Smartwings resumes scheduled daily flights to Dubai

October 20, 2021
Air carrier Smartwings has added a new attractive destination to its autumn offering. Smartwings today resumed direct flights from Prague to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The line will be operated by a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft every day under the winter flight schedule. The United Arab Emirates has been categorized as a country with a low risk of infection as of 18 October 2021.

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Smartwings to launch flights to London’s largest airport

September 30, 2021
Air carrier Smartwings is adding a new destination to its autumn offering. As of September 30, the company will be offering scheduled flights from the Czech capital Prague to Heathrow, the UK’s biggest airport. Smartwings will initially offer four London-bound services a week and subsequently daily flights under the winter flight schedule. As of October 20, Smartwings will also resume direct flights from Prague to Dubai, UAE, with a daily service.

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Smartwings wins new international contracts

September 21, 2021
Airline carrier Smartwings has won multiple international tenders for air transport services again. From mid-October until the end of April 2022, the company will operate flights from the Canary Islands to six destinations across Europe for two major tour operators. Smartwings will operate services from Las Palmas to Helsinki, Finland (weekly); Belgrade, Serbia (weekly); Tallinn, Estonia (weekly); Sofia, Bulgaria (weekly); and Bodø and Tromsø, Norway (weekly). Recently, Smartwings won an air transport services contract with German travel agents.

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Smartwings to launch scheduled flights from Bratislava to Dubai

September 14, 2021
Air carrier Smartwings is launching direct scheduled flights from Bratislava, Slovakia, to Dubai, UAE, as of October 24. Under the winter flight schedule, the line will be operated once a week on Sunday by modern Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Smartwings currently operates flights from Bratislava and Košice in Slovakia to destinations in Greece, Turkey, and Egypt.

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Smartwings to resume daily scheduled flights to Dubai

July 28, 2021
Air carrier Smartwings has been expanding its presence at Prague airport, offering flights to nearly 60 destinations. As of October 20, Smartwings will resume direct flights from Prague to Dubai, UAE. The line will be operated very day under the winter flight schedule.

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Smartwings launches new line to Nice

July 1, 2021
Smartwings airline company today launched a new line between Prague and the French town of Nice. Direct flights to the popular summer destination on French Riviera will be dispatched every Thursday and Sunday. In addition, Smartwings has also resumed flights to Valencia, Spain (twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays). Smartwings currently operates flights from Prague to 51 destinations and to another 14 destinations from Brno and Ostrava.

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Smartwings to resume flights from Czech Republic to another 27 destinations

June 1, 2021
Airline company Smartwings is planning to resume flights from the Czech Republic to another 27 destination in Greece, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro, Turkey, Morocco, and Cyprus. Smartwings currently operates scheduled flights from the Czech Republic to Split, Málaga, Mallorca, Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote), Madeira (Funchal), Egypt (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), Tel Aviv, Antalya, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Charter flights are available from Prague to UAE, Egypt, and Tunisia. In the first week of June alone, Smartwings is adding 12 new destinations for scheduled flights.

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Smartwings is resuming flights to Tel Aviv as of May 26

May 20, 2021
Airline company Smartwings is planning to resume flights to Tel Aviv, Israel, as of May 26, if the security situation permits. Scheduled flights between Prague and Tel Aviv will be operated twice a week (Wednesday and Saturday), with the frequency expected to increase incrementally by July to two flights a day, seven days a week.

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Smartwings to add London-Heathrow to its list of regular destinations

May 4, 2021
Czech air carrier Smartwings is adding London as a new destination to its offering. As of June 3, Smartwings will operate regular flights to London’s largest airport, Heathrow. The Prague - London service will be operated four times a week: on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Flight tickets to London are available on Smartwings and Czech Airlines websites and at flight ticket vendors.

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Smartwings to operate flights from 6 airports in Poland to 28 destinations in the summer season

April 20, 2021
Airline company Smartwings will offer flights from 6 airports in Poland (Warsaw, Katowice, Gdansk, Poznan, Krakow, Wroclaw) to 28 destinations, mainly in the Mediterranean, in the 2021 summer season. Smartwings will operate up to 80 (return) flights a week from airports in Poland in the summer months. Smartwings currently operates flights from Poland (Warsaw and Katowice) to the Canary Islands (Tenerife and Fuerteventura), Madeira, and Marsa Alam, Egypt. Smartwings has been active on the Polish market for fourteen years and is one of the leading providers of charter flight services.

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Smartwings launches scheduled flights to Nice

April 16, 2021
The Czech air carrier Smartwings is adding a new destination to its offering. As of May 6, Smartwings will operate a route between Prague and Nice, France. The scheduled service to/from Nice will be operated twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. The flights are already opened for sales and tickets can be purchased on the website of both Smartwings and Czech Airlines (under the existing code-share cooperation) as well as by travel agents.

