Iceland Express recruits Czech Airlines after Astraeus collapses

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Czech Airlines is to step in to conduct flights for budget carrier Iceland Express, after the demise of the UK's Astraeus Airlines.

Iceland Express, via its social media feed, said that Holidays Czech Airlines - a subsidiary of the Central European flag-carrier - would "be our flight operator".

It followed the cessation of operations by Astraeus which had previously carried out Iceland Express's services using Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft.

Czech Airlines confirmed that two aircraft from its Holidays operation will operate "for a few months" on the Iceland Express routes.

The carrier is to operate under the ICAO designator code 'HCC', and initial Iceland Express services from London and Berlin were already being coded as such yesterday.

Czech Airlines said it would serve the routes until the end of April 2012, operating to Reykjavik from Spain, Denmark, Poland and Germany. Maintenance will be provided by Czech Airlines' technical arm.