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Václav Havel Airport Prague

 
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The name of the international airport in the capital city of the Czech Republic has changed. From 5 October 2012, it will be called Václav Havel Airport Prague. The largest airport in the Czech Republic thus commemorates the first democratic president of our modern history.

 
 
The airport that was formerly known as Prague – Ruzyně was renamed on 5 October to celebrate what would have been the 76th birthday of Václav Havel. The initiator of the idea of renaming the airport was film director Fero Fenič with this reasoning:

“Havel’s journey from Ruzyně* Prison to Prague Castle, the demolition of frontiers and opening and promoting our country to the whole cannot be more aptly commemorated and symbolised in everyday life than by renaming the Ruzyně airport in Prague to Václav Havel Airport Prague. The airport is the junction of roads, a place of mixing and meeting of nations, a symbol of free movement of people and ideas. It has been a gate to freedom for the Czech Republic and the first place that foreigners see on entering our country.”

This thought was immediately supported by tens of thousands people and the government of the Czech Republic also supported the name change.

*Ruzyně is a Prague quarter (Map), where you can find a well-known prison as well as the airport.


 
Author: Andrea Kábelová
 
Added: 04.10.2012
 
 
 

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