Budapest Airport (BUD/LHBP)
New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work
Budapest Airport is keen to discuss any offers with the airline community to help shape the new face of Hungarian aviation.
The void left behind by Malév offers business opportunities for air carriers both flying in and establishing bases in Budapest. In supporting decision making the aviation team is there to help and provide background data.
Other Major reasons to serve this airport
- The capital city of Hungary, Budapest is a buzzing cultural and significant business centre. Budapest is the 13th most preferred destination for conferences and meetings worldwide, ahead of Brussels, London and Prague according to the International Congress and Convention Association. Budapest Airport has direct connections to almost all regions of Europe and as interest grew in Hungary, the country responded with beautifully renovated upmarket hotels, stunning cultural facilities and huge conference centers.
- Budapest Airport is the most important international airport of the country serving 8.5 million air passengers every year. The ongoing developments at Budapest Airport, spending 261 million Euros in expanding and modernizing the airport's infrastructure, assure both passengers and business partners that by the 2012 Budapest Airport can handle 15 million passengers annually and by 2015 it will be the most successful airport in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of passenger growth, service quality and operational efficiency.
- Terminal 2 has recently benefited from significantly increased capacity, with the opening of bud:skycourt a brand new, centrally located building, linking terminals 2A and 2B.
- With gigantic, 20 meter high glass windows, contemporary architectural solutions, and a breath-taking live view of the apron, the SkyCourt will offer a uniquely attractive space for passengers. The check-in area will be increased by 40%. Additionally 10 new check-in counters, eight self check-in counters and 14 screening lanes will speed up the procedures.
- World famous hospitality, food and wine awaits visitors in Hungary. The tradition of winemaking goes back to the Celts in the 3rd century. Hungary has 22 distinctive wine regions each with their own characteristic wines.
- Hungary has 1 289 thermal springs, 39 thermal baths, five healing caves, 48 different varieties of high-quality mineral water, and 136 healing springs. Budapest is the only capital city in the world with close to 100 thermal springs and 12 medical bath within its boundary, where 19 million gallons of thermal water rise to surface each day. Some of the most famous baths are remains of the Turkish occupation in the 16th century.
- Lake Balaton, "The Hungarian Sea" is the largest lake in Central Europe and holiday resort that draws visitors from all over the world. The summer water temperature is around 20-26C and is recommended for nervous complaints, anemia and nervous fatigue.
- With the Hungarian economy and tourism improved in the first half of 2010, passenger numbers also started to increase slowly, which brought about outstanding results for the low cost, charter and long haul markets.
Marketing and other support
The new tariffs package is one of the initiatives launched by Budapest Airport to develop its network. It contains a five-year incentive scheme that supports airlines in launching new flights and expanding the frequency of their existing flights with significant discounts.
If an airline decides to add a new short haul destination to the list of cities accessible from Budapest Airport, it does not have to pay landing fees at all for one year, and receives a seventy-five percent discount in the second and 50 percent discount in the third year. In the fourth year, when the service has become well known to passengers, it has to pay three-quarters of the landing fee and ninety percent in the fifth year.
Budapest Airport will provide even stronger incentives for the expansion of long haul flights. Airlines launching overseas or intercontinental flights will receive an exemption from landing charges in the first and second year, a discount of seventy-five percent in the third and of fifty percent in the fourth year. In the fifth year it has to pay three-quarters of the landing fee.
Airlines undertaking to increase the frequency of already operating flights between Budapest and an existing destination will receive a fifty percent discount during the first and the second year and twenty-five percent in the third year.
The table below shows the landing fee discount of the new incentive scheme published in the tariff manual of 25 October 2009, compared with the old one.
