Spring may have just officially sprung on March 20, but in Prague, summer is starting in just 2 days, and tourists are ready to travel.
On Sunday, March 31, 2019, the summer schedule comes into effect at Václav Havel Airport Prague. For the duration of the season, a total of 69 airlines will be operating regular scheduled direct flights from Prague, heading to 162 destinations in 54 countries. There will also be direct flights to 16 long-haul destinations, which is the largest number in the airport’s modern history.
“As part of the summer timetable, a total of four new airlines will be launching services from Václav Havel Airport Prague, two of them on long-haul routes. This proves our long-term success in motivating an ever-increasing number of airlines to open new routes from Prague, which ultimately means a wider choice of flights for our passengers,” says Vaclav Rehor, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prague Airport. In comparison with the previous summer season, the total number of airlines running direct flights from Prague this summer will increase by two. Four new airlines, Air Arabia, SCAT Airlines, SunExpress, and United Airlines, will be operating their flights from Prague for the first time.
“The forthcoming summer timetable also confirms our long-term success in implementing a strategy to develop long-haul routes. During the summer, direct flights will be available from Václav Havel Airport Prague to a total of 16 long-haul destinations, which is the most in the airport’s modern history. In addition to new destinations such as Astana in Kazakhstan or Newark in New York, USA. Passengers flying during the summer season will also have the opportunity to fly to New York’s JFK Airport, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Montreal just like last year,” adds Vaclav Rehor.
In total, the summer timetable will see flights to 14 new destinations, alongside regular flights to Newark Airport in New York, which United Airlines will run from Prague daily, and flights to Astana, departing twice a week with SCAT Airlines. There will also be flights heading to Casablanca (twice a week with Air Arabia), Florence (offered 4 times a week by Vueling) and Billund (3 flights a week operated by Ryanair). Brand-new routes include two holiday destinations – Pescara in Italy and Zadar in Croatia. Thanks to these new summer routes operated by Ryanair, passengers can take advantage of faster and more comfortable way to destinations which until recently were mostly only accessible by road.
Some direct flights that were already available during the winter flight season will continue also during the summer season. These include, for example, flights to Amman, Marrakesh, Sharjah, Paris Beauvais and Moscow/Zhukovsky.
The most frequent flights this summer season will be those departing to Italy (17 destinations), Great Britain (16 destinations), Spain, and Greece (both with 12 destinations).
Among the most popular destinations with the highest number of flights from Václav Havel Airport Prague will be London (up to 93 flights a week), Moscow (up to 63 flights a week), Paris (up to 58 flights a week), Amsterdam (up to 54 flights a week), and Warsaw (up to 52 flights a week).
Long-haul routes: 16 direct flights offered by 19 airlines:
Astana SCAT Airlines
Chengdu Sichuan Airlines
Doha Qatar Airways
Dubai Emirates, flydubai, Smartwings
Philadelphia American Airlines
Montreal Air Transat
New York Delta Air Lines
New York (Newark) United Airlines
Novosibirsk S7 Airlines
Beijing Hainan Airlines
Riyadh Czech Airlines
Seoul Czech Airlines, Korean Air
Xi’an China Eastern Airlines
Shanghai China Eastern Airlines
Sharjah Air Arabia
Toronto Air Canada Rouge
Overview of new offers:
14 new destinations with regular transit (compared to the same period in 2018):
Astana SCAT Airlines
Casablanca Air Arabia Maroc
Moscow (Zhukovsky) Ural Airlines
New York (Newark) United Airlines
Paris (Beauvais) Ryanair
Stockholm (Skavsta) Ryanair
Sharjah Air Arabia
4 new airlines: Air Arabia, SCAT Airlines, SunExpress, United Airlines
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The gambling industry, which happens to be a really big one worldwide, is one of the most popular in terms of tourism. That’s why casino tourism is such a big thing these days.
Many countries have been developing big casinos in various regions within their bounds in order to get more tourists to come in. Obviously, a more robust tourism environment is good for the economy as it brings in not only more money but also more recognition and possible investors.
Here is a look at the impact casinos have on tourism and how they help with the overall economy of a country.
Evidence of a Correlation Between Casino and Tourism
Just by taking a look at the biggest casinos around the world, we can actually observe how tourism is boosted by casinos in some countries. These countries include the USA, Macau, and Australia. Just to give you an idea, Las Vegas, Nevada alone was able to bring in over 40 million tourists in 2016. And that’s not very surprising simply because Las Vegas is THE place to go if you want to make a lot of casino money and have fun. Sure, the tourist attractions and the beautiful nightlights also attract the tourists. However, it’s the overall gambling experience and ambiance that really bring them in.
