Intense Formula 1 traffic at Budapest Airport

Published on : Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Budapest AirportThere was searing heat and intense traffic today on the apron of Terminal 1 and the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) of Budapest Airport, which handles smaller, private aircraft. Out on the concrete, the 39°Celsius temperature felt even hotter, as the pavement itself heats up to around 60°Celsius under such conditions. Nearly all of the drivers, team members and crews have arrived, ahead of the free practice sessions tomorrow. Whilst the cars and most of the pit lane equipment arrives in Mogyoród by truck, the drivers and their entourages, team managers and organizers usually travel by privately owned or leased business jets.

 

Ferrari and Toro Rosso, the junior team of Red Bull Racing joined up, with true Italian grandezza, to lease an Airbus A320 from Alitalia for the occasion. The Formula 1 management team arrived yesterday on board its well-known British Aerospace BAe 146-100 type aircraft, with the inscription “F1” on its vertical stabilizer. The Formula 1 weekend is traditionally the busiest Saturday and Sunday for Budapest Airport, as the arrival of the drivers, their entourages, the teams, foreign fans and sponsors comes on top of the summer peak traffic.

 

“Over the past 30 years, Formula 1 traffic in July and August has become something of a tradition at Budapest Airport, so we have managed to develop the best and most efficient solutions to fully satisfy the needs of the teams. Ahead of the race weekend, we plan all the arrangements for the seamless handling of the increased traffic, but the real challenge comes Sunday afternoon, when helicopters bring the drivers, team leaders and VIP fans back to the airport from Mogyoród immediately after the race, and approximately thirty aircraft depart in the space of two hours, whilst the airport must handle the regular summer peak traffic as well,” said Péter Huszka, chief operations officer for Budapest Airport.

 

Source:- Budapest Airport

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