United Airlines plans Prague to Newark flights

Another direct flight to the New York City area will start in June 2019

United Airlines announced it will start flights from Václav Havel Airport Prague to Newark Liberty International Airport, serving the Greater New York area.

The daily route will begin June 7, 2019, and will be served by a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with an economy and business class. The route could serve an estimated 43,000 passengers per year in both directions.

In the 2019 summer flight schedule, there will be three regular direct flights to the US from Václav Havel Airport. The other two flights are to New York’s JFK airport with Delta Airlines and Philadelphia International Airport with American Airlines.

The new United flight leaves Newark at 6:05 pm daily and arrives in Prague at 8:25 am the next day. The return flight leaves Prague at 10:10 am and arrives in Newark at 1:30 pm.

“We are excited to announce the introduction of our new daily seasonal services from Prague to our base at Newark Airport,” said Marcel Fuchs, vice president for Atlantic and Pacific sales at United Airlines.

“This new line will expand our international airline network and provide more travel opportunities to customers in the Czech Republic, with more than 60 connections from Newark Airport to destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean,” he added.

Other US cities reachable from Newark on United include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle as well as destinations in Florida.

Newark Liberty International Airport, located 23 km from Manhattan, offers surface transportation to many parts of the New York City such as a shuttle train to New York’s Penn Station, with a transit time of about 30 minutes.

United announced several new routes recently, including Newark-Naples and San Francisco- Amsterdam. Newark-Reykjavik and Newark-Porto will also be returning to the summer schedule. These are part of a general expansion of routes.

“We’ve built an unparalleled global network and we continuously look for opportunities to make United the first choice for travelers booking flights to Europe and beyond,” said Patrick Quayle, vice president of the international network at United.

Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of Prague Airport, said the new route fits in with the company's plans to increase capacity at Václav Havel Airport.

“Already in the first seven months of this year, the number of passengers in direct flights to the United States and Canada increased by 82 percent year-on-year. We can expect that after the launch of the new line to Newark, there will be another significant increase,” he said.

“Moreover, the opening of the new line unambiguously confirms the great potential of direct air links between the Czech Republic and the US, which we have been seeking for a long time,” he added.

Václav Havel Airport handled a total of 7,463,975 passengers in the first half of 2018, a 10 percent increase over the same period last year, and looks set to break last year's annual record of clearing 15,415,001 passengers. That was 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.

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.

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