Gateway to the Region Everyone is convinced that each airport is rated according to the number of checked-in passengers. But that is just one of the criteria to measure the success of an airport. An airport’s rating is a question of the overall economic setup and level of service. The Leoš Janáček Ostrava Airport, like it or not, remained, until recently, a regional airport located here in the steel heart of Europe. This is where the interesting potential lies, according to the airport’s owner and management. “The Ostrava Airport runway, at three thousand and five meters long and sixtythree meters wide, is definitely the largest runway in the Czech Republic. That is our advantage,“ says Jaromír Radkovsky, the managing director of the Ostrava Airport. The runway potential logically invites to use the airport for freight transport. Large cargo aircraft needs space that Ostrava can provide. Recent the owner, the Moravian-Silesian Region – has invested, through European programmes, in airport equipment and infrastructure. The taxiways were extended, a new Fire Rescue Service Station was built, and the railway was brought to the airport. Connecting to the local transport infrastructure is important for the airport to function as a logistics centre. “The development of air freight transport is one of the priorities. In the case that we develop the transport of aviation goods, 24
we have a better chance of bringing to the airport new carriers with new airlines. In recent years, we have invested in airport innovation and development, so now we will focus on using these investments,” added Mr. Radkovsky.
low-cost and classic airlines operate side by side, and each model seems to find their customers. From Ostrava airport, locals can fly to Milan, London, and Dubai, plus about twenty other summer destinations; additionally, with a transfer in Prague, they can fly almost anywhere in the world.
Ostrava Airport aims at freight and private flights.
The number of passengers who used the services of the Ostrava airport in 2017 increased by 29%. By the end of October, over 300,000 passengers were transported.
The Ostrava Airport is strategically located between the D47 motorway and R48 expressway, two major backbones of transit that run from north to south and east to west. The region’s industry is also powerfully developing, attracting new investors. All this is the potential for successful cargo development.
Another area of development attractive to the airport is private clientele. A private airplane is a jet or turbo-prop, comfortably equipped, allowing flights even in unfavorable weather conditions and at night. In the Czech Republic alone, dozens of active private airplanes are registered. The number of private planes, of course, is much greater but they are mostly smaller sports models.
The owner and the airport management are united. Large aircraft is an important element for economic stability. The development of passenger airlines is not being set aside but those who create the need for aviation are companies, cities and resort destinations. Currently, both
The clientele who use this service is slowly growing. For this style of travel and transport, easy access to the airport and minimum wait-time required for check-in are important. That means no waiting at the airport, no queues, and a time of departure determined by the client. In this case, it is true that time is money.