ČSA Czech Airlines will discontinue flights between Prague and Skopje despite plans to maintain the service throughout the winter season and link the Macedonian capital with Zagreb as well. Furthermore, the carrier will not go through with a planned capacity increase on its Prague - Zagreb route. The development comes just several weeks after the airline held a press conference to promote its Zagreb and Skopje flights, as well as the planned Zagreb - Skopje service for which it secured local traffic rights. The last flight to the Macedonian capital will now operate on October 29. Ticket sales past this date have been discontinued. ČSA will continue to offer a codeshare service to Skopje through Alitalia via Rome.
The Czech carrier has also cancelled plans to operate a 136-seat jet-engine Airbus A319 aircraft to Zagreb during the winter and will instead maintain the route with its seventy-seat ATR72 turboprop. Flights will depart Prague late in the evening, however, passengers heading from Zagreb to the Czech capital will endure a 04.40 CET departure time, with arrival in Prague at 06.15. Korean Air will continue to codeshare on the service. ČSA faces no competition on the route, with Croatia Airlines to end its seasonal flights to Prague on October 29. Its Czech counterpart launched services to both Zagreb and Skopje this summer season and planned to introduce Sarajevo as well, however, the route never materialised.
In late September, Czech Airlines' Director for Commerce, Alliances & Marketing, Jan Toth, said, "We looked into improving passenger numbers and making the service more appealing to transfer passengers. Results show that more than a third of travellers who began their journey in Zagreb continued on from Prague towards other destinations served by ČSA and its partners". He added, "This is why we proposed a new timetable with an earlier takeoff from Croatia, which allows our Zagreb flight to connect onto our morning wave of departures from Prague. Our evening departure from Prague to Zagreb also allows us to feed the route from other incoming traffic". Mr Toth also promoted the planned new Zagreb - Skopje sector, which has now been suspended.