FM newsroom – airport facility management. Last year, passenger traffic exceeded expectations with 14.7 million passengers using Liszt Ferenc International Airport, a 91% recovery from the pre-pandemic passenger volume. Air cargo volumes reached an unprecedented record, with BUD Cargo City handling more than 200,000 tonnes of cargo. Meanwhile, the industry has upgraded the airport’s rating to four stars, confirming its progress. And passengers voted Budapest Airport the best airport in Europe and the best in Eastern Europe for the tenth time.
Full recovery forecasted
In the past 4 years, Budapest Airport has faced the biggest challenges in its history; however, despite the pandemic, international conflicts and the difficult economic situation, 2023 was a successful year for the airport operator in all aspects – Realista.ingatlan,com reports adding: Passenger traffic has exceeded one million every month since March, for 10 months, and by the end of the year Budapest Airport had registered 14,701,080 passengers. This year, the airport is forecasting a full recovery of the passenger numbers recorded before the epidemic.
Freight transport – dynamic growth
Air freight volumes exceeded the previous record level by the end of the year; the 201 306 tonnes registered represent an increase of 3.8% compared to 2022 and 48.5% compared to 2019. This dynamic development is an outstanding result at an international level, with an increase of almost 50% compared to the year before the epidemic.
Best Airport in Eastern Europe for the 10th time
The airport has been voted the best in Europe thanks to the work of the airport community and has been awarded the “Best Airport in Eastern Europe” recognition for the tenth time. Out of the 20 airports surveyed, only three have improved their passenger service compared to 2019 – Budapest is one of them, with an overall satisfaction rating of 11 % points, the highest of all the airports surveyed.
100 billion for improvements
Budapest Airport implemented more than 100 billion HUF worth of improvements over the past 4 years. In 2023, passengers were able to see new developments such as the expansion of the self-service baggage check-in system, the installation of soundproofed booths in the terminals and the opening of a new observation and smoking area in Terminal 2B.
The first phase of the expansion of BUD Cargo City is scheduled to be completed. The investment of around €30 million has been used to build two new aircraft stands, allowing four cargo aircraft to be handled simultaneously. The warehouse and office space in the cargo handling complex has been increased by 6,500 square metres.
ESG – Special attention
Budapest Airport is paying special attention to sustainability in both its development and day-to-day operations and remains fully committed to achieving net zero emissions 15 years ahead of its target date, by 2035 at the latest.
According to the ESG audit carried out in 2023, the airport operator has achieved a low-risk rating, which confirms that the company pays particular attention to environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects in its investment decisions. The airport operator submitted its application for Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) transition level 4+ at the end of 2023, with the highest level 5 rating expected to be achieved by 2035.