The number of passengers handled by Budapest Airport grew by 13.5% year on year in 2018 after an increase of 14.5% in 2017. This translates into a growth of 1.8 million passengers to almost 14.87 million. As a response to that the airport is planning 225 billion forints worth of investments to go into infrastructure development by 2024. One of the main elements of the projecdt is the planning and construction of a new terminal building adjacent to Terminal 2, Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers told turizmus.com.
Air traffic movements increased in 2018 by 12% to an annual 115,028 take-offs and landings, thanks to better utilization of aircraft with higher load-factors, BA said in a press release. Budapest Airport in 2018 offered 134 destinations (in 121 cities) in 48 countries by 45 airlines - the aviation connectivity of Hungary has never been this extensive.
Budapest Airport was the fastest growing airport in the Central Eastern European region. Solid growth figures are the basis of the long-term airport development plans of BA which envisage investment of no less than 700 million euros into the airport infrastructure in upcoming years, including a brand new terminal building.
The Chief Executive also said:
This year we will hand over the new Cargo City of 20.000 square meter warehouse area that will better serve the needs of the Hungarian export-oriented economy and the logistics companies behind them.
Budapest Airport has already launched a programme of internal improvements at both Terminals 2A and 2B in the last two years to increase passenger comfort. In the first half of this year two more world class passenger security lanes will be installed; washrooms, lounges and passenger waiting areas will be refurbished, enlarged or their capacity will be increased. Front page photo by MTI/ on commission by József Balaton