Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

This section feature research, opinion and progress reports on how the Czech Republic compares to other EU countries economically. It includes analysis of international rankings such as the WEF and World Bank.

Spotlight issue

17th May 2019 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

UPS to open new hub near Prague

New package, freight and supply chain facility comes as businesses in the Czech Republic increasingly take advantage of export opportunities
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20th January 2021 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Prague Airport Handles Nearly 3.7 Million Passengers in 2020 and Is Ready for 2021 Traffic Enhancement

Throughout the course of 2020, a total of 3,665,871 passengers passed through the gates of Václav Havel Airport Prague. The operation of the airport was unprecedented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the related restrictions on travel and the worldwide decline in demand for flying. As a result, 79% fewer passengers were handled in Prague compared to 2019. In January and February 2020, there were direct flights serviced from Prague to a total of 111 destinations around the world. In the following months, the offer was limited and continued changing based on the epidemiological situation. Passengers were offered flights to up to 87 destinations on an ongoing basis. Last year, the routes to the United Kingdom were, traditionally, the most popular, with the greatest number of passengers flying to/from London. The airport is ready to resume its operations this year and continues to focus to the measures aimed at protecting the health of both passengers and airport employees.
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30th October 2020 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

Two-thirds of drivers have not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and have plans to buy a new vehicle. Interest in gasoline engines continues to rise

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly influenced new car purchasing plans for only 31% of Czech drivers “Traditional” Czech drivers of cars with internal combustion engines are becoming more loyal to their favourite make of vehicle, preferring to visit multiple dealers of the same make. By contrast, almost half of those interested in alternative drive engines would visit multiple retailers of different makes during the purchasing process When buying a car online, what 63% of respondents would miss most is the opportunity to see the car in person Czech drivers would be willing to provide data for the purposes of determining the amount of insurance based on driving style and for the needs of municipal traffic and parking management 29% of respondents are considering buying an electric car; the make of the car is very important – they see it as an extension of their personality
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30th September 2020 / Competitiveness / Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism

At Panattoni Park Stříbro, a Raben warehouse has been built at record speed

In less than four months, Panattoni, the industrial zones builder, has built a new hall at Panattoni Park Stříbro for Raben Group. Back in the spring, it seemed that it would take a small miracle for the schedule to be met. The developer had started construction work at the most difficult time, when the Czech Republic was imposing an extensive set of quarantine measures, and it also had to deal with delays due to archaeological research. However, thanks to the good coordination of the construction and the extreme commitment shown by the contractor, the 10,000 m2 building was finally handed over for use as originally planned.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic