CSA Czech Airlines yesterday confirmed that its Cork-Prague and Cork-Ibiza routes, due to start this summer, will now not proceed as planned as the proposal would not have been economically viable.
“Passenger volumes and advanced bookings for both routes and from both key markets — the Czech and the Irish — did not match the company’s expectations and were not in line with the original estimates and calculations, despite intensive marketing and business support,” the airline said in a statement yesterday.
“In spite of that, Czech Airlines considers the Irish market to be attractive with potential for development of the company’s network,” the statement read.
Niall MacCarthy, managing director at Cork Airport said he was disappointed at the decision not to proceed with the two services.
“Our team here at Cork Airport worked hard to secure these new routes for the region, but unfortunately, Czech Airlines has indicated that bookings were not strong enough to sustain the services for this summer. We will continue to work with Czech Airlines in the future to secure new sustainable services from Cork Airport,” he said.
The airline apologised to customers affected, and said it will give a full refund for all tickets that were issued for the Cork-Prague or Cork-Ibiza routes. The passengers for both routes can contact the Czech Airlines contact centre at + 420 239 007 007.