Czech Airlines is to link Bordeaux with Prague, starting next March. The flight will touch down in Munich, and Czech Airlines will offer it six times a week. The departure times will suit both French tourists heading to Prague as well as business people travelling to the Czech Republic for business meetings, or who wish to use Prague as a transfer point on their trips onward into Eastern Europe. Czech Airlines will operate the new route starting 2 March 2008.
“For Czech Airlines, the flight to Bordeaux represents another important point in its network,” said the Vice-President for Marketing and Product Development at Czech Airlines, Petr Pi?tělák. Aside from the planned connection from Prague to Bordeaux, Czech Airlines offers four daily flights from Prague to Charles de Gaulle Airport, in Paris. Czech Airlines also offers direct flights between Prague and Marseille. Furthermore, in code-share cooperation with Air France, Czech Airlines passengers can use another three daily flights between Prague and Paris, and two daily flights to Lyon. With a transfer in Paris or Lyon, Czech Airlines also offers - in code-share cooperation with Air France - flights to Toulouse, Nice, Strasbourg, and Mulhouse.
“For passengers from the south-eastern part of France, the new route will represent the only direct connection of Bordeaux with Prague. Aside from direct trips to Prague, the possibility of transferring to the connecting routes of Czech Airlines will open up for them, primarily to Eastern Europe, but also the to the Middle East and North America,” said Petr Pi?tělák. Like Air France, Czech Airlines is a member of the global SkyTeam Alliance of airlines. Czech Airlines’ frequent flyer programme is compatible with Air France’s programme, and for passengers registered with Air France, miles collected for flights with Czech Airlines flights are counted into their Flying Blue frequent flyer programme.
Last year, Czech Airlines carried a total of nearly 267,000 passengers between the Czech Republic and France. Year-on-year, their number increased by more than ten percent. Czech Airlines expects another increase in the number of passengers this year, when the Airline’s services on routes between the Czech Republic and France should be used by nearly 290,000 passengers. “Naturally, we expect this new route to generate a further influx of passengers,” added Pi?tělák.