21. 06. 2013 - The Czech Airlines Yerevan – Prague Service Has Been in Operation for 10 Years

Yerevan, 21 June 2013

Czech Airlines will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the start of scheduled air service between Yerevan and Prague tomorrow. In those ten years, Czech Airlines has carried over 300,000 passengers between the two capitals on nearly 2,000 return flights. At the beginning, the route was only operated twice a week, but in the 2013 summer season, Czech Airlines is offering the greatest-ever number of flights to Václav Havel Airport Prague. Newly, Yerevan is connected to Prague with daily flights, thanks to the introduction of new frequencies departing on Tuesdays and Sundays.

The first-ever flight between the two metropolises did take place at the beginning of the 1987 summer season, and flights between Yerevan and Prague were operated for a short period thereafter, but these were special flights in non-scheduled operation, such as those to Simferopol, Sochi, and Tbilisi. Actual scheduled flight service only started 16 years later, on Wednesday 11 June 2003, when a Czech Airlines Boeing 737-400 (OK-FGR) set out on its first flight to Yerevan at 9:20 p.m.

During the last 10 years, more than 300,000 passengers have travelled on Czech Airlines’ Yerevan – Prague route. A half of those flew in the last three years, which documents the importance of the route and the gradual increase in demand for flights to the Czech Republic and onwards into Europe. To date, the airline has also carried more than 3.3 million kilograms of cargo and more than half a million kilograms of post on flights to and from Yerevan. Since the start of the service, Czech Airlines aircraft have taken off nearly 3,700 times heading to or from Yerevan, with the total number of kilometres flown exceeding 9 million.

This summer season, Czech Airlines offers daily connections to Prague. At the beginning of May, the airline added a sixth frequency, departing every Tuesday, and as of 10 June 2013, Czech Airlines added the seventh flight, on Sundays. Departures from Yerevan are at 4:30 a.m. local time, and after nearly four hours, the aircraft land at Václav Havel Airport Prague at 6:25 a.m. From Prague, they depart at 10:00 p.m., arriving in Yerevan at 3:40 in the morning. The flights are operated with the newest Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.

Fights from Yerevan have ideal connections to Czech Airlines’ main flight wave from Prague to Central and Eastern Europe. After a simple, fast, and uncomplicated transfer in Prague, passengers from Yerevan can continue onwards on Czech Airlines flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Milan, Nice, Paris, Warsaw, and other destinations. Transfers at Václav Havel Airport Prague have been made easier by new, modern transfer desks with a higher capacity, and clear navigational signs newly include, in addition to Czech and English, also Russian and Korean.

Daniel Šabík
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson