Prague Airport sets another record

The airport has handled 16 million passengers in one year

Another record was broken at Václav Havel Airport Prague when the number of checked-in passengers reached 16 million in one calendar year for the first time. The record was broken in the evening hours of Dec. 11.

This confirms that the airport is growing faster than the European average for airports of a similar size. By the end of the year, the number of passengers checked at the airport should reach 16.8 million, representing a 9 percent year-on-year increase. Prague Airport expects further growth next year as well.

On average, approximately 46,000 passengers passed through Václav Havel Airport daily since the beginning of the year. The busiest month so far was July with a total of nearly 1.9 million passengers. The highest number of passengers, some 1.28 million so far, traveled to London, where they can go by direct flights from Prague to all six of that city’s international airports.

“Prague Airport for the third consecutive year set a record for the number of checked-in passengers. For the full year of 2018, we expect approximately 1.4 million passengers more than in the previous year. We also expect growth in 2019, both in the number of checked-in passengers, which can reach 3 to 5 percent and in the number of direct flights,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of Prague Airport, said in a press release. Prague Airport (Letiště Praha) is the company that operates Václav Havel Airport Prague.

In 2016, some 13.07 million passengers were cleared through the airport. That rose to 15.41 million in 2017, and as of Dec. 11, 2018, there have been 16 million.

Václav Havel Airport has long been the fastest growing airport in Europe in the category of 10 million to 25 million passengers and is growing faster than the European average. For example, for the third quarter of 2018, the airport recorded an increase of 9.3 percent in the number of checked-in passengers, while the European average was 5 percent.

Prague Airport is responding to the growing number of checked-in passengers by investing in development projects. “Next year, we will open new check-in counters at Terminal 1 and a whole new check-in island at Terminal 2. We will complete the renovation of aircraft stands on finger B, where we will also complete the modernization of two departure waiting rooms. We will also begin the renovation and extension of luggage sorting,” Řehoř said.

The improvements follow on several projects that were completed in 2018, such as a security station with new technology in Terminal 2 to speed check-in for Schengen zone flights and new departure areas in Terminal 1.

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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