Record: Budapest Airport is in the 10M+ League!

Published on : Friday, December 11, 2015

Budapest AirportA group of Budapest Airport employees greeted Zsolt Lukács and his wife Judit in Terminal 2A this morning who are the 10 millionth passenger at the airport this year. Budapest Airport now officially joined the elite club of airports handling eight-digit numbers of passengers within a year. The couple living in Tata, both of them teachers, won the title in the prize competition of Budapest Airport. Zsolt and Judit won the opportunity to fly again after almost ten years, winning the tickets to Istanbul to spend a four-day long weekend there, courtesy of Pegasus of Turkey.


To commemorate the record, Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers received the lucky passengers in SkyCourt, also offering cakes to other passengers in the terminal. The tickets and the long weekend in Istanbul are courtesy of Pegasus, the second biggest airline of Turkey. Pegasus Airlines entered the Budapest market in July 2014, and last summer they operated already 5 flights per week between Budapest and Sabiha Gökçen airport of Istanbul with modern Boeing 737-800 aircraft.


In his speech during the ceremony Jost Lammers commented, “This is a proud moment for Budapest Airport, as surpassing the 10 million mark speaks volumes for our hard work and our staying power as one of the leading airports of Europe.” He added, “Our strategy for this year has been to seek out new and exciting destinations, as well as solidifying our position in Central Europe. Next year is already set to be even busier as we continue to do all we can to ensure Budapest, and Hungary, remain an attractive market, while we ensure the demands of our catchment area and beyond are met.”


Achieving this record traffic was driven by new flights launched earlier this year, extended airport capacities, and increased frequencies, as well as the continuously developing touristic offer of Budapest and the favorable price/benefit ratio for foreigners. The average growth of traffic at Budapest Airport this year exceeded 12% until November, more than double of the European average, making BUD one of the fastest growing airports on the continent. 3 new airlines came to Budapest in the last twelve months, and 18 new flights were launched. Looking at the whole year, 100 routes of 44 airlines were available for passengers in Budapest.


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