Budapest Airport (BUD/LHBP)

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New routes and frequency possibilities and why these routes would work

Budapest Airport is keen to discuss vacant and viable routes with the airline community to continue to take advantage of the market opportunities which exist to and from Hungary.

Our Commercial Business Unit is committed to developing business in partnership with our customers. We believe we can provide airlines the opportunity to grow at our airport, where we are attracting a faster growth rate in international tourists than ever before and outpacing many near neighbours.

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 but also offering a landlocked catchment of 18 million people within an achievable radius. Hungary is both a full member of the EU and part of the Schengen group of counties thereby providing easy access to the wider European market.
  • The ongoing developments at Budapest Airport, spending 320 million Euros in expanding and modernising the airport’s infrastructure, assure both passengers and business partners that by 2015 Budapest Airport can handle 15 million passengers annually and will be the most successful airport in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of passenger growth, service quality and operational efficiency. Testimony to the delivery of best-practice in all areas of customer experience, the airport holds the Skytrax Award for ‘Best Airport – Eastern Europe 2014’.
  • Terminal 2 is home to the airport’s flagship SkyCourt, linking terminals 2A and 2B. With gigantic, 20 metre high glass windows, contemporary architectural solutions, and a breath-taking live view of the apron, the SkyCourt offers a uniquely attractive space for passengers. The check-in area has been increased by 40%, with the addition of 10 new check-in counters, eight self check-in counters and 14 screening lanes, speeding up procedures. Incumbent airlines often report improved levels of punctuality saving both time and money.
  • World famous hospitality, food and wine await 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 baths 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, anaemia and nervous fatigue.
  • With the Hungarian economy and tourism improving over the last few years and GDP forecast to grow faster than the expectations of the EU27 in the next 5 years it is an ideal time to consider Budapest for your network development.

  • Home to the Hungarian Grand Prix for almost 30 years, Budapest enjoys a growing appreciation amongst sport enthusiasts with its growing range of improved stadia and swimming facilities.
  • Lastly, innovation is in the DNA of Hungary; from the creator of the Rubik Cube to great software programmes such as, many multi-nationals are setting up in Budapest with regional centres and R&D facilities to optimise the great talent and good value labour costs in the Hungarian market. While it remains out of the Eurozone more air connections are sought for corporate travel.

A three-year incentive scheme means an airline adding a new destination gets free landing fees for a year, pays 50% in year two, and only 75% in year three. Incentives are even stronger for long haul destinations.

Marketing and other support

Routes Europe award winner 2011


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 can request a full credit of landing fees after one year, and receives a seventy-five percent discount in the second and 50 percent discount in the third year. Moreover, 50% of the Passenger Service Charges will be refunded at the end of years 1,2 and 3 if the frequency is between 2-4 flights/week (’thin route’), then 25 and 10%.

Airlines launching long-haul flights (>4.5 hours) will receive an exemption from landing charges in the first and second year, a discount of seventy-five percent in the third and then 50 and 25%.

Airlines undertaking to increase the frequency of already operating flights between Budapest and an existing destination will receive a full refund of landing fees for the additional flights after one year of operation.

Budapest Airport – Valentine day video

Incentive schemes to reduce airlines commercial risks

Landing Fee Discounts
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
New routes (> 4.5 h) 100% 100% 75% 50% 25%
New routes (< 4.5 h) 100% 75% 50% 25% 10%
Routes recovered 100% 50% - - -
New frequencies 100% - - - -
New seasonal flights 50% 25% - - -

General principles:

  • At least 2 weekly flights, year round operation
  •  New route: no flights to airport system one season prior to launch
  •  New thin route: no flights to airport within 100 km at launch, total flights 2-4/week
  •  Route recovery: route abandoned by another airline
  •  Retroactive crediting

* Subject to authority approval, expected for mid May

Passenger Service Fee Discounts
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
New thin routes (2-4/week)* 50% 50% 50% - -

