2013 july - august

Flight Information Display System over the Internet’ service of Budapest Airport *** Budapest Airport introduces credit card payment in its car parks *** Budapest Airport to connect trio of capital cities *** Wizz Air Launch Istanbul Flight *** 75 Years of LOT’s Budapest-Warsaw Route *** Budapest Airport welcomes the return of Jet2.com route from Leeds Bradford *** Budapest Airport welcomes Wizz Air Moscow flight *** Incredible: Airbus Pulled With Teeth *** Noise Protection for EUR 1 Million *** First aircraft of Sólyom Hungarian Airways arrived

Flight Information Display System over the Internet’ service of Budapest Airport

In frame of the service Budapest Airport provides real-time information about the daily scheduled flights over the Internet*. The name of the service: FOI - FIDS Over Internet (FIDS – Flight Information Display System).

The information supplied to the subscribed partner is identical to the information displayed on the flight information monitors located at the Terminals of Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in terms of design, content and update period as well. In case it is required – based on separate agreement and fee – a customized screen can be provided by Budapest Airport. As the service is HTTPS based, only a compatible browser (e.g. Google Chrome) is required on the display equipment of the partner.

The quantitative measure of the Service is the allowed number of data streams. One data stream enables to view one flight information page, but it is possible to present more pages in one data stream via rotating the pages. The Service is guaranteed during Airport Opening Hours (currently 04:00 - 24:00 Local Time), however, the data stream is continuously available outside of maintenance periods.

Cost of the service:
- First stream: 100 EUR+VAT/month
- Every further stream: 75 EUR+VAT/month

For more information please contact us at igi@bud.hu.

*The service fee includes the services at Budapest Airport side, so the following are not included: Internet access required for the service with the adequate bandwidth at the partner side; display equipment of adequate quality and resolution; setup, installation and maintenance of the display equipment.

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Budapest Airport introduces credit card payment in its car parks

In July, ahead of the summer peak season, Budapest Airport installed credit card readers in all of the pay machines located in its car parks at the airport. Customers can therefore pay for parking by credit card at all pay stations, in addition to the customer service offices. With this upgrade, long awaited by passengers and motorists, the airport operator becomes one of only a handful of service providers offering this option in the country.

It is now possible to use credit cards at all pay machines located in the car parks of Budapest Airport. The credit card terminals have been installed during the last few days in the airport car parks, appearing next to the cash slots in all 15 pay machines. The new option has become immediately available to motorists, with credit card payment remaining possible at the customer offices as well. Pay machines equipped with credit card terminals are quite rare in Hungary. As an international airport, however, Budapest Airport had to keep pace with international trends.

Budapest Airport made its choice from the best technology available, whereby, in addition to accepting the most common credit and debit cards (MasterCard, VISA and soon American Express), contactless payment (PayPass, PayWave) is also possible. The introduction of credit card payment in the car parks is another important milestone in an ambitious development plan started last August, based on which Budapest Airport completely renewed its parking system. Parking services have become more transparent and more comfortable as a result of the new system, whilst road safety has also improved.

“We are delighted to finally launch this service in our car parks, which passengers have been waiting for so eagerly,” said Manel Moreno, head of kerbside services for Budapest Airport. “It is less than a year ago that we set out to completely renew parking at the airport, and the quality of service offered to motorists now meets international standards,” he added.

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Budapest Airport to connect trio of capital cities

Budapest Airport has announced the launch of a new schedule that will link the East European cities of Minsk in Belarus, Belgrade in Serbia and Budapest, Hungary. The new year round service will begin on 19 September 2013 and will be operated by the Belarusian Airline, Belavia. The twice weekly schedule will be flown predominantly on Bombardier CRJ-100/200 aircraft on Mondays and Thursdays.

