At the beginning of April, it will be exactly 80 years since the launch of operations of the largest and most modern airport in the Czech Republic. To celebrate the important anniversary, Prague Airport has prepared many surprises for passengers and the general public alike. The year of celebrations will start on 5th April with an anniversary flight on the Prague-Piešťany-Brno-Prague route, followed by an insight into the airport’s future vision.
On 5th April, the day of the anniversary, the airport in Prague, working with Czech Airlines and the airports in Piešťany and Brno, has prepared a reconstruction of a flight mentioned by historical sources as the first ever route which technically launched the operations of the Prague/Ruzyně airport. Thus, on 5 April 2017 in the early morning hours, Czech Airlines’ Airbus A319, the OK-NEP matriculation, will take-off from the airport in Prague on its special OK 80 flight to Piešťany. It will then continue as flights OK 1937 and OK 2017, copying the route of the first flight which landed in Prague/Ruzyně on 5 April 1937, i.e. from Piešťany to Brno and back to Prague. A few tickets for this extraordinary service will be available for purchase via Czech Airlines’ website, www.csa.cz, from 3 p.m. Thursday 16 March 2017. One way tickets will start at CZK 499 based on routing, while return flights will be available for purchase from CZK 1,999 including all charges. The number of seats is limited.
Airport visitors can also look forward to an interactive exhibition which will document the airport’s development from its establishment all the way to the vision of its future, which will be located on the ground floor of the Terminal 2 public area towards the end of spring 2017.
The airport has also prepared an open-door weekend for the general public and aviation enthusiasts combined with an exhibition of airport machinery and aircraft and many attractions for children. On 10 and 11 June, many interesting and historical aircraft will arrive at Václav Havel Airport Prague, such as the ultimate veteran, a Lisunov Li-2, which will be parked on the location of the static exhibition, at the edge of the original RWY 22.
Additional interesting facts regarding the airport’s history, its present and its future vision will be published on a special website, www.letisteslavi80.cz, to be launched by the airport on the occasion of celebrating its 80th anniversary.