Since it began scheduled flights in 2012, traffic at Debrecen’s airport has been steadily increasing, with 600,000 passengers passing through it in 2019, after hitting 380,000 in 2018, said the Mayor of Debrecen, László Papp.
A new development is thus most definitely needed at Hungary’s second-largest airport to meet this demand, and a budget of HUF 3.1 billion has been allocated to such an expansion. The central government is covering HUF 2.35 billion of this amount – including HUF 400 million for the operation of the airport and HUF 700 million for the fire brigade’s wages, contributions and training, since the city itself was unable to cover this. Of the HUF 3.1 billion, the city of Debrecen is pitching in some 25 percent.
Plans include a new fire station, two new fire trucks, an upgrade to the existing terminal building and new passenger safety equipment.
Additionally, the government has commissioned the Minister for Innovation and Technology to conduct a detailed feasibility study. This year, there will also be a design competition for a new terminal to handle 1.5 to 2 million passengers and a new runway.