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Prague Airport expands connectivity and eyes new markets

Jiri Vyskoc, Executive Director of Aviation Business Development, and his team are eyeing new opportunism in Asia and North America
Jiri Vyskoc, Executive Director of Aviation Business Development, and his team are eyeing new opportunity in Asia and North America

Prague Airport is on course for another busy summer as it continues to enhance its global connectivity with new routes as part of its goal of providing passengers with a diverse range of travel options.

The ambitious plans include increasing the number of scheduled nonstop international flights beyond 170 destinations, with the Czech capital to be served by 70 airlines this year. It follows on from a strong 2023, during which Prague Airport handled over 13.8 million passengers, marking a notable 29% increase compared to the previous year. It is set to continue this upward trajectory, with expectations to handle more than 15.5 million passengers in 2024, signifying another year of double-digit growth.

The past year saw the addition of four new carriers to Prague Airport’s portfolio, with Korean Air, China Airlines, Icelandair, and World2Fly commencing operations. This expansion has contributed to Prague Airport gaining connectivity with ten new destinations over the same period, including cities such as Seoul, Taipei, Agadir, Bilbao, and Gdansk to name a few.

Responding to the growing demand for outbound travel on the Czech market, Prague Airport introduced new regular charter flights during the winter season to exotic destinations like Colombo, Phu Quoc, and Santa Clara.

Looking ahead to the 2024 summer season, Prague Airport has already confirmed nine new destinations. SCAT Airlines is set to resume flights from Astana, Eurowings plans to connect Prague with Tallinn, Ryanair expands its operation by adding Poznan, and Smartwings launches flights to Brindisi and Ponta Delgada. Furthermore, Volotea will introduce Florence and Verona as its two new Italian routes, SunExpress adds Izmir, and FlyOne launches services from Chisinau.

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During the summer, nine existing routes will see the entry of new airlines, resulting in increased frequencies and capacity. These include Alicante and Palma de Mallorca by easyJet, Nice and Valencia by Eurowings, Bristol by Ryanair, Athens by Smartwings, Edinburgh by Jet2.com, Antalya by Pegasus Airlines, and Varna, which will be launched by Bulgaria Air.

Prague Airport aims to increase connectivity by re-establishing nonstop flights to China, with a focus on key cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Exploring untapped potential in the Asian region, Prague Airport sees significant development opportunities in facilitating nonstop flights to Hanoi, Bangkok, and New Delhi. Notably, mid-haul destinations such as Cairo and Abu Dhabi remain on the radar for future expansion.

Turning attention westward, Prague Airport has set its sights on extending seasonally operated services to New York JFK and introducing new links with other North American destinations, including New York EWR, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto YYZ, or Montreal. European destinations such as Vilnius, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Bergen, Zagreb, and Sarajevo are also under consideration, with the airport recognising the growing potential in these markets.

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