Václav Havel Airport continued growth in 2018

Passenger numbers increased again, with new destinations and carriers

Václav Havel Airport Prague has been growing steadily since 2013. In 2018, according to the latest operating results, a record total of 16,797,006 passengers passed through the airport, with was a total of 155,530 take-offs and landings. While there were 9 percent more passengers, the number of airplane movements increased less than 5 percent.

The busiest lines were last year to and from the UK. The most popular destination was London, as has been typical. Barcelona recorded the highest year-on-year increase in checked-in passengers. Long-distance lines, which last year were used by almost a quarter of a million passengers more than in the previous year, have also greatly strengthened.

“2018 at Prague Airport was marked by a further increase in the number of passengers and the number of regular flights. Three new airlines began flights from Prague, and flights have begun for a total of seven new locations. We have greatly strengthened connections to long-distance destinations, with increasing frequencies, capacities, and opening new lines. Thanks to this, long-distance connections with Prague were used by more than 250,000 passengers last year, which represents a 24 percent increase,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors at Prague Airport, said in a press release.

The three new airlines were Air Arabia, Cyprus Airways and American Airlines. The year also saw the first Dreamliner service and the creation of new safety infrastructure and plane stands.

The busiest month of 2018 was July with 1,877,369 checked-in passengers. The record day was June 29, with 68,567 passengers. Approximately 46,000 passengers per day traveled daily through Prague Airport last year on average.

In total, 69 carriers operated from Prague to a total of 171 destinations. Among them, Philadelphia, Kutaisi, Belfast, Amman, Marrakesh, Sharjah, and Yerevan were new.

The most popular flights were to Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain and Germany. In 2018 London was the busiest destination, followed by Paris, Moscow, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. The number of checked-in passengers jumped for Barcelona as well as Budapest, London / Stansted, Madrid and Antalya.

Of the pure vacation destinations, the most popular destinations were to Antalya, Heraklion, Hurghada, Burgas and Marsa Alam.

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.

Figures for 2018
Number of passengers: 16,797,006, up 9.0 percent
Number of airplane movements: 155 530, up 4.9 percent

Top countries
1. Britain, 2,061 865 passengers, up 13.1 percent
2. Italy, 1,343,164 passengers, down 0.8 percent
3. Russia, 1,198,445 passengers, down 0.1 percent
4. Spain, 1,190,571 passengers, up 23.3 percent
5. Germany, 1,156,998 passengers, down 7.7 percent

Top destinations
1. London, 1,357,406 passengers, up 8.8 percent
2. Paris, 828,622 passengers, down 2.2 percent
3. Moscow, 823,394 passengers, down 0.1 percent
4. Amsterdam, 690,855 passengers, up 4.9 percent
5. Frankfurt, 524,458 passengers, up 0.7 percent

Destinations with the largest increase in passenger numbers:
1. Barcelona, up117,728 and 34.8 percent
2. Budapest, up 90,765 and 82.3 percent
3. London / Stansted up 77,896 and 23.6 percent
4. Madrid up 66,219 and 26.7 percent
5. Antalya up 64,405 and 50.5 percent

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