Hungary: Ferihegy Airport to lift controls for Schengen zone citizens

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Border controls for citizens of countries in the Schengen zone will be eliminated at Budapest’s Ferihegy Airport from March 30, 2008 as the result of Hungary’s accession to the EU’s border-free zone in December 2007, Budapest Airport spokesman Domokos Szollár told MTI on Monday.

Szollár said all of the new member states that joined the Schengen zone on December 21 would scrap the controls for citizens of other countries in the zone at their airports on March 30. From March 30, Ferihegy Terminal 2A will serve Schengen zone flights and Terminal 2B will serve flights outside of the zone. Terminal 1 will continue to serve air traffic from both areas. The changes will not affect baggage or security controls, Szollár said.

Budapest Airport spent about Ft 100 million ($6 million) on developments to meet the Schengen requirements. In 2007 52% of passenger turnover at Terminal 2 was from or to the Schengen zone compared to 34% on terminal 1. (MTI-Econews)

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