Chief Commercial Officier of the Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest announced that the establishment is ready to open a brand-new coronavirus testing centre as part of the airport.
Turizmus reported that between 2012 and 2019, the number of people arriving, departing or changing flights at Budapest Airport increased by 90%. Still, in the first half of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the airport performed a 56% fallback regarding the number of passengers.
This means that instead of the estimated 17 million passengers, only 8 million will arrive at the gate of Hungary.
Although flights were cancelled due to travel restrictions the airport remained open and lost almost 1 million EUR/day. From August more flights are put back on the track, and the airport estimates more passengers. Due to travel restrictions and the categorisation of countries the airport aims to open a brand-new coronavirus testing centre.
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People arriving at the airport will have the opportunity with the help of the new centre to immediately get a negative test, or the necessary medical assistance and mandatory quarantine if it is positive.
In 2021, Budapest Airport would like to increase its number of passengers by 83%.
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