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Budapest Airport sees passenger numbers climb 5% in 2012

Budapest Airport, operator of the capital’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport, expects passenger number growth to slow to 5% in 2012 from 9% in 2011, CEO Jost Lammers said in an interview published in Monday’s issue of daily Magyar Nemzet.

Asked about troubled national carrier Malev, Mr Lammers said the company was in good hands as the government fully realises the importance of a Budapest-based international airline. He said Malev’s business model could work and the management had moved in the right direction with developments, adding that the company’s passenger numbers and financial data were very good in the last half year.

Mr Lammers said a Chinese delegation, of mainly engineers, had recently informed Budapest Airport of the long-term development plans which include a railway node. Budapest Airport was told further talks on the development were necessary.

Mr Lammers said Budapest Airport had completed more than 95% of the EUR 261m of investments promised in the privatisation contract or more than EUR 250m. He added that this year Budapest Airport would spend EUR 70m on developments, building a headquarters for Malev, making preparations for an airport hotel and launching the establishment of a cargo base for which it already has the building permits.