Following the stable performance seen last year (134 459 tons of cargo), the surge experienced in the last quarter of 2020 and the record cargo traffic registered in November, Budapest Airport again reported dynamically increasing air freight figures in January 2021, as the volume of cargo handled grew by 15.7% compared to January 2020.
This quantity increased further in February; Budapest Airport recorded a 21% hike compared to the same period in 2020, which is equivalent to 12 109 tons, and means the strongest February on record in the history of the airport.
The BUD Cargo City handed over in 2019, the expanding cargo route network and the hard work of the cargo community are generating an increasing competitive advantage for Budapest Airport on the air freight market in East Central Europe.
Cargo business at the airport is thus developing continuously, whilst its performance is outstanding, compared to the typically decreasing cargo figures of regional competitors.
Budapest Airport remains committed to continuously developing air cargo; in 2021, the company will start preparing the second phase of the BUD Cargo City, the design and construction of additional goods handling facilities, warehouses and offices.
Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport handled 54 407 passengers in February 2021, thus registering a 95% drop in traffic from the same month of 2020, which was before the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, when the passenger number still exceeded one million. As expected, 2021 passenger traffic continues to reflect the restrictions introduced all over Europe.
In its figures released about the start of the year, IATA also reports a further decrease in international aerial passenger traffic.
Demand for air travel dropped by 72% during the first month of the year, compared to the period before the pandemic; this is an even greater decrease in passenger traffic than in the last month of 2020. In the same comparison, European airlines registered an 82.6% drop.