New operational incentives effective from W12

Traffic increase incentive
Departing pax Discount of PSC*
0 – 499 999 0.00 EUR
500 000 – 624 999 1.00 EUR
625 000 – 749 999 1.50 EUR
750 000 – 874 999 1.80 EUR
875 000 – 999 999 2.10 EUR
1 000 000 – 1 124 999 2.30 EUR
1 125 000 – 1 399 999 2.40 EUR
over 1 400 000 2.50 EUR
Turnaround productivity incentive
Index from Index to % discount of PSC
0.0 2.6 0%
2.6 2.7 4%
2.7 2.8 6%
2.8 2.9 8%
over 2.9 10%

Turnaround index = pax number/turnaround time in min

Seat load factor incentive
LF from LF to % discount of PSC
90% 92.4% 10%
92.5% 100% 15%
  • All operational incentives are applicable in case of min. 50 000 pax/annum
  • Max. incentive is capped at 4.50 EUR/departing pax
  • PSC*: passenger service charge is 23.64 EUR (standard gate) or 21.27 EUR (basic gate)

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)

Supporting Tools

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, 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,
  • Fare data
    BUD have paired up with RDC which provides  online fares on all online flights available on airlines webpages.

Promoting Routes

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.
  • Digital solutions
    The airlines of Budapest Airport have the opportunity to advertise at the official homepage of the airport ( and on a site (Fly Now! – repuljmost. 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.
  • Newsletters – B2B and B2C
    We deliver current news and information on our flights to our potential passengers via regular e-newsletters.  Database already exceeded the 800 000 subscribers
  • Promotional campaigns in Hungary and in the catchment
    We promote the products and services of our partners with great media campaigns in the local area and in our wider catchment area. Especially destinations with Destination campaign
  • 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. Besides we attend Travel Fairs & Exhibitions in the sorrounding area to represent and showcase the flights available from Budapest.

Budapest Airport is also working with the National Tourism authorities to establish possibilities of promoting new services in the foreign markets.

Budapest Airport catchment area

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Catchment Area

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

Budapest Airport Cargo

BUD – the cargo heart of Central Eastern Europe:

Budapest Airport, located in the heart of Central Eastern Europe, always had the ideal capability to serve the major present markets in Western and the upcoming markets in Eastern Europe. While Hungary has 7 neighbouring countries, Budapest Airport’s catchment area for air cargo even includes 20 countries within a radius of just 1.000km.

Driving distance to Budapest Airports' catchment area

Distance and driving time from BUD to the largest cities in the catchment area

The Industries in Hungary

The combination of a perfect geographical location within Central Eastern Europe and existing and rapidly growing electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical and biotech industries is the cornerstone of the successful development of the air cargo business.

Budapest Airport has all a freighter operation needs

A perfect infrastructure, unlimited available land on the airport, fast growing industries in the region, an extensive road network to serve the surrounding countries – BUD has everything to become the premier air cargo hub for Central Eastern Europe.

  • Two independent parallel runways: 3.010m and 3.707m
  • Runway capacity 52 ATM/hour – current peak usage 24/hour
  • No night curfew
  • Certified for B747/8F operations.
  • Liberal traffic rights

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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 about 25 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
  • Runways:
    • 13R-31L: 3010×45 meters
    • 13L-31R: 3707×45 meters
  • Runway capacity: 40 ATMs/hour (theoretical capacity above 96 ATMs/hour).
  • Current aircraft movements: 20-24/hour in peak period.
  • 3200 pax per 90 minutes
  • T2A:
    • Check-in counters: 24 db
    • CUSS kiosks (self-check-in): 16 db
    • Departure gates: 19
    • Passenger bridges: 4
    • Bus gates: 7
    • Basic boarding gate (walking): 8
  • T2B:
    • Check-in counters: 34 db
    • CUSS kiosks (self-check-in): 6 db
    • Departure gates: 16
    • Passenger bridges: 4
    • Bus gates: 8
    • Basic boarding gate (walking): 4
    • Operating hours: 24 hours

Important infrastructure developments

Budapest Airport's SkyCourt

BUD SkyCourt connects Terminal 2A and 2B. A broad choice of shops and restaurants combine with breathtaking views.

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 (2015)

  • 10,3  million passengers, 12.5% increase compared to 2014
  • 79.% load factor, 1.2%points increase compared to 2014
  • 92,294  movements, 6,5% increase compared to 2014
  • 91,422 Tons,   1.6% increase compared to 2014


Budapest Airport charges