Václav Havel Airport Prague

On October 5th, 2012, Prague/Ruzyně civil international airport was renamed “Václav Havel Airport Prague”, as approved by the Government of the Czech Republic last March.

Renaming Process Background

December 2011 – A film director, screenwriter and film producer, Fero Fenič, proposed in the wake of the former Czechoslovakian and later Czech Republic President’s death renaming the Prague/Ruzyně civil international airport after this exceptional statesman, following the example of many airports around the world (JFK, Charles de Gaulle, M. R. Štefánik, etc.). An over 80,000-signature petition supported his proposal.

March 2012 - The name change was approved by the Cabinet on 21st March, 2012 and the use of Mr. Havel’s name in conjunction with the civil international airport in Prague/Ruzyně was also endorsed by Dagmar Havlová, the wife of the deceased former President.

May 2012 – Following consultations with language experts, the official versions of the new airport name were published. It was determined that due to the foreign majority of the airport clientele the priority will be given to the English version VÁCLAV HAVEL AIRPORT PRAGUE, in Czech LETIŠTĚ VÁCLAVA HAVLA PRAHA.

September 2012 – Between September 17th and 27th, 2012, new name signs in the English language were installed atop the airport terminal buildings.

October 2012 – On October 5th, 2012, the airport was officially renamed.

Renaming Ceremony

The ceremonial act witnessed by a number of important guests took place on October 5th, 2012, on the day Mr. Václav Havel, the former Czechoslovakian and later Czech Republic President would have marked the 76th birthday. On this occasion, a gala opening of a photo exhibition depicting this immensely influential person as captured by the Czech News Agency photographers took place. The exhibited photographs were taken between the years 1988 and 2011 both at official state events, during their preparatory stages, at private gatherings with friends and during Mr. Havel’s personal time. The exposition, located in the Terminal 2 Arrival Hall, to allow access to the general public, will be hosted by the airport till the end of the year.

A permanent artwork by Bořek Šípek entitled Forum Havlum is being installed at the airport commemorating the late President Václav Havel. Also to be located at the airport for the next ten years is a tapestry created around a design by Petr Sís commemorating Václav Havel.

Corporate Identity Changes

The change of the airport name to VÁCLAV HAVEL AIRPORT PRAGUE (in Czech LETIŠTĚ VÁCLAVA HAVLA PRAHA) is recognisable from the airport terminal rooftop signage visible upon arrival at the airport, from the terminal facade signage visible from the apron area, during airport terminal announcements, during public transport bus announcements, announcements aboard aircraft and airport busses, in the airport corporate materials, and at the airport’s website (www.prg.aero). The IATA airport code has not been changed in line with the process leaving the ticketing and boarding pass airport code “PRG” which is not in conflict with the airport renaming process.

 

Václav Havel

* 5 October, 1936 - † 18 December, 2011

Václav Havel will always be remembered as a playwright, avid critic of the Communist regime, protector of human rights and, later in his life, as a respected politician. He was the ninth and last President of Czechoslovakia (1989–1992) and the first President of the Czech Republic (1993–2003).

Václav Havel received many recognitions and state decorations by a number of countries around the world for his contribution to art and his position on civil issues; he was also awarded a number of honorary doctorates.   

In December 2011, to commemorate his life and honour his legacy, Act on the merits of Václav Havel was admitted pursuant to proposal of the Czech Republic Cabinet. The title of the Act is "Václav Havel, for his role in restoring freedom and democracy."