12.5% traffic growth and 10.3 million passengers in 2015 – this was the reason why Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport was awarded the title of “Expat CEO of the Year 2016”. Under his leadership the airport of the Hungarian capital city has become home of 44 airlines that carry their passengers to 95 airports in the world. The American-owned Budapest Business Journal (BBJ) and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) handed over the award after a professional jury made its decision based on the results by Hungarian companies headed by foreign citizens.
“I feel very proud and touched that I have been selected by the distinguished jury for this outstanding award, which is the acknowledgement not so much of my personal achievements, but rather of all the employees of Budapest Airport Group and of all our airline and non-airline partners, since our performance is the result of a joint effort,” said Jost Lammers upon receiving the award. He added, “I am also very happy that you have noted the tremendous work we have done in the last years to make Ferenc Liszt International Airport the best in its class in Central and Eastern Europe, and we remain committed to continuing our efforts tirelessly along this development path. Thank you!”
Jost Lammers is the CEO of Budapest Airport since November 2007. The company invested over 360 million euros over nine years to develop aviation industry and airport services in Budapest. The biggest investment was the construction of the new central part of Terminal 2 called SkyCourt connecting Terminals 2A and 2B for EUR 100 million between 2009 and 2011. Budapest Airport also built an on-airport international postal exchange facility for Magyar Posta in 2011, a new service hangar for Wizz Air in 2015, and a new center for DHL Freight and DHL Global Forwarding in 2014, among numerous other projects. Budapest Airport won “Best Airport in Eastern Europe Award” in two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015, and was also voted “Airport of the Year 2015” by the CAPA aviation consultancy agency.