Ferenc Liszt International operator Budapest Airport on Wednesday inaugurated a pier to serve low-fare airline passengers that will gradually be expanded in a HUF 8.5 billion investment, state news wire MTI reports.
The 5,500 sqm, climate-controlled structure has a concession area, three large washrooms, and a smoking area.
Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Ministerʼs Office, said the new pier was the outcome of a row with the airport operator over facilities for low-fare passengers that had been "an affront to human dignity".
Government officials as well as passengers had earlier complained of a "shantytown" of shipping containers that gave foreign visitors first impressions unworthy of the capital.
The temporary structures earlier used for low-fare passengersʼ boarding and disembarking are now being dismantled to create space for an expansion of the new passenger pier to an area of 11,500 sqm.