Václav Havel Airport Prague
On October 5th, 2012, Prague/Ruzyně civil international airport was renamed to “Václav Havel Airport Prague”, as approved by the Government of the Czech Republic last March.
Renaming Process Background
December 2011 - A film director, screenwriter and film producer, Fero Fenič, proposed in the wake of the former Czechoslovakian and later Czech Republic President’s death renaming the Prague/Ruzyně civil international airport after this exceptional statesman, following the example of many airports all over the world (JFK, Charles de Gaulle, M. R. Štefánik, etc.). An over 80,000-signature petition supported his proposal.
March 2012 - The name change was approved by the Cabinet on 21st March, 2012 and the use of Mr. Havel’s name in conjunction with the civil international airport in Prague/Ruzyně was also endorsed by Dagmar Havlová, the wife of the deceased former President.
May 2012 - Following consultations with language experts, the official versions of the new airport name were published. It was determined that due to the foreign majority of the airport clientele the priority will be given to the English version VÁCLAV HAVEL AIRPORT PRAGUE, in Czech LETIŠTĚ VÁCLAVA HAVLA PRAHA.
September 2012 - Between September 17th and 27th, 2012, new name signs in the English language were installed atop the airport terminal buildings.
October 2012 - On October 5th, 2012, the airport was officially renamed.
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