Tickets are now on sale at www.belavia.by.
The new route serves to connect the three capital cities with flights linking Minsk to Belgrade and Budapest for the first time, in addition to creating regular links between Budapest and Belgrade The announcement further strengthens the expanding number of Eastern European cities accessible from the Central European Hub airport at Budapest and serves to provide a new passenger base with a wide range of international connections through Budapest.
“We’re delighted to welcome Belavia as the latest airline to plan operations into Budapest Airport and anticipate the route will provide a much needed link between the three cities. This latest route quickly follows the announcement Bulgaria Air’s Budapest to Sofia route, operated, and further demonstrates Budapest Airport’s strength as a Central European hub,” commented Kam Jandhu, Aviation Director for Budapest Airport.
“We anticipate that this unique schedule connecting these three key cities will be attractive to both the business and tourism sectors. Hungarian, Belarusian and Serbian travel agencies and flight providers will also welcome the additional services that will expand the connections available at Budapest and provide a new transit option through Minsk,” said Anatoly Gusarov, Director General, Belavia – Belarusian Airlines.

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Wizz Air Launch Istanbul Flight

The first scheduled flight of Wizz Air to Istanbul took off. The airline will fly between Budapest and Istanbul four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and Wizz Air is planning to fly daily from March 2014 onwards. The new flight is the latest new route to be announced by the fast growing Wizz Air.

The demand was exceptionally large for new flights to Istanbul, which is underpinned by the load factor of the first flight. 164 passengers departed to Turkey on board the Airbus A320 with 180 seats. Wizz Air will operate from Budapest to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen airport on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays before increasing to a daily service from next summer. On board of the first flight, there was Hungarian strongman Zsolt ‘Popeye’ Sinka travelling, who has received the honorary diploma for the successful acquisition of the world record that he reached on 20th June with pulling a Wizz Air Airbus A320 with his teeth.

With the exception of Sunday, the new flight takes off from Budapest at 9:45 a.m. and lands in Istanbul at 12:40 local time. On its way back, it departs at 13:10 and arrives in Budapest 14:10 local time. On Sundays only, it operates around 90 minutes later. This schedule is convenient for both business travelers and tourists. The vibrant development of the Turkish economy makes Istanbul a natural destination for business travelers, whilst masses of tourists from all over the world visit the sights of the historic town on the Bosporus.

“It’s very good news both for us and for passengers that this new flight was added to the Budapest-Istanbul route by Wizz Air”, said Kam Jandu, Director Aviation of Budapest Airport. He added, “We are certain that the flight will be a success, offering passengers another airport choice to fly to in Istanbul complementing the existing services of Turkish Airlines who also increased their capacity in the last two years.”

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75 Years of LOT’s Budapest-Warsaw Route

The first scheduled flight connecting Budapest and Warsaw took off exactly 75 years ago on 1 July 1938, jointly operated by LOT of Poland and Malért of Hungary. Passengers on board the historic anniversary flight were welcomed by Budapest Airport and LOT Polish Airlines in the terminal.

Budapest Airport remembered a historic moment today, as the first scheduled commercial flight between Warsaw and Budapest was launched exactly 75 years ago. Covering the distance of 541 kilometers between the two cities, it started a new chapter in the development of aviation in Central Europe. To commemorate this anniversary, passengers leaving for Warsaw and the crew of the LOT flight received a special cake from Budapest Airport. Aircraft of the 84-year-old Polish carrier so far carried 3.8 million passengers in total between Warsaw and Budapest.

The flight linking the Hungarian and Polish capitals was launched jointly by LOT and Malért with Junkers JU-52 aircraft. It soon became popular, and two months later the next route was launched by LOT in September 1938 connecting Warsaw, Cracow, and Budapest. A year later the Polish national carrier also started up the routes of Warsaw-Budapest-Belgrade and Budapest-Venice-Rome, but these flights were short-lived due to World War II. The Warsaw-Budapest route was reopened in October 1947 and it was jointly operated by LOT and Malév until the grounding of the Hungarian national carrier.

