Ferihegy 1 terminal relaunch to face delays
Thursday, May 12, 2005, 10:13
While swelling passenger numbers are threatening to overload Budapest?s Ferihegy 2 airport, the reopening of the nearby old terminal at Ferihegy 1 is likely to suffer delays due to unexpected reconstruction problems, weekly HVG reported. The ageing Ferihegy 1 was temporarily closed down for upgrading last September. Although the Ft 8.7 billion investment was scheduled to be completed by early this summer, the airport, which has an annual passenger capacity of 2.5 million, is unlikely to come into operation before July due to the contractual disputes that have arisen over the reconstruction between the owner State Privatization and Holding Rt (ÁPV) and the main contractor Magyar Építő Rt, HVG said. Meanwhile passenger traffic at Ferihegy 2 jumped 35.6% to 1.5 million in the first four months and is expected to top 7.5 million by the end of the year, which has made the relaunch of the second airport increasingly pressing.