20. 03. 2008 - Czech Airlines Introduces Six New Routes and Increases Service to 20 Destinations

Prague, 20 March 2008

With the Summer Flight Schedule, Czech Airlines will start flying to six new destinations.  From the end of March, the Airline will start flying to Strasbourg, and in April, Tbilisi will join the Czech Airlines network, the Damascus route will be opened, and the launch of service to Rostov-on-Don is planned.  Then in May, service to Almaty is planned to open, and tourists may look forward to a route to Heraklion.  By dividing up the existing route of Prague - Barcelona – Marseille, Czech Airlines will newly offer regular direct flights from Prague to Marseille.  In addition to these entirely new destinations, Czech Airlines will enhance service to some 20 existing destinations, in the Summer Flight Schedule, i.e., from 30 March to 25 October 2008.

New Destinations
Service to Czech Airlines first new destination, after more than two years of consolidation in the network, will get underway on the first day of the Summer Flight Schedule.  Czech Airlines will commence flights to Strasbourg in France – the seat of a number of European institutions – on 31 March.  It will deploy its ATR 42 aircraft on the route.  The flight has been designed primarily for business travellers and officials from the Czech Republic and other Central and East European countries.  The Strasbourg flight will also enable passengers to make use of the network of connecting domestic flights in France.

Czech Airlines will start flying to the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, on 24 April, when the opening of the new route to the South Russian city of Rostov-on-Don is also expected.  The Airline will deploy its most modern Airbus A319 aircraft on the route.  The flight times will suit business travellers on their business trips from Western Europe, as well as Georgian and Russian tourists travelling to the Czech Republic.

The first Airbus A319 will fly on the reopened route from Prague to Damascus, in Syria, on 30 April.  The route is designed for business travellers, who can use Prague as a transit point on flights between Syria and Western Europe, primarily in Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, and France.  Nevertheless, it will also be interesting for businessmen travelling from Prague and for Czech and Syrian tourists.

Another new destination in the Czech Airlines network will be the largest Kazakh city, Almaty (formerly known as Alma-Ata), starting 1 May.  Czech Airlines is planning to operate the route with Airbus A319 aircraft.  In this case, too, it is a route designed primarily for businessmen who will use the connection for business trips between Kazakhstan and Western Europe.

An innovation for tourists from the Czech Republic, but also from Germany and Scandinavia, will be a regular direct flight between Prague and Heraklion, in Crete.  Czech Airlines will start flying there seasonally on 30 May.  The flights will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft, for 162 passengers.

Enhanced Operations
In the 2008 Summer Flight Schedule, Czech Airlines will enhance service primarily to the most sought-after destinations in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as to a number of cities in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Czech Airlines will offer more frequent service to Scandinavia, for example (Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen).  Testament to the significance of the German market for the Czech Republic is also the enhancement of service to Stuttgart.  In the south of Europe, service will also be intensified, such as to Milan and Venice.  Passengers will also be able to choose from an increased number of flights to Sofia, Bucharest, and Žilina, as well as to Tel Aviv and Larnaca.

The existing Prague – Barcelona – Marseille route will be split up.  Barcelona will thus newly get another direct flight from Prague, and Czech Airlines will additionally offer a new direct route, of Prague – Marseille, six times a week.

Greater Code-Share Cooperation
Czech Airlines offers 80 destinations in code-share cooperation.  For passengers, code-share flights are advantageous, enabling them to book for the entire route, i.e., for several connecting flights with transfers, through a single contact point.  Czech Airlines clients are credited miles in their OK Plus Frequent Flyer Programme for code-shared flights.

Of especial significance for Czech Airlines is code-share cooperation on long-haul flights, which bring passengers to Prague, of whom a great number use Czech Airlines connecting flights to take them further into Europe.  These include the Prague – Atlanta flight, in association with Delta Air Lines; Prague – Seoul, with Korean Air; and Prague – Paris – Mexico City, in association with Aero Mexico.  Czech Airlines is preparing new code-shared service to Asia.

