Václav Havel Airport sets new record

The 13 millionth passenger went through the airport at the end of the year

Václav Havel Airport Prague for the first time had more the 13 million passengers in one year. The record-setting passenger on Dec. 30 at 9 am was Jan Kohoutek, who was traveling with his fiancee from Istanbul.

2016 was the most successful year since 2008, when 12.6 million passengers passed through what was then called Prague Ruzyně International Airport.

“This is a significant milestone that deserves a big thanks to the passengers who passed through the airport, as well as all the employees, without whom this achievement would not have been possible. We have had a very busy year, and although the initial forecast did not indicate it that we would achieve 13 million passengers this year. The total number was also reflected in a very strong in December and with such an ambitious outcome we are celebrating the end of the year a day early,” Václav Řehoř, president of the Český Aeroholding, said in a news release.

December 2016 was the most successful December in the airport's history. The first three weeks of the months saw 812,702 passengers, which is 18.7 percent more than in the same period last year.

In 2015, the airport handled 12.03 million passengers, which was a growth of 7.9 percent over the previous year. In the first half of 2016, the airport handled nearly 5.6 million passengers, an increase of 355,000 people over the same period of 2015. Roughly one-third are people from the Czech Republic.

From Prague Ruzyně International Airport people can transfer to 105 locations in 39 countries.

In May 2016, the airport began handling A380 passenger jets operated by Emirates. The plane is currently the largest in passenger service. The year also saw the introduction of new routes such as direct service from Shanghai to Prague by China Eastern Airlines. The current winter schedule offers connections to 11 new destinations in seven countries.

The airport's name was changed to Václav Havel Airport Prague on Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been former president Havel's 76th birthday. Havel died Dec. 18, 2011.

Prague–Ruzyně Airport began operations April 5, 1937. It won a design award at the Paris 1937 World's Fair for the architecture of the original check-in building, which is now Terminal 4. Among other achievements, the airport stood in for Miami International Airport in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.

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