During the operation of this flight, a number of aircraft types operated by LOT came to Budapest including DC-2, Lockheed L14H Super Electra, and Lisunow Li-2 planes in the initial period, to be followed by Iljusin Il-14 and Il-18 as well as Tupoljev Tu-134 and Tu-134A jets. Later on, more economical types – ATR-72 and Boeing B-737 – and finally the currently used Embraer ERJ-170 and 175 aircraft were introduced. This year in January LOT came to Budapest on several occasions with its recently acquired Boeing 787 Dreamliner designed to serve long-haul routes.

Celebrating the route of 75 years, Budapest Airport aviation director Kam Jandu expressed appreciation for the role of the Polish carrier and the Warsaw flight: “We are happy to congratulate LOT Polish Airlines for their undiminished success reflecting the traditionally close Polish-Hungarian friendship in business and tourism alike. LOT is an important partner of Budapest Airport as it offers excellent connectivity for Hungarian passengers with 60 destinations in Europe, America, and Asia.”

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Budapest Airport welcomes the return of Jet2.com route from Leeds Bradford

Budapest Airport announces that Jet2.com will reinstate its direct twice weekly service from Leeds Bradford Airport effective April 2014 making it the only airline operating the route to the Central European hub. Jet2.com already serves Budapest from Edinburgh, Manchester and East Midlands Airports and the addition of Leeds Bradford means that it will now offer more choice of UK departure airport direct to the Hungarian capital than any other airline.

Jet2.com’s low fares from Leeds Bradford to Hungary are now available for immediate booking through to November 2014 at www.jet2.com. Lead in fares on the new route start at £40 each way including allocated seating, 22kg baggage allowance and all taxes.

Business and leisure customers travelling to Budapest from Yorkshire and the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield will benefit greatly from the closer proximity and added convenience. Kam Jandu, Director of Aviation at Budapest Airport adds: “We are delighted to welcome Jet2.com back on the Leeds Bradford route. As the only direct connection to the important Yorkshire area, we have no doubt that the route will be very successful for both inbound and outbound travellers.”

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive of Jet2.com, said: “We are pleased to announce the return of flights to Leeds Bradford – a popular destination amongst our loyal Hungarian customers. Leeds Bradford is a gateway to the biggest region in the UK, Yorkshire – which hosts Tour de France’s Le Grand Depart in 2014. I’m confident this addition to our growing Budapest programme is going to be yet another roaring success.”

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Budapest Airport welcomes Wizz Air Moscow flight

Budapest Airport welcomes Wizz Air Moscow flight

Budapest Airport welcomes the start of Wizz Air’s service to Moscow Vnukovo International Airport from Monday 23d September 2013. The launch of a new service to a new airport in Moscow (Aeroflot flies to Sheremetyevo Airport) by Wizz Air provides wider choice to passengers and access to a series of domestic Russian and Central Asian destinations from the same airport.

Wizz Air will start operations between Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport and Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport from the 23d September 2013. The well-known Wizz Air pink-purple livery planes will take off at 11.05 hours local time from Budapest and will arrive to Moscow at 15.30 hours (according to present time-table of Wizz Air). This makes late same-day negotiations possible for business people in Moscow. Wizz Air will fly at the beginning five times a day: on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays Fridays and Sundays. The return flight will leave Moscow at 16.05 and arrives to Budapest at 16.40 hours (due to the two hours’ time-difference between the two capitols).

Thus Wizz Air in a year and a half’s time has acquired four important non-EU routes of Malév (Kiev, Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Moscow) which represent approx. 200 000 passengers for Budapest and Hungarian tourism. On some of these routes (with only one airline flying) ticket prices have gone up as much as 30-50 % depending on class and destination. In some cases it was cheaper to fly to Moscow from Vienna than from Budapest. The first Wizz Air one-way tickets to Moscow are available for as low as 10 999 HUF per flight.

“We are sure that there is huge demand for the new Moscow service of Wizz Air and we wish every success on this market to our partner airline.” says Patrick Bohl, Head of Airline Business Development of Budapest Airport. He added: “The new destination of Wizz Air and the new airport in Moscow offers a very good travel opportunity and at very competitive prices.”

