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Budapest Airport was proud to host the biggest Routes Europe ever in May. Over 4,000 face to face meetings were conducted during the busy three-day event with 1,100 aviation delegates, 115 airlines, 350 airports and an impressive number of international exhibitors enjoying terrific networking in the SYMA sports centre and conference facility.

Monday night’s networking event and gala dinner was a great success too, hosted in the great building that was formerly Terminal 1. Some 1,000 guests enjoyed pre dinner drinks and sampled some Hungarian specialities on the ‘terminal forecourt’ before moving into the attractively furnished departures hall for a sumptuous buffet.
As host’s, Budapest Airport were ineligible for the awards this year therefore Athens International was this year’s winner in the 4-20 million passenger category and in the under 4 million category was Aberdeen Airport, leaving this year’s overall European champion Munich Airport to take the trophy through to World Routes this year. Turismo de Tenerife scooped this year’s tourism marketing award.

Budapest Airport’s Jost Lammers and Kam Jandu gave a press conference on Monday and reflected on how it had to quickly respond to the collapse of its national carrier in February 2012. “We spent €100m on a new terminal (SkyCourt) and a year later our national airline went bust. Airports must be flexible today. The romantic model of the past is broken,” Kam Jandu said, noting it taught us to change our way of thinking. A new low-cost carrier came in and said for boarding and disembarkation we do not want a bridge, we do not want a bus, we wish to walk on and walk off - low-cost carriers are changing airport thinking in the way it does business.

There are still some markets that are not fully recovered since Malev’s demise, said Jost Lammers. The goal now is to close the white spots on the map – more services from Spain, Germany, France – and New York, Toronto, Bangkok and China are on the wish list. Today, it offers 83 scheduled destinations, served by 35 airlines. In order to encourage more traffic the airport announced an incentive scheme for thin routes where airlines would qualify for a 50% reduction in charges for the first few years on routes operating with less than four frequencies per week.

Budapest Airport united with US once again

In a major piece of network development Budapest Airport has announced the resumption of US services today, as LOT Polish Airlines confirms flights from the Hungarian gateway to New York (JFK) and Chicago O’Hare. Welcoming the arrival of regular 787-8 scheduled services, the first flight due to launch on 3 May 2018, with New York being flown four times weekly and the Chicago sector operated twice-weekly. The return of US services comes after American Airlines and Delta Air Lines left the Hungarian market in 2011. More »

TAP Portugal back at Budapest Airport

TAP Portugal has taken off again from Budapest Airport after a 14-month break, marking the resumption of the Portuguese flag carrier’s link to Lisbon. Daily services to Portugal’s capital city recommenced on 2 July. At the launch, the airline confirmed that a six times weekly service will continue throughout W17/18. More »

Budapest Airport wins fourth Skytrax Award in a row!

Budapest Airport has been awarded the Skytrax title for “Best Airport in the region” for the fourth time in a row – the first time in the history of the awards that an Eastern European airport has kept its top position for four consecutive years. More »

Budapest Airport strengthens links to Ukraine

Budapest Airport’s expectations for further development in 2017 continue with the welcome arrival of new airline partner Ukraine International Airlines. Launching a daily link to Kiev Boryspil on 15 June, utilising its fleet of two-class configured 737-800s, the Ukrainian flag carrier will face no direct competition on the 908-kilometre sector. More »

Budapest Airport joins Moroccan market

Continuing the expansion of its route network, Budapest Airport announces another development today with the welcome addition of Ryanair’s new link to Marrakech. Having increased its Budapest passenger traffic by 20% last year, delivering more than 1.7 million passengers, the low-cost carrier has confirmed its fourth new route from the Hungarian gateway for 2017. More »

Budapest Airport names Wizz Air’s 10th new link of 2017

Budapest Airport is celebrating Wizz Air’s 10th new route announcement of the year, naming Bordeaux as the ultra-low-cost carrier’s (ULCC) latest link. With flights due to commence from 22 September, the twice-weekly service will join Wizz Air’s expanding Hungarian route network, becoming its 62nd destination served from Budapest. More »

Budapest Airport announces Ryanair expansion

Budapest Airport, having already confirmed 12 new routes for 2017, continues to enhance its route network and announces Ryanair will be launching a further three new routes. Having recorded 20% growth in passenger numbers from the Hungarian gateway last year, Ryanair will add another 9 weekly flights to its continuously-expanding services from Budapest, the low-cost carrier (LCC) confirming new links to Valencia, Edinburgh and Prague. More »