Over 50 musicians from different genres are set to perform in Prague’s metro stations on Thursday. The sixth edition of the event, organised by the Prague Public Transport Company in cooperation with the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory, will take place at six metro stations, including the Muzeum and Můstek stations in the city centre. The performances last all day until 9 pm in the evening.
Fresh snow and strong winds are complicating traffic in many parts of the Czech Republic. Several roads, especially in north Moravia, had to be closed to traffic due to snow drifts. The situation is worst in the region of Bruntál, which reported up to one metre of fresh snow. A snow alert issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute remains in place until Thursday afternoon.
The number of passengers passing through Prague’s Václav Havel Airport increased by around 19 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, the airport announced in a press release on Thursday. Among the main factors behind the increase are new routes introduced this year as well as increased capacity on the existing lines. In total, the airport handled 2.7 passengers in the quarter between January and March of 2017.
A planned new north south link of the Prague metro, the so-called D route, would begin with construction of the section between Pankrác south to Olbrachtová, Prague city’s transport’s council decided on Wednesday, according to the Czech Press Agency. The reason for that section to be given priority is the relative ease of buying the required plots of land. The route would later be continued south in the direction of Pisníce, Another section should connect Pankrác with the centre of the city and Náměsti Míru. The cost of the link is put at around 50 billion crowns.
Up to 30 centimetres of snow fell in the Jeseníky Mountains in the northeast of the country during Tuesday night. Gritting trucks and snow ploughs were deployed but some routes around the towns of Jeseník and Šumperk were scarcely passable on Wednesday morning. Other parts of the Olomouc region were also hit by snow during the night, as were areas in South Bohemia, Moravia Silesia and a number of other regions around the Czech Republic.
Czech transport engineering group Škoda Transportation announced that it almost tripled its net profit in 2016 to 1.571 billion crowns compared with the result in the previous year. The increase came in the face of a 14 percent drop in turnover to 15.7 billion crowns. The group, with around 5,300 employees based in Plzeň, is the biggest producer of trams, locomotives, carriages, trolley buses, and electric buses in Central and Eastern Europe.
Václav Havel airport in Prague is set to see major investments over the next decade to accommodate the increasing number of passengers. According to the vision for the future presented this week on the occasion of the airport’s 80th anniversary, it expects passenger numbers to double within the next two decades.
The number of passengers serviced at Prague’s Václav Havel, formerly called Ruzyně, has increased thousandfold since its establishment 80 years ago. During the first year of its operation in 1937, the airport handled 13,000 passengers, while today the figure stands at 13 million, the airport’s spokesperson Marika Janoušková told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. In 1937, Ruzyně airport employed around 400 people, including aviation personnel, while at the moment, there are more than 15,000 employees. The first aircraft to land at the airport was a Douglas DC-2 on a 9-am domestic flight from Piešťany to Prague via Zlín and Brno and the airport’s main runway was put into operation in 1963.