Wizz Air’s new destination airport, Vnukovo is based 28 kilometers South-West of Moscow’s city center and there is a direct fast rail transfer to downtown Kiyevski Railway Station which takes only 35 minutes. Vnukovo International Airport served 9,46 million passengers last year and is the home of a series of important Russian airlines.

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Incredible: Airbus Pulled With Teeth

Hungarian professional strong man Sinka “Popeye” Zsolt performed a stunt worthy of making it to the Guinness book of records: applying his bodily strength – more precisely, his teeth – he pulled a 180-seater Airbus A 320 aircraft of Hungarian carrier Wizz Air on the apron of Terminal 1 of Budapest Airport all by himself.

Setting the record was scarcely supported by the weather with the temperature at 31.3° Celsius heating up the apron concrete to 43.3° Celsius. The aircraft, borrowed from Wizz Air, made a swift detour from the Terminal 2 apron to Terminal 1 between two scheduled flights with Sinka “Popeye” Zsolt on board fully focused on facing the superhuman task ahead.

Preparations were followed by an interested audience as well as supporters and fans from the terrace of Terminal 1 while journalists of the print media and television crews made their own preparations on the tarmac. The record attempt was made possible by the cooperation of professionals of Wizz Air, Budapest Airport, Malév Ground Handling, and Lufthansa Technik Budapest, as both the Hungarian strong man and the brand new aircraft was necessary to protect, and safety and security regulations of the airport had to be complied with.

All those present were in for a big surprise when Sinka “Popeye” Zsolt bit on the rope attached to the nose gear of the aircraft weighing more than 50 tons, put his back into it, and started to pull the aircraft with increasing speed. Some were already concerned that the Airbus A 320 will not stop when the pilot in the cockpit stepped on the brakes at last. The certified measurements produced amazing results: Sinka “Popeye” Zsolt pulled the plane to a distance of 39.2 meters in 52 seconds.

Thus, a new Guinness record was achieved, but final certification will take a few more weeks to complete on the basis of the report filed by official on-site observers. The setting of the new record was also watched on the spot by Dr. György Nébald, head of a department of the sports ministry, our former Olympic and world champion in fencing.

“I was afraid of the unusual heat, because at the ‘rehearsal’ temperature had been ideal at 15 degrees, with sky overcast, but now extreme heat was thrown into my face from the concrete,” recounted Sinka “Popeye” Zsolt, and added, “When I got the plane moving, I knew I was going to do it. The first few meters are the hardest, as always, after that one only has to gain speed. When I am at it, I shut the world out and only concentrate on the task. The special airport environment was also quite a boost and I did feel the support from all those professionals and various companies helping me to really do it. And I did do it!”

“We were happy that Wizz Air the biggest Hungarian airline was able to actively contribute to this Guinness record. Zsolt’s performance convinced us that we will amaze the world with further joint records going forward,” said Tamara Mshvenieradze, communication director of Wizz Air in Hungary. She added, jokingly, “I would like to reassure everyone that towing will not be replaced by sheer human force at the airport, as you need truly exceptional qualities to move an airplane all by yourself.”

“Especially thorough preparations were required to pave the way to setting the record today,” highlighted Mihály Hardy, communication director of Budapest Airport, the host of the event. He added, “I sincerely congratulate Zsolt as his performance was, once again, truly breathtaking: to move an aircraft of this size, we use a tractor featuring a 7 200-cc, 265-HP (195 kW) diesel engine at the airport with pulling power of 25 000 kilograms.”

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Noise Protection for EUR 1 Million

Budapest Airport completed a state-of-the-art ground run-up enclosure (engine testing site) at Ferenc Liszt International Airport investing about HUF 300 million. The structure assembled from special sound insulation and jet blast deflector panels was officially inaugurated today. The project – included in the noise protection program of Budapest Airport – had no precedent over the last decades in Hungary. The inauguration ceremony of the new facility was attended by Attila Ughy, mayor of district 18, Member of Parliament (FIDESZ) as well as other mayors and municipal representatives of several communities around the airport.

