Prague Airport increased summer traffic

Passenger numbers were up 9.3 percent over last year

Another increase in the number of checked-in passengers was recorded at Václav Havel Airport Prague. During the traditionally busiest summer months, from July to September, the airport handled a total of 5,484,272 passengers, representing a 9.3 percent year-on-year increase.

During these months, the airport offered connections to a total of 163 destinations operated by a total of 68 carriers. The highest number of passengers cleared Václav Havel Airport in July, which has become the busiest month in the history of the airport.

“Prague Airport also managed to maintain the trend of a slower increase in the number of airplane movements during this summer season, when the air traffic over Europe was considerably strengthened. While the number of checked-in passengers grew by more than 9 percent in the summer months, the number of airplane movements grew by 6 percent on the year. This is good news especially with regard to the quality of life around the airport,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors at Prague Airport (Letiště Praha), said. Prague Airport is the company that operated Václav Havel Airport.

Travelers from Prague were heading most often to London during the summer, which is ranked among the busiest destinations by number of checked-in passengers, followed by Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

London also recorded the highest year-on-year increase in passenger numbers. Compared to the same period in 2017, nearly 50,000 passengers traveled to London, up 16 percent year-on-year. The number of checked-in passengers increased significantly to Antalya, with a 47 percent year-on-year increase; Barcelona was up 29 percent; Budapest up 107 percent; and Dubai up 22 percent.

As far as holiday destinations were concerned during the summer, people flew most to Antalya, followed by Burgas, Heraklion, Hurghada and Rhodes.

During the summer, direct connections to long-distance destinations also greatly strengthened. Passenger numbers on these lines grew by 34 percent on the year. The largest number of passengers used routes to Dubai and Toronto.

“At Prague Airport we have successfully managed another very demanding summer season, especially thanks to the extraordinary work of airport staff. This year, we also managed not only to get more passengers, but also to realize a number of important development projects, implemented during full operation, such as a new central security control station at Terminal 2, a carousel refurbishment for checked baggage, and new stands for long-distance planes in Terminal 1. These are necessary for the development of the airport and the successful management of its operation in the coming years,” Řehoř said.

The airport opened the Kč 200 million security station with new technology in June in Terminal 2 to speed check-in for Schengen zone flights. The new departure areas in Terminal 1 cost some Kč 158 million and opened in September.

July 2018 had some 1,877,369 passengers, an increase of 10 percent on the previous year, while August was up 10 percent with 1,875,206 passengers and September was up 7 percent with 1,731,697 passengers.

The summer increase follows on a successful first half of the year. The airport handled a total of 7,463,975 passengers in the first half of 2018, also a 10 percent increase over the same period last year. The first nine months of 2018 combined saw a total of 12,948,247 passengers.

Taking the summer increase into account, the airport looks set to break last year’s record of clearing 15,415,001 passengers.

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.

Destinations with the highest year-on-year increase in passenger numbers (by the number of checked-in persons):
London – 49,404 passengers (up 16 percent)
Antalya – 42,499 passengers (up 47 percent)
Barcelona– 29,720 passengers (up 29 percent)
Budapest – 29,356 passengers (up 107 percent)
Dubai – 25,218 passengers (up 22 percent)

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