Václav Havel Airport Prague has a new hotel located inside the terminal buildings. AeroRooms has 14 newly renovated rooms and is accessible from both the public and private parts of the airport. The hotel is designed for both transit passengers and people who need short-term accommodation near the terminals.
Price of accommodation starts at 1999 CZK per night and per room, and the hotel is open nonstop.
AeroRooms was built on the site of the former Rest & Fun leisure area. It has eight rooms exclusively for passengers on a connecting flight.
“With the design of the new AeroRooms, we are responding to the ever-growing number of checked-in passengers and the changing structure of potential customers. The hotel is primarily intended to increase the capacity of the airport’s accommodation services, improve them and make them accessible to a much wider range of passengers,” Jiří Petržilka, Executive Director of Prague Airport’s non-aviation business, said in a press release. Prague Airport (Letiště Praha) is the company that operates Václav Havel Airport Prague.
The hotel is newly accessible from the public side of the airport, while access from the private part between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 has been maintained. Accommodations can now be used by both transit passengers passing through Terminal 1, clients not yet checked in for flight, or those who need short accommodation in the immediate vicinity of the airport, such as passengers from distant locations with a very early morning departure from Prague.
Prague Airport invested approximately 14 million CZK in the construction of the hotel, with the major part of the investment going to construction and technical modifications. The purpose was not only to increase the capacity of the hotel and establish entry from the public part of the airport, but also to ensure strict safety standards associated with the operation of the hotel directly at the terminal of a large international airport, Prague Airport stated.
Due to security measures, passengers must always book the hotel in advance either on the Prague Airport website or through an online booking agency.
At the same time, Prague Airport is also gradually refurbishing the airport lounges to double their capacity and is also strengthening the premium services there.
In October, the renovation of the Erste Premier Lounge will begin at Terminal 2, which will be completed before the next summer season. This will be followed by the renovation of the Mastercard Lounge in Terminal 1. The Raiffeisenbank Lounge was transformed last year.
Expanding and improving the premium services for passengers will require a total investment of tens of millions of crowns.
“Passengers’ interest in lounges has been increasing in recent years. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of clients using our lounge services increased by 24%. As with other airport infrastructure, however, in the case of lounges we reach the edge of maximum capacity. Therefore, we have decided on building modifications that are feasible within the current form of airport terminals. These will allow us to increase capacity with a reserve for the next approximately seven years, when the expanded Terminal 2 should be put into operation, which will also offer new premises for premium airport services,” Petržilka said.
The new service of the AeroRooms hotel, as well as more comfortable and spacious airport lounges with increased capacity, will contribute to meeting Prague Airport’s strategic non-aviation business goal of increasing the share of non-aviation business revenues in the total revenues of Prague Airport, the company said.
Václav Havel Airport Prague has been seeing increased demand in recent years. It handled a total of 7.84 million passengers in the first half of 2019, an increase of 5% year-on-year. For the full year, the airport will likely break last year’s record of 16.79 million passengers.
Václav Havel Airport Prague opened April 5, 1937, as Prague Ruzyně Airport. Right after former president Václav Havel’s death on Dec. 18, 2011, an online petition asked the government to rename it to Václav Havel International Airport. This name change took place Oct. 5, 2012, on what would have been Havel’s 76th birthday.