Prague Airport to cooperate with Atlanta’s airport

This is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s first cooperation in Europe

Prague Airport will be the first airport in Europe to work with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which handles the world’s most passengers annually.

Representatives of both airports signed a cooperation agreement in early April in the United States.

The main objective will be to support the economic growth and development of both airports, exchange experience and information concerning infrastructure development, trade and services for passengers, promotion of air transport and development of connections.

“We are honored that the Atlanta airport has signed a cooperation agreement with Prague Airport, as the first airport in Europe. We look forward to sharing experiences and know-how, for example, in the areas of development, digitization and customer experience,” Václav Řehoř, chairman of the board of directors of Prague Airport, said in a press release.

“Traffic between the Czech Republic and the US more than doubled in 2018, and we see great potential for further development of air links. We would also like to start negotiations with airlines on a direct route between Prague and Atlanta,” he added.

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

Prague Airport is the seventh entity that the Atlanta airport has signed a cooperation agreement with, but it is the first sister airport in Europe. The cooperation will also create a working group to regularly share experiences, promote airport interactions and seek synergies and inspiration in different areas.

“Offering international connections is key to the further growth of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, which is the busiest and most efficient airport in the world,” John Selden, general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, said.

"With this agreement, we hope that we will continue to work on our international connectivity and cooperation not only with the Czech Republic, but also with our business partners around the world,” he added.

The new agreement was officially signed by representatives of both airports at the beginning of April in Atlanta. Prague Airport was represented by board chairman Václav Řehoř and board vice-chairman Jiří Kraus, while the Atlanta airport was represented by general manager John Selden.

Prague Airport has also since 2009 renewed its partnership with Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC), which operates the main international airport in the South Korean city adjacent to Seoul.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport serves over 107 million passengers a year, offering direct connections to over 150 destinations across the US and up to 75 international destinations in more than 50 countries.

The airport has a direct economic impact of $34.8 billion on the Atlanta metropolitan area and $64.3 billion on the entire region. It is also the largest employer in the US state of Georgia, employing more than 63,000 people.

In 2016, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport introduced a plan to raise several billion dollars in capital to modernize the terminal for domestic flights, expand two fingers of the terminals, build several parking areas, expand cargo space and prepare construction of a new hotel.

Václav Havel Airport Prague is also undergoing renovations and expansion. Recently, new security features and improved check-in and departure areas were introduced, and a new commercial zone was established offering more dining and shopping options. In the long run, a third runway is planned.

The Prague airport 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. 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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