Flights arrive and depart smoothly and as expected, passenger processes continue as usual at Budapest Airport. Flights to Ukraine and Russia are still suspended, but the war in Ukraine does not affect flights to other destinations. The airport operator, together with the Airport Police Directorate, has developed a procedure for refugees arriving at the airport in a group and organized manner.
Refugees receive help
So-called evacuation flights arrive and depart from Terminal 1, where passengers fleeing Ukraine and wishing to return to their country of origin are accommodated until their flight departs.
Since the start of the war, more than 8,000 students, mainly from India, Nigeria, Ecuador and Morocco, have left Terminal 1 on repatriation flights, and a total of 3,200 Ukrainian citizens have arrived, who were stranded on holiday abroad and unable to return home.
Budapest Airport ensures that all these travelers receive food, an internet connection and appropriate assistance.
Budapest Airport has set up a rest area with beds, blankets, food and drink for refugees traveling on commercial flights departing from Terminal 2 within 24 hours. The airport’s in-house volunteers, together with staff from the Hungarian Inter-Church Aid and Hungarian Reformed Church Aid organisations, provide special assistance to those in need, to ensure that they can spend their time at the airport safely and as comfortably as possible. Help from psychologists is also available in the children’s corner set up for refugee families.
All refugees have free access to the Aeropark Aviation Museum (located a short walk from Terminal 2) while they wait and are currently entitled to a EUR 12 food voucher before their flight departs.
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Passenger traffic at Budapest airport increased by one thousand percent in one year
The dynamic growth of passenger numbers at Ferihegy Airport continues; passenger traffic in February increased by more than 1000% compared to the same period last year. According to February traffic figures, 620,199 passengers used Budapest Airport, which is a big increase from January this year, as well as last year and the year before, and is gradually recovering to our record number of passengers for 2019. Currently, the airport’s passenger numbers are 64% of pre-epidemic levels and could reach 80% in the summer.
Thanks to Budapest Airport’s airline development team, the number of destinations accessible directly from Budapest increased to 104 in February, with 30 airlines offering flights to 37 countries from the Hungarian capital. The most popular destinations in February were still the European metropolises: London, Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona, as well as the perennial favorite, Dubai.
Air cargo continues to show steady performance, with the volume of cargo handled at BUD Cargo City again exceeding 15,000 tonnes (15,578) in February. This brings the total volume for the last 12 months to more than 190,000 tonnes, another major milestone in Budapest Airport’s air cargo business.
Hungary travel restrictions lifted after 24 months
As of March 7, 2022, the government has abolished all restrictions on entry to Hungary. This means that after 24 months the situation before the coronavirus pandemic has been restored, which means that all air travelers can enter Hungary, without a vaccination certificate, a cure certificate or a negative PCR test. At the airport, only normal non-Schengen border checks are carried out; all epidemiological controls have been lifted. Thus, passengers from Schengen countries can enter the country freely, without any documentary checks, while passengers from non-Schengen countries are only subject to checks concerning entry conditions. The airport police management has also reactivated the automatic passport gates, which allow much faster passage to and from the country.
At the same time, the mandatory wearing of face masks in passenger areas of Ferenc Liszt International Airport has also been abolished, but continuous hand disinfection and social distancing are still recommended. Despite the relaxations, Budapest Airport continues to ask passengers to choose online check-in and self-service bag drop for all airlines offering these services, and to consult the consular service’s website to obtain information on entry requirements and epidemiological measures in force at their destination. The majority of airlines still require passengers to wear face masks on board, so passengers are advised to have a face mask with them.
Budapest Airport receives health and safety certification for another year
Budapest Airport’s health and safety measures continue to comply with all international protocols, and the airport operator has received Airport Health Accreditation from the Airport Council International (ACI) for an additional year. This recognition means that the airport operator is continuously protecting the health of those present at the airport, based on international best practice guidelines, minimizing the risk of infection and facilitating the fastest recovery. possible in aviation.
Although all epidemiological measures were lifted in Hungary on March 7, the airport operator continues to make automatic hand sanitizers available to passengers, and regularly disinfected ventilation systems ensure an adequate air supply in the terminals. Additionally, Budapest Airport uses machines to allow passengers to check in themselves and their baggage on their own, without human interaction. The coronavirus testing center continues to operate on the arrivals level of Terminal 2B, where PCR, rapid antibody and antigen tests can be performed.
Aeroplex inaugurates an 8,200 square meter hangar at the airport
On March 4, the new hangar of the Aeroplex Central European Aircraft Technology Center (ACE) at Budapest Airport was inaugurated. The new hangar has a floor area of over 8,200 square meters, a width of 90 meters, a ceiling of 31 meters and is capable of fully servicing large aircraft.
Commenting on the opening of the new hangar, Chris Dinsdale, CEO of Budapest Airport, said: “Airport services extend not only to passenger services, but also to businesses that are less visible to passengers. , but which are intrinsically linked to the airport, such as the maintenance and repair of aircraft. This sector is of great importance for Budapest airport, and I am sure that the opening of the new hangar will further improve the already excellent commercial performance of Aeroplex, which will also contribute to strengthening the whole sector in Hungary. . This building with impressive dimensions and unique architectural solutions, built in just one year, is the result of a good relationship and long-standing joint work, and Aeroplex and Budapest Airport can be justly proud of it. .
Increasing the number of female managers, a priority for Budapest airport
Budapest Airport has joined the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF) International Women’s Day campaign, which aims to raise awareness of women in leadership positions, as only 8% of the top 50 companies companies in terms of turnover now have a female CEO.
Budapest Airport is committed to promoting diversity and ensuring full equality among all staff members. In our selection processes, talent, ability and hard work are the only qualities that count. We are proud that within our global leadership team we have been able to increase the ratio of female executives to 31% over the past few years. In addition to the gender equality measures already introduced, the company is currently working on a long-term program to create new opportunities to consciously increase the number of female managers in certain areas, improve training, expand our mentorship activities, to ensure continued good work – life balance and support for career goals for those choosing to start a family. Budapest Airport strives to set an example for other companies, through its corporate culture and leadership.
Budapest Airport Cargo Team Joins TIACA
Budapest Airport Cargo has received a great honor and recognition: the Budapest Airport Cargo team has been elected to become a trustee member of TIACA, the International Air Cargo Association. By joining, Budapest Airport will have unprecedented opportunities; among other things, to strengthen its international relationships, work with the most influential players in the industry, gain insight into the highest level of reporting and innovation in the industry and influence future decisions in the air cargo industry . Established in the 1990s, the organization’s vision is a safe, profitable and united air cargo industry that embraces modern technologies and practices to sustainably and fairly serve trade and social development worldwide.