Prague Airport launches winter schedule

Airlines will offer connections to 114 destinations

The winter flight schedule comes into effect Sunday, Oct. 28, at Václav Havel Airport Prague.

Flights will go to 114 destinations in 42 countries worldwide. In total, the airport will offer connections to 10 new destinations in the 2018-19 winter flight schedule.

New destinations are Kutaisi via Wizzair, Marrakesh, Amman, Pisa and Paris / Beauvais via Ryanair, Belfast via easyJet, Sharjah via Air Arabia, Dubrovnik via ČSA / Smartwings, and Larnaka via Cyprus Airways.

“Despite the already well-covered network of existing direct flights from Prague, we can also introduce several new and attractive destinations in the forthcoming winter schedule including Amman, Jordan; Marrakesh, Morocco; or Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The new connections to these sites are proof that we are also able to expand our network to non-European destinations, and this will continue in the future,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of Prague Airport, said in a press release.

Direct flights from Prague will be operated by 60 airlines during the winter schedule. Air Arabia is coming to Prague in winter for the first time.

In addition to the opening of new lines and destinations, Václav Havel Airport Prague will also increase frequencies and capacities on existing routes during the winter schedule. For example, Qatar Airways will deploy a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on one of its daily flights to Doha, increasing the overall capacity by about 46 percent. Increased flights will take place on London / Heathrow, London / City, Moscow and Riga routes.

The most popular country in terms of the number of destinations remains in the United Kingdom in the winter, thanks to 16 different destinations, including all six major international airports in London. The second most busy country is France with 10 destinations, followed by Italy with nine destinations, Spain with nine destinations and Russia with eight destinations.

Flights from Prague will go to London up to 13 times a day, Moscow up to 10 times, Paris up to eight times, Amsterdam up to seven times and Warsaw up to seven times.

Prague Airport, the company that operates Václav Havel Airport Prague, reported strong passenger growth in the summer this year. From July to September, the airport handled a total of 5,484,272 passengers, representing a 9.3 percent year-on-year increase.

This follows on an also strong first six month of the year, when the airport handled a total of 7,463,975 passengers. That was a 10 percent increase over the same period last year.

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.

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