A strong competitor of Las Vegas is none other than Macau, which is a region in China’s territory that was made into one of the world’s biggest gambling hubs. Macau became such a giant in the gambling industry that they were even able to overtake Las Vegas in gambling receipts back in 2010. Just like in Vegas, Macau also focused their efforts on providing the high spending clients with VIP services. This included golden member privileges, private gambling rooms, amazing amenities, and more. This allowed them to bring in so many rich tourists in 2013. The high rollers eventually made up 66% of the overall casino profit that year. Of course, this sudden increase was stopped short in 2014 by the anti-corruption crackdown from Xi Jinping’s government. Eventually, Macau was able to stabilize because the casinos also targeted the mass market instead of just high rollers.
Even though the Macau casinos were able to hold their ground, a number of Chinese gamblers were not satisfied. This is why they went over to Australia instead. Because of Australia’s huge casino developments, around 1 million of these Chinese gamblers switched out to Australia. In fact, casinos became one of Australia’s biggest attractions rivaling even Vegas and Macau alike with 10 million visitors in recent years.
And it’s not only these big countries who have seen surges in their tourism sectors because of casinos. Other smaller countries such as Singapore, Philippines, Monaco, and Cambodia all have boasted of strong revenues from tourists who visit those countries to play in casinos. The growth of the gambling industry in these countries already can give us an idea of how much of an impact casinos have on a country’s tourism.
How Casino Tourism Impacts Other Industries
The great thing about casino tourism is that it can bring in a large number of people from various countries and concentrate them in one location. Since there are a lot of people around casinos, other industries can also benefit from that. The hospitality industry is one such that really benefits from casino tourism. Where there is a casino, there would usually be hotels, resorts, and restaurants. That is why partnerships between hotels, casinos, and restaurants are very common.
Not only hotels and restaurants would flourish, but even other tourist attractions around the area as well. Local restaurants would receive a flock of foreign visitors who came from the casinos. These foreigners would then get a chance to try the local cuisines. This further contributes to the country’s tourism.
In a sense, casino tourism also encourages diversity. This is exactly what happened after Macau’s corruption crackdown. The Chinese government decided to diversify Macau to make it more than just another big time gambling hub like the big Venice canal lookalike.
We can also see such an example in Singapore– one of their biggest casinos, Resortsworld, is located in Sentosa near other tourist attractions by the Sentosa bay. Due to that, a lot of gamblers have also been visiting the tourist spots in the area. Finally, Manila has also been enjoying strong tourism due to the presence of their casinos concentrated in one area.
With that, we can see that location is key if a country would want to make their casino tourism venture successful. By strategic location and immense marketing, casinos can directly impact tourism and also impact other industries and the economy at large.
The Presence of Overseas Workers
The presence of a more diverse crowd also comes the presence of more overseas workers. Let’s take the Australian casinos for example. Because of the influx of Chinese high rollers flocking into their casinos, the demand for Mandarin speaking dealers also increased. What some casinos do is that they employ staff who either speak Mandarin or staff that come from Mandarin speaking countries like Taiwan. This allows the Chinese high rollers to feel more at home in the casino, thus encouraging them to bring in more Chinese gamblers to play.
Impact on Across Border Markets
We all know that there are some countries that make gambling illegal. Of course, this doesn’t deter the citizens of the country who want to gamble. What they would do is that they would either travel to the country nearest to them that legalizes gambling or search for a list of PayPal online casinos wherein they can internationally transact and gamble. By giving something the locals of a country want that their own home country cannot provide, you will be opening up new markets for opportunity by making that “want” accessible.
All of these points will show that there is definitely a relationship between casinos and overall tourism. Through this discussion, we can definitely say that the casino industry can have a big positive impact on the overall tourism situation of an economy. Of course, there is the problem of an economy relying too much on the gambling industry for attracting tourists.
That is why many countries are also diversifying their tourist attractions and putting various tourist spots near casinos. This will give the foreign gamblers a reason to explore a bit and see the sights. This will encourage them to want to go back to the country even more if they already get sick of the casino. This was actually a problem with Macau since Macau didn’t really have much to brag about except their casino. That is why a lot of the former customers fled to Australia after the crackdown. However, the Chinese government decided that they wanted to diversify in order to attract other markets aside from the high rollers. That is one of the ways that lead to Macau’s stabilization.
While casinos can surely boost tourism, it shouldn’t be the sole reason for a country’s tourism growth. It should be one of the reasons supplemented by other attractions that can make tourists want to keep on coming back.
Hainan Airlines will launch nonstop service between Guiyang, China and Paris on March 24, its fourth nonstop route from mainland China to Paris following Xi’an-Paris, Chongqing-Paris and Shenzhen-Paris.
