On 2 March, Budapest Airport held its annual gala to present awards to its most outstanding commercial, airline, environmental, cargo and media partners. Budflyer, a Hungarian Facebook page focusing on travel news, said that the airport’s management gave insight into some future projects, including the plans for Terminal 3.
The Ferenc Liszt International Airport currently has two terminals. Passengers use Terminals 2A and 2B. Chris Dinsdale, the CEO of Budapest Airport, said last February that preparations for the reopening of Terminal 1 for passengers started then. According to the plans, Terminal 1 will greet its first passengers in the summer of 2024. He added that the planning of Terminal 3 was in progress, and they are readying the airport for the work. Mr Dinsdale highlighted then that the new terminal would open in 2028.
At the annual gala of the Budapest Airport, organised this Thursday, the company gave insight to the partakers on the project. The master plan is ready for the project, Budflyer wrote. T3 will be connected to the 2A terminal and have four brand-new piers. Two will be passenger bridges, while two will offer the traditional so-called “walking” solution for the travellers.
Budflyer shared this image of the new terminal. The new “Airport City” is coloured in green:
The Budapest Airport would like to extend the space for planes by building new aircraft stands near Terminal 2B. Furthermore, they plan to create a so-called “Airport City”, a new complex and park of offices and service providers. The location of the building will be behind the airport’s Ibis Hotel.
Thanks to the new terminal and several other developments connected to it, the airport plans to serve 31 million passengers. Budflyer’s Facebook post suggests an opening in 2030.
Otherwise, Budapest Airport thanked its partners for the successes achieved together and for their contribution to keeping Ferenc Liszt International Airport the best airport in Eastern Europe on the Award Gala.
2022 was a challenging and very successful year for Budapest Airport. The company recovered 75% of its pre-COVID passenger traffic, added brand new destinations to its schedule, became a regional leader in quality and started several important sustainability investments, while air cargo volumes hit unprecedented records and by spring this year, the value of the airport developments completed in four and a half years will reach 100 billion HUF.
The progress has been confirmed by passengers as well; ratings in the internationally recognized airport service quality (ASQ) surveys, carried out every three months, surpassed all previous scores in 2022. All this was made possible by the joint efforts of Budapest Airport staff and partner companies, which is why the airport operator considers it important to organize the annual award gala, of which this year’s event was the fourteenth.
At the gala, Mr Dinsdale highlighted: “Over the last few years, our approach has changed. Three very important pillars have come into focus: continuous development, quality and sustainability. These are the three elements around which we organize our lives; these are the driving forces and motivations that shape our daily work.” He added: “It has been a great experience to see how, together with our partners, we have put all our knowledge and expertise into making Budapest Airport one of the best in Europe. I am proud that the airport ecosystem, with its more than 250 partner companies, represents one unit, a whole.”
You can check out Budapest Airport’s recognized partners at the gala HERE.
Source: bud.hu, portfolio.hu, Budflyer