Although the summer is over, September has not discouraged travelers from getting on a flight. The passenger numbers measured during the first month of the fall confirm that September’s pleasantly warm days have encouraged people to visit European cities, and even to fly to more distant destinations. 639 051 passengers used Ferenc Liszt International Airport in September, which is an increase of more than 625% compared to the same period last year.
If we compare this year’s results to the record year of 2019, we can see that 42% of passenger traffic has already returned. On an annual level, the first month of the fall was the second strongest month in 2021 in terms of passenger traffic, after August with 702 524 passengers.
the top 5 list of the most popular destinations included four major European cities: after London, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Paris and Frankfurt.
Similarly to the previous months, the volume of cargo handled at Ferenc Liszt International Airport remains stable and high. The monthly quantity of goods handled by the BUD Cargo City exceeded 15 000 tons in September as well, which is more than 40% higher than in the same period of last year. This brings the volume of cargo for the first nine months of the year to over 133 000 tons. It is important to note that the increase in quantity has not been matched by a similar increase in the number of flights; while the tonnage is on average 35-40% higher than last year, the volume of aircraft movements has increased by only 7%, due to better use of existing capacities.
The development of the taxiways at Ferenc Liszt International Airport, launched in May, has reached its most complex phase so far, in which the modernization of taxiways P1-P2 and Q has commenced. During this phase of the works, the airport operator is
replacing 635 m2 of pavement,
with a total of 11 concrete slabs, and the water drainage gulleys sunk into the pavement will also be refurbished on a length of 138 meters. In addition, the shoulders of the taxiways and the base structures of the associated edge lights will be replaced, surface defects on the taxiways will be repaired and pavement markings will be repainted.
When phasing the refurbishment works, which commenced at the beginning of 2021, Budapest Airport took into account the foreseeable, large-scale events organized in Hungary, such as the UEFA European Football Championship finals or the Eucharistic Congress and the visit of Pope Francis, so that work could be suspended during these periods, to allow the airport to operate smoothly and the operator to guarantee maximum capacity and the best quality of service for traffic.
The continuation of the taxiway refurbishments is part of the series of developments aimed at infrastructure development and capacity expansion launched in 2019, which have been completed during this time in a total value of nearly 70 billion HUF (200 million EUR).
Two organizations dealing with sustainability and corporate social responsibility recently named the For the Employees of BUD Foundation amongst last year’s best corporate responsibility programs.
The Business Council for Sustainable Development in Hungary (BCSDH) handed over its For a Sustainable Future awards at the beginning of October. In the corporate social responsibility category, the panel of experts bestowed the award on Budapest Airport’s initiative, the For the Employees of BUD Foundation, which, according to the justification, is “a humane, exemplary solution for cases when an employer is unable to keep employing staff during a crisis”.
In the Effect 2030 – Community Investment Awards, the foundation was shortlisted in the Exemplary Employer category, making it one of the top 22 corporate responsibility programs of the past year. In the public vote carried out by the organization, the foundation finished in 6th place.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Budapest Airport has considered it a priority to safeguard the health and the financial security of the employees of the BUD group.
At the beginning of April 2020, the company decided to set up a foundation, to support colleagues in difficulty. Management launched this initiative by donating on average a month of their own salaries. Budapest Airport’s shareholders then decided to support the activities of the For the Employees of BUD Foundation by doubling the amount already collected.
The Foundation has continued to support current and former employees whose physical or mental health and social security have been threatened by the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past year, the foundation has supported numerous staff members who have lost their jobs at the airport as a result of the pandemic, or who have experienced problems regarding their health or livelihood. In most cases, the support consisted of a regular, monthly cash grant, which the beneficiaries spent mainly on food, utilities, medical expenses or their children’s education.