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MÁV anticipates HUF 700 mln in extra costs for ‘migrant crisis’

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Wikimedia Commons/Mstyslav Chernov -- Syrian refugees strike in front of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 4 September 2015.

Hungarian state-owned railway company MÁV has so far booked additional costs amounting to HUF 700 mln due to the "migrant crisis", chairman-CEO Ilona Dávid said in an interview with state-owned all news TV channel M1, Hungarian news agency reported this morning.

Syrian refugees strike in front of Budapest Keleti Railway Station on September 4. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Mstyslav Chernov)

According to the CEO, the "migrant crisis" generated a "great number of additional tasks for MÁV, although the biggest problem was the resulting unpredictability of rail travel", MTI reported.

Additional costs were the result of overtime duty, extra charges and cleaning costs, the CEO said, according to MTI.

"Railway staff who assisted in the management of the crisis will be awarded HUF 20,000 in vouchers, much the same as the soldiers who pitched in," she said according to the news agency.

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