Václav Havel’s former secretary against renaming of airport after late ex-president

28-12-2011

Vladimír Hanzel, former secretary to the late ex-president Václav Havel, told the ČTK news agency that he disapproved of the call signed by around 60,000 Czechs for Prague’s international airport to be renamed after the deceased Czech leader. According to Mr Hanzel, Mr Havel did not like flying. Mr Hanzel also pointed out that airports are commercial enterprises and suggested that a cultural or educational institution should be named after Václav Havel instead. The idea to rename Prague Airport was first put forward by film director and producer Fero Fenič. According to the news website idnes.cz, the idea has received backing from Mr Havel’s family. Former president Václav Havel died at the age of 75 on December 18 after a protracted illness. In neighbouring Poland, the northern city of Gdansk named one of its streets after Mr Havel on December 23, the day of his funeral.