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Thursday
Jun232011

Czech Airlines inaugurates flights from new Bratislava hub

Over the next three days, Czech Airlines will commence a series of six new routes from its brand new hub in Bratislava, Slovakia.  This will result in two dozen new round-trip routes being available from the Slovakian capital, once the full schedule is rolled out by this coming Saturday.  Today, the Czech national airline will start round-trip routes between Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (IATA: BTS; ICAO: LZIB) in Bratislava, and three destinations.  The route will operate through Amsterdam (IATA: AMS; ICAO: EHAM) four times a week, Rome (IATA: FCO; ICAO: LIRF) five times a week, and Paris (IATA: CDG; ICAO: LFPG) seven times a week.

Tomorrow, Czech Airlines will start a round-trip route between the new Slovakian hub and the Belgian capital, Brussels (IATA: BRU; ICAO: EBBR).  Bratislava-Brussels will operate three times a week.  On Saturday, the airline will start new round-trip routes between Bratislava and two more destinations.  The routes inaugurated this Saturday will operate through Barcelona (IATA: BCN; ICAO: LEBL) twice a week, and the Cypriot resort town of Larnaca (IATA: LCA; ICAO: LCLK) thrice weekly.

Czech Airlines operates flights between its main hub at Ruzynĕ Airport (IATA: PRG; ICAO: LKPR) in Prague, and the Slovakian capital twice daily.

All six of these new routes will be flown with the Boeing 737-500, according to Czech Airlines.  A post to www.flightglobal.com from last month indicates that Czech Airlines "will not be facing any competition on any of the routes."  The Slovak Republic has been without a major airline since last year when Air Slovakia dissolved due to bankruptcy, becoming the third airline based in Slovakia to shut down in just a six month period.  Slovak Airlines, another former airline with a hub in Bratislava, went bankrupt and shut down in 2007.  Between last year and the recent announcement of the new Bratislava hub from Czech Airlines, the only airline to use Štefánik Airport as a hub has been the small regional airline Danube Wings.

The facility, opened in 1951, is located in the Bratislava suburb of Ivanka pri Dunaji, and was originally named for the suburb.  It is usually simply called Bratislava Airport by English speakers.  But it is still sometimes called Bratislava-Ivanka by local diehards, and online travel agencies and aggregators.

Additionally, TAP Portugal is starting a new seasonal route between its hub in Lisbon (IATA: LIS; ICAO: LPPT) and the Croatian seaside town of Dubrovnik (IATA: DVB; ICAO: LDDU).  Croatia Airlines codeshares on the route, according to search results returned by the airline ticket booking engine at www.kayak.com/flights, and it will operate once a week in both directions each Thursday.  It is flown with the Airbus A320-100 and -200, and will end on August 25.

original stories

Czech Airlines will offer 24 Direct Flights Weekly from Bratislava to Six European Metropolises (Czech Airlines)

Czech Airlines' Direct Flights Connect Bratislava to Transfer Hubs, and thus to the World (Czech Airlines)

Czech Airlines introduce flights from Bratislava to six new European destinations starting tomorrow (Czech Airlines)

Czech Airlines to Open Base at Bratislava (www.flightglobal.com)

CSA Czech Airlines Bratislava Base Operation Details (www.flightglobal.com)

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Sunday
Aug012010

Emirates launches service between Dubai and Madrid

The official airline of the emirate of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates just finished a series of inaugural flights between the airline's hub Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and a number of European cities, including Madrid, the capital of Spain.  The newly launched Dubai-Madrid route will be flown with the Airbus A330-200 in a 237-seat configuration.

Other routes launched by Emirates this year include flights between Dubai and the cities of Amsterdam, Netherlands; and Prague, Czech Republic.  The largest airline based in the Middle East launched its Dubai-Amsterdam route in May, and its Dubai-Prague route in July.  Moreover, earlier today, the inaugural flight of the airline's Dubai-Beijing route landed at Capital International Airport in the Chinese capital (IATA: PEK; ICAO: ZBAA).  The inaugural flight was flown with the new Airbus A380.

Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest commercial flights currently being flown.  (Those are between Dubai International and the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and Sao Paulo.)  It currently has 142 aircraft in its passenger fleet, with an astonishing 197 more planes on order, 90 of those on order being the Airbus A380.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

 Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates completes flurry of European route launches (www.ameinfo.com)

Emirates marks its first A380 flight to Beijing (www.ameinfo.com)