Petr Dubinsky

Court Blocks Prague Airport Expansion

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the construction of a new runway at Vaclav Havel Airport Prague may not proceed. The court said the plans were not detailed enough, and an environmental assessment of the planned runway is needed.

The request was submitted by the airport and the Central Bohemian Region and the Directorate of Roads and Motorways after the Regional Court annulled the update of the principles of territorial development of the Central Bohemian Region, the area for the construction of the runway was defined. This follows from the resolution, which is available on the website of the Supreme Administrative Court. The court has not yet ruled on the merits of the cassation complaint.

So far, the new runway’s construction has been successfully defended against bby the Prague districts of Nebušice and Suchdol, whose inhabitants are burdened by the airport’s operation. The regional court blocked the expansion because the region did not take into account some sources of noise and emissions. The construction of the runway was planned for 2025. The aim was to increase the airport’s capacity. In addition to constructing a new runway for nine billion, the airport is preparing to expand the second terminal for CZK 16 billion. Construction should be completed by 2028.