The international airport serving Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is the Václav Havel Airport Prague, formerly known as the Prague-Ruzyně. It is located on the northwest edge of Prague in the Ruzyně district, 17km north and 10km west of the city centre. The airport was named after Václav Havel, the country's first post-Velvet Revolution president. It handles all international flights to and from the Czech Republic. Václav Havel Airport Prague serves as a hub for Czech Airlines and a base for Travel Service Airlines and its subsidiary SmartWings. It is also a focus city for Wizz Air.
Václav Havel Airport Prague has two main passenger terminals, two general aviation terminals, and a cargo facility. Terminals 1 and 2 are the North Terminals, while Terminals 3 and 4 are the South Terminals. The North Terminals handles most of the flights to and from Prague Airport, while the South Terminals are used for a few irregular flights, VIP flights, special flights, and small aircraft.
Terminal 1 handles routes outside the Schengen Area, while Terminal 2 is used for those within the Area. Terminal 3 handles private and charter flights, while Terminal 4 is exclusively for VIP flights and state visits. The two freight terminals are Cargo Terminal 1, operated by Menzies Aviation Czech, and Cargo Terminal 2, operated by Skyport.
Services and Facilities
Prague Airport offers several facilities for the convenience and entertainment of passengers arriving to and departing from the country. There are 32 restaurants and cafes in the airport, ranging from local Czech dishes to international cuisine. Note that the establishments in the public area tend to be less pricey than those in the transit area. A supermarket called Billa can also be found in the public area between Terminals 1 and 2. Duty-Free can be found in the transit area of Terminal 1, as well as about 80 shops all in all that sell luxury and bland clothing, souvenirs, travel accessories, perfumes, books, jewellery, Czech glassware, etc.
For pharmaceutical needs there is a pharmacy equipped with prescription medicine, over-the-counter medications, and food supplements. Payment can be made via credit card or in euros. Passengers can also get pampered at the Sky Relax, which offers hairstyling services, manicure and pedicure, and Thai and Shiatsu massages.
Other extra services available are a Flower Vending Machine in the Terminal 1 arrival hall that offers fresh flowers tied in bouquets, nurseries and showers that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, viewing terraces that can be accessed through the Prague Airport Restaurant and another in the public are of the Terminal 2 Departure Hall, and children's play areas on the second floor of the Terminal 2 public area and at the beginning of the transit corridor between Terminals 1 and 2, as well as additional mini-play areas in Terminal 2, Pier C, and at several of the Terminal 1 gates.
In the Departure Halls of Terminals 1 and 2 are Tax-Free Customs offices, plus a post office at the arrivals area between the two terminals. A larger post office is located in the Euroshop Shopping Centre's administration building, just across the Arrivals Terminal. There is also a Veterinary Border-Control Station that handles all imported veterinary consignments, which includes animals for zoos or for pet shops, as well as other animal products.