On May 27, 2022, Delta Air Lines landed back at Václav Havel Airport Prague, restoring the only nonstop service between the Czech Republic and United States. Both the inbound and outbound flights operated at near capacity showing the demand for this route – Delta’s first in more than two years.
“We’re delighted to return to Prague today for the first time since 2019 and the full flight shows the demand for travel to this beautiful city,” said Thomas Brandt, Delta’s regional sales manager, who travelled on the service from New York. “The removal of all covid entry requirements last month has had a positive impact on bookings. We’re looking forward to a successful summer season connecting Prague to New York and beyond, while also supporting our respective tourism economies.”
In 2021, the U.S. was the largest non-European inbound source market to the Czech Republic with 44,000 visitors, according to data from the Czech Statistical Office. In 2019, almost 600,000 Americans visited the country.
“The resumption of direct flights to New York, which was one of the most attractive long-haul destinations from Prague in 2019, is excellent news,” said Jiří Pos, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors. “It will be particularly appreciated by Czech passengers, who will, after a two-year break, gain a convenient and fast connection to the east coast of the United States.”
Before boarding, customers were treated to a carnival atmosphere, enjoying refreshments as well as a cake-cutting ceremony.
As of 1 May 2022, once again, SunExpress connects Prague with the popular tourist destination of Antalya, Turkey.