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Expansion, extension and ever-growing traffic at Budapest Airport

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Recording a 12% increase in air traffic movement, Budapest’s highlights in 2018 included the transatlantic boom as the airport’s North American network increased from one to four routes in May.

2018 saw Budapest Airport celebrate another year of great success. While handling an all-time high of 14.9 million passengers over the last 12 months, the Hungarian gateway also accommodated 146,000 tonnes of cargo during the year, celebrating impressively strong growth across the board.

“We’ve enjoyed an extremely healthy passenger traffic rise of 13.5%, as well as witnessing a solid 15% growth in cargo – a huge achievement for all at the airport,” states Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. “As we committed ourselves to increase our connectivity and expanded our network by securing and launching 17 new services during the year, almost 1.8 million more passengers passed through our terminals helping us recognise our highest ever annual figures.”

Recording a 12% increase in air traffic movement, Budapest’s highlights in 2018 included the transatlantic boom as the airport’s North American network increased from one to four routes in May. Joining Air Canada Rouge’s established Toronto service, LOT Polish Airlines launched links to New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare, while American Airlines introduced a connection to Philadelphia. Add to this another 14 new services – including first time links to Stavanger, Santander, Paphos, Krakow, Amman and Doncaster Sheffield.

New destination growth in 2019
Having already announced 11 new routes, and the arrival of two new airline partners to its roll-call, Budapest is looking ahead at another year of extensive growth in 2019:

Airline

Destination

Start date

Frequency

LOT Polish Airlines

London City (new)

19 February

12 times weekly

Wizz Air

London Gatwick

31 March

Daily

Laudamotion (new)

Stuttgart

31 March

Twice-weekly

Ryanair

Cork (new)

4 April

Twice-weekly

Wizz Air

Oslo

5 April

Four time weekly

Transavia France

Nantes (new)

7 April

Twice-weekly

Ryanair

Cagliari (new)

1 May

Twice-weekly

Ryanair

Seville (new)

2 May

Twice-weekly

Ryanair

Bari

3 May

Twice-weekly

flydubai (new)

Dubai

27 June

Daily

Jet2.com

Birmingham

8 November

Twice-weekly

Meanwhile, with an increase of flight frequencies, Budapest is also experiencing growth on a number of existing successful routes.

Significant frequency enhancements

Airline

Destination

Frequency/Capacity Increase

Pegasus Airlines

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen

Five times weekly to daily

Iberia

Madrid

Three times weekly to daily

British Airways

London Heathrow

28 times weekly to 32 times weekly

LOT Polish Airlines

Warsaw

Four times daily to six times daily

easyJet

Basel

Six times weekly to 12 times weekly

easyJet

Berlin Tegel

Seven times weekly to 10 times weekly

To accommodate the ongoing growth burst at Budapest, Lammers gives an insight on the new investments on the horizon for the airport: “Our infrastructure investments go hand-in-hand with the growth of both passenger traffic and cargo volumes. Following the completion of our new 10,000m² Pier B last year, we are planning a broad new cycle of developments, investing over 700 million euros in the next five years in the growth of the airport. Budapest will see the construction of a complete new terminal building next to the existing Terminal 2 as well as the new Cargo City.” Lammers concluded: “With our designs, visions and investments, Budapest Airport will continue to serve the ever-growing needs of its airlines and passengers as well as the export-oriented economy.”

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