Monitoring the Impact of Operations


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Prague Airport, in compliance with legal requirements, monitors the influence of Václav Havel Airport Prague operations on individual components of the environment to avoid pollution and to reduce the impact of its activities on air, water and soil quality, etc.

Groundwater Monitoring

Regular borehole sample testing is performed to ensure groundwater quality monitoring. It takes place from 2 to 4 times a year, based on the importance of the location.  A specialized hydrogeological company collects groundwater samples and performs their laboratory analysis.

Oil concentrations are primarily monitored in the samples. At selected hydrogeological boreholes, chlorinated hydrocarbon concentrations are also monitored. Results of groundwater quality monitoring are always included in the annual report, submitted to state administrative bodies.

Selected hydrogeological boreholes located in the immediate proximity of the Central Aviation Fuel Storage Area outside the village of Kněževes were equipped with a modern automated monitoring system which takes readings of underground water levels and checks the presence of oil traces on the borehole water surface. The system installation was fully in line with the requirements of the Water Act and its implementing regulations.

Surface Water Monitoring

Surface water monitoring helps us thoroughly evaluate the impact of airport operations on the ecology of the Kopaninský and Únětický streams. Evaluations are done of both the chemical composition of the streams, using water and sediment samples, and the biological and ecological status of the streams, based on monitoring the organisms present and biological build-up.

Air Quality Monitoring

Prague Airport:

  • takes regular measurements of selected pollution sources to monitor whether air protection limits set by law are met
  • measures air quality at the airport and in its surrounding areas
  • reviews aircraft emission reports at the airport and in its surrounding areas

Results to date show no values in excess of the legal pollution limits.

We also monitor the emissions produced during individual flight phases – approach, landing, taxing and take-off (i.e. the LTO cycle).

Fruit and Crop Monitoring

Working with the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague, we monitor fruit and agricultural production. Apples, wheat, strawberry leaves and permanent grasslands have been selected as appropriate samples reflecting the potential risks to the human food chain and animals.

The content of heavy metals and organic residues in the samples is tested. Results have confirmed that the collected samples comply with the requirements set forth for baby formula.

The resulting yearly monitoring summary is sent to villages and municipalities of the samples origin.

Soil and Subsoil Monitoring

As a part of preparatory steps for investment activities, samples of soils and subsoils are collected at selected locations around airport premises and in the take-off and landing corridors.

Soil and subsoil analyses have proven that long-term airport operations have not had any harmful influence on the quality of soil at the airport or in its surrounding areas (within the scope of monitored pollutants).