva Krejčí, in commenting on their cooperation.
About Czech Airlines:
- In 2007, Czech Airlines’ aircraft carried 5.6 million passengers. Since 2001, Czech Airlines has been a member of one of the leading world airline alliances – SkyTeam. Presently, it offers connections to 135 destinations in 48 countries, and its fleet comprises fifty ATR 42/72, Boeing 737, and Airbus A310/A319/A320/A321 aircraft. In the on-time flight record of the 26 member airlines of the Association of European Airlines, Czech Airlines earned 1st place in 2007.
- For four years in a row, Czech Airlines has held primacy in the competition for the title “Best Airline Based in Central/Eastern Europe” (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), awarded by the international aviation organisation Official Airline Guide (OAG) on the basis of a vote of frequent business travellers.
- In 2007, the Airline also won the award “Best Airline in Central Europe”, awarded annually by the independent British organisation Skytrax, in its World Airline Awards Ranking, on the basis of the votes of millions of passengers from all over the world. For the second time, Czech Airlines also earned the title Best Airline in Eastern Europe – Annual GT Tested Awards). The award “Best Airline in Eastern and Central Europe” was bestowed on Czech Airlines by the American magazine Business Traveler, on the basis of the results of its annual reader survey. In 2005, Czech Airlines was also included among the eight best airlines in the world.
About Prague Airport:
- In 2007, the Airport handled nearly 12.5 million passengers; this year, the threshold of 13.3 million passengers handled in one year is expected to be crossed; and in 2010, 15 million passengers will most likely use Prague Airport.
- At Prague Airport, 54 airlines offer passengers direct service from Prague to 124 destinations worldwide. Six cargo carriers also operate there (the information pertains to the present summer season).
- Správa Letiště Praha, s.p. (The Prague Airport Authority) is owned by the Czech State, and it is the operator of the Prague International Civil Airport. The founder of the operator of the international civil airport is the Ministry of Transport of the Czech Republic.
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