The German low-cost airline headquartered in Düsseldorf and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group Eurowings is the first air carrier to resume partially regular operations after a break of more than six weeks.
Airbus A319 took off from Düsseldorf, Germany yesterday at 18:25, and landed in Prague on Sunday, May 3 at 19:17.
At the moment, Eurowings schedules two flights a week, except on Sundays on Thursdays. From June 1, the carrier expects two flights per day.
Another carrier is returning to Prague tomorrow: KLM’s Embraer E-175 will arrive in the morning and fly to Amsterdam every day.
Other carriers, on the other hand, continue to postpone the start of flights from Prague.
British Airways, which originally planned to resume flights on May 1, will start selling tickets on June 1 at the earliest.
Ryanair and easyJet postponed the launch to May 22, although the companies announced over the weekend that a larger number of flights is not expected until July.
Only Belavia to Minsk and Bulgaria Air to Sofia maintained regular flights in Prague during the pandemic.
Vítejte zpátky! Letecká společnost @eurowings dnes obnovila provoz na Letišti Václava Havla Praha. Na pravidelné lince z/do německého Düsseldorfu letěl Airbus A319 s registrací D-AGWZ. #letimedal #pragueairport #flyfromPRG pic.twitter.com/NUphgRmD8A
— Prague Airport (@PragueAirport) May 3, 2020
The first scheduled flight to be resumed from the Prague Airport will be KLM’s between Prague and Amsterdam in early May.
The carrier officially announced it on Tuesday morning.
The first KLM plane should land in Prague on May 4, at 10:40. KLM will deploy its smallest aircraft: the Embraer E-175 for 88 passengers.
From the beginning of July, the company should expand the connection up to four flights a day according to current sales.
Prague Airport spokeswoman Kateřina Pavlíková said that “as soon as the airlines show interest in flying to Prague again, we are ready to start handling almost immediately.”
KLM is an exception among carriers. Today, for example, Ryanair extended its shutdown for another week. The Irish-based company scheduled to launch a large part of the flights from Prague on May 8. The next possible date is May 15.
Today, the only scheduled flight with regular passengers in Prague has been the one to Minsk, operated by Belavia. Together with Bulgaria Air, these are the only two airlines with regular operations at Vaclav Havel Airport.
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