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Brno-Tuřany Airport

Airport information
 Location of airport in Czech Republic
Airport typePublic
OwnerSouth-Moravia Region
OperatorAirport Brno Ltd.
*Czech Connect Airlines
Elevation235 m (770 ft)
Passenger growth 08-09-12.9%

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Brno-Tuřany Airport is an airport near Brno, Czech Republic. 440 850 passengers passed through the Brno-Tuřany passenger terminal in 2009, an increase of 12.9% on the previous year.

The airport was built during the 1950s as a replacement for the old Brno airport located in Slatina (north east of Tuřany airport). During the 1980s, the airport was handed over for use by the Czechoslovak air force, and civil operations were reduced to a minimum. After the fall of communism in 1989, the airport returned to civil use, and was operated by the state-owned Czech Airport Authority.

At present, the South-Moravian local government owns the airport, and it is operated by a private company, Brno Airport Ltd. Although charter and private flights still dominate at the airport, it has seen significant growth of scheduled service in the last years. Currently, four airlines operate scheduled passenger flights from the airport: Central Connect Airlines (CCA) and its subsidiary Czech Connect Airlines, Ryanair, Wizzair, and Yakutia Airlines. Charter flights are usually operated by Travel Service Airlines or Holidays Czech Airlines, the latter of which being the charter division of CSA Czech Airlines.

The terminal consists of two concourses. The new departure hall that opened in 2006 is capable of handling 1,000 passengers per hour. The building was designed by architect Petr Parolek and is considered to be one of the most significant projects of Czech contemporary architecture and a striking example of the growing trend of "organic architecture". Cargo airlines such as TNT, Volga-Dnepr or Antonov Design Bureau often use Brno Airport as one of their stopover points. The airport handled 6,273 tons of freight in 2008. Plans for building a new cargo terminal and industry zone are in talks of realization, which could take place in the near future.

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