While last year passengers from Prague most often flew to London or Moscow, the most popular destination right now is Dubai, followed by Amsterdam and Hurghada.
In the first quarter of 2021, Prague Airport dispatched less than 7,000 flights. However, experts predict that the situation will improve slightly in the coming weeks, with some carriers planning to resume connections.
There are currently around 20 airlines at Prague Ruzyně Airport offering regular flights to more than 30 destinations. These include connections to major European cities such as Amsterdam, Paris or Frankfurt, which also function as key transfer points.
There are also direct flights to Egypt, the Canary Islands or Malaga, Spain, Madeira and Lisbon. In the coming weeks and months, the airport expects a gradual resumption of connections to other summer destinations, including Croatia, Greece and Malta.
There are also several long distance connections, including flights to Doha and Dubai. The latter is frequently used by Czech passengers as a transfer destination, for example to the Maldives.
Data from the Tourism Ministry shows that Czech tourists were among the top ten countries to visit the Maldives in the first quarter of this year.
More than 4,600 Czechs visited the Indian Ocean country in the first two months of 2021, more than a thousand more than last year.
The global decline in air travel is also reflected in the density of air traffic over the Czech Republic. The number of takeoffs and landings in the first quarter fell to 44,120, 74% lower than in the pre-Covid period.
Last year, Prague’s Václav Havel Airport handled some 3.7 million passengers, down 79% year-on-year and also the lowest figure in 25 years.