Hot News from Meeting Prague
Prague Airport Group Handles Pandemic Crisis with Honour, Prioritising Stability and Safety Procedures
In 2020, the Prague Airport Group reported the gross operating loss (EBITDA*) of CZK 687 million. Its economic results were negatively affected the most by the greatest crisis in air transport, the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a decrease in the number of handled passengers of almost 80%. The fact also significantly affected the passenger and aircraft handling services provided by the Czech Airlines Handling subsidiary. The decline in operations and uncertainty in the market affected the aircraft maintenance segment provided by Czech Airlines Technics, too. The Group thus implemented significant austerity measures last year. The main goal was to ensure the operation and financing of companies, maintain stability, and continue to provide services for passengers, airlines and other customers at the high level as before. Alongside safety, the health of passengers and employees became a priority. Nevertheless, the crisis provided numeral opportunities for all companies associated in the Group to further develop their services, products and infrastructure.
Honey from Mall?! Fashion Arena Installed Beehives in its Premises
In June, Fashion Arena Prague Outlet, known as the most visited outlet centre in the Czech Republic, installed three beehives in their outdoor premises. It is one of the series of environmental projects through which the centre promotes biodiversity in its surroundings and it thus encourages its customers to behave more environmentally friendly.
Fly from Prague to Over 100 Destinations
Currently, Czech and foreign tourists can choose from more than 100 destinations, including charter flights, operated by over 35 airlines. During July 2021, direct flights will also be launched by carriers on new routes to a number of places across Europe. Ryanair is to fly to Modlin Airport in Warsaw, easyJet to launch a new connection to Barcelona, while Wizz Air is to offer flights to Rome and Catania. Smartwings has been flying to Nice on the Côte d'Azur since Thursday.
Václav Havel Airport Prague Operations Continue to Grow; Increased Passenger Numbers and Operated Destinations
As per the latest statistics, more than 132 thousand passengers passed through the gates of Václav Havel Airport Prague this May, representing a significant increase of over 1,500 percent compared to May 2020, when the operation of the airport was unprecedented due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on travel. Prague Airport handled 30% more passengers in May 2021 than in April this year.
Liberty International Tourism Group Just Turned 30!
On this occasion, Mario Enzesberger, Founder and CEO, looks back on his story.
New European Direct Flights Operated by Wizz Air and easyjet
easyjet launches new direct route from Prague Airport to Barcelona and resume Amsterdam and Geneva routes. In the middle of September, Wizz Air will launch its new route to Naples.
Sponsors Eager to Return to In-Person Events
AIM Group International conducted a survey of leading pharmaceutical and biopharma companies to understand their perspectives regarding next Autumn's events.
Prague Became the European Forest City
On 18 May 2021, the Capital City of Prague received the Forest City Award 2021 from representatives of the European Forest Institute. Every year, the Institute, which brings together representatives from forest research, industry, forest owners and international forest organisations, awards a city that has most efficiently contributed to the maintenance and expansion of its forest fund and environmental protection. The award is a confirmation of the Czech capital's efforts towards the sustainable direction of the city, which in recent years have been closely watched by the organizers of international events when choosing the next host destination for their events.
White Paper from Hybrid City Alliance Explores Multi-Hub Hybrid Events
The Hybrid City Alliance, of which Prague Convention Bureau is a founding member, has released a white paper exploring the design, sustainability and risks of hybrid and multi-hub hybrid events. The paper’s release coincides with the addition of five new members and the launch of a dedicated website.