The struggling Czech Post office will get a 3.3 billion crown payment from
the state next year for so-called universal services from previous years,
subject to approval of the European Commission.
Last year, Czech Post recorded a 1 billion crown loss. It may have to eliminate 7,000 positions as part of a restructuring in order to return to profitability by 2021.
The European Commission has twice approved billions in Czech state support, finding it compatible with EU internal market regulations and as such allowed.
Czech Post had a monopoly on the delivery of letters and other direct mail weighing less than 50 grams until the start of 2013. Now these services may also be offered by competitors, which focus mainly on corporate clients.
The Scandinavian airline SAS has announced it is cancelling another 280
flights on Thursday due to a drawn out pilot strike which has already
affected 300,000 passengers.
The cancellations include scheduled flights from Prague to Stockholm. A decision on an afternoon flight from Copenhagen to Prague has not yet been announced. Passengers have been advised to keep themselves informed about developments on flysas.com.
Václav Havel Airport, also known simply as Prague Airport, has continued to attract more passengers every year since 2013 and a number of new projects ranging from transport, commercial infrastructure and customer service are expected to boost its competitiveness with other regional airport hubs. I asked the airport’s spokesman, Roman Pacvoň, about the airport’s plans for the future.