From the end of May, Czech Airlines will connect Prague with the tourist centre of Heraklion, on the Greek island of Crete.
Czech Airlines will offer the service twice weekly. The departure times have been selected primarily to suit the tourist clientele. Czech Airlines will start operating the new route on 30 May 2008, deploying its most modern Airbus A320 aircraft, for 162 passengers.
“Czech Airlines expects the Heraklion route to be used primarily by tourists, and not only from the Czech Republic, but also tourists from Scandinavia and Germany, using connecting flights and a transfer in Prague,” said Czech Airlines’ Vice President for Marketing and Product Development, Petr Pi?tělák, with respect to the new route. In addition to the new route from Prague to Heraklion, Czech Airlines also flies to Athens and Thessalonica in Greece. Czech Airlines has not previously offered regular flights to Heraklion, but it has carried tourists to this Cretan airport on charter flights for many years.
By introducing this regular service, Czech Airlines seeks to satisfy the ever-increasing demand from tourists, who increasingly prefer individually organised trips and travelling on their vacation on scheduled flights, over organised trips with tour operators and charter carriage.