10. 10. 2011 - Czech Airlines winter schedule: more flights to Russia, Ukraine and new code share destinations

Prague, 12 October 2011

During the upcoming winter season, Czech Airlines will operate up to 20 more return flights to Russia and Ukraine each week than last winter. Several new destinations – such as Male in the Maldives, Sochi and Kazan, will appear in the flight schedule with others being added in the course of the season. From the end of the month, passengers will have up to 40 flights each week between Prague and Paris from which to choose thanks to a renewed agreement between Czech Airlines and Air France on reciprocal code sharing. And ever-popular Tel Aviv continues in the airline’s flight schedule. In total over the winter period, Czech Airlines will offer scheduled flights to 89 destinations in 49 countries from which Czech Airlines will themselves fly to 54 cities in 34 countries. This new winter flight schedule will run from 30 October 2011 to 24 March 2012.

The new Czech Airlines’ flight schedule for the winter season 2011/2012 confirms the previously announced intention strongly to focus on eastern markets - especially Russia and Ukraine, as well as developing our offering of year-round, long-haul flights through strategic partnerships. At the same time, these developments reflect the ongoing transformation and consolidation of Czech Airlines’ route network not only in line with the company’s restructuring plan but also in response to customer demand in individual markets and on specific routes as well as emerging new business opportunities.

More flights to Russia and Ukraine
In the upcoming winter season, Czech Airlines will operate 50 return flights each week to and from destinations in the Russian Federation, the highest number in the airline‘s history.
That’s 7 more flights each week than last winter and 3 more than were operating at the end of the summer season. New to the winter schedule are the previously-announced regular service from Karlovy Vary to Samara and new overnight flights on the Moscow route. Flights departures from Prague are scheduled for 18:10 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with arrival in Moscow at 23:50. The return flight from Moscow departs at 9:50 landing in Prague at 9:40. More news and developments in the Russian market – including new destinations, are expected for the summer season 2012.

Similarly, Czech Airlines will be operating the most return flights in its history to Ukraine over the winter season, a total of 27 flights each week. That’s 13 more return flights than last winter and 5 more than were operating at the end of the summer season. On the Kiev route, Czech Airlines will be adding evening flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The route to Lvov - introduced at the end of April, was further strengthed over the summer with the addition of a fifth weekly flight and – in January 2012, the airline will add further overnight flights from Prague on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

New codeshare agreement and destinations
Starting in the winter season, additional long-haul destinations – with fast and comfortable flight transfers in Abu Dhabi, will start to appear in the Czech Airlines‘ flight schedule as a result of our cooperation with Etihad Airways. The latest news covers Male in the Maldives, the Seychelles and other destinations being added later. Taken with the already-established routes to Sydney, Melbourne, Bangkok, Colombo, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Peking, Kuwait, Muscat, Bahrain and Dubai, that makes 13 codeshare destinations in total operating from 21 September 2011 in collaboration with Etihad Airways with flight transfers in Abu Dhabi.

Also new is the route to Kazan – the capital of Tatarstan, which Czech Airlines will operate in collaboration with Tatarstan Airlines. Flights to Sochi – the venue for the next Winter Olympics, will be introduced in cooperation with Aeroflot with just a single transfer in Moscow. Czech Airlines‘ flight schedule will be further enriched by the inclusion of Perm and Bishkek – the capital of Kyrgyzstan, on the codeshare basis. And Czech Airlines will also be able to offer up to 40 flights each week on the Prague-Paris route thanks to the recently-concluded code sharing agreement with Air France.

Seasonal adjustments
As last year, Czech Airlines will suspend scheduled flights to Marseilles and Venice for the duration of the winter season. The same applies to the newly-opened summer season destination of Bordeaux. Similarly, during the period of lowest demand in the winter season, Czech Airlines will suspend flights to Tashkent which – otherwise, continues to have a firm place in the company’s flight schedule.

Seasonal changes also affect scheduled flights from Bratislava from where Czech Airlines will fly during the winter to Amsterdam, Larnaca and Paris. The company will operate 2 more flights each week to Amsterdam and 3 more to Paris than at the end of the summer season. Scheduled flights to Barcelona, Brussels and Rome will be suspended. This means that Czech Airlines will operate 16 flights from Bratislava each week which is only 3 less than offered by the company at the beginning of the main summer season. Next year, Czech Airlines are planning – in addition to their existing flights to the west, to offer flights going east; this initiative depends upon securing the necessary approvals for which Czech Airlines has already applied.

 

Hana Hejsková
Communications Director
and Press Spokesperson
Czech Airlines Group