Václav Havel Airport passenger numbers up

The airport saw 10 percent more passengers in the first half of the year

Passenger numbers are up at Václav Havel Airport Prague, in line with airport operator Prague Airport's long-term plans.

The airport handled a total of 7,463,975 passengers in the first half of 2018, a 10 percent increase over the same period last year. The highest number of passengers traveled between Prague and the United Kingdom, counting both directions. Spain recorded the highest increase in the number of cleared passengers, with Barcelona as the fastest-growing destination.

“In the first half of the year, about 10 percent more passengers were cleared through Václav Havel Airport in Prague than in the same period last year. A similar development is expected to continue until the end of 2018 when the total number of cleared passengers should approach a new record high of 17 million,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of Prague Airport, said in a press release.

“The reason for the growth is mainly this year's significant strengthening of capacities on existing lines, as well as the start of operation of new air connections, including long-distance routes. For example, thanks to a new direct line to Philadelphia and an increase in connections to Canada, the number of passengers on direct flights to and from North America increased by 88 percent year-on-year,” he added.

The city with the most traffic was London, which recorded a year-on-year increase of 6 percent in passenger numbers. Paris was second, followed by Moscow, Amsterdam and Milan.

Barcelona, up 51 percent, became the fastest-growing destination in terms of passenger numbers, thanks to a substantial increase in air traffic.

The most popular country was the UK, which saw a 12 percent increase, followed by Italy, Russia, Germany and France. The largest jump was seen in Spain, up 40 percent.

The busiest day in the first half of this year was June 29, when the airport handled 68,568 passengers. Last year was the busiest day at Václav Havel Airport Prague on June 23 with a total of 64,008 passengers.

However, it is expected that this year's record will be during the busy summer months, with help from further increases in airline connections. Since July 1, Emirates has launched its second daily route to Dubai, and on the same day Aeroflot has opened its sixth daily route to Moscow. On July 25 EasyJet will start flights to London / Southend.

Other new connections are scheduled for the 2018 winter season. Ryanair will have new routes to Marrakesh, Paris / Beauvais, Eilat, Pisa and Amman. A new EasyJet line will go to Belfast and there will be an increase in British Airways flights to London / Heathrow.

Václav Havel Airport Prague had a record year in 2017, clearing 15,415,001 passengers. This was an increase of 17.9 percent compared to 2016.

The airport recently opened new check-in facilities that will help increase the capacity of Terminal 2, which handles flights within the Schengen Zone. More infrastructure changes are planned in the long term, including another runway.

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 asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel's 76th birthday.

TOP countries:
1. Britain – 963,142 passengers, up 11.8 percent
2. Italy – 658,812 passengers, up 3.7 percent
3. Russia – 588,779 passengers, up 2.0 percent
4. Germany – 557 382 passengers down 8.5 percent
5. France – 547,804 passengers, up 2.7 percent

TOP destinations (all airports operated):
1. London – 639,012 passengers, up 6.0 percent
2. Paris – 410,552 passengers, down 3.4 percent
3. Moscow – 409,004 passengers, up 2.3 percent
4. Amsterdam – 327-317 passengers, up 3.0 percent
5. Milan – 249,874 passengers, up 0.0 percent

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