Route 3

 

1. Terminal 1, arrivals – the start of the tour

(at Service Entrance 15)
The Terminal 1 arrivals zone is the original building of the terminal, which was put into operation on 15 June 1968.
The terminal building, projected to handle departures and arrivals, measured 104 metres by 72 metres. Above the passenger section, there was a four-storey administration building. The komplex included an observation terrace (above Gallery A). Under the gallery, there was a ‘government lounge’ with a separate entrance. Gallery C in the west was designed for domestic flights. Both galleries were discontinued when the new terminal was bulit in 1995–1997.
The current landside arrival zone houses the counters of exchange offices, hotel services, transport companies and travel agencies. A Prague Airport information desk, café, ATMs and newsagent’s are also available here, while the first floor offers a self-service restaurant that incorporates an observation terrace for smokers. Airside, there are three baggage carousels, handling company claim counters and exchange offices.
A short connecting area, containing shops, a restaurant and a bar, provides a link to the departure zone.

2. Terminal 1, departures

This part was put into operation on 3 June 1997. Flights to non-Schengen countries are currently handled here. The building measures 105 metres by 82 metres and is fitted with 62 check-in desks.
Passengers here will also find a separate counter for oversize baggage, a luggage-wrapping service, an information desk and airline counters. There is also a customs office to confirm tax-free purchases, and travellers and visitors can use the pharmacy, refreshment facilities and casino here. After passing through passport control, passengers find themselves airside, where they can make last-minute purchases in brand stores and several duty-free shops; there are also gift shops, newsagents, cafés and bars here.
The airside zone has a desk for transit passengers, a room for mothers with children, a meditation room and massage chairs. The first floor includes business-class lounges, the ERSTE Premier Lounge, the SkyTeam Alliance and other affiliated companies, and a lounge run by Menzies Group Aviation, which provides services to other airlines. The Prague Restaurant with table service, a self-service restaurant, a sushi bar and other refreshment facilities can also be found here.
Piers A and B, with waiting areas and gates, link up to this transit zone. Security checks with X-ray machines are conducted at the entrance to each gate. Both piers have two levels. In Pier A, there are nine gates, while in Pier B there are nine Mates accessed via bridges, and a further 11 gates on the lower level for passengers who are transported by bus to parking stands without air bridges. In each pier there are nine air bridges. The upper areas of the piers are fitted with travelators to make it easier for passengers to move around. Additional shops and cafés are spread out along the piers.

3. VIP lounges

Luxury lounges with superior services provided by Prague Airport are situated under the departure hall of Terminal 1; they have a separate entrance and car park, and direct access to the apron. These lounges may be used by passengers who prefer privacy and comfort. The check-in is handled by VIP Service employees. Refreshments are served all-inclusive accoridng to the menu. Passengers can enjoy television broadcasts, daily press and the Internet. Persons accompanying these passengers to or from the airport may join them here. Passengers are transferred to the aircraft separately by limousine. Passengers can also go shopping in the duty free zone. VIP lounges have facilities for press conferences, meetings and smaller social events, that can be held there.

4. Connecting building

This area links up Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Travelators are installed airside for passenger convenience. A duty-free shop is available, and there is plenty of seating for passengers to rest. The 12-room Hotel Tranzit 2 here operates primarily for transit passengers; it is perfectly insulated from the airport noise. Rooms are available even for a few hours for those wishing to rest between flights or simply make use of the showers and refreshments.
On the first floor of the connecting building and between the airside and landside zones on the ground floor, there are Office and operational areas. The Central Operating Control Centre, the airport’s ‘brain’, is located on the first floor, overlooking the apron. Before entering Terminal 2, all passengers and employees must pass through a central X-ray security check.
In the connecting building’s landside, there are shops and refreshments, a post office, and branches of travel agencies, which also have mobile counters to serve clients prior to departure. On the first floor of the building there is a large congress hall, a pharmacy, a toy shop with a children’s corner, and a pastry shop. There is also an exhibition covering the history and construction of Prague Airport and access to an observation terrace, where visitors can watch what is happening on the apron and see aircraft take off and land on RWY 06/24.

5. Pier C

This pier is part of Terminal 2, where flights within the Schengen area are handled. It is fitted with nine air bridges and 20 gates for passengers, who are ferried to more remote parking stands by bus. The pier has travelators, and passengers can enjoy the numerous shops and cafés here.
Passengers reach the departure zone of Terminal 2 by lift or escalator.

6. Terminal 2

This terminal was put into operation together with Pier C on 6 January 2006; it has the capacity to handle 15.5 million passengers per year.
It is designed to handle flights to EU countries which are part of the Schengen area. The terminal has two levels. The lower level is the arrival zone. There are two baggage carousels in operation, nearby there are the claim counters of handling companies. The terminal is equipped with a modern baggage sorting facility capable of handling 3,000 items of baggage per hour.
Landside, there are exchange offices, a public transport desk selling tickets, an information desk and a café. In front of the terminal, there is a zone for non-regulated (privately contracted) transport, taxi ranks and bus stops. There is also a short-term car park here.
The upper level, which vehicles reach by travelling along a modern elevated road (named the Transport Structure of the Year 2005), is designed to handle departures.
There are 60 check-in counters here, with room for expansion by a further 40 counters in the future.
The airport’s passengers and visitors can use the airport information desk and the services of several airlines and travel agencies. There is also a baggage-wrapping service and a special counter to handle oversize baggage. Fast-food outlets can be found here too.
No passport control takes place in this terminal any more. After checking in, passengers pass through boarding card kontrol and then undergo a security check, which is carried out centrally for all flights handled in Terminal 2. Those passengers holding an e-ticket and carrying only cabin baggage can go straight to boarding card control and the X-ray check to reach their aircraft. Airside, passengers will find many stores and duty-free shops, cafés and restaurants. Children can while away the time efore departure in a children’s corner. Business lounges are located on the first floor of the terminal.
Terminal 2 has six gates, six air bridges are installed on two levels – the upper level is for passengers to embark, and the lower level is for the passage from the aircraft to the arrivals hall.