Smartwings launches new Prague-Cairo service

A Smartwings Boeing 737-800 to be operated by flydubai
Photo Credit: flydubai

Czech carrier Smartwings launches a new service between Prague and Cairo starting later this year in November.
As the largest carrier in the Czech Republic, Smartwings already has quite an extensive offering of both scheduled and charter routes throughout the year. Launching on November the first 2023, the biggest announcement of the autumn schedule so far is it’s new Egypt destination.

Operating twice a week the new route is a direct flight between Prague and Cairo. Petr Šujan, Smartwings Sales Director said this on the announcement:

“We are happy to be able to offer our customers direct flights between Prague and Cairo, Egypt, for the first time ever. We are also planning to increase the capacity and frequency of flights to this attractive destination for the summer flight schedule.”

View of exterior Terminal 3 at Cairo International Airport
Alensha, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Smartwings already offers six other destinations within Egypt for the 2023 season. Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Marsa Matrouh, Taba, Al Alamain and Sharm Al Sheikh all feature in the current schedule.

The new flights are QS1244 operating from Prague to Cairo every Wednesday and Saturday evening. These then return the following day as QS1245 on Thursday and Sunday mornings.

A more permanent fixture?

Egypt has featured very highly amongst the top destinations for Czech tourists in the past decade or so and shows no sign of slowing.

As Smartwings launches this new Prague-Cairo route we are expecting to see the Egyptian destinations feature next Summer as well.

Although the inaugural flight isn’t to take place until November tickets are already available. Both outward and return services are being operated as a code-share with Czech Airlines with tickets on sale from either operator.

As part of its winter schedule Smartwings is planning to operate to more than two dozen destinations. The new Cairo destination will feature of course but also Hurghada and Marsa Alam to make up the Egypt offering.

Antalya in Turkey will be a new destination for the winter with a twice weekly flight on a Thursday and Sunday.

A Smartwings Boeing 737-800 to be operated by flydubai
Photo Credit: flydubai

Smartwings will also be engaged in charter operations through Prague to Fuerteventura, Kayseri as well as Salalah and Muscat. Ras Al Khaimah and some of the Egyptian destinations will also feature throughout the winter charter offerings.

The Czech airline has a history of making introductions into it’s winter schedules which prove popular. Their move expanding into Dubai a few years ago has been a success for the operator.

Further exclusive contracts for Smartwings

Beginning in mid October there is also more good news for Smartwings. An exclusive contract for Tourism 365, a subsidiary of Etihad Holidays, will be coming into effect.

October 14th sees the initial flights between Abu Dhabi and various German destinations. Abu Dhabi and Cologne, Nuremberg and Leipzig will be connected with 7 flights per week. This further connects the United Arab Emirates with Europe for the winter season.

These services are set to bolster an generous schedule of flights between the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary.

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