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Ready for the big freeze

Issue 1 2012  •  7 February 2012  •  Jan Kadlec, Airfield Operations Manager, Prague Airport

Prague Airport is the biggest airport in the Czech Republic and one of the major hubs in Central and Eastern Europe. Prague’s excellent location in the heart of Europe together with its recognition as an attractive business and holiday destination represents a unique opportunity for air service development.Like London and Frankfurt, Prague Airport suffered in the 2010/2011 winter season. However, the airport was only closed from 1-2 December 2010 for six hours. Over 100cm of snow had fallen between 26 November and 31 December. During those 36 days, 34 of them were spent maintaining runways and airport premises from the bad weather conditions. The biggest snow falls during last season were on the 28 November (12cm), 1 December (20cm) and 15 December (10cm). In all we had to use approximately 570,000 litres of de-icing fluid.The main problem was the snow on the apron, a place where the airplanes are parked and handled.

When winter hits, Prague Airport will be ready!

Issue 1 2010, Past issues  •  22 February 2010  •  Jan Kadlec, Head of Airfield Operations, Prague Airport, Czech Republic

Prague/Ruzyne Airport is the largest international airport in Central Europe and is the gateway to the continent. That means operations must be ensured even under adverse weather conditions. The winter time period officially starts on November 1 and ends March 31, but the dates are always adapted to climatic conditions, so the start may come two weeks earlier or the end two weeks later, depending.

 

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