Discount air carrier Ryanair has launched a direct air-link from Pardubice
to London Stansted, with flights scheduled three times a week.
The route is serviced by Boeing 737 carriers with 189 seats on board. Ryanair’s first flight from Pardubice to London was fully booked.
Pardubice is the fourth Czech city served by Ryanair, aside from Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
Pardubice Airport is originally a military airport which was turned into a civilian international airport in 1994.
Traffic police are increasing their presence on Czech roads after
statistics revealed a growing number of accidents in the first eight months
of this year.
The police were called to sixty thousand accidents between January and August which is 2,000 higher than in the same period of last year.
Road experts say this is due to increased aggression on the road, inattention and speeding. Traffic police have been posted particularly in high-risk areas.
State prosecutor Aleš Kopal is seeking unconditional sentences of between
three and six years in prison for 10 people standing trial in the case of a
collapsed bridge in Studénka in the district of Nový Jíčín in 2008,
which was struck by a passenger train.
Eight people died in the accident, dozens of others were injured and damage amounted to around 180 million crowns. Those charged in the case include civil engineers from the firm contracted with the renovation of the bridge.
The number of road fatalities over the course of the summer holidays dropped to its lowest since 1990, according to preliminary statistics released by the police on Thursday. One hundred and two people died in traffic accidents on Czech roads over the course June and July, which is 18 fewer than in the same period last year. The overall number of road fatalities since the beginning of the year is 331, a drop by 12 compared to the same period in 2016.
Finnish Transtech, a subsidiary of Škoda Transportation, will deliver a
total of 20 double deck electric carriages to Finland. The price of the
contract amounts to nearly 1.4 billion crowns.
The first double deck coaches were introduced in the Finnish railways in June 1998, and now a total of 152 coaches carry passengers on all main routes in Finland.
Plzeň-based transport company Škoda Transportation acquired a controlling stake in Finland’s sole manufacturer of rail vehicles and trams in August 2015.
The D8 motorway connecting Prague and Dresden should be fully operational,
without restrictions, by the end of September, Transport Minister Dan Tok
told the ctk news agency on Wednesday.
The construction of the motorway leading through a protected nature reserve in the Czech Middle Mountains, was dogged by problems, among them a landslide close to a stone quarry in 2013 which buried part of the road.
Although the final stretch of the motorway was completed at the end of last year a 16-kilomenter stretch was restricted to one lane due to unstable land.
The Road and Rail Directorate will start dismantling billboards located in
the close vicinity of highways and 1st class roads in compliance with the
law, Transport Minister Dan Tok said on Wednesday.
The law, which will come into effect on September 1st, bans advertisement billboards within 250 metres from the roads in view of boosting safety.
The legislation has met with strong opposition from outdoor advertising operators some of whom have started replacing advertisements with gigantic Czech flags and other non-commercial posters and leaving the billboards in place.
The authorities in Prague are set to make alterations to the major
multi-lane road that cuts through the centre of the city. New crossings are
to be built on the road, known as the magistrále (mainline), while
adjacent parks and streets are to be cleaned up under a plan approved by
councillors on Tuesday.
Deputy mayor Petra Kolínská said the road was more than anything a barrier that divided different parts of the city from one another and was avoided by pedestrians. At present it has very few crossings while its underpasses are often in a poor state.