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 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.
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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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%|
|New seasonal flights||50%||25%||-||-||-|
- 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
|Traffice 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||2.00 EUR|
|875 000 – 999 999||2.20 EUR|
|1 000 000 – 1 124 999||2.40 EUR|
|1 125 000 – 1 399 999||2.60 EUR|
|over 1 400 000||2.80 EUR|
|Turnaround productivity incentive|
|Index from||Index to||% discount of PSC|
Turnaround index = pax number/turnaround time in min
|Seat load factor incentive|
|LF from||LF to||% discount of PSC|
- 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 22.47 EUR (standard gate) or 19.55 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)
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.
- Fare data
BUD have paired up with Infare who are monitoring fares on all flights, operating to Budapest, available on airlines webpages. With several hundred web scrapes each day, the data contains estimated average fares for POS Hungary by month by route. The data is supplied to the respective carriers only, and can be broken down by flight number, day of week, advanced booking to aid decisionmaking.
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 possibilities of promoting new services in the foreign markets.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- Check-in counters: 34 db
- CUSS kiosks (self-check-in): 4 db
- Departure gates: 16
- Passenger bridges: 4
- Bus gates: 8
- Basic boarding gate (walking): 4
- 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 (2012)
- 8,504 million passengers, 4.7% decrease compared to 2011
- 147,703 transfer passengers, 90,3% decrease compared to 2011
- 74.1% load factor, 2.5‰ increase compared to 2011
- 87,560 movements, 20.4% decrease compared to 2011
- 93,123 Tons, 12.6% decrease compared to 2011