Budapest Airport Registers Almost 1.3 mln Passengers in August

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Photo by Budapest Airport/Róbert Baranyi

The growth in passenger numbers, typical of the summer months, continued in August, with a total of 1,299,814 passengers passing through Ferenc Liszt International Airport, operator Budapest Airport tells the Budapest Business Journal.

August was thus the third month in a row when passenger traffic reached or exceeded 80% of the record-breaking 2019 volume before the coronavirus pandemic, and the fourth month when total monthly passenger traffic exceeded 1 million.

In the summer months, Budapest Airport handled a total of 3,802,591 passengers, nearly as many as in the whole of 2020, the year most affected by the pandemic.

The most popular destinations of the month were Tel Aviv, London, Amsterdam, Antalya, and Frankfurt.

In terms of cargo volumes, despite the global downward trend, cargo volumes remain stable year-on-year, with a 47% increase in the January-August period, compared to the same months in 2019, before the opening of the Cargo City.

The volume handled in August (15,375 tons) decreased marginally, by 2.1%, compared to the same month in 2021.

Terminal 2A Baggage Reclaim Belts, Area to be Expanded

Budapest Airport will start expanding the baggage reclaim area of Terminal 2A in September, in preparation for the seamless handling of the expected increase in passenger traffic in the future.

As a result of the development the flights of Air France, KLM, Finnair, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, as well as Smartwings flights landing between 14:00 and 23:59 local time will arrive at Terminal 2B and receive their hold baggage there.

The investment is another step in a series of capacity expansion projects which will reduce waiting times for arriving passengers and make it faster and more convenient for them to pick up their bags in the larger space. The works are expected to last until March 15, according to the airport.

Budapest Airport expanded the baggage reclaim area of Terminal 2B in the summer of 2019; the temporary relocation will thus not affect passenger service.

Airport Services Expand with Hungarian Car Rental Company

On 1 September, the office of Hungarian car rental company Schiller Rent a Car opened on the arrivals level of Terminal 2B at Ferenc Liszt International Airport.

The company has been present in the market since 2007, offering customers excellent value for money, fast administration, award-winning customer service, innovative solutions and a wide range of vehicles. With its large fleet, it strives every day, as a domestic provider, to offer the highest quality of service in car rental, for both business and private customers. Their ever-expanding fleet ranges from luxury models to economical cars and minibuses, including hybrid, electric vehicles and SUVs.

“We are delighted to once again welcome a new car rental company to the airport after six years, further expanding the number of car rental companies at the gateway to Hungary. We also appreciate that the company offers electric and hybrid vehicles as well, which harmonizes with Budapest Airport’s sustainability efforts,” said Manel Moreno, head of mobility and commercial passenger services.

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