The FINANCIAL -- On Sunday 16 May, five years will have passed since the launch of scheduled air service to Belarus' capital, Minsk. Whereas in the first year of operation, Czech Airlines offered four flights a week on the route, today, passengers can travel every day.
In the last five years, more than 120,000 passengers have used the Prague - Minsk return flight. Last year, it was more than 30,000 passengers, which in a year-on-year comparison means a 19% increase in interest. Over the course of five years, more than 1,400 tonnes of post and cargo were carried on the route, as well.
The service between Prague and Minsk is used primarily by business and transit passengers who then continue onward to another destination, whether in Western or Eastern Europe. The departure and arrival times of each flight are set such that passengers could comfortably transfer to connecting flights at either airport.
During the summer flight schedule (28 March through 30 October 2010), Czech Airlines flies to Minsk on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with a scheduled departure at 11:45 and return at 15:15. On the remaining days, connections are ensured in code-share cooperation with the Belarusian airline Belavia. The scheduled departure of those flights to Prague is at 9:35 and 13:40, with a return at 11:10 and 15:15.
In addition to flights to Minsk, Czech Airlines offers flights to other countries in the East European region throughout the week. Passengers can thus visit destinations in Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine .