Effective Sunday, 31 October 2021, the winter flight schedule comes in effect, offering direct connections from Václav Havel Airport Prague to 92 destinations, including exotic countries such as Kenya, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. There will also be new routes operated under the winter flight schedule, for example, to Tel Aviv, Naples, Odessa, Kyiv, Dubai and Amsterdam. The launch of Eurowings' base operations will also help facilitate the resumption and further development of air traffic.
Under the 2021 winter flight schedule, 47 air carriers will operate direct flights from/to Prague. The German company Eurowings, a member of the Lufthansa Group, is opening its base at Prague Airport. Its two Airbus A319 will service connections to 13 European destinations, including the Canary Islands and Barcelona. Ryanair has scheduled connections from Prague to 26 cities, including popular destinations such as London, Krakow and Dublin. The Smartwings Group is to operate connections to almost 20 destinations under the winter flight schedule, such as the Canary Islands, Madeira, Hurghada, Paris and Stockholm. Direct long-haul charter connections to exotic destinations such as the Maldives, Punta Cana, Mombasa, Cancún and Zanzibar will also be available from Václav Havel Airport Prague.
"We are pleased to watch the resumption of previously-operated routes, launches of connections to new destinations, and frequency increases on existing routes. Thanks to the current trend, we have handled over three million passengers by mid-October. We also hope that, thanks to the new connections offered under the winter flight schedule, the number will continue growing. We are still far from the passenger numbers recorded in 2019, but in terms of the number of offered destinations, we are getting close," Jiří Pos, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said, adding: “In the up-coming winter season, we expect an increased interest of Czech travellers in trips to exotic destinations. We are glad they will be able to select from multiple options and travel both direct and with transfers.”
With the gradual resumption of air traffic, re-launched connections are being returned to Prague. British Airways will, once again, connect Prague with City Airport in central London, Czech Airlines will revive the route to Copenhagen, Ryanair will resume direct services to Barcelona, Paris and Manchester, while Jet2.com will re-launch its flights to Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle.
In addition, there will be brand new connections on offer during the winter season. Wizz Air is to offer flights from Prague to Rome, Catania and Naples, while Smartwings adds flights to Dubai and London. The route to Tel Aviv will be operated by Israir Airlines, Blue Bird Airways and Arkia Airlines in the 2021 winter season. There will also be a completely new routes this winter season, namely the Prague - Odessa route, thanks to Bees Airline, and SkyUp Airlines new connection to Kyiv. Ryanair's new routes will improve accessibility to Warsaw and Naples. Vueling will boost the number of connections to Amsterdam, and Blue Air to Bucharest, launching a new route.
Alongside brand-new destinations, the frequency of connections on existing routes will also increase compared to the summer flight schedule. For example, British Airways will increase the number of frequencies to London up to twice a day service, adding a morning flight to Heathrow Airport for connecting flights to the USA. Brussels Airlines, which transports passengers to Brussels up to eleven times a week, is among the companies which will fly from/to Prague more often than under the summer schedule. Ryanair will offer the same number of frequencies to Milan and increase the number of flights to Dublin, Venice, Brussels and Bologna. Flydubai will service more flights to Dubai with departures up to seven times a week. More flights will also be offered on the Transavia route to Eindhoven.
Resumed Direct Connections from Prague:
Barcelona – Ryanair
Birmingham – Jet2.com
Copenhagen – Czech Airlines
Leeds – Jet2.com
London/City – British Airways
Manchester – Jet2.com
Manchester – Ryanair
Newcastle – Jet2.com
Paris/Beauvais – Ryanair
New Direct Connections from Prague:
Amsterdam – Vueling
Bucharest – Blue Air
Dubai – Smartwings
Catania – Wizz Air
Kyiv – SkyUp Airlines
London/Heathrow – Smartwings
Naples – Wizz Air
Naples – Ryanair
Odessa – Bees Airline
Rome/Fiumicino – Wizz Air
Tel Aviv – Israir, Blue Bird Airways, Arkia Airlines
Warsaw/Modlin – Ryanair
Eurowings Connections from Its New Prague Base: Athens, Barcelona, Birmingham, Bristol, Düsseldorf, Fuerteventura, Copenhagen, Cologne, Malaga, Milan/Malpensa, Tel Aviv, Tenerife, Zagreb
Selected Routes with Increased Number of Frequencies Compared to Summer Season:
British Airways – London/Heathrow – increased to 14 flights a week
Brussels Airlines – Brussels/Zaventem – increased up to 11 flights a week
Flydubai – Dubai – increased to 7 flights a week
Ryanair – Venice/Treviso – increased to 4 flights a week
Ryanair – Bologna – Ryanair – increased to 4 flights a week
Ryanair – Brussels/Charleroi – increased to 1 flight a week
Ryanair – Dublin – increased to 6 flights a week
Ryanair – Milan/Bergamo – increased to 11 flights a week
Transavia – Eindhoven – increased to 4 flights a week