Building of Prague airport launched on this day in 1933

Tuesday is the 85th anniversary of the launch of construction work on Prague airport. The site in the Ruzyně district was selected after the city’s first airfield at Kbely proved inadequate. The building of the airport took almost four years and the first flight from Ruzyně took place in April 1937.

Decades of intermittent growth followed, with the most recent expansion being the opening of Terminal 2 in 2006. It was renamed Václav Havel Airport Prague in 2012, the year after the former president’s death.

Author: Ian Willoughby