EasyJet announces Prague to Belfast route

Northern Ireland's capital is the 11th UK destination from Prague

Discount air carrier EasyJet will start flights from Belfast to Prague on Oct. 29, 2018. They will operate twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays on an Airbus A319 aircraft with fares starting from Kč 814.49 one way per person. Tickets go on sale July 12.

“We are pleased to further strengthen our network from Prague with this new route to Belfast, which we believe will prove a popular addition to our existing network,” easyJet’s UK Country Manager Ali Gayward said.

“We have operated flights to and from Belfast International Airport for over 18 years and are sure our customers from Prague will enjoy all that this fantastic city has to offer.”

The airline said in a press release that it expects to carry 11,100 customers in the first winter of operation.

UK-based easyJet now offers 32 routes from Belfast and as of June has increased the total number of aircraft based there to six.

In addition to Prague, easyJet is also adding routes to Fuerteventura and Salzburg from Belfast.

The new Prague–Belfast route fits in with the long-term plans of airport operator Prague Airport (Letiště Praha) to increase capacity by adding new destinations.

“We are pleased that easyJet has announced the launch of a new direct route connecting Prague with the capital of Northern Ireland. Effective this winter schedule, Belfast will become the 11th destination in the United Kingdom with a direct scheduled service to Václav Havel Airport Prague. This new connection has a long-term potential and we expect it to be sought after by both Czech and foreign passengers.” Prague Airport director of aviation business Jiří Vyskoč said.

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 recently opened new check-in facilities that will help increase the capacity of Terminal 2, which handles flights within the Schengen Zone.

The UK, including Northern Ireland, is not part of the Schengen Zone and uses Terminal 1.

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 asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

EasyJet Airline Company Limited flies on more of Europe’s most popular routes than any other airline. It carries over 82 million passengers annually, of which more than 13 million are traveling on business. The carrier flies 298 aircraft on more than 980 routes to 156 airports across 33 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport.

The airline supports a number of local charities and also has a corporate partnership with UNICEF. which has raised over £10 million since it was established in 2012.

The airline fills most of its seats, which means that an easyJet passenger's carbon footprint is 22 percent less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route, according to a press release.

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