Budapest Airport has a record summer
Friday, August 18, 2006, 07:45
BAA Plc's Budapest Airport reported its busiest month ever in July as more people arrived on incoming flights. Some 920,590 passengers were recorded at the airport in the month. The figure represents a 4.9% increase, or 43,245 more travelers, compared with a year ago, the company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. For the 12 months to July 2006, total passenger traffic reached 8.196 million a 10.3% rise over the same period last year.
Traffic at Budapest's Ferihegy International Airport surged after budget carriers including Wizz Air Ltd. and EasyJet Plc began flying to Hungary following the country's European Union entry in May 2004. In July 2006, the number of air transport movements decreased by 0.4%, to 11,891 movements, compared with the same period last year. In the 12 months to July 2006, Ferihegy handled 127,151 air transport movements, a rise of 2.3% on the previous 12-month period.
"Budapest Airport is having a record summer, with strong growth in the number of passengers travelling through Ferihegy. This is fantastic news for Hungary's tourist industry, because many more overseas passengers are travelling to Hungary for leisure than Hungarian residents are travelling abroad" CEO Stewart Wingate said in the statement. BAA, the world's largest airport operator, operates seven UK airports and others in Italy and Australia. (Bloomberg, portfolio.hu)