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Passenger traffic up 10% at Budapest Airport

Ferihegy Airport had 475,841 passengers in February, 10% more than in the same month a year earlier, the airport's operator Budapest Airport announced.

In the twelve months to February, the airport had 8.174mln passengers, 22.5% more than in the preceding twelve-month period. The number of low-fare airline passengers increased 10.7% to 151,163 in February, accounting for 31.8% of all passenger traffic. Low-fare airline passengers made up 27.8% of total passengers at the airport in the twelve months to February. The number of take-offs and landings in February fell 1.7% to 8,537 compared to the same month a year earlier. There were 126,769 take-offs and landings at Ferihegy in the twelve months to February, 10.2% more than in the preceding twelve-month period. Budapest Airport noted that passenger numbers rose faster than the number of take-offs and landings because of higher load factors on aircraft. The statement added that Ferihegy traffic is growing at a rate which will "cause the least environmental harm to its surroundings". More than 5,782 tons of cargo passed through the airport in February, 14.4% more than in the same month a year earlier. The airport's cargo volume declined slightly to 74,463 tons in the twelve months to February compared to the preceding twelve-month period.

Budapest Airport CEO Chris Woodruff said in the statement that February's growth is remarkable considering the month is usually the slowest of the year for the airport. He added that cargo volume is expected to pick up as well in future as a result of planned developments.

UK airport operator BAA purchased a 75%-minus-one-vote stake in Budapest Airport, along with a 75-year license to operate the airport for Ft 464.5bn, last December.