PRAGUE - On May 1st, 2018 Vaclav Havel Airport Prague will become a non-smoking airport. From this date it will not be allowed to smoke in any interior areas and all the smoking corners in transit area will be closed. By this decision Prague Airport follows the modern trend and responds to passengers’ feedback. The smokers among passengers will still be free to use the designated areas in front of the terminal buildings.
Prague Airport follows the example of many countries or single airports which already introduced absolute ban of smoking in airport interior. This applies, for example, to all airports in the United Kingdom and Spain, more than 600 airports in the USA and some airports in Russia. By joining this group Vaclav Havel Airport Prague will become one of the leaders of this vision in Central Europe.
“We expect the numbers of non-smoking airports will be increasing so we want to follow this modern trend. And we are convinced that this decision will lead to improvement of quality and comfort of the airport environment and better customer experience for our passengers," said Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Board of Prague Airport, and adds: “The airport of our size with minimum number of transferring passengers can use smoking areas outside the terminals. The smokers will be allowed to use 14 designated smoking areas in front of the terminal buildings.”
This decision is based on a thorough analysis of operation of the temporary smoking areas and passengers’ feedback on them, consideration of operational and safety risks as well as investments necessary for building of permanent smoking rooms meeting strict legislative requirements.
Prague Airport has informed airlines and travel agencies about this change. The information for passengers will be available on Prague Airport’s website www.prg.aero, social media channels and directly in the airport terminals using navigation, notices at the terminal entrances and voice announcements.