17. 04. 2008 - Czech Airlines Will Launch New Flights to Tbilisi and Rostov-on-Don

Prague, 17 April 2008

On 24 April, Czech Airlines will connect Prague with the Georgian metropolis of Tbilisi, and Russia’s Rostov-on-Don, which lies in the south of the European part of the country.  Czech Airlines will offer the Tbilisi flight three times a week, and the flight to Rostov-on-Don, for the time being, once a week.  Departure times will suit businessmen on their business travels from Western Europe to Georgia or the south of Russia, as well as Georgian and Russian tourists headed to the Czech Republic.

For Czech Airlines, the connections to Tbilisi and Rostov-on-Don represent another two important points in the network, which are, moreover, situated in a very promising area between the Black and Caspian Seas,” said the Vice-President for Marketing and Product Development at Czech Airlines, Petr Pištělák, regarding the newly opened routes.  In this region, in addition to the two new connections from Prague to Tbilisi and Rostov-on-Don, Czech Airlines also offers flights to the capital of the neighbouring Armenia, Yerevan, five times a week, and also, in cooperation with the Russian operator Aeroflot, to Omsk, in southern Russia.  “For passengers from Georgia, the new route will represent the only direct connection between their country and Prague.  Also, for the south of the European part of Russia, this is the first direct flight to the Czech Republic.  For passengers from the region between the Black and Caspian Seas, our service offers not only trips to Prague, but also opens up the possibility of transferring to the connecting network of Czech Airlines flights, primarily to Western Europe and North America,” said Petr Pištělák.

Flight schedule on the Tbilisi route
From Prague to Tbilisi, an Airbus A319 will take off every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 9:40 p.m., landing in Tbilisi after a 3.5 hour flight at 3.05 a.m. the next day, local time, due to the time-zone difference.  It will head back to Prague at 4:05 a.m., landing in Prague at 5:55 a.m. local time.

Flight schedule on the Rostov-on-Don route
Another Airbus A319 will go from Prague to Rostov on Saturdays at 9:55 p.m., landing in Rostov after a three-hour flight, the next morning, at 3:00 a.m. local time, due to the time-zone difference.  The aircraft will head back to Prague on Sunday at 4:45 a.m., landing in Prague at 6:00 a.m. local time.

In addition to the new routes to Tbilisi and Rostov-on-Don, Czech Airlines also started flying to Strasbourg in France at the end of March.  Other innovations will be the connection to Damascus in Syria, starting on 30 April; Almaty in Kazakhstan, from 1 May; and Heraklion in Crete, on 30 May.  During the summer flight schedule, Czech Airlines offers flights to 135 destinations in 48 counties.

Tbilisi is the capital of Georgia, lying in the central part of the country on the River Kura.  It has 1.4 million inhabitants.  Tbilisi was established in the 5th century, although the area had been settled earlier.

Rostov-on-Don lies in the south of the European part of Russia, near the Ukrainian border, about 50 km from the Azov Sea.  It has over one million inhabitants and is the administrative centre of the Rostov Region.  The city was established around 1750, and thanks to the high volume of traffic on the River Don, it has seen very rapid development.

Daniela Hupáková
Communications Director
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson