More than a year into the pandemic, activity at Prague Airport is now starting to pick up again, with nearly 700,000 passengers passing through the facility this August.
This is a reported 102 percent increase from August of last year. Prague Airport also observed that more than 7,500 landings and takeoffs took place this August — 40 percent more than the previous year.
Besides the typical vacation locales of Greece, Italy, and Spain, other popular destinations included Hurghada, Marsa, Alam, and Antalya.
Burgas, a city on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, was most popular among travelers, with 46,000 passengers headed there. From the statistics collected, many passengers from Prague also flew to Amsterdam and Rhodes.
Though the data supports predictions of increased travel, traffic is still far from where it was in 2019.
“In August, our forecasts of strong outbound tourism were confirmed. There was a year-on-year increase of more than 100% in the number of passengers handled, but compared to August 2019, this is a 65% decrease,” said Jaroslav Filip, Director of Aviation Trade at Prague Airport. He added that the gradual relaxation of global travel restrictions attributed to a “slight recovery” in tourism from places like the United States.
The process of renewing direct flights will continue throughout September. SAS will soon resume its route to Stockholm, as will SkyUp Airlines with a new route to Kyiv.
Transavia France already resumed flights to Paris and Eurowings did the same with Hamburg.
More changes are to come with connecting flights. Aeroflot and Czech Airlines increased the number of connections on the Prague-Moscow route, and it is now possible to fly to St. Petersburg with Rossiya Airlines. Smartwings also renewed connections to St. Petersburg.