Budapest Airport reports record-breaking September.

Tuesday 18th October 2011

Budapest Airport handled over 894,000 passengers last month seeing its busiest month of September ever. The airport saw an increase of 6.1% in passenger traffic over September 2010 and an increase of 5.3% compared with the last record year in 2007. These latest results reinforce outstanding third quarter results that were well ahead of both the EU average and Budapest's peer airports within the central and eastern European region. Budapest Airport expects to handle over 8.7 million passengers by the end of 2011. Current year-to-date figures stand at 6.8 million - 533 000 more than at the same time a year ago.

Kam Jandu, Director of Aviation, commented: "These highly satisfying results reflect our efforts to bring more airlines and passengers to Budapest. Our efforts were rewarded recently as the airlines voted Budapest Airport the European winner of the 2011 World Routes Airport Marketing Awards. Together with the Hungarian National Tourism Organisation, we are working to ensure that more foreign travellers choose Budapest and Hungary as their destination of choice, and that more transfer passengers enjoy the efficiency and the comfort afforded by the new bud:skycourt terminal building."

Strong performances from major flag carriers such as Lufthansa, KLM, British Airways and Air France contributed to the growth with a 16% increase in traffic in this market segment over 2010. The Hungarian carrier, Malév also performed well accounting for the majority of the 12% growth in transfer traffic in September. Long haul traffic increased by almost 45% compared with September 2010, attributable primarily to American Airlines daily flight to New York and Qatar Airways flights to Doha with its increased frequency to daily direct services from September 1st, 2011.

The continued growth in passenger numbers demonstrates the attraction of the airport's route network to both business and leisure travellers alike. London remains the most popular destination followed by Paris and Frankfurt.

About Budapest Airport:

Budapest Airport Zrt. operates Budapest Airport. This is privately owned with German company HOCHTIEF AirPort, one of the world's biggest independent airport managers holding a 49.67% stake, together with a further four financial investors: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal holding a 18.17% stake; Malton Investment Pte Ltd. holding a 18.17% stake; Aero Investment S.á.r.l. holding a 10% stake and KfW IPEX-Bank, Frankfurt holding a 4% stake.

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

bud: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 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 Malév, Hungary's national airline and part of the One World alliance and is home to a further 33 airlines, serving over 96 destinations which represents 40 countries worldwide.

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