Gov't to consider plan for express Budapest airport shuttle in autumn

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A plan to build an express train service connecting Budapest's Liszt Ferenc International Airport with the city center could be submitted to the government in the autumn, Hungarian railways MÁV Zrt told MTI.

The engineers of China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) are working on a pre-feasibility study for the project, preparing two versions for the connection, MÁV said. The investment could cost HUF 40 billion to 80 billion, MÁV said. Designing the train connection would take one year after a government decision according to MÁV.

There is a train connection with the airport's Terminal 1, but Terminal 2 is still not accessible by train. However, Terminal 1 was closed down for passenger traffic at the beginning of June in the wake of national carrier Malév going bust in February. It still houses offices for airport companies.

MÁV noted that the closure of Terminal 1, planned for five years, would affect the profitability of the project although this effect could drop on the longer term.

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