Czech carrier CSA voids Air France codeshare

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Czech flag-carrier CSA has ended a codesharing contract with Air France as it shakes up its operations, its spokeswoman told AFP on Monday.

"CSA, which is undergoing restructuring, has reassessed several of its commercial contracts as it prepares its summer timetable," Hana Hejskova said.

"In specific cases, including the routes between Prague and Paris, Strasbourg and Marseille, CSA has decided to operate flights using its own planes only," she added.

Hejskova did not elaborate on the decision by CSA -- also known as Czech Airlines -- which came into force on Sunday.

She underlined that the state-controlled Czech carrier was not slamming the door of the SkyTeam airline alliance, in which Air France is a key player.

"CSA will remain a member of the SkyTeam business alliance and will thus remain a partner of Air France within that alliance," she explained.

In Paris, an Air France spokesman said the French carrier had noted the Czech side's decision.

"As a result, we have boosted our service to Prague under our own means, raising our daily flights from three to five to offset the move and enable our clients to continue travelling on this route," the spokesman said.

© 2011 AFP

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