A direct flight line connecting Prague with Bangkok could be established by the end of 2019. The plan is the result of a meeting between a Czech delegation led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and representatives of Malaysian airline Air Asia, in Bangkok. If the plan goes ahead the prime minister believes it would help boost trade and tourism.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš boasts that his government has achieved an unprecedented level of investment and motorway construction. Meanwhile, a survey by domestic watchdog Hlídač státu has underscored the sluggish pace of that construction over the past 15 years compared to that of comparable EU member states.
Czech pensioner Jaromír Balda has been found guilty of terrorism after
causing two train crashes with the aim of spreading fear of Muslim
migrants. Mr. Balda, who is 71, has been sentenced to four years in jail
and out-patient psychiatric treatment.
In 2017 he cut down trees on two railway lines in in the Mladá Boleslav area. In both cases the trains crashed but there were no injuries. He left leaflets at the scene purporting to be from Muslim terrorists.
The pensioner told the court that he had only wished to stir up resistance, so “that horror” did not reach the Czech Republic.
Last year 565 people died on Czech roads, which was 63 more than the
previous year and the highest figure in three years. Numbers presented by
the police on Tuesday morning also showed that the deaths of motorcyclists
increased by over 40 percent in 2018.
Transport police were called out to over 100,000 traffic accidents last year, the division’s chief, Tomáš Lerch, told journalists.
Almost 2,500 people were left with serious injuries after collisions in 2018. Over 25,000 suffered minor injuries.
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš says the minister of transport, Dan Ťok, has
been unable to sell the results he has attained. Speaking in a Czech
Television interview on Sunday, Mr. Babiš said that there had been
unprecedented investment and motorway construction since he had been in
However, the prime minister conceded that his cabinet had not handled ongoing repair of the country’s biggest motorway, the D1, well.
Mr. Babiš had previously said that Mr. Ťok needed to get tough with subordinates in order to get results. He has not ruled out a cabinet reshuffle this year.
The under pressure minister of transport, Dan Ťok, has hit back at critics
who say insufficient progress has been made on motorway building and
maintenance in the Czech Republic. In an interview published by news site
iDnes.cz, the ANO appointee said there had never been such rapid and
sufficient construction at any point since the Velvet Revolution. Mr. Ťok
said it would take a “real superman” to achieve more than was currently
Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said recently that the minister needed to get tough with subordinates in order to produce results. Mr. Ťok said he had proven at his department and elsewhere that he could be very tough.
Following the public rebuke from the PM bookmakers began offering odds on when Mr. Ťok would be replaced.
Plans for constructing a fourth metro line in the Czech capital are nearly as old as Prague’s first metro station. Yet they have proceeded at a snail’s pace, with multiple delays. The recently elected mayor has pledged to begin construction during his time in office, but a recent review of old contracts threatens to slow progress again.
Czech rail operators are struggling to find new train drivers. Many are nearing retirement age and not enough young people are entering the profession, the news site Lidovky.cz reported. Employers seeking to fill the shortage are training their own engine drivers, at a cost of up to CZK 1 million each.
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