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Smartwings to offer vouchers to compensate for CSA flight tickets for Smartwings services

April 15, 2021
Clients of airline company Smartwings who had purchased a CSA ticket for a Smartwings flight that has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, will receive a voucher for a future Smartwings flight as a compensation. Clients who have not used their CA ticket for a new flight yet can apply for a voucher from Smartwings with a value equal to the price of the original CSA ticket. The voucher can be used to buy a new ticket for any regular flight operated by Smartwings. 

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Smartwings Resumes Flights to St. Petersburg, Russia

April 14, 2021
The Czech air carrier Smartwings resumes its flights between Prague and St. Petersburg as from 29 April 2021. The scheduled service to/from St. Petersburg will be operated twice weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. The operation to the second largest city of Russia was suspended last spring due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The flights are already opened for sales and tickets can be purchased on the website of both Smartwings and Czech Airlines (under the existing code-share cooperation) as well as by travel agents worldwide.

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Smartwings secures financing as part of ongoing restructuring

March 26, 2021
Smartwings airline signed a loan agreement with a syndicate of banks led by UniCredit Bank for a CZK 2 billion (approximately €76 million) loan with a maturity of six years, as part of the the Covid Plus program announced by the Czech government to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. The loan agreement has been concluded with four banks - UniCredit Bank, Komerční banka, Československá obchodní banka and Česká spořitelna. The Export Guarantee and Insurance Company (EGAP) is securing secure the loan. For this guarantee, Smartwings will pay state-owned EGAP a fee of almost CZK 200 million (approximately €764,000). A vital part of the transaction is a significant financial support from Czech shareholders, especially the Unimex Group, without which it would not be possible to draw the loan from EGAP. The restructuring measures adopted by Smartwings, including support from lessors, bring Smartwings additional approx. CZK 5 billion. These measures together with the EGAP loan exceed CZK 7 billion. This amount significantly exceeds Smartwings’ due payables and creates a sufficient financial reserve for a full restoration of air traffic.

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Negative antigen or RT-PCR test to be mandatory for boarding Smartwings and Czech Airlines aircraft as of 5 March 2021

March 2, 2021
Smartwings and Czech Airlines are introducing new on-board measures to keep air travel safe during the coronavirus pandemic. As of Friday, 5 March 2021, passengers will be allowed to board Smartwings and Czech Airlines planes to and from the Czech Republic only with a hardcopy certificate of a negative antigen (rapid) or RT-PCR test from an accredited laboratory. The result of an antigen test must not be older than 24 hours and the result of an RT-PCR test must not be older than 72 hours prior to boarding. Apart from that, passengers will need to meet all the criteria for entry to the respective destination country.

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Reunited with passengers after 23 months. Smartwings reintroduces Boeing 737 MAX to commercial operations.

February 25, 2021
Air carrier Smartwings has resumed flights with Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The first 737 MAX has been deployed today for Smartwings flight QS1152 to Málaga, Spain, taking off from Prague at 16:20.  This has been the first commercial flight with passengers since March 2019 when all Boeing 737 MAX airliners were grounded globally. Prior to their deployment, the aircraft underwent all required upgrades and checks, and the airline conducted a test flight without passengers. Smartwings has seven Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes in its fleet and would like to make other six of them operational before the start of the summer season.

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Clients of the largest Czech travel agencies to fly with Smartwings for another three years

January 26, 2021
Air carrier Smartwings and travel agencies EXIM Tours and CK FISCHER, members of DER Touristik Eastern Europe Group, have signed a three-year contract for air transport services. The value of the contract exceeds 9 billion Czech crowns. In the next three years, clients of Exim Tours and CK Fischer will fly to 50 holiday destinations in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, Cape Verde, South Africa, and Oman by modern aircraft operated by the largest Czech air carrier. Separately, Smartwings signed a three-year contract for air transport services with CK Blue Style travel agency in autumn last year.

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Smartwings Group carried 1.8 million passengers last year, suffering an 81.5% year-on-year drop due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Group remains the largest carrier at the Prague airport.

January 12, 2021
Smartwings Group recorded a steep decline in the number of passengers last year due to the unprecedented situation in the aviation industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The group carried more than 1.3 million passengers on its regular lines and charter flights under its Smartwings and CSA brands, which was 83.7% fewer than in the previous year. Other 451 thousand passengers traveled on board Smartwings Group aircrafts operated on ACMI wet lease agreements with other carriers. In total, Smartwings Group served 1.8 million passengers (-81.47% y-o-y). The Czech air transport industry has been hit the hardest of all European markets by the pandemic and associated travel restrictions, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Smartwings and Czech Airlines are temporarily utilising the newly introduced extraordinary moratorium to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to achieve a long-term sustainable financing solution

August 26, 2020
Members of Smartwings Group including Smartwings, a.s. (Smartwings) and České aerolinie, a.s. (Czech Airlines, CSA) today filed request to the Municipal Court in Prague to declare an extraordinary moratorium under the so-called Lex COVID legislation. This new law introduced the moratorium as a tool to alleviate the impact of the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic. The need to apply for the moratorium is solely driven by the impacts of the pandemic that has caused the largest crisis in aviation history. Both companies had been profitable before the pandemic broke out and they are expected to return to profitability once it subsides. The extraordinary moratorium will provide protection to both Smartwings and CSA at a time when their revenues have reduced significantly. Both companies will also obtain time to develop and negotiate a long-term sustainable financing solution that would benefit all concerned parties, i.e., creditors, employees, and passengers.

