The most favourite destinations that year were London and Istanbul, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Budapest Airport saw a 30 per cent increase in number of non-Schengen passengers and a 15 per cent increase in Schengen passengers.
According to a press release by the BUD authorities, 2023 was a successful year for the airport despite several challenges.
Passenger traffic exceeded one million every month since March, i.e. for ten months; Budapest Airport thus recorded 14 701 080 passengers by the end of the year, and this year, it expects the full recovery of the record number of passengers registered in the year before the pandemic.
In 2023, Budapest Airport offered 131 direct flights operated by 39 airlines, including four destinations in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Ningbo, and Chongqing. According to airport officials, this expansion contributed to an increase in business travel, although leisure travellers still constitute a substantial portion of overall traffic.
In terms of cargo, this airport transported 201,306 tonnes, which is 3.8 per cent more than in 2022 and 48.5 per cent more than 2019 levels.
Apart from the increase in both passenger traffic and cargo, Budapest Airport has been awarded the Best Airport in Europe by the Airports Council International (ACI).
In addition, this airport won the title “Best Airport in Eastern Europe” for the tenth time, and the industry awarded it four stars for quality.
The high quality of the passenger experience is confirmed by the airport’s outstanding performance in international passenger satisfaction surveys in all quarters last year, with overall passenger satisfaction scores consistently above 4 out of 5.
Among the 20 surveyed airports, only three, including Budapest, improved passenger services compared to 2019. Budapest reached the highest increase in overall satisfaction, rising by eleven percentage points, as noted in the press release.
Moreover, passengers rated Budapest Airport as the best regarding restroom cleanliness, Wi-Fi service quality, and entertainment facilities, securing a fifth-place ranking overall among the 20 airports.
In the last four years, Budapest Airport has also noted that it has invested about €260 million (100 billion HUF) in various developmental initiatives.
In January 2022, Budapest Airport marked a significant increase in passenger traffic. More specifically, Liszt Ferenc International Airport recorded 750 per cent more passengers compared to the same month in 2021, reaching 562,635