In 2016, a total of 13.75 million people passed through local airports, up by 7% compared to the year before. It was the first time the number of confirmed passengers had exceeded 13 million since late 2008 and early 2009 when the first signs of the economic crisis appeared. Along with the return of foreign tourists from countries recovering from the crisis, 2016 saw the numbers of arrivals and departures even out. These were virtually identical, while between 2012 and 2015 the number of people departing from the Czech Republic steadily prevailed.
The largest Czech airport – located in Prague’s Ruzyně and named after Václav Havel – checked in 13,074,517 passengers last year, which is an almost 9% increase on the year before. Traditionally, the greatest number of people fly to and from the Czech Republic during the summer months, which is also evident from the Prague airport’s figures. During what was the busiest month – July 2016 – a total of 1.45 million people travelled from the airport, while in one record-breaking day (17 July), a total of 52,616 passengers passed through the gates of the airport. The daily average throughout the year is a mere 35,000 people. Read more at www.ceskovdatech.cz.