Expansion, extension and ever-growing traffic at Budapest Airport 


2018 saw Budapest Airport celebrate another year of great success. While handling an all-time high of 14.9 million passengers over the last 12 months, the Hungarian gateway also accommodated 146,000 tonnes of cargo during the year, celebrating impressively strong growth across the board.

We’ve enjoyed an extremely healthy passenger traffic rise of 13.5%, as well as witnessing a solid 15% growth in cargo – a huge achievement for all at the airport,” states Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. “As we committed ourselves to increase our connectivity and expanded our network by securing and launching 17 new services during the year, almost 1.8 million more passengers passed through our terminals helping us recognise our highest ever annual figures.

Recording a 12% increase in air traffic movement, Budapest’s highlights in 2018 included the transatlantic boom as the airport’s North American network increased from one to four routes in May. Joining Air Canada Rouge’s established Toronto service, LOT Polish Airlines launched links to New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare, while American Airlines introduced a connection to Philadelphia. Add to this another 14 new services – including first-time links to Stavanger, Santander, Paphos, Krakow, Amman and Doncaster Sheffield.

New destination growth in 2019

Having already announced 11 new routes, and the arrival of two new airline partners to its roll-call, Budapest is looking ahead at another year of extensive growth in 2019:

Airline Destination Start date Frequency
LOT Polish Airlines London City (new) 19 February 12 times weekly
Wizz Air London Gatwick 31 March Daily
Laudamotion (new) Stuttgart 31 March Twice-weekly
Ryanair Cork (new) 4 April Twice-weekly
Wizz Air Oslo 5 April Four time weekly
Transavia France Nantes (new) 7 April Twice-weekly
Ryanair Cagliari (new) 1 May Twice-weekly
Ryanair Seville (new) 2 May Twice-weekly
Ryanair Bari 3 May Twice-weekly
flydubai (new) Dubai 27 June Daily
Jet2.com Birmingham 8 November Twice-weekly


Meanwhile, with an increase of flight frequencies, Budapest is also experiencing growth on a number of existing successful routes.

Significant frequency enhancements

Airline Destination Frequency/Capacity Increase
Pegasus Airlines Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Five times weekly to daily
Iberia Madrid Three times weekly to daily
British Airways London Heathrow 28 times weekly to 32 times weekly
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw Four times daily to six times daily
easyJet Basel Six times weekly to 12 times weekly
easyJet Berlin Tegel Seven times weekly to 10 times weekly


To accommodate the ongoing growth burst at Budapest, Lammers gives an insight on the new investments on the horizon for the airport: “Our infrastructure investments go hand-in-hand with the growth of both passenger traffic and cargo volumes. Following the completion of our new 10,000m² Pier B last year, we are planning a broad new cycle of developments, investing over €700 million in the next five years in the growth of the airport. Budapest will see the construction of a complete new terminal building next to the existing Terminal 2 as well as the new Cargo City.” Lammers concluded: “With our designs, visions and investments, Budapest Airport will continue to serve the ever-growing needs of its airlines and passengers as well as the export-oriented economy.”



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