Czech passenger figures up five percent

Over the first two months of this year, Czech Airlines has carried more than 651,000 passengers, up nearly five percent over the same period last year.  In the main winter season, i.e., from the beginning of November until the end of February, CSA noted nearly 1.4 million passengers carried; year-on-year, their number grew by 5.6 percent.  In the main winter season, CSA operated a total of 11,649 flights.

Regular carriage accounted for the greatest portion of CSA’s total operations.  In the first two months of 2007, more than 595,000 passengers travelled on CSA’s regular flights, which is 6.5 percent more than in the same period of 2006.  Between November and the end of February, more than 1.29 million passengers flew of CSA’s regular flights, representing a seven percent year-on-year increase.  Regular flights accounted for more than 90 percent of the airline’s total carriage results.

Czech Airlines’ charter flights, primarily to exotic destinations, were used by nearly 60,000 passengers in January and February, contributing to the more than 114,000 since November.  In the first two months of 2007, CSA also carried more than 3,250 tonnes of goods and mail, 7,830 tonnes since November.  The most popular destinations are again Cuba’s Varadero, La Isla Margarita in Venezuela, and La Romana and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

The number of passengers handled grew faster in February than in January, when Prague Airport was hit by a snow calamity and Hurricane Kyrill.  In spite of the fact that Prague Airport was entirely closed for over 30 hours due to the weather, the number of passengers carried on CSA flights in January increased year-on-year by nearly two percent.  The greatest number of passengers ever carried in winter months was noted in CSA in December 2006, when its services were used by 9.5 percent more passengers than the year before.

In 2006, Czech Airlines carried a record 5.5 million passengers.  Year-on-year, their number increased by 4.8 percent.  In 2005, CSA carried 5.2 million passengers, and 4.3 million the year before.