Prague–Kbely Airport

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Prague–Kbely Airport

Letiště Praha–Kbely
Letiste Praha-Kbely.jpg
Kbely Airport from above
Summary
Airport typeMilitary
LocationKbely, Prague, Czech republic
Opened1 December 1918 (1918-12-01)
Passenger services ceased5 April 1937 (1937-04-05)
OccupantsLuftwaffe
Elevation AMSL918.6 ft / 280 m
Coordinates50°07′16″N 014°32′35″E / 50.12111°N 14.54306°E / 50.12111; 14.54306Coordinates: 50°07′16″N 014°32′35″E / 50.12111°N 14.54306°E / 50.12111; 14.54306
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Prague–Kbely Airport is located in Greater Prague
Prague–Kbely Airport
Prague–Kbely Airport
Prague–Kbely Airport is located in Czech Republic
Prague–Kbely Airport
Prague–Kbely Airport
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
06/24 6 824 2,080 Asphalt

Prague–Kbely Airport (Czech: letiště Praha–Kbely) (ICAO: LKKB) is a military airport located in Kbely, in the northeast municipal district of Prague, Czech Republic. Once Prague's principal airport, it is now used mainly as a military base for the Czech Air Force. It is very close to Letňany Airport, located 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to the northwest, which has two green runways and is used these days as a venue for air shows and other events.[1]

Kbely airfield is no longer used as a front-line Czech Air Force base, but it is utilised by military transport aircraft of the Czech Air Force, and the VIP aircraft which are used to transport Czech politicians. Prague Aviation Museum is also located at this airport, with a collection that includes 275 aircraft.

History[edit]

Kbely Airport was built in 1918 and was Prague's only airport until the construction of Ruzyně Airport in 1937, on the northwest side of the city. It was the first Czechoslovak military airfield, and during the inter-war period was the venue for several major public air shows. Between 1918 and 1937, it served commercial aviation and was home base of Czechoslovak Airline (ČLS) and Czechoslovak Airlines (ČSA; now Czech Airlines). The first scheduled flight operated by Czechoslovak Airlines departed from Kbely for Bratislava in October 1923.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prague Letňany Airport". Prague.eu. Retrieved 1 June 2018.