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Traffic at Budapest international airport hits record high in June

Budapest's Liszt Ferenc International Airport served over 800,000 passengers in June, a record number, airport operator Budapest Airport said on Saturday.

Passengers using the airport reached an all-time high 827,457 in June, exceeding the 800,000 watermark of 2008. In the first half of 2011 altogether 3.991 million travellers were registered at the airport. If the impact of the volcanic ash were ignored, this figure represented a 7.7% increase on an annualized basis.

The favorite destination from Budapest continued to be London, with 80,000 passengers in June. The British capital was trailed by Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. The latter showed the most dynamic annual increase: the number of June passengers grew by 40% to 35,000.

The traffic of traditional airlines grew 30%, and that of low-cost airlines by 8%. With the launch of flights to New York and Qatar, the number of passengers on intercontinental flights increased by 50%.