Bamboo Airways Delays European Flight Launch Until June

Bamboo Airways appears to have delayed the launch of its European flights to Prague until June. The airline’s booking engine currently shows flights unavailable before the 3rd of June.

Bamboo Airways, Prague, Launch Delay
The launch of Bamboo Airways’ Prague flights appears to have been further postponed. Photo: Bamboo Airways

Bamboo Airways had expected to launch its first European service to Prague late last month. However, due to the current downturn in travel demand, it had pushed this date back to April. In the meantime, the airline did operate a one-off rescue flight to Prague for EU citizens. It does look as though the launch of scheduled passenger services now won’t take place until June.

Delayed departure?

Bamboo Airways was initially expected to launch its flights to Europe in late March. This was previously moved to the 26th of April which is the current date given on the Bamboo Airways website. However, it doesn’t look as though the current situation and, equally importantly, demand will have recovered by the end of the month.

As such, Bamboo is now no longer selling flights in April. While Google Flights show availability in March, clicking through to purchase tickets shows that no flights are available. Instead, the first flight currently being sold between Hanoi and Prague by Bamboo Airways is on the 3rd of June. Tickets one-way on this route are selling for 4.5m VND ($194). Although, the website still says that the route is subject to government approval.

Bamboo Airways, Prague, Launch Delay
It now seems that the airline won’t launch the route until June at the earliest. Photo: Bamboo Airways

We contacted Bamboo Airways for comment. However, in previous correspondence sent to Simple Flying, the airline remarked:

This flight route is expected to be put into operation when market conditions is stable enough to ensure maximum health safety for passengers.

A one-off Prague flight

Despite having to delay the launch of services to Europe, Bamboo Airways has already conducted its inaugural Prague service. On March the 25th, the airline flew a Boeing 787 to the Czech Republic with the mission of repatriating Czech and European nationals stranded in Vietnam.

The flight was clearly a success, as since then the airline has gone on to operate a further rescue flight to Europe. This saw a Boeing 787 flying to Vilnius in Lithuania on the 31st of March. It is currently unclear if further rescue flights will be operated before the airline’s official European launch, which could itself be further postponed.

Bamboo Airways, Prague, Launch Delay
The airline did operate a special one-off rescue flight to Prague in March. Photo: Bamboo Airways

Just over a month ago Bamboo Airways announced a memorandum of understanding to commence flights to Munich. However, with the current climate in the aviation industry, it is unclear when these may eventually commence. Both of these long-haul routes will be flown using the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner once the route finally launches.

When do you think Bamboo Airways will launch its route to Prague? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!