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Budapest Airport set for new passenger record

After a 14.5 percent increase in passenger numbers in 2017, Budapest Airport is expected to reach or exceed the 15 million passenger mark this year, Magyar Idők reports.

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According to the latest figures from Budapest Airport, the Hungarian capital’s international gateway is well on its way to reaching a new record of 15 million passengers this year. Last year, passenger traffic rose by 14.5 percent to 13.01 million while this year most months saw a year-on-year rise in excess of 10 percent. In the two busiest months, July and August saw passenger traffic exceed 1.5 million.

According to statistics based on data reported by national aviation authorities, Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport was 40th in terms of passenger traffic in Europe, ahead of Birmingham and behind Nice.

In a regional comparison, neighboring Austria’s Vienna Airport had a lead of over 10 million passengers per year, while another regional airport named after a composer, Warsaw’s Chopin Airport had 15 million passengers. The Henri Coandă Airport of the Romanian capital Bucharest had 12.8 million passengers in 2017.

Cargo volume at Budapest Airport also increased by 15.2 percent year-on-year in September reaching 12,203 tons.