Prague Airport is probably launching the largest one-time investment since the completion of Schengen Terminal 2 in 2006. In January, it will begin rebuilding and upgrading the luggage handling system. The contract was acquired by the Dutch company Vanderlande Industries, the price excluding VAT climbed to 1.469 billion crowns. It results from a contract published in the register. Thus, the airport has reached the end of a tender lasting more than a year, and the original estimates approximated the cost of 1.3 billion.
Rebuilding will impact both terminals. In Terminal 2, for example, a new island with 24 checkpoints will be built, under the ground, a second so-called sorter, a suitcase sorting machine, will be built, and eight new x-ray detectors will be installed. At the same time, there will be a general overhaul of the current sorter in Terminal 2 and the connection to Terminal 1. There, the company will also reconstruct clearance islands.
The investment in the airport justifies the need to improve the entire suitcase handling process. The luggage rack in Terminal 2 has been in service for ten years and is not enough for the current onslaught of passengers. According to earlier statements, the airport will finance the investment from its own resources, including the disposal of old X-rays. Work should begin in January and last for about a year. The work will run in stages and, according to the airport management, will not impact traffic.
Václav Havel Airport Prague has experienced unprecedented operational flourishing over the past two years. Yesterday evening, a historic record has been achieved when the number of cleared passengers in the first calendar year reached 16 million for the first time. By the end of the year, the number of passengers should reach 16.8 million, which represents a 9% year-on-year increase.