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Passenger numbers on easyJet Budapest flights fall almost 2% in 2009

Passenger numbers on low-fare airline easyJet's Budapest flights fell 1.9% in 2009, and the company expects turnover to remain flat in 2010, Eastern Europe marketing director Peter Voets said on Wednesday.

The drop in easyJet's passenger numbers was only about half of the overall 4.1% decline in passenger numbers at Budapest's Ferihegy International Airport, Voets said. The airline is the third-biggest at Ferihegy, after Malév and Wizz Air, he added.

Occupancy on easyJet's Budapest flights inched up one-tenth of a percentage point to 85.5%.

The airline’s turnover in Hungary can only grow significantly if internet penetration and bankcard usage grows, said Voets. easyJet only sells tickets over the internet paid for with a bankcard, eliminating agent fees, he added. (MTI-Econews)