Budapest Airport Recovers 75% of Pre-COVID Traffic in 2022

Transport

Ferenc Liszt International operator Budapest Airport called 2022 an extremely challenging, yet very successful year, noting that the company managed to recover 75% of its pre-COVID passenger traffic.

Some 12,205,070 passengers used Ferenc Liszt International Airport in 2022, 216% more than in the first year of the pandemic (2020) and 164% more than in the second year (2021). August was the busiest month of the year, with 1,299,814 passengers.

A total of 140 destinations were accessible from Budapest in 2022, practically the same as in 2019.

Direct flights to China became available once again at the end of 2022. Some 11 new destinations were added to the schedule last year and four new airlines joined the mix at Budapest airport. The most popular destinations were London, Tel Aviv, and Paris.

Air Cargo Volumes Soaring to New Heights

The volume of air cargo reached 194,000 tons by the end of the year, breaking all previous records. This represents a 5.8% increase compared to last year and a 44% increase compared to 2019.

The airport operator says that this result is exceptional compared to other European airports, as the global economic slowdown has caused a decline in air cargo, while Budapest Airport’s role as an air cargo hub in the Central and Eastern European region has been further strengthened.

In addition, the record cargo volume was achieved with less aircraft movement, with cargo flights down 11.5% compared to 2021.

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