No flights between Prague and EX-YU this winterFor the first time in over a decade the EX-YU region will have no direct flights to Prague during the winter season. Earlier in the week, ČSA Czech Airlines finalised its 2012/13 winter schedule with no city within the former Yugoslavia featured. Due to financial problems, ČSA suspended flights to Belgrade in 2011 and Skopje in 2012. Earlier in the year the Czech carrier relegated its Zagreb and Ljubljana services to its smaller regional partner Central Connect Airlines (CCA). However, the airline declared bankruptcy in June. ČSA considered resuming flights to the Croatian and Slovenian capitals this winter but in the end decided against the move.
Zagreb was ČSA’s first international destination, launched back in 1930. Last winter season the Czech carrier operated flights to 54 cities in 34 countries. A year later its jets will be seen in 41 cities and 30 countries. It holds a monopoly on over 40% of its routes. The airline once relied on transit passengers from the former Yugoslavia.
On the other hand, no EX-YU carrier operates flights to Prague either. Jat Airways maintained flights to the Czech capital until the winter of 2008. In the summer of 2009, B&H launched services from Sarajevo to Prague. However, the four weekly flights lasted only until September, when they were cancelled due to poor loads.