Jazeera Airways becomes 8th Middle Eastern airline in Prague

Kuwaiti airline Jazeera Airways has inaugurated Prague, its latest European route. This means the pair of airports are reconnected after a 13-year absence. This summer, Prague offers non-stop flights to six Middle Eastern cities involving nine airlines, including eight from the Middle East. It comes as another new Jazeera route, Vienna, is in the air as of writing.

The pair of airports was last served by the Czech flag carrier CSA, as it was then, between August 2004 and August 2009. It mainly used the A320, but also the A310-300. Kuwait Airways served Prague until September 2004. Image: GCMap.

Jazeera Airways starts Prague

On June 22, Jazeera Airways started Kuwait to Prague. Based on summer 2019 figures, this was the largest unserved Prague in the Middle East. Complementing point-to-point demand, Jazeera also offers easy two-way connections across South Asia.

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With flights on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the summer seasonal route will end on September 28. It is operated by Jazeera’s A320neos rather than its CEOs, reducing fuel burn and expense and improving route economy. The first rotation deployed 9K-CBD, a 2.5-year-old aircraft. The schedule is as follows, with all local times:

  • Kuwait-Prague: D937, 08:20-12:45 (5h 25m block time)
  • Prague-Kuwait: D938, 1.30pm-7.35pm (5h 5m)

Prague is one of the few new Jazeera routes this year. In January it started Chittagong, followed by Bhairahawa, Nepal’s second international airport, in May. On June 16, Salalah took off, followed less than a week later by Prague. And on June 23, the day of writing, Vienna began. In addition, Wizz Air will start Vienna-Dammam in September.


The pair of airports was last served by the Czech flag carrier CSA, as it was then, between August 2004 and August 2009. It mainly used the A320, but also the A310-300. Kuwait Airways served Prague until September 2004. Image: GCMap.

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Prague, the sixth city in the Middle East

Prague is connected non-stop to Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Ras Al Khaimah, Riyadh and Tel Aviv this summer. Until the end of May, there were also flights to Salalah. (I excluded Turkey, but if you want to include it, there are four destinations beyond the Bosphorus: Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, Antalya, Bodrum and Izmir.)

Of the six, Tel Aviv, some 1,638 miles (2,636 km) away, is by far the number one. OAG’s latest schedule information shows it has 43% of flights from Prague to the Middle East this summer, with four airlines offering nonstop service.

Among those celebrating the launch was Jitka Hemmerova, center, head of airline marketing at Prague Airport. Photo: Prague Airport.

The eighth airline in the Middle East from Prague

While Czech Republic’s Smartwings offers the most flights to the Middle East, Jazeera has become the eighth airline from that region to fly to Prague. In April this year, Saudi Arabia’s flynas launched a service from the country’s capital, Riyadh, which was Kuwait’s second-largest unserved market. By the end of summer, there is the following:


  1. Arkia: from Tel-Aviv, 3 times a week; variously by the A321neo, E195 and B737-800/A320 wet leased
  2. El-Al: from Tel-Aviv, up to 8 times a week; B737-900ER/B737-800
  3. Emirates: from Dubai, 1x per day; B777-300ER
  4. flydubai: from Dubai, 1x per day; B737 MAX 8
  5. flynas: from Riyadh, 3 times a week; A320neo
  6. Israel: from Tel Aviv, up to 4x per week; A320
  7. Jazeera: from Kuwait, 2x per week; A320neo
  8. qatarairways: from Doha, 1x per day; A320ceo (a B787-8 on August 26)

Ryanair served Amman from Prague between October 2018 and March 2020, then June 2021 to March 2022. It will return on October 30, the first day of the 2022 Northern Hemisphere winter season. Elsewhere, Czech Airlines served Beirut until early 2020, with up to 1 daily operation. Will he come back?

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Berta D. Wells