Czech Airlines is celebrating the 45th anniversary of its launch of scheduled flights to Frankfurt from Prague.
A Tupolev TU-124V aircraft was used on the first service, which was operated by the former Czechoslovak Airlines on December 15th, 1964.
Now, Czech Airlines offers four daily flights to Frankfurt on Airbus A320, A319 and Boeing 737-500 aircraft.
In excess of 2.25 million people have flown on the route since its inception, with 103,000 passengers travelling on the scheduled service last year. This figure represented a year-on-year increase of seven percent.
Business and transit travellers make up the majority of passengers on the route, with flight departure times suiting business meeting schedules.
Czech Airlines has a far-reaching presence in Germany – it also operates flights to Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Hanover and Stuttgart, with 103 services operating between the country and the Czech capital each week.
In November, the carrier allowed its Ruzyne Airport passengers to check-in themselves and self-service kiosks were installed.