padcrasher
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Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:01 pm

This seems like an odd route for Czech to fly.

Does anyone know the history behind this route?

How does it perform?

Where is the demand for this coming from?

Thanks in advance.
 
jfkYYZ
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 4:29 pm

I'm not sure of anything really about the Czech decision to fly the route really. But seeing how Aeroflot always manage to fill up their flights with Indians flying to BOM or DEL maybe Czech is doing the same. If you go to Czech's website as well and look at their route map and click on a destination in this case CMB, one can see all the connecting opportunities.
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swissgabe
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 5:05 pm

Afaik OK doesn't do (or did) bad on this route. They are not only selling in the Czech Republic but also in other places in Europe (and maybe even North America). They having also traffic right on the DXB-CMB vv. sector.
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TurkishSky
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 6:05 pm

The reason they started CMB was the fact that there were no European carriers operating scheduled flights there other than the usual leisure carriers like LTU etc....
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Chiguire
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 6:12 pm

that there were no European carriers operating scheduled flights
Correct. OK is an alternative for smaller tour operators in Europe not wanting to take any commitment on a charter. This is also extremely important for Sri Lanka as a destination as they are not only dependent on the big operators.
 
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 7:45 pm

TurkishSky
Flying to a destination because no other airline is flying there should not be the main reason to fly to any destination. You fly there because there is demand or money to made ...
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L410Turbolet
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:54 pm

This seems like an odd route for Czech to fly.

CSA's long-haul route network is quite odd as a whole.

Does anyone know the history behind this route?

The PRG-DXB-CMB route has been in operation for something like 2 years. This year they've extended it to MLE.

How does it perform?

This is only hearsay, but the route is (was?) supposedly a great success story. I wonder what the future of this route will be. I'm not able to support my statement with numbers. Sorry.

Where is the demand for this coming from?

mainly Czech travel agencies and I think CSA is successfully marketing the route outside of the Czech Rep.
Technically the flights are c/s as DL flights as well, but how many pax this generates, I don't know.




 
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:01 pm

A former Egyptian airline, ZAS I think, operated, around 1995, a once-weekly, M80-operated service from CAI to MLE via KWI. I would have thought that that was more strange, but not even that strange.

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TurkishSky
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:06 pm


Swissgabe

'Flying to a destination because no other airline is flying there should not be the main reason to fly to any destination. You fly there because there is demand or money to made ...'

I have been in touch with CSA quite many years as a travel professional and this was a comment by people of CSA in the beginning. They saw there was a market there but they were not sure about it.

Now they seem to be happy and they surely are NOT flying there to be the only scheduled carrier.
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RE: Czech Airlines PRG-Colombo

Thu Dec 30, 2004 10:13 pm

I love this website. Ask a question and get answers from no less than 6 airline buffs in 6 different countries..in less than 6 hours....Thanks for your replies.

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