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Prague Airport launches high-resolution live runway stream

Prague Airport launches high-resolution live runway stream

Watching what happens at Prague Airport live has never been easier. A unique project has recently been launched: a new live stream from a high-resolution web camera that captures what is happening on Runway 06/24. The broadcast is accompanied by updates on arrivals and departures and the airport will also show a visual representation of historic aircraft landing on its social media platforms. The live stream can be seen on Mall.tv and on Prague Airport’s YouTube channel.

“I am very happy that together with Mall.tv we have been able to improve the quality of streaming from Runway 06/24. Live streaming has been very popular among viewers and I believe that high quality videos will raise general interest in air traffic and in how the airport works,” says Ondrej Svoboda, Marketing and Corporate Identity Manager at Prague Airport.

The camera for live streaming from main Runway 06/24 was originally located almost two kilometres from the runway. Now it stands closer to the runway (as the crow flies, it is about 520 metres) and the video is transmitted in Full HD. This makes it possible to show greater detail and provide a higher-quality livestream. Bad weather is no longer a complication, as the webcam comes with lens wipers that remove rain drops and other impairments.

The live broadcast is complemented by the sound of pilots communicating with the control tower and infographics on current air traffic information. Everybody watching the livestream can receive detailed information on expected arrivals and departures. They will also learn about the type of aircraft and airline and what the origin or destinations of a given flight are. “An interesting new feature is simulated landings, which we will regularly show on our social media platforms. People will be able to remember the first aircraft that ever landed on the runway at the new Prague-Ruzyne Airport on 5 April 1937. On an international level, this is a unique project and a great opportunity for all aviation fans,” adds Ondrej Svoboda from Prague Airport. Short videos from simulated aircraft landings will be available during February and March.

The live webcam broadcast in full HD can be seen on Prague Airport’s YouTube channel and on Mall.tv website. “The livestream from Prague Airport is among the most popular of the 18 non-stop streams that are currently available. Viewers have spent 600,00 hours watching it and the biggest fans connect to the webcam as many as 150 times a month. I am happy that we can make their viewing experience even more pleasant now,” says Lukas Zahor, the Head Producer from Mall.tv, which uses a streaming technology solution provided by Taktiq Communications.

You can get also closer to aircraft if you stand on one of the viewing platforms that are located near the airport, namely in Hostivice and Knezeves. Directly at the airport, you will find an observation deck from where you can watch airport traffic. Last but not least, Prague Airport organizes regular tours that take you to the airfield or behind the scenes.