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HungaroControl ATCs direct half a million fewer aircraft in 2020

Transport

HungaroControl's air traffic controllers directed over half a million fewer aircraft last year as the pandemic impacted travel, the state-owned company said on Wednesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

HungaroControl ATCs directed just over 420,000 aircraft in 2020, down from over 1 million in 2019.

Those included aircraft in high-altitude corridors over Kosovo which HungaroControl has directed since 2014 at the request of NATO.

The number of aircraft arrivals and departures at Ferenc Liszt International Budapest fell 61%, HungaroControl said.

HungaroControl noted that Eurocontrol augurs a return to 2019 air traffic levels by 2024 at the earliest in a "best-case scenario". That projection would imply a return to 50%-60% of 2019 levels this year, it added.

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