Václav Havel Airport Prague adds new destinations

The winter schedule includes direct flights to 105 locations worldwide

Planes at Václav Havel Airport Prague began flying according to the winter schedule Oct. 30. This means that passengers can go from Prague to 11 new destinations in seven countries and reach a total of 105 locations in 39 countries. This is four more than last year. Some 58 airlines will be operating from the airport, with 53 for passengers and five for cargo. The winter schedule will be in effect until March 25, 2017.

Direct flights to China will be available on Eastern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines in the winter schedule for the first time. Tunis Air will offer flights to Tunis while Sprint Air will have flights to Radom, Poland, some 100 kilometers south of Warsaw.

Czech Airlines will be offering flights to Birmingham in the UK, Odessa in Ukraine, the Russian cities of Kazan and Ufa, and Zagreb in Croatia. The carrier Volotea will be flying to Marseille and Toulouse. Low-cost carrier Norwegian will start a route to Stavanger, Norway.

Ryanair, as previously announced, started using Prague as a base Oct. 30, with two aircraft based there. They will fly to Milan Bergamo and Rome Ciampino airports. This is in addition to existing routes to Brussels, Dublin and London Stansted.

This will be the first winter schedule to include service from the Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger jet, operated by Emirates.

Britain has the largest number of destinations with direct connections to Prague for the upcoming season, with 12. It is followed by Italy, Spain, Russia and France with nine destinations each.

The largest number of flights offered in the winter season will be to Moscow with 58 connections per week. Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is in second place with 53 connections per week, followed by Amsterdam at 50 per week, Warsaw at 41 per week and Frankfurt at 40 per week.

Last year, Václav Havel Airport Prague handled over 12 million passengers, a year on year increase of almost 8 percent. This year from January to September, the number of passengers increased 7 percent to 9.9 million. This year the airport could reach 13 million passengers.

The airport was renamed to Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2012. Previously it was called Prague Ruzyně International Airport. It began service in 1937. Before that the city was served by an airport at Kbely, which is now home to the Prague Aviation Museum.

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