EU support for the SkyCourt
Budapest Airport, the operator of Ferihegy Airport was delighted to acknowledge the European Commission’s decision to award a grant of 7.56 million euros for the construction of a passenger pier at Ferihegy. The EU’s governing body decided to support a number of transport development projects with grants totaling half a billion euros. The development of Ferihegy Airport is the only Hungarian project to receive support.
Budapest Airport will commence construction of the new wing, called a pier, joining onto Terminal 2B in the year following the handover of its new terminal building. There will be eight air jetties joined onto the terminal wing, which will extend out into the apron. The three-storey wing will be able to handle both Schengen and non-Schengen traffic at the same time. One year later, in the next phase of the development, the second wing growing out of Terminal 2A will be built, which will also accommodate eight air jetties.
This is not the first time that Ferihegy Airport’s modernization program has won the support of the EU. Last year, the European Commission named the expansion of Budapest Airport as a key EU development project and contributed to the expansion of Ferihegy with a grant of nearly 4 million euros from the TEN-T fund for transport and shipping projects.
“We are delighted to acknowledge decision and remain convinced that the development of the airport is worthy of the Commission’s trust,” commented Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers. “Budapest Airport will not stray from the right path. In spite of the global economic crisis and all other difficulties, we are following through on our promises and implementing the development of Ferihegy,” he added.