The once weekly Guiyang-Paris route will be serviced by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and takes off every Sunday.
Hainan Airlines has to date launched 20 European routes servicing Berlin, Brussels, Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Manchester, Moscow, Paris, Rome, Vienna and Zurich. Hainan Airlines provides many value-added services to passengers, among them, package tickets, options for premium seating, car shuttle service for business class passengers, prepaid luggage, class upgrades and other services to make sure the flight is a smooth one and meets the diverse needs of our passengers.
Passenger traffic rises at FRA and Group airports worldwide
In February 2019, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed more than 4.5
million passengers – an increase of 4.3 percent year-on-year. During
the first two months of the year, FRA achieved passenger growth of
Aircraft movements climbed by 4.7 percent to 36,849 takeoffs and
landings in in the reporting month. Accumulated maximum takeoff
weights (MTOWs) rose by 4.6 percent to almost 2.3 million metric
tons. Reflecting the ongoing slowdown in global trade, cargo
throughput (airfreight + airmail) contracted by 3.4 percent to
161,366 metric tons.
Group airports in Fraport’s international portfolio continued their
positive performance in February 2019. Ljubljana Airport (LJU) in
Slovenia served 105,470 passengers, a gain of 6.3 percent. In
Brazil, combined traffic at Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA)
airports increased by 15.8 percent to 1.2 million passengers.
Fraport’s Greek regional airports recorded overall growth of 13.6
percent to 588,433 passengers. The busiest airports included
Thessaloniki (SKG) with 368,119 passengers (up 24.2 percent), Chania
(CHQ) on the island of Crete with 47,661 passengers (up 19.6
percent), and Rhodes (RHO) with 46,331 passengers (down 13.0
In Peru, Lima Airport (LIM) saw traffic grow by 4.6 percent to some
1.8 million passengers. The two Bulgarian airports of Varna (VAR) and
Burgas (BOJ), combined, recorded a slight gain of 0.9 percent to
61,580 passengers. Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey served 766,068
passengers, up 10.4 percent. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg,
Russia, grew by 13.5 percent to about 1.1 million passengers. Traffic
at Xi’an Airport (XIY) in China advanced by 6.8 percent to 3.7
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) welcomed nearly 4.7 million passengers in
January 2019, thus starting the year with 2.3 percent traffic growth.
Without strike and weather-related flight cancellations, passenger
traffic at FRA would have grown by about 4.3 percent.
Aircraft movements climbed by 2.3 percent to 37,676 takeoffs and
landings in the reporting month. Maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs)
rose by 1.5 percent to about 2.4 million metric tons. Only cargo
(airfreight + airmail) posted a decline in January 2019, dropping by
4.3 percent to 163,332 metric tons. Decisive factors affecting cargo
traffic included weaker global trade and the resulting dip in demand.
Most of the airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also
achieved growth in January 2019. Slovenia’s Ljubljana Airport (LJU)
served 103,653 passengers, a rise of 3.3 percent. The Brazilian
airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) registered
combined traffic of almost 1.5 million passengers, up 10.5 percent
Total traffic for the 14 Greek regional airports reached 617,885
passengers, resulting in a 12.3 percent surge. The busiest airports
included Thessaloniki (SKG) with 388,309 passengers, up 25.4 percent;
Chania (CHQ) with 50,949 passengers, up 17.8 percent; and Rhodes
(RHO) with 50,809 passengers, down 13.4 percent.
Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru, South America, saw traffic increase by
5.0 percent to around 1.9 million passengers. On the Bulgarian Black
Sea coast, the Twin Star airports of Burgas (BOJ) and Varna (VAR)
registered a total of 67,924 passengers, declining 6.8 percent. On
the Turkish Rivera, Antalya Airport (AYT) received 877,161 passengers
and recorded a 9.6 percent jump in traffic. Russia’s St. Petersburg
Airport (LED) advanced by 14.0 percent to some 1.2 million
passengers. In China, Xi’an Airport (XIY) recorded a 13.9 percent
gain to almost 3.8 million passengers
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) served more than 69.5 million passengers in 2018, thus posting a new record high in the airport’s history.
Compared to 2017, traffic at Germany’s largest airport grew by some 5 million passengers or 7.8 percent. This strong growth resulted from the launch of more routes to new destinations from FRA and from airlines increasing flight frequencies.
