L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5532 posts, RR: 20 Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2481 times:
There's an article on a major Czech news webpage about airline traffic between Czech Republic and the UK. Close to 200 scheduled flights weekly between CZ and UK served by seven airlines make up 14% of all scheduled flights departing from PRG.There are also 150 flights/week to Germany and surprisingly only 70 flights to France and 50 to Italy.
Majority of the flights are operated by LCCs. It was already suggested on a.net, that "good 'ol times" for LCCs are almost over and that only few strong airlines will survive. The figures for PRG seem to confirm that. As much as I'd like to see the airline market flourish in the Czech Rep. I simply can't see the market for such a high number of flights since majority of them is fed mainly from the British side due to somewhat limited purchse power of the population.
Do you think there is a potential to sustain such a high number or flight or even a room for increase as some analysts suggest?
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2387 times:
As long as us Brits want to get p*ssed for 50p a pint (well, half litre), and have cheap night time salubrious activities with members of the opposite sex (or same, if you're that way inclined), then there will be a demand!
Why are your hotels so expensive though? Not enough of them maybe?
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5532 posts, RR: 20 Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2332 times:
Why are your hotels so expensive though? Not enough of them maybe?
Good question. Do you mean the big chains like Hilton, SAS, etc.?
I wish I knew the answer, but there are plenty of them at least in Prague. One explanation might be the "get filthy rich, yestersday at the latest" modus operadi of many businesses here. Also they completely ignore locals, thus depend on tourists and biz travelers. Same thing is with car rentals. When I worked as a translator in Scotland, I could afford to rent a car for every weekend and if I took advantage of some promos I could stay at Hiltons in places like Aberdeen. Here? No way! Rental with Sixt costs you about the double what you get the same car with Sixt in Dresden.
Prague city hall is one big, fuc*ed up, corrupt institution that's for sure. Their incapability to fight the taxi mafia or annoying street prostitution is so embarrasing and no beautiful Prague Castle will make it look better.
Pearyland From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2237 times:
Well, perhaps the bubble is going to burst but perhaps not.
Due to the newly entry into the European Union of the Czech Republic, the amount of passengers will rise significantly.
Do you want to have an example?
Here is one: Air Baltic did start in the late 90's a service from Riga to PRG and Warsaw. After a short time, Air Baltic did cease operations on this Routes due to insufficient demand. Short time ahead of Latvias entry in to the EU, Air Baltic relaunched operations on this Routes due to the entry into the EU.
And surprise surprise, these two Routes are now successful.
I think the entry's of the 10 new country's into the EU will create a massive rise in passengers.
But despite this, there will be a few losers. Not many, but a few. If Czech were not jumped into the EU there would be a lot more losers than a few!
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2106 times:
Well, all sorts of hotels really. I usually use Expedia for hotel booking and there just didn't seem to be anything reasonably priced.
I hate to say it, but Prague merchants do seem to try to rip us tourists off, more than any other country I've been to. Even the hotel I stayed at charged extra just to use the swimming pool - I've never had that before!
Nice place though, and an extremely efficient tram system. The airport is nice too.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5532 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2057 times:
Geoff, do you usually come on business or as a tourist? My advice would be next time get in touch with a local (like me) and/or try to get out of Prague as well, there's plenty to see as well. As much as I like Prague (to visit not to live there) I don't like the fact that the city is turning into a cheesy Disneyland, where in downtown Prague you really see no ordinary people after 5pm since its getting so expensive there only tourists and overpaid expat managers can afford it. It damages the atmosphere of the town tremendously, I think.
extremely efficient tram system
Do you mean the infamous line 22 infested with extremely efficient Gypsy pickpocketers? For some reason the Prague trams are really photogenic, I see them in all kinds of music videos. And the teram carriages make a pretty good barricades, people in Sarajevo could tell stories.
I shouldn't be so cynical and be more positive about my country, like the Lebanese guys do, should I?
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1885 times:
As a tourist, but only once so far, just last month. I think I was on the 23 or 24, maybe it was the 22. It goes past the Pyramida hotel, where I stayed. I didn't have any trouble with pickpocketers, however I planned not to anyway, ie empty back pockets etc.
It is a little cheesy with all the tourists and the umbrella-wielding guides (which can be worse than the tourists). Thanks for the offer of a local - if I'm over again, I'll buy you a beer or ten!
What sort of aircraft do you get at the airport? I only saw small planes, 737s and suchlike.
then some little stuff like ATRs, CRJs, Embraers, A319
sometimes SU's Tu-154 and Belavia's Tu-134
The only regular widebodies I can think of, are CSA A310s, British 767, Korean A330 and Saudi 777. Plus recently quite frequent United 744 chartered by the US gov't, refuelling in PRG en route to Gulf.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1630 times:
they completely ignore locals, thus depend on tourists and biz travelers
Could have fooled me. I'm very pissed off at the Czech Embassy in Ottawa. I had written to them a couple years ago for a tourist visa to visit Prague, but they very politely replied that "we have no wish to encourage tourism by citizens of India and hence are unable to issue this visa". I went to Brussels instead. If they don't want my tourist $, someone else can have it.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1566 times:
The next time CSA decides to fly to India to avail of the IT traffic to the US, mail it to your contacts at Air India.
Its sad though. CSA and Air India actually have a very long history of co-operation. They used to fly to BOM with IL-62s during the cold war era and owned a building on Pali Hill where the crew used to be accomodated on layovers. They even contracted with AI to train their crews about the fine points of inflight service back in the early 1970s. And now they don't want us....
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1480 times:
Maybe that to get an Indian tourist visa is not exactly easy either
If you ever have a problem just drop me a line. I am an authorized signatory for my company to issue "sponsorship letters" for business visitors to India, so you can get a visa with minimal hassle on the strength of one of those.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5532 posts, RR: 20 Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1424 times:
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind. I was in India two years ago, getting a "free" flight with Swiss from German lastminute.com (the money was never charged from the credit card ), and loved it - although three weeks is way too short and I needed couple of weeks to mentally digest the experience! Since it was lastminute I was in a need to get a visa quick, but the clerk at the front desk told me at 11:15 that it's "closed already" although the were supposed to be open another 45 minutes. But his watch said 12:00 and there was no way I could convince him that the REAL OFFICIAL time is "slightly" different. So I had to drive to Prague on Monday again and submit a made-up travel plan because that lady doing the interview couldn't understand that as a backpacker I have no definite plan of travel, no hotel reservations, etc.
Should you need any help regarding visas, let me know as well. I can't make miracles, fire certain idiots at embassies, but there are ways, you know...