Budapest Airport has been placing a strong emphasis for years on the development of an electric charging network, both inside and outside the airport fence. This work is continuing, 176 e-charging stations will be built at the airport over the next 3 years.
In 2021, Budapest Airport once again took huge steps to maintain its carbon neutral operations and achieve its sustainability goals. Last year, the company further reduced its direct carbon dioxide emissions.
Budapest Airport Zrt. has concluded its first ESG-based financing agreement, i.e. one that is responsible from an environmental, social and corporate governance perspective, which is unique among airports not only in the region, but also in Europe.
The Budapest Airport's operator continues to fulfill its sustainability commitments, despite the impacts of the global pandemic on aviation.
Ferenc Liszt International Airport operated by Budapest Airport won the recognition in the category of “best airport in Eastern Europe” for the eighth time running. As in previous years, the award was decided by the passengers themselves, recognizing the work of the Budapest Airport community.
Budapest Airport, the Chinese Henan Airport Group (the operator of Zhengzhou International Airport) and the Chinese-Hungarian business and logistics development company CECZ / Utlink signed a cooperation agreement, aimed at establishing the aerial Silk Road between Hungary and China and creating dedicated logistics centers at the two airports, to handle freight traffic.
For Budapest Airport, the first quarter of 2021 was characterized by strong and soaring air cargo, low passenger traffic, developments and preparation for the return of passenger traffic. Although passenger numbers do not show any increase for the moment, the company is working on a complex plan to prepare for the return of moderate passenger numbers during the upcoming summer season. This was the first quarter of 2021 for Budapest Airport on the start line.
Management change at Budapest Airport: Chris Dinsdale is taking over from Dr. Rolf Schnitzler as the CEO of Budapest Airport Zrt. from the end of March. Chris Dinsdale is a highly experienced airport manager for this, who has in-depth knowledge of Budapest Airport.
Budapest Airport is introducing a quality assurance system encompassing all phases of pharmaceutical transportation in Hungary, with the management of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The aim of the project, launched together with freight forwarder, transporter and ground handling companies, is to ensure that medical supplies should reach their targets under strictly controlled circumstances, quickly and safely, assuring quality during the entire transportation process.
During the past two years, Budapest Airport implemented 167 million euros worth of investments at the airport, whereby the regional significance of BUD has been greatly enhanced, while maintaining a high level of safety and security. The large projects and other background developments, built around infrastructure, capacity enhancement and digitization, generated a tangible increase in the passenger experience, which is confirmed by research and passenger feedback.
The coronavirus pandemic had a strong impact on aviation as a whole in 2020; 1.7 billion aerial passengers “vanished” in Europe, and annual traffic at Ferenc Liszt International Airport was 3.86 million passengers, as opposed to 16. 2 million in 2019. Budapest Airport expects passenger numbers to increase from the summer schedule period, and awaits the gradually surging traffic with a safe, renewed environment and even higher service quality.