Domestic Flights
Air service to Brno will see major changes.  Whereas, until now, Czech Airlines has offered two flights per day, it is adding another flight with the new flight schedule.  Newly, in addition to the noon and evening flight from Prague to Brno, passengers will be able to use a flight departing from Prague at 9:15 a.m., five times a week.  Coach service between Prague and Brno will be maintained, with two trips per day, and Czech Airlines is also not making any changes in the frequency of its flights between Prague and Ostrava.

Charter Flight Innovations
Tourists on Czech Airlines charter flights can also expect some innovations.  Czech Airlines will newly start flights to the Greek islands of Santorini and Lesbos, for tour operators this summer season, as well as to Tabarka in Tunisia, and Podgorica in Montenegro.  Tour operators’ strongest demand is traditionally for flights to Egypt; there, Czech Airlines offers flights to Taba, Hurghada, and Sharm El Sheik.  Newly, in the 2008 summer season, there will be flights to Hurghada from Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) and Pardubice.  In Greece, Crete and Rhodes have traditionally been strongest.  Turkey may become this year’s hit.

Czech Airlines charter flights are hired increasingly by foreign clients, both tour operators and various supranational companies, or sports teams.  Czech Airlines’ major clients include companies from Ireland, Spain, Italy, France, and other countries.

New Services Offered
To a number of destinations, Czech Airlines passengers can use the advantageous Internet Check-In, from the comforts of their own home or office.  Our Business Class passengers can make use of the Fast Track – fast passage through the terminal in Prague.  From March, Czech Airlines is newly stating the full price of a ticket, inclusive of all fees.  When buying through the Internet, passengers see the final price as soon as they enter their final destination and the date of their flight.  The change in the ticket-price presentation policy will also be reflected in Czech Airlines’ advertising, in which the Airline has started to state the complete price of a return ticket, inclusive of all fees and taxes.

In the summer season, for its passengers, Czech Airlines is preparing the option to purchase travel insurance when booking a ticket, and secure baggage-wrapping before a flight, included in the price of a ticket.

This summer season, Czech Airlines will offer flights to 135 destinations in 48 countries, of which 69 destinations in 42 countries will be operated by Czech Airlines aircraft, flying out of Prague.  Between 30 March and 25 October, Czech Airlines plans to operate 813 flights per week.  That is an increase of 39 flights per week, compared to the 2007 summer season.

 

Appendix
New Destinations

  • Strasbourg, starting 31 March 2008 – nine flights per week
  • Tbilisi, starting 24 April 2008 – three flights
  • Rostov-on-Don, planned operations from 24 April 2008 – three flights
  • Damascus, starting 30 April 2008 – three flights
  • Almaty, planned operations from 1 May 2008 – two flights
  • Heraklion, starting 30 May 2008 – two flights per week

 


Significantly enhanced Czech Airlines service in the 2008 Summer Flight Schedule (compared to the 2007 Summer Flight Schedule)

  • Tel Aviv, from 7 flights a week to 11
  • Larnaca, from 5 to 10
  • Oslo, from 11 to 19 flights
  • Stockholm, from 12 to 18
  • Copenhagen, from 13 to 16
  • Düsseldorf, from 13 to 14
  • Hamburg, from 12 to 13
  • Stuttgart, from 13 to 19
  • Hanover, from 11 to 12
  • Manchester, from 13 to 14
  • Dublin, from 13 to 14
  • Milan, from 7 to 14
  • Venice, from 7 to 12
  • Sofia, from 12 to 15
  • Bucharest, from 13 to 17
  • Žilina, from 7 to 11
  • Brno, from 13 to 18 flights per week

Reducing service on Czech Airlines routes

  • Istanbul, from 6 to 5
  • Zurich, from 14 to 13
  • Bologna, from 14 to 13
  • Brussels, from 19 to 18 flights per week