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.
March 2, 2021
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.
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.
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).
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.
June 30, 2020
Airlines of the Smartwings Group, Smartwings and Czech Airlines, are resuming flights to 25 additional destinations in July.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 12, 2020
Smartwings and Czech Airlines have implemented no rebooking fee policy on all existing and new individual bookings.
March 10, 2020
Smartwings has suspended its regular flights between Prague, Czech Republic, and Tel Aviv, Israel, until March 31, effective immediately.
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.