Eurowings to open Prague base this fall

Lufthansa Group LCC subsidiary Eurowings will open its new base at Prague Václav Havel Airport (PRG) on Oct. 31 and offer eleven routes from the Czech capital, all outside its home market of Germany.

The PRG base will be operated by Eurowings Europe with Airbus A320 family aircraft. Eurowings will aim to make market share gains versus struggling flag-carrier CSA Czech Airlines. Eurowings CEO Jens Bischof told the Aviation Week Network in a recent interview that the airline was looking to play an active role in a changing aviation environment in Europe.

The base will open with two A320s, joined by a third A320 by summer 2022.

Eurowings will start 3X-weekly service between PRG and Barcelona (BCN) from Oct. 31. Also from PRG starting Oct. 31, it will operate 3X-weekly flights to Bristol (BRS) in the UK; 6X-weekly flights to Copenhagen (CPH); and 6X-weekly flights to Milan, without saying which Milan airport it will fly to.

The expansion will continue with 3X-weekly service from PRG to Birmingham (BHX) starting Nov.1 , followed by 2X-weekly service to Athens (ATH) on Nov. 2.

On Nov. 4, 3X-weekly service will commence from PRG to Malaga, Spain (AGP) and 2X-weekly flights will start to the Croatian capital Zagreb (ZAG). From Nov. 5, Eurowings will start 3X-weekly flights between PRG and Tel Aviv (TLV). From Nov. 6, the carrier will start 2X-weekly service from PRG to both Fuerteventura (FUE) and Tenerife (TFS) in Spain.

Prague becomes Eurowings' 10th base in Europe. The airline said the new base will create more than 100 jobs in the Czech Republic.

“We also aim to add our eleventh base by the end of this year. This could [potentially] be in all areas over Europe, like in eastern or southern Europe," spokesperson Matthias Eberle told the Aviation Week Network.

“Based on our destinations [to be] served from Prague, you can see that Eurowings is being more European-minded [rather than focusing on its home German market], meaning we will not serve any destination in Germany from Prague," Eberle said.

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Kurt Hofmann

Kurt Hofmann has been writing on the airline industry for 25 years. He appears frequently on Austrian, Swiss and German television and broadcasting…