First MasterCard Lounge in Europe inaugurated at Budapest Airport.

Monday 12th September 2011

A unique and exclusive lounge was inaugurated at Budapest Airport's SkyCourt terminal building last week. The MasterCard Lounge offers high-quality services free of charge for clients holding MasterCard premium bank cards.

The MasterCard Lounge, located on the mezzanine level of the new SkyCourt building in Terminal 2, offers Hungarian premium MasterCard holders, together with their partners and children, numerous extra services free of charge in elegant surroundings.

The MasterCard Lounge enables travellers to spend the time left prior to boarding comfortably, but also usefully if desired - resting, reading, working, dining, having coffee or browsing the internet with views overlooking the apron.

"According to research conducted by MasterCard, the majority of Hungarian premium cardholders would like to receive practical benefits which they can use on a day-to-day basis," said Szabolcs Szendrei, MasterCard Europe senior manager of innovative project developments, at the opening ceremony. "That is precisely why we established the MasterCard Lounge at the airport, because we can provide exclusive, but at the same time widely accessible and useful services to premium bank card holders."

"We are delighted to have the MasterCard lounge in Europe at our airport," said Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest Airport. "This branded lounge will widen our offering and will increase comfort for passengers and we are proud to support MasterCard in offering innovative services using their credit card. The opening of the MasterCard Lounge is an integral part of our strategy to develop Budapest Airport into the best hub in Central and Eastern Europe."

About Budapest Airport:

Budapest Airport Plc., the operator of Ferenc Liszt International Airport is owned by a consortium of German (KfW IPEX-Bank 4%) Canadian (Caisse de depôt et placement de Québec 18,17%), American (Aero Investment S.a.r.l. 10 %) and Singaporean (Malton Investments Pte Ltd. 18,17%) investors led by HOCHTIEF AirPort GmbH (49,67%). Currently, the two terminals of the airport are home to 32 airlines, which transported nearly 8.2 million passengers to more than 92 destinations in 40 countries in 2010.

Through its BUD Future project Budapest Airport aims to be the aviation hub of the CEE region. Leading projects include:

SkyCourt - a new centrally located building which formally opened on 27 March 2011, and links the existing terminals 2a and 2b. The contemporary glass structure offers an impressive view of the apron and aims to provide passengers with a unique travel experience.

Cargo City - New on-airport cargo facilities will feature 140.000sqm of cargo and logistics terminals designed for airlines, handlers and integrators.

Budapest Airport incorporates two terminals. Terminal 1 is a dedicated low cost carrier terminal and Terminal 2 services the traditional carriers. The airport is also the base for Malev, Hungary's national airline and part of the One World alliance and is home to a further 32 airlines, serving over 92 destinations which represents 40 countries worldwide.

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