Budapest Airport is doing everything it can to rebuild traffic to the 2019 level as soon as possible, but this is primarily dependent on the travel regulations introduced by the various countries, the availability and efficiency of vaccines and the level of inoculation.
As we reported yesterday, the airport operator awaits the gradual return of passenger traffic with a safe and refurbished environment and even higher service quality and health protocols. The operator (with the involvement of its airline and ground handling partners) is drawing up plans including several different scenarios on how the airport will operate safely in practical terms, from a healthcare perspective as well, even with a high level of passenger traffic.
Some airlines have already announced the list of flights to be launched in 2021 and frequency increases on existing routes.
Ryanair is launching five new flights from July, to Burgas, Rhodes, Sofia, Bologna and Zadar, and is significantly increasing the frequency on numerous routes. Wizz Air has added the city of Chania to its Budapest schedule, as a new destination. easyJet is increasing the frequency of its Budapest-Paris flights, and will also operate to Basel twice a week. Qatar Airways is increasing the frequency on its Doha-Budapest flight, and the Emirates service to Dubai will also operate more frequently. Lufthansa has announced the relaunch of its Munich flight, while the TAROM service between Budapest and Bucharest and the Budapest-Paris flight by Air France are also available again.
“We are delighted to see that the vaccination of the population is progressing at an adequate rate globally, and especially in Hungary. The gradual reopening of Hungary and the other countries gives us hope that aviation passenger traffic will recover soon as well. Budapest Airport and all those working at the airport are excited to be able to soon welcome back moderate levels of passengers,” highlighted Chris Dinsdale, the CEO of Budapest Airport. “As an airport operator, our task and responsibility is to be fully prepared for scenarios in the coming period, and to create safe, secure and healthy conditions for travelers going forward,” he added.