On May 27, 2022, Delta Air Lines landed back at Václav Havel Airport Prague, restoring the only nonstop service between the Czech Republic and United States. Both the inbound and outbound flights operated at near capacity showing the demand for this route – Delta’s first in more than two years.
“We’re delighted to return to Prague today for the first time since 2019 and the full flight shows the demand for travel to this beautiful city,” said Thomas Brandt, Delta’s regional sales manager, who travelled on the service from New York. “The removal of all covid entry requirements last month has had a positive impact on bookings. We’re looking forward to a successful summer season connecting Prague to New York and beyond, while also supporting our respective tourism economies.”
In 2021, the U.S. was the largest non-European inbound source market to the Czech Republic with 44,000 visitors, according to data from the Czech Statistical Office. In 2019, almost 600,000 Americans visited the country.
"The resumption of direct flights to New York, which was one of the most attractive long-haul destinations from Prague in 2019, is excellent news,” said Jiří Pos, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors. “It will be particularly appreciated by Czech passengers, who will, after a two-year break, gain a convenient and fast connection to the east coast of the United States.”
Before boarding, customers were treated to a carnival atmosphere, enjoying refreshments as well as a cake-cutting ceremony.
Here are three things to know about Delta’s new Prague service:
More choice in the U.S.
For customers looking to travel beyond New York, Delta offers same-day connections to 42 cities across the United States from its hub at JFK, making it easier to connect to friends, family and business colleagues. The airline has more flights from Europe to New York-JFK than any other carrier and has a total of 190 flights taking off every day this month. All Delta’s flights from the Czech Republic are operated in conjunction with its joint venture partners Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic.
More flights, more comfort
Delta’s flights will be operated using Boeing 767-300 aircraft, featuring 25 seats in Delta One business class and 35 Delta Comfort+ and 165 Main Cabin seats, providing more choice to suit all needs and budgets. Delta One offers enhanced privacy and direct aisle access plus SkyPriority airport benefits for smoother service on the ground. Customers flying in Delta One will also refreshed services including more beverage options before take-off, new cocktail bites, a chef-curated three-course meal and decadent desserts featuring a build-your-own ice cream sundae.
Meanwhile, complimentary on-demand entertainment is available throughout the aircraft, while mobile messaging is available for free via the on-board Wi-Fi with additional functionality available for purchase.
More focus on sustainability
Delta is driving forward its long-term commitment to sustainability through the introduction of new on-board products. In Delta One, new amenity kits produced by Mexican apparel brand Someone Somewhere use regenerated and locally-sourced cotton and eliminate five plastic items, including zips and packaging. Delta One customers can also sleep comfortably with sustainable bedding, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, while meals for international Main Cabin customers are served using new dishware made from biodegradable material, bamboo cutlery and a premium paper placemat.
Delta’s flights between Prague and New York-JFK will operate as follows:
Prague at 13:45
New York-JFK at 17:00
New York-JFK at 21:30
Prague at 11:45 (next day)
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Additional information is also available on Prague Airport’s Twitter feed @PragueAirport.