Slowdown of Passenger Traffic at Budapest Airport Continues


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In November, the slowdown in traffic at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport, which started in October, continued; after 80-81% in the summer, the airport’s passenger traffic reached only 76% of the 2019 level in the eleventh month of the year, according to data published by the airport.

A total of 969,888 passengers used the airport in November. 

This means that Budapest Airport registered a total of 11,200,319 passengers in 11 months, 186 % more than in 2021.

The airport operator is expecting over 12 million passengers this year and 14 million next year, two million fewer than under the previous forecast. The expected decline is due to the economic slowdown, inflation, and the tax on airlines.

On the other hand, cargo growth continues unabated in Budapest; Budapest Airport handled 17,635 tons of air cargo in November, 8.1% more than in October. The increase is due to rising demand in the run-up to Christmas, but the year-on-year volume growth also reached 8.1 %; until the end of November, Budapest Airport handled 178,362 tons of cargo this year, up from 164,957 tons last year.

1st Phase of B3-B5 Taxiway Upgrade Completed on Time

In order to maintain aviation safety and in line with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations, major taxiway and runway rehabilitation works began at the airport in September, with the first phase of the work completed as planned in early December.

In the first phase of the development, specialists widened the load-bearing concrete pavement of taxiway B5 on 3,976 sqm, reconstructed 19,340 sqm of asphalt shoulders, and replaced 2433 meters of lighting and 3249 meters of stormwater sub-structure network.

In addition to ensuring aviation safety and maintaining seamless passenger traffic, Budapest Airport also paid special attention to environmental protection; before the start of the works, it relocated the ground squirrel population in the area and prepared more than 95% of the waste generated during the construction works for recycling, thus avoiding the emissions generated by the 37,00 trucks transporting the waste from the airport.

As a result of the project, the airport operator has increased available capacity, and also operational safety, by creating new networks. In parallel with the taxiway developments, the airport operator also upgraded the stormwater drainage system of runway II, taking advantage of the runway closure necessitated by the taxiway works.

The value of the investment is HUF 3.6 billion, and the total value of the development, including the related investments (the construction of the new lighting networks and the upgrading of the stormwater drainage system of runway II), exceeds HUF 4.3 bln.

Budapest Airport Wins Green Frog Award for 1st Sustainability Report

Budapest Airport has won Deloitte’s Green Frog Award in the First Sustainability Report category. The accolade, which was presented by an independent panel of expert judges, was received by Budapest Airport's head of sustainability, Sarolta Katona, who said, “We believe that in addition to what a company does in the area of sustainability, it is also very important to transparently disclose its results."

Last year, we prepared a new corporate strategy for Budapest Airport, and within this, its sustainability strategy, which included, among other things, the development of the monitoring and reporting system. This led directly to the publication of the sustainability report. The Green Frog Award is a great honor for us and also confirmation that the work we have done is of a high quality and worth the effort we have put in," she added.

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