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|Landing fee discount||2010|
|New short haul destination||100%||75%||50%||25%||75%|
|New long haul destination||100%||100%||75%||50%||25%|
|Increasing the frequency of
(only during summer or winter season, but at least
two consecutive years)
discontinued in the same season
|Thin routes, where
no more than two weekly flights are operated by
|For new CARGO routes over 200
tons of MTOW
|Discounted passenger service charge for new low-cost routes (T1 only) for off-peak operation|
|dep. pax / route||Full PSC||Off peak PSC|
|>0||€ 9.31||€ 4.50|
|>25000||€ 9.31||€ 3.50|
|>37500||€ 9.31||€ 2.50|
|>50000||€ 9.31||€ 1.50|
The passenger handling charges above apply per departing passenger to flights on new routes departing from T1 during off peak periods:
- 00-08:25 LT
- 13:50-14:25 LT
- 19:30-20:00 LT
- 21:30-24:00 LT
(periods are subject to change)
Corporate work for collective success Budapest Airport believes in collective success achieved together with partners. So we support airlines that perform outstandingly with our unique and efficient marketing assets locally and in the markets of the "catchment area".
- Airport advertisements
We provide last minute advertising spaces located at the airport with up to 70% discount for all of our partners. Moreover, airlines with increasing routes or frequencies are given free advertising places at the airport.
- Electronical advertising service
The airlines of Budapest Airport have the opportunity to advertise at the official homepage of the airport (www.bud.hu) and on a site (Fly Now! – repuljmost. bud.hu) hosted by the airport and created especially for showing the specific flying offers from the airlines. The airlines can keep their current offers up-to-date by using their own log-in codes.
- Travel trade newsletter and passenger newsletter
We deliver current news and information on our flights to our potential passengers via regular e-newsletters.
- Promotional campaigns in Hungary and int he catchment
We promote the products and services of our partners with great media campaigns in the local area and in our wider catchment area.
- Press & communications
We support new services of our airlines with up-to-date PR, press releases and spectacular flight opening ceremonies.
- Partner events
On gatherings for travel agencies and tour operators we provide the opportunity for our airlines to represent their latest services and offers. With these evening presentations formed in roadshows we would like to support the popularization of scheduled flights among the travel agencies in Hungary and the surrounding countries.
Budapest Airport is also working with the National Tourism authorities to establish a selection process and objective criteria for making a marketing fund available for certain markets and new destinations.
Budapest Airport identifies and addresses our partners' needs in order to stimulate and accelerate their growth. To satisfy our airline clients, we run a marketing and airline development team dedicated only to our partners which can react in the quickest and most effective way to the challenges of the quickly changing market of aviation. Our extensive marketing support is always available to assist airlines in their business development by implementing a wide range of targeted and value-for-money tools.
- Airport research
To ease the work of the airlines, Budapest Airport makes objective surveys amongst passengers quarterly. The surveys are filtered by airlines, destinations and randomly. The results are published quarterly and can be retrieved by airlines operating to Budapest in the password protected area of Budapest Airport's website. The survey provides relevant information among others of demography, purpose of journey, ticket purchasing and booking process, flying habits of customers.
- Aviation Databank
Traffic statistics are made available on monthly basis to our airline customers in the Aviation DataBank. To access, simply visit the B2B section of www.bud.hu, using your username and password provided.
- Charges Calculator
Airport charges as well as incentives can be calculated online using the Charges Calculator. This supports a quicker planning, while also assists in solving the daily operative tasks. To access, simply visit the B2B section of our website, www.bud.hu.
Hungary is the most frequented country of the CEE region. Because of its excellent situation and progressive, developed infrastructure, it is the most easily accessible area in the region.
Budapest Airport is located along the M0 Motorway. This circular connects the airport with every other motorway (M1, M3, M5, and M6). In addition to having direct access to a first class road network, bringing seven immediate neighbouring countries (e.g. Slovakia, the Ukraine, Serbia, Romania and Croatia) to within easy reach, Budapest also has access to a further 20 European markets within 1000km.
