Czech Airlines to expand operations in western Europe, delays new Russian routes due to soft demand

Czech Airlines-CSA (Prague) is once again expanding. The airline is planning to add up to 19 new destinations for the upcoming summer season. The airline continued with this announcement:

In addition to the new flights from Prague to Billund, Bilbao, Bologna, Cork and Oslo announced last fall, Czech Airlines is also planning to operate flights to Athens, Bordeaux, Liverpool, Porto and Stavanger, and to launch regular connections to Venice, Kristiansand, Växjö, Linköping, Poznan, Gdansk, Stuttgart and several additional routes from Stuttgart to the southwest of Europe.

“Expanding our transport network will allow us to use the fleet more efficiently, primarily our ATR aircraft which will be used to service more than half of the new routes,” explained Jozef Sinčák, Chairman of the Czech Airlines Board of Directors, adding:

“Concurrently, we have been relocating the capacity freed in the Russian market which has been experiencing a significant drop in demand for travel to the Czech Republic and Europe.”

For this reason, the carrier has also reconsidered its planned launch of operations on two new routes to Russia, to Kazan and Kaliningrad, originally planned for this summer season. The launch, together with renewal of the seasonal flights to Perm and Ufa, was postponed by Czech Airlines until the 2016 summer season.

Czech Airlines plans to use its Airbus A319 aircraft to fly the following, year-round-operated routes: Liverpool (twice weekly from May 18) and Oslo (up to four times a week from March 30), while Billund (four times a week from March 30), Bologna (four times a week from March 29), Poznan, Gdansk (both four times a week from May 25) and Stuttgart (three times a week from May 26) will be serviced by ATR aircraft.

The carrier will also operate the following seasonal routes:

Flights to Bilbao (twice weekly from June 1), Bordeaux (twice weekly from June 4), Cork (twice weekly from May 14) and Porto (twice weekly from May 18) will only be offered in the summer season and operated by Airbus A319 aircraft, as are flights to Athens (up to four times a week from May 3) and Stavanger (twice weekly from May 21).

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/ Airbus A319-112 OK-NEN (msn 3436) taxies to the gate at Frankfurt.

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