Václav Havel Airport Prague increases cooperation with hospitals

The city's international airport will be better prepared in case of an emergency situation

Letiště Praha, the operator of Václav Havel Airport Prague, has strengthened its cooperation with area hospitals to be better able to deal with potential emergencies ranging from a crisis with an individual passenger to large-scale incidents. The move is in response to growing passenger numbers.

The airport operator has signed a memorandum of cooperation with eight hospitals in Prague and Kladno. Their services will be used in the future in case of emergencies or in situations where passenger or staff member requires hospitalization.

These events include, for example, an air accident, a variety of unlawful acts directed against passengers or aircraft, and natural disasters, environmental incidents or fires.

The cooperation includes new information-sharing procedures that will reflect the increasing traffic at the largest international airport in the Czech Republic. In addition to representatives of Letiště Praha (Prague Airport) and individual hospitals, the contract was signed by representatives of the Prague Fire Rescue Service, Prague's Medical Emergency Services and the Czech Red Cross.

“Letiště Praha has witnessed a large increase in passenger numbers in recent years, which means not only increased demands for standard airport operations, but also for the security of our passengers and staff in case of emergencies. Strengthening our cooperation with healthcare facilities in Prague and the surrounding area will enable us to resolve quite extraordinary situations in air transport even more flexible and efficient, but we must always be ready,” Letiště Praha board chairman Václav Řehoř said in a press release.

Until now, Letiště Praha had established permanent cooperation with three hospitals in Prague. Now the group will be extended to a total of eight, which will, if necessary, provide medical treatment to persons affected by any emergency occurring at Václav Havel Airport Prague.

The agreement also sets out a new process for communication and information sharing between the various components of the integrated rescue system, the airport, airlines and hospitals.

This is meant to provide the affected persons or their family members with faster and more accurate information about the circumstances of possible hospitalization.

The agreement also provides for assistance services by the Czech Red Cross for the care of people affected by an extraordinary event.

The hospitals that are included in the agreement are University Hospital Vinohrady, Motol University Hospital, Na Homolce Hospital, Bulovka Hospital, Regional Hospital Kladno, Psychiatric Hospital Bohnice, Military University Hospital Prague and Thomayer Hospital.

Václav Havel Airport Prague had a record year in 2017. It handled a total of 15,415,001 passengers, an increase of 17.9 percent compared to 2016. This confirmed the airport’s status as one of the fastest growing airports in the category of 10 to 25 million passengers in Europe. On average, 42,233 passengers per day passed through Prague’s international airport last year.

The airport operator plans to invest in increasing the airport’s capacity. By 2020, the airport operator will spend Kč 2.3 billion to increase the number of check-in aisles, check-in desks and security control posts.

Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel's death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition organized by Slovak film director Fero Fenič asked the government and the Parliament to rename Prague Ruzyně Airport to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

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