ArmInfo. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of Armenia, Petr Mikyska, is not optimistic about the return of the Czech Airlines to Armenia.
Talking to ArmInfo, the diplomat said: "It is a painful issue for both Armenia and the Czech Republic. The new owners of the company tried to return to the Armenian market last December and this January to assess the profitability of flights. After making several flights, they found out that the flight conditions are not favorable in the long-term outlook. However, the negotiations are continued." He said the most delicate part of the talks is the conditions set by the Zvartnots Yerevan International Airport.
The diplomat believes the service prices of the airport are rather high. "Both Armenia and Czech Republic as well as the Czech Airlines seek regular flights, but the company cannot operate at loss. I think it is in favor of the Zvartnots Airport to offer more affordable prices for the service not to lose customers. If I were asked about the resumption of the airline's flights a two weeks ago, I would say that the flights would be launched in May. However, the latest data concerning this issue are neutral-negative," the ambassador said. Yet in 2013, the Czech Airlines made 7 flights a week from the Zvartnots Airport, ensuring quite comfortable hub at the Prague Airport. However, in mid-2014, the Czech Airlines refused from flights to Armenia.