During maintenance of aircraft, engines are required to operate at partial or full capacity for short periods of time on the ground. This procedure is crucial for aviation safety, as it is only allowed to take off with aircraft with perfectly functioning engines. For this purpose, engine testing sites are necessary to operate, and since ground run-up of engines entails significant sound emission, the procedure is considered one of the components of airport ground noise. Professionals of Budapest Airport now completed a modern ground run-up enclosure which will – with the help of sound insulation and sound damping panels – significantly reduce the noise load generated by 150-200 engine testing procedures per year on average.

Ground run-up of engines represented an issue primarily for certain communities of Erzsébet-Bélatelep and Szemeretelep of district 18 and Rákoshegy of district 17 around the airport. As a result of the project, the quality of life of residents in all affected communities will be significantly improved as noise load on the environment is reduced. It is especially advantageous for the residents of district 17 that the location of the new engine testing site is now further removed from the residential area by an additional distance of two kilometers.

The 12-meter tall 107-meter long facility is built from 550 special sound damping panels. More than 4 000 bolts were used for assembly, and as much as 850 cubic meters of concrete was used for pouring its foundation. 41 tons of steel was built in, roughly equaling the dead weight of Boeing 737 and Airbus A 320 aircraft to be tested here. The modern noise protection facility was sourced by Budapest Airport from Blast Deflectors Inc. of the US, and it was erected by Weinberg’93 Kft.

“Budapest Airport is not planning to slow down its airport development efforts in spite of the fact that the collapse of Malév last year and the dramatically increased land tax put our company into a critical position financially,” said Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers at the opening ceremony. He added, “With similar responsible projects we would like to achieve that the residents in neighboring communities could enjoy the numerous advantages of the proximity of the airport including new jobs and the economic development of the South-Pest region.”

“We keep our word and continue to work on improving the quality of life around the airport,” underlined Gábor Szarvas, director of community relations, environmental protection, and operational safety of Budapest Airport. Before cutting the ribbon with municipal councilors, he pointed out that Budapest Airport just recently concluded its voluntary noise insulation program, in the framework of which passive noise protection systems (of a value of hundreds of thousands of HUF per apartment) were built in the homes of residents around the airport.

In the course of handover tests performed with certified measuring devices it was found that noise mitigation of the new facility significantly exceeds the required 12 dB, reaching as much as 20 dB. During the tests completed yesterday, the engines of a Boeing 737 were run at 90% capacity while the noise load on the other side of the noise protection wall measured by instruments was only 80 dB, the equivalent of the noise load observed on the sidewalks of Nagykörút during the evening peak. This noise load is swiftly diminishing further away from the wall, and so the residents in neighboring streets of district 18 did not perceive any noise generated by engine testing – while traffic on road 4 and the railway tracks next to it emitted a significantly higher noise load.

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First aircraft of Sólyom Hungarian Airways arrived

This afternoon the first aircraft of Sólyom Hungarian Airways a Boeing B 737-500 type aircraft with code HA-SHA has arrived to Budapest. The aircraft first „saluted” its new home arbase with a low-level flypast and then landed at Runway 31L of Budapest Airport.

The first aircraft of Sólyom (Falcon) was greeted ont he apron by hundreds of invited VIPs, authority representatives, airport employees, lots of journalists, photographers and spotters. The aircraft was welcomed by airport firefighters with the traditional water-cannon salute. After the engines stopped Commander Ernő Varga and Captain József Schlotter has reported the successeful first mission of the Sólyom aircraft to Mr. József Várgó CEO of Sólyom Hungarian Airways. After the reception ceremony invited guest and the media could visit the deck and the cabin of the aircraft. There were hundreds of people around the airport waiting for the arrival of the first Sólyom aircraft outside the fence of the airport, the spotters’ Cargo Hill was full of aviation fans.

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