This autumn, two major new developments will start at Budapest Airport. One is a taxiway and runway renovation. The other development will be an expansion of the cargo apron. According to the Budapest Airport operator, the investment is worth HUF 7.4 billion (EUR 18.75 million).
Budapest Airport will start two important developments from September. One of the two developments is the renovation of the taxiway and runway, while the other is the expansion of the cargo apron. The new developments will be made in compliance with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. Aviation safety is a top priority for Budapest Airport.
The taxiways B3-B5 will be widened in several sections. The works will also include the renewal of rainwater drainage systems and the lighting network. The works will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will run from 8 August to early December. The total cost of the first phase is HUF 3.5 billion (EUR 9 million).
At the same time, the extension of the BUD Cargo City lobby will also begin. This will allow the parallel handling of up to four F-category cargo aircraft in the future. Currently, there are only 2 such runways. This will significantly increase the smooth handling of cargo traffic at Budapest Airport.
Passenger traffic at Liszt Ferenc International Airport reached 1,294,608 in July. This is 80 percent of the 2019 level before the pandemic. However, compared to the same period last year, this is an increase of 140 percent, napi.hu reports. Budapest Airport believes that it was prepared for the summer period, both in terms of technology and infrastructure.
The shortage of staff experienced at other European airports was not typical of Budapest. Even with the high number of passengers, the handling of passenger traffic is smooth and continuous, alfahír.hu writes.
The top five destinations for passengers were London, Tel Aviv, Antalya, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Cargo traffic remained stable despite the global decline in air cargo volumes. BUD cargo handled 14,647 tonnes of cargo in July. The growth rate of cargo decreased during the year. However, air cargo traffic is still 47 percent higher than in the year before the pandemic in 2019.
Source: alfahír.hu, napi.hu