The Pro Turismo Award was handed over to Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest by Dr. Gusztáv Bienerth, government Commissioner in charge of tourism at the Ministry of National Development. Passenger traffic at Budapest Airport has increased in the last four years outpacing by far other airports in the Central-Eastern European region. Passenger traffic has developed from 8.5 million passengers in 2012 to 10.3 million in 2015, which represents a 21.1% increase due to the efforts by Budapest Airport. This year Budapest Airport expects traffic numbers over 11 million passengers threshold in December.
“On behalf of all Budapest Airport staff I am proud to receive this award, since each and every airport employee has contributed to our magnificent results in traffic increase – particularly our commercial airline development and marketing team,” said Jost Lammers at the award ceremony. He added: “We continue our efforts to live up to the expectations of our passengers and be the best airport in Central-Eastern Europe in terms of both service quality and development. Our goal remains to attract more and more passengers from all over the world to witness the beauty of Hungary and Budapest.”
Budapest Airport experts have travelled extensively around the world in the last few weeks to further strengthen airline and touristic relations, especially with a focus on Asian destinations. As part of this effort, BUD Chief Commercial Officer Kam Jandu attended an international conference in Beijing organized by the Capital Airport of Beijing which is rapidly developing into the No. 1 airport in the world. Kam Jandu held a series of meetings with Chinese aviation officials and has also met Han Zhiliang, President and CEO of Beijing Capital International Airport, to continue the good co-operation between the sister airports. Air China operates four weekly flights between Budapest and Beijing.
Budapest Airport’s airline development team also participated last week in the largest international aviation planning conference in the world called World Routes in the Chinese city of Chengdu. Here the main focus was in planning new flights for the summer 2017 timetable period and beyond. Intensive talks have taken place about the possible increase in air services between South Korea and Hungary, including special tourism-promotion efforts to better introduce Hungary and Budapest through the Korean media. Budapest Airport experts held promising talks with major US carriers regarding the re-starting of flights between New York and Budapest which remains the largest unserved EU capital city flight connection. Taking further this year’s success of Air Canada Rouge’s Toronto-Budapest flights was also on the agenda in Chengdu to offer better North American connections to travelers via Toronto which should lead to more flights in 2017.
As for the development of European destinations Wizz Air has announced further annual increases in Budapest by adding a new aircraft every year to its fleet whilst easyJet started to operate Lyon flights this year and launched new flights to Amsterdam (3 flights per week from this winter) and Venice (2 flights per week).