Prague Airport expands its commercial zone

New stores and a restaurant have opened in the secure area of Terminal 2

Prague Airport has opened a new commercial zone at Terminal 2 with a total area of 2,200 square meters. There are six retail units and one restaurant with a dining area in the newly created zone beyond the security check-in area. It will soon include a children's play area.

Terminal 2 is designated for departures from Václav Havel Airport Prague to destinations within the Schengen zone, which includes much of Europe.

By contrast, part of the public area before the security checkpoint in the Terminal 2 departure hall will be used for service counters or waiting rooms for passengers with medical issues.

The new commercial zone was created due to the increasing number of passengers and is the largest expansion of commercial space in Terminal 2 since it opened in 2006.

“The new commercial zone in Terminal 2 will allow Prague Airport, in line with its long-term strategy, to meet demand from an ever-increasing number of passengers by expanding its offer with a new and interesting range of options, giving customers a richer choice and, last but not least, increasing convenience in shopping and dining,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of board of directors of Prague Airport, said in a press release.

Prague Airport is the company that operates Václav Havel Airport Prague.

A total of six shops are part of the new commercial zone, including three stores by The Fashion Shop, the cosmetics shop Rituals, the Italian handbag brand Coccinelle and the toy store Hamleys. The restaurant with a unique market concept is run by the Swiss chain Marché International, which has had two branches at Terminal 1 since October 2018.

Terminal 1 serves non-Schengen countries.

“We are delighted to have been able to take part in creating a new commercial zone at Terminal 2. The fashion offer at The Fashion Place is tailor-made to the specific passenger profile of Terminal 2. Together with Rituals, it will suitably complement the already existing offer at this terminal,” Richard Procházka, CEO of Lagardere Travel Retail Czech Republic, said.

Among the premium fashion brands at The Fashion Place are Tommy Hilfiger, Boss, Polo Ralph Lauren and Superdry, among others. Some of the available items are in special offers.

“The newly opened Hamleys shop at Václav Havel Airport Prague is the first store of its kind in Central Europe, and we are delighted to be opening it in Prague. The Travel Format differs from our classic stores in particular by its assortment. Despite the size of the store, however, the Hamleys Travel Format preserves the unique atmosphere of Hamleys, a place where entertainment begins and never stops,” Dan Chytil, director of operations at Hamleys, said.

Hermann Ircher, CCO of Marché International, said his company is very pleased to have a third restaurant at Václav Havel Airport. “In the Marché Mövenpick and Zigolini restaurants, travelers can taste fresh ingredients that we prepare right in front of them.

We use only natural ingredients to help the customer appreciate the simplicity of good food. Fresh and healthier — that's how we see it,” he said.

With these new shops and restaurants, the number of business units at Prague Airport increased to 114. The tenants of the new premises came from an open tender that was announced in November 2017. The main criterion for the selection of tenants was the quality of their services and products, shops, experiences and references. The offered price only counted for one-third of the decision.

“In non-aviation business, our strategy is to continue to ensure the widest and most exciting array of services and options while maintaining a high standard of comfort for all passengers. However, developing both the buildings and technology is necessary. For this reason, we are implementing a long-term development plan for the airport, which means new opportunities for creating non-aviation business,” Prague Airport’s Řehoř said.

The commercial zone was created by the renovation and extension of part of the central transit corridor from the original security checkpoint at Terminal 2. The construction started in July 2018 and took place without any impact on the terminal’s operation. The main area was acquired in December 2018. The investment costs for construction improvements and expansion were around Kč 65 million.

Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2018 had a record 16,797,006 and 155,530 take-offs and landings. While there were 9 percent more passengers than in the previous year, the number of airplane movements increased less than 5 percent.

The airport 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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