26. 2. 2007 - Czech Airlines Has Not Interrupted its Service to Slovakia in Spite of the Air Traffic Controller´s Strike

Prague, 26 February 2007

Czech Airlines (CSA) has managed to maintain regular connections to the Slovak Republic in spite of the already five-day strike of air traffic controllers.  Most CSA flights headed for Slovakia are flying on time.  Only the Prague–Sliač flight had to be cancelled twice.  Flights which normally use Slovak airspace only for flyovers are being diverted.

The regular CSA flight on the Prague–Bratislava route approaches the Slovak territory, exceptionally, through Austria; flights headed to Košice are being diverted, and approach the airport at their destination via Hungary.  Only CSA flights to Žilina follow their standard route, over northeast Bohemia and Moravia.  The flight to Sliač had to be cancelled twice, due to the insufficient coverage of the route by the regional air navigation service.  Most passengers on those flights were redirected to the Bratislava flights, and from Bratislava, CSA arranged for them to travel to Sliač by bus.  Buses to Bratislava were also available for passengers headed from Sliač to Prague.

During the winter time-schedule, i.e., until 25 March, CSA offers regular flights between Prague and Bratislava four times a day, leaving Prague at 8:55, 12:25, 17:05, and 21:45.  CSA also flies from Prague to Košice, three times a day.  With the exception of Saturdays, CSA has daily flights to Sliač and Žilina.  Last year, Czech Airlines carried nearly 210,000 passengers on routes between Prague and Slovakia.  That is a year-on-year increase of more than six per cent.

Daniela Hupáková

CSA Spokesperson