Ryanair, Quatar, Austrian Airlines return to Prague
Austrian Airlines made a tentative return to Prague's Václav Havel Airport this week, offering four flights per week to Vienna, while Ryanair planes began arriving from Manchester, Rome and Stansted – London. Both will gradually step up the frequency of their service, though Ryanair is the airline that really matters to the airport, since it's the second most active carrier servicing the Czech capital. During July, it expects to restart flights to numerous destinations, including Barcelona, Bari, Bordeaux, Liverpool, Madrid, Mallorca, Marseille and Milan. By the end of August, it will have renewed service to 21 of the 30 it was flying to as of March. In all, planes are now flying to 20 destinations from Prague. In May, the number of flights at the airport reached 1,430, an 18 percent compared to April but a year-on-year decline of 89 percent. The first carrier to restart long haul flights to Prague is Qatar Airways, which will offer connections to and via Doha beginning July 1. For some reason, its initial pricing scheme will make it cheaper to through Doha than to it.