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.
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.
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
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.
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.