Václav Havel Airport interior to be nonsmoking

Seats in front of the terminal building will be set aside for smokers

Václav Havel Airport Prague will become nonsmoking May 1, 2018. From this date, it will no longer be possible to smoke in any interior spaces, and smokers corners in the transit area will be closed.

Airport operator Letiště Praha said it was following the modern trend and responding to feedback from passengers. Traveling smokers will have seating in front of the terminal building.

Airports in several countries have already become fully smoke-free. The UK and Spain have nonsmoking airports. More than 600 airports in the United States and some Russian airports are also following the trend. Václav Havel Airport Prague will become one of the pioneers of this approach in Central Europe, according to Letiště Praha.

“We believe that the number of nonsmoking airports will increase gradually, and we want to meet this modern healthy trend. At the same time, we believe that this decision will increase the quality and comfort for most passengers and employees during their stay at the airport,” Letiště Praha board chairman Václav Řehoř said in a press release.

“We are a medium-sized airport with a minimal number of transfer passengers, who can be served with an outdoor area. Smokers will have 14 reserved seats right in front of the building entrance,” he added.

Before the decision was made, there was a thorough analysis of the current temporary provisions for smokers, including complaints from passengers, operational and safety risks, and the level of investment to build a permanent smokers space according to strict legislative requirements.

Prague Airport has already informed airlines and travel agencies of the change. Passenger information will be available at the airport website at www.prg.aero, on the airport's social network sites as well as in the airport terminal areas.

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. 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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