The number of passengers on low-fare airlines at Budapest's Ferihegy Airport fell in October, while the number of those flying conventional airlines rose, airport operator Budapest Airport Zrt said on Friday.
The number of low-fare airline passengers fell for the second month following a continuous rise earlier. The number of passengers on low-far airlines fell 4.9% and the number who flew with conventional airlines rose 7.6% compared to October 2005. The total number of passengers at the airport rose 1.5% to 740,000 during the same period. Budapest Airport CEO Stewart Wingate blamed the small rise in passengers during the month on political unrest in the capital.
Conventional airlines carried 510,000 passengers to and from Ferihegy Airport in October. In the twelve months to the end of October, they carried 5.4 million passengers, 10.5% more than in the previous twelve months. Low-fare airlines at the airport carried 191,000 passengers in October. In the twelve months to October, they carried 2.2 million, 0.5% fewer than in the previous twelve-month period. The number of passengers at the airport in the twelve months to the end of October came to 8.3 million, 6% more than in the previous twelve months.
About 11,000 take-offs and landings occurred at Ferihegy Airport in October, 1.6% more than in the same month a year earlier. The number of take-offs and landings rose 1.1% to 125,000 in the twelve months to the end of October.