„In 2017, total traffic in the Czech airspace reached the highest number of movements in the last 25 years, adding 2 per cent annually to 853,420“, Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic said today.
Most flights were operated by Lufthansa, German airlines. The Vaclav Havel Airport Prague, the Czech Republic's busiest airport, registered a nearly 10 per cent annual icrease in the number of flights. Air traffic over the Czech Republic has been growing since the country's establishment in 1993. The number of flights in the Czech sky was about 154,000 in 1993, while it was nearly 327,000 in 2000 and over 683,000 in 2010. „More than 13 million flights have been registered in the last 25 years“, ANS CR Director General Jan Klas said.
Last year, the number of kilometres travelled and aircraft weight increased. Aircraft travelled 193 million kilometres over the Czech Republic, with their maximum take-off weight reaching 88 million tonnes.
The average delay was 0.05 minutes per flight, being below 0.09 minutes set by the European Commission for the Czech airspace within performance planning, according to ANS CR.
Lufthansa was ANS CR's main client, followed by Emirates, Wizz Air and Qatar Airways. „Air carriers use the Czech sky because of its safety, big capacity and customer oriented prices.The company has not raised service prices since 2009“, ANS CR spokesman Richard Klima said.
The Vaclav Havel Airport Prague reported 9 per cent more aircraft movements last year, with the number of take-offs and landings growing to about 148,000. The number of aircraft movements at all Czech airports (Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary) reached 227,000, according to ANS CR.