Commenting on the 2018 traffic figures, Fraport AG’s executive board chairman Stefan Schulte said: “The previous year has proved once again that there continues to be great demand for flying. In Frankfurt, we have achieved the highest absolute passenger growth in our history. This underscores Frankfurt Airport’s position as one of Europe’s leading aviation hubs. At the same time, the extraordinary growth in air traffic overall has caused major challenges for us and the entire aviation sector. Together with our partners, we are taking efforts to restore and enhance punctuality and reliability in air
In full-year 2018, aircraft movements at FRA rose by 7.7 percent to 512,115 takeoffs and landings in 2018. Accumulated maximum takeoff weights (MTOWs) also increased by 5.1 percent to some 31.6 million metric tons. Cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) posted a slight 0.7 percent decline to about 2.2 million metric tons, reflecting growing uncertainties in global trade, particularly during the second half of the year.
In December 2018, more than 4.9 million passengers traveled via Frankfurt Airport – an increase of 7.8 percent compared to December 2017. Aircraft movements climbed by 9.0 percent to 38,324 takeoffs and landings, while accumulated MTOWs grew by 6.5 percent to about 2.4 million metric tons. Cargo throughput (airmail + airfreight) expanded by 1.9 percent to 183,674 metric tons in the reporting month.
Airports in Fraport’s international portfolio also reported noticeable growth in 2018. CEO Schulte commented: “In addition to Frankfurt, most of our Group airports worldwide also achieved new passenger records last year. We continue to invest in the airports of our international portfolio, thus ensuring their long-term development. To create additional capacity, we are currently carrying out major expansion projects at our Group airports, particularly in Greece, Brazil and Peru.”
In Slovenia, Ljubljana Airport (LJU) posted a 7.7 percent traffic increase to over 1.8 million passengers in 2018. Combined traffic at the two Brazilian airports of Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto Alegre (POA) rose by 7.0 percent to some 14.9 million passengers. Traffic at the 14 Greek regional airports advanced by 8.9 percent to a total of almost 29.9 million passengers. The three busiest gateways in Fraport’s Greek portfolio were Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) with some 6.7 million passengers (up 7.1 percent), Rhodes Airport (RHO) witharound 5.6 million passengers (up 5.0 percent), and Corfu Airport (CFU) where traffic soared by 15.3 percent to nearly 3.4 million passengers.
Lima Airport (LIM) in the capital of Peru welcomed more than 22.1 million passengers in 2018, representing an increase of 7.3 percent.
On the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, the Twin Star airports of Varna (VAR) and Burgas (BOJ) closed the year with combined traffic growth of 12.2 percent to about 5.6 million passengers. Antalya Airport (AYT) in Turkey saw traffic advance by 22.5 percent to almost 32.3 million passengers. Pulkovo Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg, Russia served more than 18.1 million passengers – an increase of 12.4 percent. Some 44.7 million passengers used Xi’an Airport (XIY) inChina, up 6.7 percent.
Frankfurt Airport welcomed around 5.24 million passengers in November
2018, a growth of 4.7 percent year-on-year. This development was
driven by European traffic (up 6.1 percent) as well as
intercontinental traffic (up 4.3 percent). The cumulative growth in
passenger numbers for the first eleven months of the current year was
In a similar vein, aircraft movements in November increased by 5.3
percent to 41,192 takeoffs and landings. Accumulated maximum takeoff
weights (MTOWs) rose by 3.3 percent to around 2.5 million metric
tons. Only the cargo throughput (airfreight + airmail) declined in
November, falling by 2.1 percent to around 196,537 million metric
tons in response to the growing uncertainty in global trade.
The international airports in Fraport’s portfolio also enjoyed
largely positive development in November. While Ljubljana Airport
(LJU) in Slovenia saw a slight decline of 3.3 percent to 117,554
passengers, the Brazilian airports in Fortaleza (FOR) and Porto
Alegre (POA) reported significant growth of 10.8 percent to around
1.3 million passengers. The 14 regional airports in Greece saw an
overall growth of 12.8 percent to 726,159 passengers. The three
airports in the Greek portfolio with the most traffic were
Thessaloniki (SKG) with 428,897 passengers (up 16.6 percent), Rhodes
(RHO) with 68,041 passengers (minus 9.7 percent to) and Chania (CHQ)
with 59,053 passengers (up 14.6 percent). Lima Airport (LIM) in Peru
grew by 6.7 percent to about 1.8 million passengers. A total of
68,246 passengers used the Bulgarian Twin Star airports of Varna
(VAR) and Burgas (BOJ), down 6.8 percent. Antalya Airport (AYT) again
enjoyed substantial growth of 26.9 percent to around 1.2 million
passengers. Growing passenger numbers were also reported at Pulkovo
Airport (LED) in St. Petersburg with around 1.3 million passengers
(up 18.1 percent) and Xi’an (XIY) in China with around 3.6 million
passengers (up 4.8 percent)