The ceremony this morning also means that Budapest Airport surpassed the previous passenger traffic record of 8.9 million departing and arriving passengers, set in 2011. Since then, the management of Budapest Airport working hand in hand with the airlines and decision-makers in Hungarian tourism made great efforts to facilitate the launching of new flights and to connect the Hungarian capital with more cities and continents. BUD expects more than 9.1 million passengers in total until the end of the year. This is a growth rate of 7.2% compared with 2013 significantly outperforming regional competitors like Prague, Vienna, or Warsaw airports.
“Transcending the magical 9 million threshold is a huge step forward for us, as Budapest Airport has never, ever had this many passengers before,” said Jost Lammers, the CEO of Budapest Airport. “We will continue to do everything we can to make Budapest and Hungary the fastest growing destination in the CEE region, and to ensure that business and leisure passengers as well as international investors and business partners should look upon Budapest and Hungary as an attractive place to be,” he added.
Numerous new airlines commenced services to Budapest Airport this year, including Air Serbia, Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines, Emirates, Transavia France and Spanish carrier Vueling. Many others, including Jet2.com and Wizz Air, launched flights to new destinations, while Greek Aegean, Israeli carrier El-Al, Brussels Airlines, LOT of Poland, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot, and Air France increased passenger numbers by using larger aircraft. According to Budapest Airport’s latest forecast, passenger traffic reaches more than 9.1 million by the end of 2014. But also in terms of quality BUD delivers outstanding performance, voted by Skytrax the “Best Eastern European Airport” in 2014.