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Ferihegy Airport passenger numbers fall 4% in 2009

The number of passengers that used Budapest's Ferihegy International Airport fell 4.2% to 8,020,000 in 2009, spokesman for airport operator Budapest Airport Mihály Hardy told MTI.

Budapest Airport started the year with a 12% drop in passenger numbers in January because of a strike, but it managed to “trim the losses significantly” from August, Hardy said.

The drop in Budapest was far less than the 9% fall at Vienna's airport and the 10% decline in Prague thanks to special offers organized by Hungarian airlines and the state tourism agency Magyar Turizmus.

Passenger numbers of Malév, Hungary's national carrier, rose 17.5% in December from the same month a year earlier, Hardy said. Passenger numbers of Hungarian low-fare airline Wizz Air climbed 36% in the same month, he added. (MTI-ECONEWS)