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Record summer at Prague Airport – London and long-haul flights grow the most

B747-800 Korean, source: Prague Airport
B747-800 Korean, source: Prague Airport

Václav Havel Airport Prague continues its massive grow despite the slowdown. The airport handled 1.73 million passengers in September. That means 7-percent grow in year-2-year comparison. It has handled 12.95 million passengers this year so far, 9.88 percent more compared to first nine months last year.

The results were published in press release of Prague Airport. It handled 5.48 million passengers in its main summer season between July and September. It means 9.3 percent more than last year. July was not only the busiest month but also all-time record for the airport.

The most frequented destination was London. It is followed by Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt in the chart of top destinations.

London is also the most growing destination in absolute numbers. 50 thousand passengers more travelled to UK capital compared to same period last year. That means 16-percent grow year-2-year.

This record may be surprising when we consider incoming Brexit. However, the connection between Prague and London has grown in last two years. Tickets to London belong to the cheapest ones on the market for a long time. The competition sees the first route closure as FlyBe plans to withdraw from the Prague to Southend connection in January 2019. Number of passengers also grew on flights to Antalya (47 percent), Barcelona (29 percent), Budapest (107 percent) or Dubai (22 percent) in year-2-year comparison. In case of Antalya, this is a renewed interest in vacation after 2016 failed Turkey coup attempt. Ryanair attracted new passengers to Budapest and Barcelona. Emirates now offer the second connection to Dubai as part of competition with Qatar Airways. The airline plans to cancel it soon.

“Prague Airport succeeded to follow the trend of lesser grow of aircraft movements despite the strong grow of traffic over Europe. Meanwhile the number of passengers grow by 9 percent in summer months, number of aircraft movements grow by 6 percent. This is a good news when concerning quality of life around the airport,” Chairman of the Board Václav Řehoř said.

Number of passenger on long-haul flights grew by 34 percent during the summer, the biggest increase was reported on Dubai and Toronto routes.

Czech version is available at Zdopravy.cz.