Václav Havel Airport opens a new departure area

The plane stand and waiting room will have three departure gates

Václav Havel Airport Prague has opened a new aircraft standing area with a new departure waiting room.

The new reconfigured stand can accommodate one large long-range aircraft with a wingspan of up to 65 meters or two smaller planes with a wingspan of up to 36 meters each. The stand is located in Terminal 1 and will contribute to a more convenient and faster clearance of aircraft, especially on long-distance routes, which have increased significantly in Prague in recent years.

Terminal 1 handles planes going to and from non-Schengen area countries.

The new departure waiting room, directly connected to the new aircraft stand, has a maximum capacity of 430 passengers and has a total of three departures exits designated A3, A4 and A10.

The first two exits have boarding bridges leading directly to the aircraft cabin, the third exit is located on the ground floor of the waiting area and connects to the aircraft by buses to movable stairways.

“The newly opened flight stand with a waiting room is a response not only to the ever-growing number of checked-in passengers but also to the increasing number of long-distance flights operated from Václav Havel Airport Prague. The latest announcement is the direct daily flight by United Airlines to Newark, which will be put into operation in June next year,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of Prague Airport, said in a press release. Prague Airport is the company that operates Václav Havel Airport Prague.

The waiting room and plane stand are part of the Prague Airport's short-term development plans to increase airport capacity and ensure its overall upgrading so it meets the highest standards of major international airports in the future.

“This is the latest major development project that is being put into operation for our passengers. Preparatory work is already underway for the renovation of the luggage area and the opening of new check-in counters at both airport terminals, which will take place next year,” Řehoř added.

The new waiting room’s interior design is probably the most visible change for passengers. It comes from the workshop of architectural studio Chapman Taylor’s Prague branch. 

The space is complemented by brand-new counters for boarding check-in. The modern interior has lamella ceilings with distinctive linear lights, complemented by a modern green wall element. The new waiting room is designed for greater passenger comfort and a more efficient handling process before the flight.

The project was created by reconfiguring two older aircraft stands and waiting rooms for medium-size aircraft, and the investment was approximately Kč 158 million.

The look of the new passenger waiting room should become a model for future steps to modernize Terminal 1.

The number of long-distance aircraft at Václav Havel Airport Prague is growing. In August, two such aircraft was announced. In addition to United Airlines, which will be deploying a Boeing B767 for its direct line to Newark from June of the next year, Qatar Airways from October this year will operate one a Boeing B787 Dreamliner on a route to Doha.

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, and looks set to break last year's annual record of clearing 15,415,001 passengers. That was an increase of 17.9 percent compared to 2016.

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.

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