The number of passengers in Ruzyně is growing rapidly, and new connections will be added in the winter
Prague’s Ruzyně Airport is likely to see a much larger passenger growth this year than the company’s management estimated at the beginning of the year. The successful summer season suggests this. In the busiest months of July and August, almost four million passengers passed through the airport gates, which is nine percent more than last year.
“August 16 was a record day, when almost 50,000 passengers passed through the airport,” added Václav Řehoř, head of the parent Czech Aeroholding. According to him, the largest crowds went to Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Spain, and Italy.
For the entire duration of the summer schedule, ie from April to the end of October, the airport management estimates a year-on-year increase of almost eight percent, which represents more than eight million passengers.
At the same time, Řehoř himself estimated full-year growth at three percent in the spring. If the airport maintains an accelerated pace until the end of the year, it will attack the 12 million passengers line again after many years. This was last (and only the second time) overcome in 2008.
In winter to 97 destinations
Many suggest the winter flight schedule, which begins on October 25. To date, it has regular connections to 97 places. A year ago, it was 82 destinations.
“Not only the existing carriers are expanding their networks, but we have also managed to attract new airlines, which, in addition to new direct flights, will also offer the possibility of connecting connections within their networks,” said Řehoř.
A novelty is, for example, the long-distance connection Hainan Airlines to Beijing, Air Cairo to Marsa Alam or AirBerlin to the German capital. Some of the innovations introduced in the summer will also remain in the winter flight schedule.
This group includes, for example, CSA flights to Billund or Nice, Jet2.com to Belfast or Volotey to Bordeaux. A new UPS cargo carrier will also start flying from Prague. On the contrary, some connections will disappear compared to last year, namely Rotterdam, Saratov and Vilnius.
Most direct connections, a total of 2, will go from Prague to Great Britain in the coming winter. involved Italy with ten lines, Spain with nine, Russia with eight and France with seven direct connections.
As for the specific airport, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo leads, where it will fly from Prague up to ten times a day. In the case of winter holidays, the most frequent flights from Prague will be to Dubai and the Egyptian resorts of Hurghada and Marsa Allam.