Budapest Airport is the most significant airport of Central and Eastern Europe: no other international airport can be found within 1,000 km east of Budapest. The catchment area of Budapest Airport goes beyond the boundaries of Hungary and reaches many cities in Slovakia, Romania, the Ukraine and even the eastern corner of the Czech Republic.
Budapest Airport is in the very heart of Central and Eastern Europe with the catchment area of:
- 3 million people within less than one hour
- 4.3 million people within 90 minutes
- 6 million people within two hours
- 13 million people within three hours
- 16 million people within four hours
Budapest Airport has started an extensive market research collecting information about the profiles of air travellers (this first-hand market information would be available to potential airlines).
According to the four catchment areas the following cities hold the most business entities:
- 60 min: Kecskemét and Cegléd
- 90 min: Szolnok, Kiskunfélegyháza, Jászberény
- 120 min: Szeged, Eger, Szentes
- 180 min: Debrecen, Nyíregyháza, Hódmezıvásárhely, Orosháza, Hajdúböszörmény and Makó
- 240 min: Békéscsaba, Gyula, Kisvárda, Nagykőrös
Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors
- Geographical location of Budapest with a catchment area of 20 countries is unbeatable
- Budapest Airport has no night curfew
- Budapest Airport has existing infrastructure (no runway limitation)
- Hungary has excellent road infrastructure (based at the meeting point of highways going straight to North, South, East and West European destinations)
- Budapest Airport and the surrounding communities provide sufficient area to develop assembly and production plants to attract Hungary to become the cargo, logistics and distribution hub for Central Eastern Europe and beyond
BUD Cargo City
On April the first, after two and a half years of negotiation, the Regulation Plan was approved by surrounding communities, opening the door for major development of the cargo facilities at Budapest Airport. The plan allows the airport to developing the land in which in a final stage will include 120,000sqm of new cargo and logistics terminals.
New air cargo facilities will be built next to Terminal 2. They are meant to serve the airport as well as airlines, handlers and integrators. All facilities will be tailored to the special needs of each tenant.
It is another major advantage of Budapest Airport that the 70 hectares intended to accommodate the Cargo City are on-airport, and there is enough space for subsequent extensions without having to purchase further off-airport land.
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- Budapest Airport is 20 kms from Budapest city centre. Terminal 2 is located right next to Motorway 0.
- Motorway 5 – linking Budapest with Szeged, the largest city of Southern Hungary – is less then 20 minutes from the airport.
- Budapest Airport is served by the public bus company, a minibus service and a network of taxi companies.
Infrastructure & Operations:
- Airport size: 1515 hectares
- 13R-31L: 3010x45 meters
- 13L-31R: 3707x45 meters
- Runway capacity: 40 ATMs/hour (theoretical capacity above 96 ATMs/hour).
- Current aircraft movements: 20-24/hour in peak period.
- Terminal 2A (Schengen):
- 1200 passengers/hour
- 24 check-in counters
- 14 self check-in
- 10 passenger departure gates, 5 passenger bridges, 5 bus gates
- Terminal 2B (non-Schengen):
- 1200 passengers/hour
- 30 check-in counters
- 2 self check-in
- 9 passenger departure gates, 5 passenger bridges, 7 bus gates
- Operating hours: 24 hours
Important infrastructure developments
BUD Future: Building for the future
- Budapest Airport set the aim to be the most successful airport in Central Europe.
- bud:skycourt connects Terminal 2A and 2B. The first passengers travelled through the new central hall at Terminal 2 on 27 March 2011. This new landmark building of Budapest is designed to merge the flow of all passengers through the airside retail area and link all gates. With its architectural design of light and roominess, it creates a great new experience for those waiting and enjoying the breathtaking views.
Vital statistics (2011)
- 8.921 million passengers, 8.9% increase compared to 2010
- 1.515 million transfer passengers, 8.2% decrease compared to 2010
- 71.6% load factor, 1‰ increase compared to 2010
- 109.949 movements, 4.2% increase compared to 2010
- 106,595 tonnes cargo, 29% increase compared with 2010