8 OCTOBER 2012

YOUR WORDS


Readers are invited to add their comments to any story. Click on the article to see and add.

BTN DISTRIBUTION

BTN also goes out by email every Sunday night at midnight (UK time). To view this edition click here.

Index

Email this Page
Bookmark

The Business Travel News
PO Box 758
Edgware HA8 4QF
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 8952 8383
info@btnews.co.uk
© 2020 Business Travel News Ltd.

Article from BTNews 8 OCTOBER 2012

Airport renamed

Vaclav Havel Prague Airport (PRG) is the new name of what was once called Prague Ruzyně International Airport in honour of the late Czech leader who passed away last December.  The renaming follows a trend started in 1963 by New York Idlewild becoming JFK very soon after the President’s assassination.
 
A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place last Saturday (5 October) attended by dignitaries and family on what would have been his 76th birthday.  Mr Havel, a playwright and writer turned political activist, led the peaceful 1989 overthrow of communism in then Soviet-backed Czechoslovakia.

Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said that he hoped every Czech air passenger leaving Prague would think of the man to whom they owed their freedom.

"This is the right place (to bear Havel's name) – it was he who enabled the Czech nation to travel out of this country", he added.

"November 1989 was possible only because of Vaclav Havel", said Mr Schwarzenberg.

Vaclav Havel became President of Czechoslovakia in 1989 after the fall of communism.  When Slovakia split in 1993, he remained Czech leader until 2003.

He died last December after having suffered from respiratory problems for many years. www.prg.aero/en

Index/Home page
 

OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum


No one has commented yet, why don't you start the ball rolling?


Add your comment

First Name
Surname
Email Address
Company (Not obligatory)
Country/City
Comment
- You must be a registered subscriber using the email address entered to submit a comment, or you will be sent a confirmation email before your comment will appear.
- Your comment will be checked before appearing, which may take several working hours.
www.btnews.co.uk