22. 04. 2008 - Czech Airlines Renew Regular Flights to Damascus
Prague, 22 April 2008
On 30 April, Czech Airlines will link up Prague to the capital of Syria – Damascus. In the high season, Czech Airlines will offer the service four times a week. Departure times were especially chosen to suit business travellers who will use Prague as a transfer point on flights from Western Europe to Syria, and vice versa, but also Czech tourists on their travels to Syria.
“The flights to Damascus, Syria, will enhance Czech Airlines’ presence in the Near East,” said Petr Pištělák, Czech Airlines’ Vice President for Marketing and Product Development, with respect to the new service. In this region, aside from the planned connection from Prague to Damascus, Czech Airlines flies to Beirut in Lebanon and Cairo in Egypt. Czech Airlines is reopening a route that it operated from 1960 until 2001, with a break between 1997 and 1998.
During the summer flight schedule, Czech Airlines offers connections to 135 destinations in 48 countries. In addition to the new connection to Damascus, Czech Airlines started flying at the end of March to Strasbourg, France. Another innovation will be flights to Tbilisi and Rostov-on-Don, starting 24 April; a new connection to Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 30 April; and to Heraklion in Crete, from 30 May.
The Flight Schedule of the New Service
From 30 April, Czech Airlines will offer flights from Prague to Damascus on Wednesdays and Sundays, and in high season also on Mondays and Fridays, always at 9:45 p.m. In Damascus, the aircraft will land after less than four hours of flight time, at 2:40 a.m. local time, due to the time-zone change. It will head back to Prague at 3:30 a.m., to land in Prague at 6:10 a.m. local time. Passengers will thus be able to transfer in Prague to a number of connecting flights to Western Europe. Czech Airlines will deploy its most modern Airbus A319 aircraft, which carry 135 passengers.
Damascus is the capital of Syria. Its origins date to the fifth century B.C., rightly earning it the title of the oldest city in the Orient. Today, the city has approximately 4.5 million inhabitants. Damascus is popular among tourists for its abundance of historical monuments. The city is on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites. A popular souvenir is the traditional ornate fabrics named after this Biblical city.
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson