Budapest Airport Expands Terminal 2 by 10,000 sqm


Budapest Airport has inaugurated “Pier B”, a passenger terminal section of more than 10,000 square meters adjoining Terminal 2B. The facility will handle non-Schengen flights, including wide body aircraft flying intercontinental long haul routes to North America, China and the Persian Gulf.

From left to right: László Szalados, Tamás Menczer and Jost Lammers.

Construction of the HUF 7.8 billion HUF (EUR 25 million) development took just one and a half years, Ferenc Liszt International operator Budapest Airport Zrt. said. The first concrete slabs were broken on March 1, 2017 by the main contractor, KÉSZ Építő Zrt.; the first flight to use the new facility, a Wizz Air service to Astana, departed through the new gates just 17 months later, on August 1. Since then, the building has been opened to passenger traffic gradually.  

The new facility, which Budapest Airport financed from its own resources, was badly needed; Ferenc Liszt International has seen double-digit growth in passenger numbers consistently during the last four years, with an even greater increase in non-Schengen traffic. This summer saw another record broken in August, as 1,527,620 arriving and departing passengers were registered.

“All this makes Budapest Airport one of the fastest growing airports in Europe over the last few years and it clearly demonstrates the success of our aviation strategy and all our related airline marketing and route development initiatives and efforts,” said Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport.  

Modern and Functional

László Szalados, deputy CEO of KÉSZ Építő, spoke about the technology behind the building at the official opening on September 13.

“Pier B is not a palace, it is not a piece of art, but rather a very modern and very functional building that allows safe and secure airport operations and serves the comfort of the ever increasing number of passengers,” he said.

“Still, we have implemented a series of sustainable and state-of-the-art technical innovations while constructing this building.”

Tamás Menczer, Minister of State for Communication and Hungary’s international image at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told guests at the opening: “We highly appreciate the role Budapest Airport plays in the development Liszt Ferenc International Airport, since the quality of the airport, the extensive logistics capacity here is of great importance in attracting tourists, or bringing new foreign direct investment to Hungary and thus supporting the success of the local economy.”  

The newly opened passenger facility is the flagship project of the five-year BUD 2020 airport development program. Pier B was drawn by a team of architects and engineers from Hungarian design bureau KÖZTI Zrt., led by Zoltán Tima. As part of the overall development project, the airport operator says it has spent HUF 55 bln-60 bln (EUR 160 mln-180 mln) in improving airport infrastructure, modernizing instrument landing systems, expanding aircraft maintenance hangars, handing over new logistics bases in the vicinity of Terminal 1 and opening the new airport hotel near Terminal 2.  

The next stage of the BUD 2020 program, the construction of a multi-story car park, will commence in the parking area in front of Terminal 2 in a few weeks’ time. Work on Cargo City, a dedicated, 20,000 square meter air cargo handling facility, will also start this month.

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