In the past year, 13 million passengers have passed through Budapest Airport, a traffic record in the history of the Hungarian gateway. Experiencing its third year of double-digit passenger traffic growth, and holding its position as one of Europe’s fastest growing major airports, Budapest welcomed 1.6 million more passengers last year than in 2016, a robust 14% year-onyear increase.
Over one million passengers per month travelled through Budapest from AprilDecember – the first time the airport has achieved these figures, showing a distinct reduction of seasonality. At the end of 2017, Budapest offered more than 850 direct weekly flights to 125 destinations across 45 countries on 44 carriers.
Heightened by the addition of 25 new routes last year, the airport has recorded an impressive 34% increase of destinations on its route network map in the last five years. Air freight also developed positively in 2017 ‒ processing 127,000 tons which represents a 13% increase and another high for Hungary’s capital city airport.
Looking ahead at another year of strong growth, Budapest will offer one million more seats in 2018. The airport has already announced eight new routes and added yet another carrier to its roll-call when American Airlines makes a welcome return.
Notably resuming Hungary’s US ties from May, the oneworld member will operate a daily seasonal service to Philadelphia, joining LOT Polish Airlines’ long-desired new links to New York JFK and Chicago O’Hare. easyJet kicked off the route launches this year with yesterday’s inaugural of its daily service to Berlin Tegel, while home-based Wizz Air will further increase Budapest’s route network during S18 timetable with three new connections; Stavanger, Athens and Santander.
The start of the summer season will also see Ryanair double the airport’s operations to Cyprus when the low-cost carrier commences its three times weekly service to Paphos.