Václav Havel Airport will serve more destinations

The summer schedule starts March 25 and has three new airlines

The new summer flight schedule at Václav Havel Airport Prague will start March 25 and run until Oct. 27. Some 67 carriers will have scheduled service to 157 locations.

Three new carriers — American Airlines, Cyprus Airways, BA CityFlyer — will fly to Václav Havel Airport, and Prague will be connected to six new destinations. At the same time, 17 existing lines will increase the number of connections.

“We have been successful in implementing our strategy and expanding the number of connections to both key destinations in America and Asia and into European metropolises. Thanks to a wide range of airlines, this year passengers will be able to connect directly to a total of 157 destinations in 51 countries. At the same time with the new line to Philadelphia, we will get a 13th long distance destination,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of airport operator Letiště Praha, said in a press release.

The airport operator has been trying to motivate more airlines to use the Prague airport. “In this effort, closer cooperation with strategic partners like CzechTourism, Prague City Tourism and the Central Bohemian Region as part of the TouchPoint initiative will continue to help us in the future,” he added.

Based on airline data, the airport expects a 10 percent year-on-year increase in passenger numbers for 2018, moving closer to the border of 17 million cleared passengers per year. An increase in the number of flights to popular destinations such as Moscow or Barcelona will contribute to the rise.

The biggest news for the coming season will be daily direct flights to Philadelphia operated as of May 4 by American Airlines, the world's largest carrier.

Another new flight destination will be Kutaisi, Georgia, which will be offered by the low-cost carrier Wizz Air as of May 19. Compared to last summer, carriers will also offer destinations that have already started flying during the winter. These are Xi'an, China, from China Eastern, Krakow from low-cost Ryanair, and a direct connection with the center of London to London City Airport, which is provided by BA CityFlyer, a subsidiary of British Airways.

Compared to last summer, three new carriers will appear at Václav Havel Airport. In addition to the already mentioned American Airlines and BA CityFlyer, passengers will also be able to fly Cyprus Airways on a regular line to Larnaca as of June 1.

Capacity is also increasing for 17 existing destinations. Airlines are planning increases to Moscow (18 percent), Copenhagen (43 percent), Barcelona (34 percent), Antalya (66 percent) and Amsterdam (14 percent).

The most popular destinations for this season are to Italy with 16 destinations, Britain with 15 destinations and Spain with 14 destinations, followed by Greece with 12 and Russia with France with nine destinations using a regular route.

The most popular destinations with the highest number of connections from Václav Havel Airport Prague will be Moscow with 63 flights a week on average, Amsterdam with 58 flights a week on average, Warsaw with 51 flights a week on average, and Paris / Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt both with an average 47 flights a week).

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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