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David O’Brien, Ryanair’s chief commercial officer, in Prague (photo: Ryanair)

Nordics included in Ryanair’s big Prague push

The low-cost carrier has launched a “record” summer 2019 schedule for flights from the Czech capital.

Fifteen new routes, two newly based aircraft, a $200m investment, 2.1 million customers and 23% growth are what Ryanair is promising for a big new push from the Czech capital next summer.

Its “biggest ever” Prague summer schedule will see the airline basing an additional two new aircraft there and adding 15 new routes that connect nine countries.

This will include new routes between Prague and Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm Skavsta and Riga, as well as Bournemouth, Marseille, Paris, Amman, Bari, Marrakesh, Pescara, Pisa, Venice and Zadar, to make 30 routes from Prague in total.

The Copenhagen route will be daily, while Stockholm, Billund and Riga will each get three flights a week and Gothenburg will get two.

“Exciting cities”
“Ryanair is pleased to add two more based aircraft at Prague – four aircraft in total – as part of our biggest ever Prague summer schedule with 30 routes, including 15 new routes to and from exciting cities such as Copenhagen, Marrakesh and Pisa,” said David O’Brien, Ryanair’s chief commercial officer.

“We welcome Ryanair’s decision to extend the number of flights offered from Prague during the 2019 summer schedule, primarily the introduction of services to the new destinations of Billund, Bournemouth, Pescara and Zadar, which are not currently served directly from Prague,” added Prague Airport CEO Vaclav Rehor.

There have been no direct flights between Billund and Prague since 2015-16, when Czech Airlines operated the route for a short period of time, Check-in.dk recalls. Before that, the Danish carrier Cimber Sterling flew the route until 2011.

As for Copenhagen, Ryanair goes to war with three airlines – Czech Airlines, Norwegian and SAS.

In Stockholm, Peter Steinmetz, managing director of Skavsta Airport, enthused: “Prague is a destination we really welcome into the network from Skavsta. There is a very big market from Stockholm travelling to Prague each year – people who can now travel at the lowest fares. This will prove to be a pearl amongst our destinations.”

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