The Czech rail market is set to open up further to competition after the government’s approval of liberalisation plans on Wednesday, the Czech News Agency reported. According to information posted on the Office of the Government’s website, tender processes for the right to run services on five high-speed rail lines will be held by the end of 2021
Flights between Prague and Berlin have been cancelled as a result of a strike by ground staff at Berlin airports. Six return flights scheduled for Monday and early Tuesday were victims of the strike over wage claims. More cancellations are expected following the announcement that the action would be extended from Tuesday to Wednesday. The action affects flights to and from Berlin’s Tegel and Schönfeld airports.
Czech Airlines, the national air carrier, has reported a profit for the second year in a row, following years of financial losses and austerity measures, the news site idnes reports, noting that private capital clearly benefitted the airline. The airline reports progress in all areas – a higher number of passengers, 11 new air-links and an increase in the number of flights by 9 percent as compared to the previous year. Its 2016 profit of 241 million crowns is an eight percent increase year-on-year. Korean Air acquired a 44 percent stake in Czech Airlines in 2013.
Three children between the ages of 12 and 14 face Could face the charge of endangering public safety by piling rocks on a section of railway track in the region of Olomouc; these were hit by a fast-speed train on Saturday afternoon, traveling at 160 km/h. Sections of the track and all 24 wheels of the train were damaged. The financial cost has not yet been revealed.
Lower house deputies from across the political spectrum have urged the Sobotka government to move faster with plans for high speed rail construction in the country. The country currently has no high speed rail links and the most advanced project between Prague and Dresden would see construction launched in 2035. MPs are pushing for construction to start in 2025 and end in 2030, arguing that the country should have no problem building 40 to 50 km of high speed rail tracks a year, both financially and as regards construction potential.
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