Václav Havel Airport Prague will expand to raise annual capacity to 30 million passengers

Václav Havel Airport Prague will be increasing its capacity. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) and Finance Minister of Alena Schillerová (for ANO) announced the Finance Ministry approved a 16 billion CZK investment for expanding Terminal 2 in three stages. Other projects such as parallel runway or railway connection will be dealt with separately, according to the market situation.

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The number of passengers going through Václav Havel Airport has been increasing, and is approaching capacity. In 2018, it handled 16.8 million passengers, and increase of 9% although takeoffs and landings were up only 5%.The airport is on track to break that record this year.

“We want Václav
Havel Airport to be truly a world airport,” Finance Minister Schillerova said at a press conference. On twitter, she added that

the investment would come from the airport’s own resources and

would not burden public finances.

The extension of
Terminal 2 should gradually increase the airport’s capacity up to 30
million passengers per year. Work should be finished by 2028.
Terminal 2 handles flights within the Schengen Zone, covering much of

The investment in the extension should amount to 9 billion CZK, with the additional 7 billion CZK going to associated work such as taxiways, a parking

garage, an elevated road and other roads in front of the terminal.

The projects calls
for nine new boarding areas with boarding bridges and gateways for short and medium-haul aircraft, and five alternative aircraft stands

for long-haul flights.

Visualization of the expansion of Terminal 2. via Prague Airport

Prague Airport board
chairman Václav Řehoř has long advocated expanding the airport
capacity. “The implementation of this first step of Prague
Airport’s long-term development plans will contribute to the increase of air transport in the Czech Republic, including the

possibility of opening new flights,” he said. Prague Airport is the

company that operates Václav Havel Airport.

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The construction of
a new runway was also discussed at the press conference. This should run parallel to the current main 6/24 and after its commissioning the

secondary 12/30 runway would close.

“The new runway
would make life worse for 2,000 or a maximum of 2,000 inhabitants of surrounding villages, but it would greatly relieve 200,000 people by reducing noise pollution for densely populated parts of Prague 6, 13,

17,” Prague Airport’s Řehoř said.

Planned parallel runway. via Prague Airport

The construction of the railway connection between the airport and the center of Prague was also mentioned. It has already started with the renovation of the Negrelli Viaduct.

“We have divided the whole construction into nine stages due to the permit process, with some of which we have already made quite some progress,” Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) CEO Jiří Svoboda said.

Prime Minister Babiš
said he wants the SŽDC to complete the rail link to the airport at
the same time the terminal extension opens in 2028. “It is
necessary to coordinate both major investment projects,” he said.

Visualization of Terminal 2. via Prague Airport

Prague Airport has already made a number of resent investments including new security terminals, new boarding stations, a new transit hotel, and more shops and restaurants.

Václav Havel
Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel’s death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel

International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on

what would have been Havel’s 76th birthday.