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Smartwings Group resumes operations to 25 more destinations

June 30, 2020
Airlines of the Smartwings Group, Smartwings and Czech Airlines, are resuming flights to 25 additional destinations in July.

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Smartwings Group Notifies the Czech Republic Labour Office of Its Collective Redundancy Plan

June 29, 2020
Earlier today, the Smartwings Group, comprising Smartwings and Czech Airlines, announced to the Labour Office of the Czech Republic its intention of collective redundancies. The company was forced to take this step due to the unfavourable situation in the aviation industry caused by Covid-19. Depending on the development of the situation, the reduction in the number of staff could affect up to 600 employees of the Smartwings Group.

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Smartwings Group to resume flights to the Mediterranean, Czech Airlines to introduce new regular flights to London Heathrow

May 28, 2020
Airline companies Smartwings and Czech Airlines, members of Smartwings Group, are planning to resume further flights in June and July. Czech Airlines will launch a new daily flight from Prague to London’s biggest airport, Heathrow, as of June 25.

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COVID-19: Smartwings aircraft delivers much needed medical supplies from Malaysia to Hungary

April 29, 2020
On Wednesday, 29 April 2020, at 13:45 a.m., a Smartwings Group aircraft landed in Budapest, Hungary, bringing 17 tonnes of medical supplies from Malaysia. The flight was commissioned by the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Smartwings successfully passes another international IOSA operational safety audit

April 9, 2020
Smartwings airline has successfully passed another stringent audit of operational safety by The International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Program is designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. Airlines registered for the IOSA program are required to prove their compliance with strict international operational safety and quality standards every two years. The in-depth assessment evaluated 900 operational parameters.

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COVID-19: Smartwings Group dispatches more repatriation flights to bring Czechs home

March 29, 2020
Smartwings Group dispatched further special flights for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic at the weekend to bring Czech citizens home from other countries. On Sunday evening, a Smartwings aircraft carrying Czechs from Peru and Mexico landed at Prague airport. Another Smartwings aircraft is to take Czech citizens home from Canada and the Dominican Republic on Monday, March 30.

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COVID-19: Smartwings aircraft brings needed medical supplies from China

March 24, 2020
On Tuesday, 24 March 2020 at 01: 30 a.m., another Smartwings Group aircraft landed at Prague’s Václav Havel Airport, bringing much needed medical supplies from China, including 1.9 million face masks and 100 thousand respirators. The Boeing 737-900 took off on Monday, 23 March 2020, at 13:15 CET from Shanghai, heading for Prague with a technical stop at Novosibirsk, Russia. Another Smartwings Group aircraft, a Czech Airlines’ Airbus 319, brought 1 million face masks and other medical supplies to the Czech Republic the day before.

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For the term of effect of the Czech Government decree, Smartwings Group cancels all flights from/to the Czech Republic, grounding up to 23 aircraft

March 13, 2020
The airlines of the Smartwings Group, Smartwings and Czech Airlines, pursuant to measures applied by the Government of the Czech Republic regarding a ban on travelling abroad for all Czech citizens and a ban on entry to the country for all foreigners without permanent or temporary residency in the Czech Republic, are suspending, for the term of effect of said measures, all their air connections from/to the Czech Republic and are forced to ground up to 50% of their fleet. An additional seven Smartwings Group Boeing 737 MAX8 aircraft have been grounded for a year due to their global ban.

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COVID-19: Smartwings and Czech Airlines no rebooking fee policy

March 12, 2020
Smartwings and Czech Airlines have implemented no rebooking fee policy on all existing and new individual bookings.

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COVID-19: Flights between Prague and Tel Aviv suspended

March 10, 2020
Smartwings has suspended its regular flights between Prague, Czech Republic, and Tel Aviv, Israel, until March 31, effective immediately.

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COVID-19: Smartwings Group adopts a set of measures and implements an austerity program

March 6, 2020
Smartwings Group, whose members include air carriers Smartwings and Czech Airlines, is implementing an austerity program in response to the extraordinary situation caused by the current coronavirus outbreak. The Group is adopting the following measures to face an economic impact of coronavirus on Smartwings Group and minimize damage.

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