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Havel's name up at Prague Airport's terminal 3

18 September 2012

Prague, Sept 17 (CTK) - A new name of the Prague international airport, the Vaclav Havel Airport, will for the first time appear at the third terminal, used for private flights, this afternoon, airport spokeswoman Eva Krejci told CTK yesterday.

The remaining two terminals should bear the signs with the name of the late Czech president Havel at the end of the week, Krejci said.

The first letters should be visible on Thursday and Friday.

All construction works should be completed by the end of September, Krejci added.

The name of the Prague airport should be officially changed on October 5, the anniversary day of Havel's birth in 1936.

Apart from the panel with the name, the airport's official printed material must change, too, along with the names of public transport stops and audio information on buses to the airport.

The total costs have amounted to three million crowns, about one million more than the Transport Ministry originally estimated, Krejci said.

The idea of changing the airport's name after Havel has met with support as well as criticism.

According to the latest poll conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM), its opponents prevail among Czechs.

Up to 12 million passengers annually use the services of the most important Czech civilian airport in Prague-Ruzyne.

The Prague airport is part of the Czech Aeroholding group that covers the state-owned firms operating in air transport.

Havel, playwright, thinker and former dissident, was the last Czechoslovak and the first Czech president (in office 1989-2003). He died in his country house in Hradecek, east Bohemia, on December 18, 2011, aged 75 years.

($1=18.659 crowns)

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