According to the statement from Budapest Airport sent to MTI, compared to 2020, Ferenc Liszt International Airport handled 4,622,882 passengers and 183,362 tons of air cargo in 2021. Passenger traffic increased by 20 percent, while air cargo grew by 36 percent.
They pointed out that airline capacity has been steadily recovering throughout 2021. With the increase in vaccination coverage, travel is back, with most European countries allowing free movement for those with the coronavirus vaccination. Last year the busiest routes were London, Amsterdam and Paris, with 17 percent of passengers traveling on these routes.
Still, passenger traffic in the pandemic environment was only a third of the pre-pandemic level on an annual basis in 2021.
According to the statement, 2021 was a significant year for air cargo in many respects, particularly in terms of cargo volume, with Budapest Airport breaking the 180,000 ton cargo barrier.
Among the major cargo airports in Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest Airport had the largest increase in cargo volume compared to 2019, putting it in close competition with the region’s leading airports, Vienna and Munich. Air cargo traffic between China and Hungary has also reached new levels, helping Hungary to become the cargo, logistics and distribution hub of Central Europe, the statement said.