Budapest moves all operations into Terminal 2

Posted by Matt Falcus | Posted in Eastern Europe, Hungary, Spotting News | Posted on 02-06-2012

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Budapest Airport has closed its historic Terminal 1 and moved all passenger operations into the modern Terminal 2.

In recent years, Terminal 1 has been used primarily by low-cost carriers such as Wizz Air, easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2, amongst others. However, it has been straining to cope under the sheer volume of traffic.

Terminal 2 had been built as a hub for national carrier Malev, however since the airline closed down earlier this year, there has been plenty of spare capacity there.

Following the switch over after the closure of Terminal 1 at 2359 on 29 May, the following morning, between 0600 and 0700, nine aircraft of low-cost airlines and two of traditional carriers left from Terminal 2.

In the first hour of the morning peak, 1780 departing passengers were processed through Terminal 2 without any disruption.
Terminal 1, which originally opened in 1939, may be reopened in the future if demand arises.

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