31. 03. 2008 - Czech Airlines Launches New Flights from Prague to Strasbourg today

Prague, 31 March 2008

Today Czech Airlines officially linked Prague and Strasbourg, the seat of several European institutions. The company will offer nine flights times a week. Departure times have been chosen primarily to suit business passengers from the Czech Republic, but also other East European countries. At the end of last year Czech Airlines won the public tender for this prestigious route.

Czech Airlines expects the new flights to Strasbourg to be used mainly by business people and officials on business trips to European institutions. The flight schedule was set to enable also one-day business meetings,” said Vice-President of Marketing and Product Development at Czech Airlines, Petr Pištělák, commenting on the new route. By transferring in Prague, new flights will also offer an ideal connection for passengers from new EU member states. For example, it will allow Euro-officials from Warsaw, Budapest, Sofia or Bucharest to take part in the meetings of European institutions. Strasbourg can also be a transfer point for connecting flights to other destinations within France, such as Bordeaux. As well as planned flights from Prague to Strasbourg, Czech Airlines also flies to the capital of the European Union, Brussels, three times a day.

In addition to flights to Strasbourg, Czech Airlines also currently offers four flights a day from Prague to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and has recently started offering direct flights to Prague from Marseille. As part of our code-sharing partnership with Air France, Czech Airlines´ passengers can also take advantage of three other daily flights from Prague to Paris and two daily flights to Lyon. With a transfer in Paris or Lyon, Czech Airlines also offers connections to Toulouse, Nice or Mulhouse as part of the code-sharing partnership with Air France.

In 2007, Czech Airlines flew a total of 290,000 passengers between the Czech Republic and France. Year-on-year the number rose by more than eight percent.

New flight schedules
Czech Airlines will begin regular flights to Strasbourg today, departing every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:40 and arriving in Strasbourg in approximately 90 minutes at 10:10. Flights will return at 10:40 and are expected to arrive in Prague at 12:15. Another flight will depart the same day at 17:00 and arrive in Strasbourg at 18:35. This flight will return to Prague at 19:05, arriving at Ruzyně Airport at 20:40. Czech Airlines has deployed ATR42 aircraft on this route, which can carry up to 46 passengers.

A city in the French Alsace region, Strasbourg has approximately 250,000 inhabitants. The Rhine flows through the city. In the past, Strasbourg alternated between Germany and France, which has also influenced its appearance. The most famous historical site is Strasbourg Cathedral (or Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg), which is built of red sandstone and dates from the 11th -15th century. Many city buildings dating from the 17th century have typical half-timbered facades. The historical city centre of Strasbourg was entered on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 1988. Strasbourg is home to the Council of Europe, European Parliament and European Court of Human Rights.

Daniela Hupáková
Director of Communications
Czech Airlines Spokesperson