Sichuan Airlines adds Zurich flight

The route from Chengdu to Prague will be extended with another stop

Chinese carrier Sichuan Airlines has started selling tickets for a new connection from Václav Havel Airport Prague to Zurich, Switzerland. The route will be an extension of the existing connection from Chengdu, China, to Prague and will be available to passengers every Wednesday and Saturday starting June 23. The flight will use an Airbus A330 for 300 passengers.

Direct flights from Chengdu to Prague began in August 2016. It was the third direct air link between Prague and China, following routes starting in Shanghai and Beijing.

Service between Prague and Beijing began Sept. 23, 2015, with carrier Hainan operating the route three times a week using a Boeing 767 carrying 223 passengers. A Prague to Shanghai route began June 23, 2016, with China Eastern Airlines flying the route three times a week with an A330-200 carrying 262 passengers.

Václav Havel Airport Prague recently started a summer schedule on March 25 and run until Oct. 27. Some 67 carriers will have scheduled service to 157 locations. Three carriers were new to the schedule.

Since the season started, additional routes have been announced including flights to Berlin on easyJet.

Václav Havel Airport Prague had a record year in 2017. It handled a total of 15,415,001 passengers, an increase of 17.9 percent compared to 2016.

The airport operator plans to invest in increasing the airport’s capacity, as it is nearing its limit. By 2020, the airport operator will spend Kč 2.3 billion to increase the number of check-in aisles, check-in desks and security control posts.

Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel's death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition organized by Slovak film director Fero Fenič asked the government and the Parliament to rename Prague Ruzyně Airport to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

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