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The Dinosaurs’ Heritage and the Gobi Desert; Eznis Airways to Offer Direct Flights from Prague to Mongolia

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Václav Havel Airport Prague is to offer regular direct flights to Ulaanbaatar for the first time in its history. The Eznis Airways carrier plans to operate flights to the capital of Mongolia two times a week, on Wednesday and Saturday, effective 10 July 2024, using a wide-body Airbus A330 with a capacity for 256 passengers. This third direct European connection to Mongolia, which is to complement the only two other direct routes available, will also offer interesting options for connecting flights, for example, to Vietnam.

“We are very happy that the Eznis Airways carrier is launching a direct route from Prague to Ulaanbaatar. Approximately 12,000 Mongolians live in the Czech Republic, which is one of their largest communities in the European Union. In addition, Mongolia is a traditional trade partner of the Czech Republic. Czech companies are involved in a number of projects in Mongolia, and I believe that this new service will also contribute to the deepening of mutual business cooperation, which has been growing steadily and, according to the data by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, exceeded 513 million crowns in 2023. We believe, Czech tourists who will now be able to explore unknown Mongolia currently without the need for visas, will also be satisfied,” Jiří Pos, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, said.

Mongolia no longer means just traditional yurts. Only 3.27 million people live in a country occupying an area of more than 1,500,000 square kilometres. Mongolia is twenty times the size of the Czech Republic, but much of the country is covered by harsh steppes. To the south near the border with China, there is the Gobi Desert, which spreads across almost a third of the territory of Mongolia and is the sixth largest desert in the world. This very desert is also considered to have the world’s largest deposit of dinosaur remains. Almost 1.5 million people live in the capital, Ulaanbaatar. In today’s modern city, tourists will find not only high-rise buildings, but also monuments and traditional yurts. Visitors from the Czech Republic currently do not need a visa for short-term trips to Mongolia (up to 30 days) for the purpose of tourism. More information is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

“The recently introduced visa-free travel for Czech tourists has raised interest in trips to untouched Mongolian nature. Czechs enjoy the high mountains in the Altai mountain range, the Gobi Desert, motorbike trips, and also fishing. In the opposite direction will be heading Mongolian employees of Czech companies under the government’s Qualified Employee Program and, more recently, students,” the Czech ambassador in Ulaanbaatar, Jan Vytopil, added.

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