Prague airport has more destinations

The new schedule has nine more cities and some larger aircraft

The summer timetable entered into effect at Václav Havel Airport Prague began March 26, and it will run until Oct. 28. Some 66 carriers will offer regular transport services to 154 destinations in 51 countries, including nine new destinations. Over 20 existing routes will see increased frequency. The airport will welcome two new carriers.

“After a very successful and record-setting year in 2016, not only have we managed to keep a very broad offer of destinations, but we have even expanded it. … We see this as a result of our attempts to motivate carriers to develop their air connections with Prague,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the Prague Airport board of directors, said in a press release.

“Based on the information from individual schedules, I expect that this year we might exceed the 8 percent year-on-year passenger number growth we generated last year. Increases in services to popular destinations, such as Barcelona and Burgas, together with the use of larger aircraft and high load factors will significantly help in achieving our goal.”

Czech Airlines (ČSA) will start regular scheduled flights to Aarhus, Denmark; Malmö, Sweden; and Verona, Italy. Reykjavik, Iceland, will also be among the new destinations offered by ČSA, and the low-cost carrier Wizzair also plans to service the city.

Seasonal vacation destinations in Spain, such as Almería and the island of Menorca have been added to the regular scheduled offer by Czech carrier SmartWings.

The offer of connections to cities in Norway will also expand. A direct scheduled connection to Stavanger will complement the existing direct routes to Oslo and Bergen. Ryanair is launching a new service to Trapani in Sicily.

Two new carriers will arrive at Václav Havel Airport Prague. Starting May 8, the British air carrier Flybe will increase the number of its flights to London – Southend airport. Prague will have a direct connection to the fifth airport in London, serviced five times a week. As of May 22, the Georgian air carrier Georgian Airlines will connect Prague twice weekly to Tbilisi.

Dozens of existing destinations will see capacity increases. Air carriers plan large increases on services such as Burgas (44 percent), Zurich (26 percent), Barcelona (23 percent) and Tel Aviv (22.5 percent).

At the same time air carriers plan to use larger aircraft to service Prague. This year, a large-capacity Korean Air Boeing 747-8I will be used on the Prague – Seoul route for the entire summer season Last year, the aircraft with an overall capacity of 368 seats was only used during the main season from July to the end of September.

This season, the greatest number of routes offered by carriers will head to Italy (17 destinations), followed by Britain and Spain (with 14 destinations each). Next in line are France, Russia and Greece with 10 destinations connected with Prague by direct scheduled services.

Moscow (Sheremetyevo), Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Warsaw will be the most popular destinations with the highest number of connections from Václav Havel Airport Prague.

Some 10 air carriers will service long-haul flights during the up-coming summer season: Air Canada rouge to Toronto, Air Transat to Montreal, Czech Airlines to Seoul, Delta Air Lines to New York/JFK, Emirates to Dubai, FlyDubai to Dubai, Hainan Airlines to Beijing, China Eastern to Shanghai, Korean Air to Seoul and Sichuan Airlines to Chengdu.

Last year, Václav Havel Airport Prague handled 13,074,517 passengers and recorded a growth of 8.7 percent compared to last year. Passengers were most interested in traveling by air in July which, with 1.5 million handled passengers, has become, historically, the best month. On average, 35,700 passengers passed through the gates of the airport each day. The recent trend of growing numbers among local travelers, for whom Prague was both the starting and the final destination, has also continued. Compared to last year, the number of local passengers has grown by 9.7 percent, exceeding the historical record of 2015.

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