Terminal 2 at Václav Havel Airport

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

This is one of several innovations to improve travel during what is expected to be the busiest summer season ever at the airport

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.

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“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 website or directly at the Terminal 2 departure hall.

“In addition to the online application, Security FastTrack can be purchased at four Smart kiosks located in Terminal 2 at an information desk, self check-in kiosks and also near the security checkpoints,” Petržilka said.

“With sufficient Security FastTrack capacity, passengers will be able to decide for themselves at the last minute when assessing the current situation at the airport, whether they will use the services for faster transit,” he added.

The Smart kiosks are available in five languages: English, German, Italian and French in addition to Czech.

When booking, the passenger chooses a date and a specific time pass through the security check within 30 minutes. One use of the Security FastTrack service is CZK 150.

Prague Airport has also opened a new relaxation zone in Terminal 2. The number of refreshment vending machines will additionally be increased in the near future.

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Seven children’s corners at various departure gates will also be modernized. Furthermore, Prague Airport has introduced a new special security check-in procedure at Terminal 2 for families with children in baby carriages.

Over the next few months, a further 12 new check-in counters will be built in Terminal 2. In addition, an entirely new apron and 24 more counters are being built. These could be available to passengers in the 2020 summer season.

Terminal 1, for travel outside the Schengen zone, also has some changes. The modernization of three gates with new boarding bridges has been completed, including one new gate equipped with an additional bridge. As a result, up to six additional medium-haul planes can be handled each day.

A total of eight new check-in counters have been established in Terminal 1 in the past few months, and they are already in full operation. These new counters have increased the capacity of the check-in process for all flights including long-haul flights.

The airport also increased the number of information assistants. A total of 140 information assistants in red T-shirts are available in the airport during the summer season, 15 percent more than last year.

Prague Airport expects its busiest summer season ever with approximately 640,000 more passengers than last year, a year-on-year increase of more than 5 percent. Up to 2 million passengers are expected to pass through the airport during both the months of July and August.

Václav Havel Airport Prague set a new record in 2018, with over 16 million checked-in passengers as of Dec. 11, 2018, breaking the 2017 record of 15.41 million.

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.

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