During the first half of the year, Václav Havel Airport Prague has again recorded record growth. In the first half of 2017, Václav Havel Airport Prague handled a total of 6,764,752 passengers while during the same period of the previous year, the airport serviced almost 1.2 million fewer passengers. The greatest number of passengers used direct connections around Europe and a big year-on-year growth was recorded on flights between Prague and Africa and also on flights to the Near and Far East.
“Year-on-year, the airport handled 21% more passengers during the first half of the year. The outlook for the rest of the year also looks very optimistic. Based on the most up-to-date figures, it is expected that the overall increase in handled passengers could exceed 15% in 2017. This month also shows that the increase in passenger numbers during the main summer months will most probably exceed the original expectation. The reason is the year-on-year growth of 14% in the seat capacity offered by air carriers and a higher load factor than that achieved by air carriers during past summer months. This trend has continued since September 2016. The current aircraft load factor approaches 80% on average, which is very high. If the airport continues the successful trend during the rest of the year, we could approach the 15 million handled passengers a year mark,” Václav Řehoř, Chairman of the Prague Airport Board of Directors, commented.
23 June 2017 was the busiest day of the first half of the year, with 64,008 passengers handled, which is even a little more than on the record day of 2016 (17 July 2016 with 52,616 serviced passengers). It can be expected, however, that this year’s record will be broken during the traditionally most popular summer months.
The greatest interest was traditionally shown by passengers on direct connections to European destinations, used by almost 90% of passengers, but the popularity of routes headed outside Europe has also been growing. Last year’s trend where many passengers returned to routes between Prague and Africa, has also continued (with a year-on-year growth of 81%). More tourists also headed East. Connections to the Far East recorded a year-on-year growth of almost 70%, while services to the Near East grew by almost 21%, year-on-year.
The most visited country based on the number of passengers was Great Britain, while the most popular destination was Moscow during the first six months of the year, outranking Paris/Charles De Gaulle.
Russia (+ 39%) and Italy (+37%) were the countries with the greatest year-on-year increases in passengers to/from Prague. The top destinations with regard to passenger-volume increases were Moscow/Sheremetyevo, Brussels and Dubai.
Cargo transport has also recorded a significant year-on-year growth. Over 37 thousand tons of cargo was transported during the first half of the year, which is almost 14% more than during the same period last year. The overall cargo business results were influenced by the capacity of new carriers such as Air Cargo Global and by supplementary cargo loads. The greatest overall increases in cargo transport were recorded on the routes to Doha, Cologne and Hong Kong.