The FINANCIAL — Czech Airlines is expanding its activities on the Polish market. Alongside the existing regular scheduled connection between Prague and Warsaw, effective 14 July 2015, the carrier will launch operations on its three new routes: From Łódź and Rzeszów to Edinburgh in Scotland and also from Łódź to Prague.
All new connections will be operated twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. One-way tickets from both Polish cities to Edinburgh start at PLN 180, while Łódź – Prague tickets start at PLN 212, including all charges, according to Czech Airlines.
The above-mentioned regular scheduled flights from Łódź and Rzeszów to Edinburgh as well as the Łódź – Prague services will be provided during both the 2015 summer season and the 2015/2016 winter season, as planned by Czech Airlines. The carrier will use modern Airbus A319 aircraft with 144 seats in Economy class configuration to service the routes. The Łódź – Edinburgh flight takes 2.5 hours, the Rzeszów – Edinburgh service takes almost three hours and passengers travelling from Łódź to Prague will spend roughly an hour in the air.
One-way Tickets from PLN 180; Return Tickets from PLN 440
One-way tickets from both Łódź and Rzeszów to Edinburgh start at PLN 180, while return tickets start at PLN 440 including all charges. One-way tickets from Łódź to Prague can be purchased from PLN 212, while return tickets start at PN 440 including all charges.
“Poland is one of the EU’s largest and fastest developing markets with increasing civil aviation transport demand. The market offers interesting business opportunities we wish to and will try to pursue in the future. Our new activities on the Polish market are in line with Czech Airlines’ strategy of developing its transport network outside its main Prague hub. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Łódź and Rzeszów airports for their excellent co-operation. Without their help, we would have had a much harder time launching the routes,” Ján Tóth, Czech Airlines Director for Commerce, Alliances and Marketing, stated.
“We are extremely happy to be making this announcement together with Czech Airlines today,” said Stanisław Nowak, President of Rzeszow-Jasionka International Airport. “We have known for a long time that there is a large Polish community living in Edinburgh, originally from the Podkarpackie region and surrounding areas. This direct air connection to Rzeszów will be very good news for the whole Polish community in Scotland, as well as for their families and relatives here in Poland,” he added. Mr. Nowak also underlined the importance of co-operation with Czech Airlines: “Our mutual work has been tremendous so far, and I truly believe that we are looking forward to a long and successful era of co-operation with our Czech partners.”
Free Checked-in Baggage and Refreshments aboard Czech Airlines’ Flights
Passengers on all three new Czech Airlines’ services from Łódź and Rzeszów can check-in free of charge, one piece of baggage of up to 15 kg in weight and a maximum sum total of its length, width and height equal to 158 cm. Passengers travelling in the Economy Class cabin with Flexi tariff tickets can check-in up to two pieces of baggage, each up to 23 kg. Czech Airlines’ OK Plus Programme members can check-in one piece of baggage of up to 23 kg in weight free of charge even with tickets in the lowest reservation classes, i.e. Standard tariff tickets.
All three new services offered by the carrier also support comfortable online checking-in up to 30 hours prior to departure, either via the Czech Airlines’ website or using smart phones. Czech Airlines’ native applications for all basic operating systems (iOS, Android and Windows) can be downloaded at www.czechairlines.com.
Free refreshments are a part of Czech Airlines’ standard inflight service. Czech Airlines will serve its passengers refreshments on all three new connections in the same scope as on its European flights of similar length. Passengers will enjoy a selection of hot and cold beverages, i.e. mineral water, orange and apple juice, Coca-Cola, coffee, tea, traditional Czech beer (Budweiser Budvar) and South-African quality white and red wines. Passengers on Edinburgh services will also receive freshly-filled baguettes or muffins – based on the time of day. Muesli bars and sweet or savoury snacks will be served to passengers on the short service between Łódź and Prague, based on departure times.
Czech Airlines decision on planned service between Prague, Poznan and Gdansk.
Resulting from the launch of Czech Airlines’ regular connections from Łódź and Rzeszów to Edinburg and from Łódź to Prague, the carrier has decided to focus on the Polish market on the above-mentioned new services this year. Concurrently, Czech Airlines has revised its plan to launch regular operation on the Gdansk – Prague and Poznan – Prague routes during this summer season and postpone their launch until the end of March 2016.
“After thorough analysis and discussions with our business partners and largest ticketing offices, we have decided to allow more preparation time and provide greater commercial and marketing support to the routes and change the launch of regular services until the start of the next summer season, i.e. the end of March 2016,” Ján Tóth stated.
The planned days and times of the Gdansk and Poznan – Prague regular scheduled flights and ticket prices will remain unchanged. The carrier plans to operate the connections on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. All flight will remain a part of the reservation and distribution systems, i.e. available from the entire Czech Airlines’ distribution network.