Prague’s airport expands express security checks for Schengen flights, but for a fee
Terminal 2 at Václav Havel Airport

Prague’s airport expands express security checks for Schengen flights, but for a fee

Passengers departing from Václav Havel Airport Prague to Schengen zone countries now have the option for faster security checks, regardless of the type of ticket they have. For an additional fee outgoing passengers can use the Security FastTrack service, which entitles them to use a separate corridor for security inspection in Terminal 2. This is one of several innovations to improve travel during what is expected to be the busiest summer season ever at the airport. “With the advent of the summer season, we have decided to offer Security FastTrack in Terminal 2 to ensure a faster check-in process during security checks. We want to increase the standard of service and comfort for passengers,” Jiří Petržilka, executive director of the non-aviation business at Prague Airport, said in a press release. “We believe that the FastTrack service will be appreciated by passengers, especially in the demanding summer season, which places the highest demands on the airport's operating capacity,” he added. Until now, the service has only been available at Václav Havel Airport Prague to passengers using premium travel classes or members of certain airline loyalty programs. Security FastTrack. via Prague Airport The service can be ordered on-line on the Prague Airport…

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Two new UNESCO World Heritage Sites named in the Czech Republic
Kladruber horses at in Kladruby. via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Two new UNESCO World Heritage Sites named in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has two new UNESCO World Heritage Sites, bringing the country’s total to 14. The World Heritage Committee at its meeting in Baku decided to inscribe the Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Region and the Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem. They are the first new sites in the Czech Republic since 2003. The Erzgebirge / Krušnohoří Mining Region spans part of southeastern Germany and northwestern Czech Republic, and is rich in metal ore exploited through mining from the Middle Ages onward, UNESCO said. The Krušné hory mountains are sometimes called the Ore Mountains in English. “The region became the most important source of silver ore in Europe from 1460 to 1560 and was the trigger for technological innovations. Tin was historically the second metal to be extracted and processed at the site. At the end of the 19th century, the region became a major global producer of uranium,” UNESCO said in its description. The proposal for the registration of this area was made jointly by the Czech Republic and the Saxony region of Germany. Cooperation on the project goes back to 1998. “The cultural landscape of the Ore Mountains has been…

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Prague’s tourism and film professionals count on a boost from Spider-Man: Far From Home
Peter Parker (Tom Holland) on Charles Bridge. via Sony Pictures Entertainment

Prague’s tourism and film professionals count on a boost from Spider-Man: Far From Home

Prague has long been a destination for film production, offering incentives, cost-effective infrastructure and attractive locations. Spider-Man: Far From Home is one of the most expensive and high-profile international films to shoot extensively in Prague since 2004’s Hellboy or 2006’s Casino Royale. The film had its Czech premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and is now in wide release. Unlike many films shot here, Prague locations were used to depict Prague as itself, rather than some other city like Moscow or Vienna. Mission Impossible (1996) used Prague as Prague, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) had scenes shot in Prague but doubling for other cities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt9L1jCKGnE Scenes in Prague start at 1:58 into the trailer. Prague tourism officials are pleased that the film will help promote the city internationally. Spider-Man: Far From Home showcases the city as one of three main locales. The film also has big action scenes set in Venice and London, plus a few shots in New York, Berlin and other places. For Venice, Prague and London, the script stuck to already poplar tourist spots as the plot had Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his classmates on a summer field trip. The film is…

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