All Czech airports hit by economic downturn

08-08-2009

The country’s international airports have all been hit by the economic downturn, registering a fall in the number of passengers and a lower number of flights, the ctk news agency reports. The country's largest airport in Prague-Ruzyně reported a decrease in passenger numbers in the first half of this year - by 13.5 percent year-on-year to 5.1 million. The airport in Pardubice, eastern Bohemia, was the worst hit, with passenger numbers down 56 percent year-on-year. The main reason was a decline in the number of people travelling from Russia and the Far East, forcing the airport to scarp its regular flights to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Brno Airport dropped its regular flights to Gerona, Spain, while Ostrava-Mošnov Airport has seen a steep drop in the number of passengers on Prague/Vienna flights.