Articles Tagged ‘Prague’
This week we look at a west-east route involving five carriers though Air France and Czech Airlines are code-share partners. How does SmartWings compare with the likes of SkyEurope and Wizz Air?
Wizz Air has bases right across Central Europe but its busiest airport is in… the UK! It has added 12 but dropped eight airports in the last year. Which ones? And how big a presence does it have in various new EU member states? Where will it base new aircraft in 2009?
Traffic at Prague airport has doubled in four years and CSA Czech Airlines has managed to maintain its dominant position with almost 70 non-stop routes, six of which are new for this summer. It has a monopoly on 31 routes but faces three competitors on flights to Copenhagen.
Not an obvious route for there to be five airlines competing for traffic, but national carriers SAS and Czech Airlines are joined by Sterling, SkyEurope and Cimber Air. Who is leading the price war and who is trying to attract a premium? What role does frequency play on the route?
Even before the Czech Republic joined the EU in 2004 Prague airport was benefiting from low-cost airline activity from the UK. Its reputation for cheap alcohol meant UK traffic quadrupled in just a few years. Now the rest of Europe is catching up and SkyEurope has set up a major base to take on the likes of easyJet and Smartwings. And what is Click4sky?