A Czech Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport on Sunday evening after apparent problems with one of the motors. The plane returned to the airport soon after take-off following loud engine noise. One of the passengers later confirmed the news to Czech Radio. A return flight from Prague to Amsterdam was cancelled Monday. Technicians are probing the cause of the emergency landing.
After seven years of posting losses, the Czech Republic’s national carrier Czech Airlines is likely to end in the black this year. The company is likely to post a profit of around 250 million crowns for 2015. Václav Řehoř, the head of the state run company Český Aeroholding, which holds a 20-percent stake in the Czech Airlines, confirmed the profit expectations to the business daily Hospodářské noviny on Tuesday.
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Czech Airlines will scrap free lunches on its economy class flights as of December of this year, a spokesperson for the airlines said. The only exceptions will be on the company’s longest routes to Alma-Ata and Seoul. Refreshments in business class will be in the price of the ticket. Passengers on economy class flights will be able to order an Upgrade Menu for the price of 8 euros or a hot meal for 12 euros.
Czech Airlines will expand its flights to seven new destinations in the upcoming winter season, the ctk news agency reports. Among the new destinations are Venice, Bologna, Nice and Alma-Ata. Czech Airlines is also renewing flights to Yerevan and Helsinki. The airline’s winter schedule lasts from October 25th to March 26th. The airline currently flies to 38 destinations world-wide.
Czech Airlines is considering changes to its onboard catering with one option to drop the offer of free food on flights. There is no set deadline at the moment when a decision over whether to introduce extra charges for food, the airline’s spokesman told the Czech News Agency. Travel Service, which owns a third of Czech Airlines, has already dropped the offer of hot meals as part of the ticket price on its flights in a move which caused some negative reaction from customers. Czech Airlines has been seeking to cut its costs and return to profit.
A planned strike by flight attendants at the Czech national carrier ČSA which was due to begin at midnight on Wednesday may have to be postponed, according to cabin crew union representatives. The reason is a provisional court ruling issued at the request of ČSA management which called the strike illegal. The strike was in protest over low wages, after salary cuts that were made in February this year. The company management has refused to negotiate a long-term raise in salaries, until ČSA consolidates its finances.
Flight attendants at the Czech national carrier ČSA will go on a three-day strike over low pay, their union representatives announced on Monday. The strike is due to begin at 1 am on Wednesday. It is still not clear how many flight attendants will participate in the strike and how many flights will be affected. Cabin crews have been on strike alert since May of this year. The company’s management said the strike is illegal and that it would do its utmost to minimize its impact. As a member of the SkyTeam alliance, ČSA provides flights to 48 destinations in 24 countries.
Czech Airlines (ČSA) has announced that it is cancelling its air-link to Athens just six weeks after it was launched. ČSA operated two flights weekly to Athens in July and had originally planned to expand them to four in August. The reason cited is the Greek crisis, the poor payment morale of companies and instability on the market. The airline was originally targeted at Greek tourists visiting the Czech Republic.