Czech Airlines will launch operations on the new Skopje – Prague route on 20 May 2016 with two return flights a week, departing Skopje on Mondays and Fridays in the morning, at 4:10 a.m. local time and arriving at Václav Havel Airport Prague at 6:00 a.m. local time.
Effective as of 13 June 2016, the carrier will add another frequency on Wednesdays, departing Skopje at the same time. Return flights will be leaving Prague on Thursdays and Sundays and, effective 14 June 2016, on Tuesdays in the evening, at 22:25 p.m. local time, arriving in Skopje at 00:25 a.m. local time. The flights will be operated by modern Airbus A319 aircraft with 144 seats in the Business and Economy Class configuration. Czech Airlines plans to provide the service year round.
“I am really happy that the traditional Czech Airlines brand, one of the oldest air carriers in the world, is about to return to its destinations on the Balkan Peninsula. We consider this area to be very perspective thanks to, among other reasons, the fact that its countries are on their way to the European Union. There are many business operations carried out between Macedonia and the Czech Republic. It is in this area where we see a potential for regular scheduled air transport. At the same time, we believe that a direct connection between Skopje and Prague will contribute to further growth of business relations between the two countries. We are also convinced that a direct scheduled connection will appeal to tourists in both countries. Macedonian and the Czech Republic as well as Skopje and Prague undoubtedly have a number of attractions with appeal to all types of tourists”, Ján Tóth, Czech Airlines Director of Commerce and Marketing, said.
The timetable has been designed in a way to suite the Macedonian business and leisure travellers headed to Prague and the Czech Republic. Both target groups will be able to plan their time in Prague in a way to enjoy two full days with one night stay only or a long-weekend.
“With the new route Skopje-Prague we accomplish another request to our valued passengers, for a direct flight to one of the most beautiful European capitals, the city of a hundred spires, as Prague is called. Czech Airlines (CSA) served this line successfully from 2005 to 2012. The reestablished flying to Prague will provide greater economic and cultural exchange between the Czech Republic and Macedonia. We expect more Czech tourists, and increase of the cargo-traffic”. Zoran Krstevski, TAV Macedonia General Manager, said.
The arrivals of the new Skopje flights have been coordinated with the departures of many Czech Airlines’ regular scheduled flights. Passengers travelling from Skopje will thus be able to continue, after an easy and fast transfer, aboard Czech Airlines’ flights to a number of traditional destinations, such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Paris, but also to a number of cities in Scandinavia, such as Billund and Copenhagen in Denmark, Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden and now also to Helsinki in Finland. On the other hand, introducing a direct scheduled connection between Prague and Skopje will make Macedonia more attractive and accessible to tourists from the Czech Republic and other countries.
After a four-year pause filled with restructuring activities, Czech Airlines returns to its traditional destinations on the Balkan Peninsula, planning to launch operations on several routes to Prague from there. In the 2016 summer season, Czech Airlines plans to launch also regular scheduled flights from Zagreb and Sarajevo to Prague.
The historically first Skopje – Prague flight was serviced by Czech Airlines on 17 May 2005. Operations on the route were discontinued on 17 March 2012 due to the company’s restructuring activities.
TAV Macedonia in the period January – November 2015 marks 21% increase in the total number of passengers at both Macedonian airports – Skopje Alexander the Great and Ohrid St. Paul the Apostle, exceeding 1.435.053 passengers. At the same time, the total number of operations is 14.244, with an increase of 10%.