27. 03. 2008 - Entry into Schengen Brings Simplified Check-in for Czech Airlines Passengers
Prague, 27 March 2008
Starting 30 March, checking in at Czech airports will become easier for Czech Airlines passengers. From that date, passengers in air carriage will be able to travel to other Schengen Area countries* without border checks, as they have been able to do in road transport since 1 January.
Departure passport checks by the Foreign Police will be done away with in Terminal 2 of Prague Airport, from which Czech Airlines operates its flights to Schengen countries. Most passport counters will be removed, and the space will be used for checking the boarding passes of passengers entering the airport transit area. Furthermore, the dimensions of carry-on baggage will be newly checked at this point. Standard security checks with X-ray scanners will follow.
In Terminal 1, from which Czech Airlines operates its flights to non-Schengen countries, all counters for departures and arrivals will remain unchanged. The only change will be that domestic flights will be moved from that terminal to the new Terminal 2. New counters for checking the passports of transferring passengers will be newly set up between Terminals 1 and 2.
“By moving all Schengen flights to Terminal 2, the process of checking in and passing through the airport will become much smoother. The time required for the transfers of Czech Airlines passengers from domestic flights to other flights will be reduced significantly, from the present 45 to 30 minutes. These passengers will no longer have to pass through a passport check,” said Peter Jusko, Vice-President of Ground Operations at Czech Airlines.
Czech Airlines Press Spokesperson
*The Schengen Area is the territory of certain European countries (the Schengen Agreement countries), in which persons may cross the borders of the participating countries at any point, without having to go through a border control. The area is named after the village of Schengen in Luxembourg, in which the Schengen Agreement was signed on 14 June 1985, and in which the implementation treaty was singed on 19 June 1990. Most Schengen countries are European Union Member States, but some are non-EU countries. In addition, some overseas territories of Member States constitute a part of the Schengen Area. EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. Non-EU countries: Iceland and Norway.