355 Thousand More Passengers Pass through the Gates of Václav Havel Airport Prague in the First Half of 2016 than Last Year

Prague, 20 June 2016   

Václav Havel Airport Prague business results for the first half of 2016 have confirmed the continued interest in Prague as a final destination. During the first half of 2016, Václav Havel Airport Prague handled a total of 5,588,971 passengers, while during the same time of the previous year the airport serviced almost 355 thousand fewer passengers.

“Year-on-year, the airport handled 6.8% more passengers during the first half of the year. Just as last year, the greatest increase in passenger numbers has been recorded among travellers from Europe and the Near East. Based on the most up-to-date figures, it is expected that the overall increase of passengers could exceed 6% in 2016,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Czech Aeroholding, commented on the outlook.

30 June 2016 was the busiest day of the first half of the year with 49,859 passengers handled, which is even a little more than on the record day of 2015 (16 August 2015 with 49,752 serviced passengers). It can be expected, however, that this year’s record will be broken during the traditionally most popular summer months.

Great Britain, The Netherlands, Spain, France and Israel were among the countries with the greatest increase in passenger numbers travelling to/from Prague. The top destinations with regard to passenger-volume increases were London (Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports), Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Helsinki and Dubai.

The increased volume of passengers transported during the first half of the year is owed to new services which were not operated during the same period of the previous year (e.g. Beijing, Liverpool, Eindhoven, Marseille, Toulouse, Luxemburg) and to increased capacity of individual services offered, predominantly to traditional destinations, such as London and Amsterdam. It is worth noting that, effective from the launch of the new Prague Airport incentive scheme (as at the start of the 2015 summer schedule), Prague Airport has motivated 12 new carriers to launch their operations on the Czech market as well as the launches of more than 50 new regular scheduled services, including flights to 38 new or renewed destinations.  

The most visited country based on the number of passengers was Great Britain, while the most popular airport was Paris/Charles de Gaulle during the first six months of the year.

Cargo transport has also recorded a significant year-on-year growth. Over 33 thousand tons of cargo was transported during the first half of the year, which is 42.6% more than during the same period last year. The overall cargo business results were influenced by the capacity of new carriers such as UPS and Qatar Cargo, by supplementary cargo loads on the new service to Beijing and by the increased capacity of the Seoul route.

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