According to airport management, the air cargo handling complex named BUD Cargo City was handed over at the end of 2019, and in January 2020, the first dedicated cargo flight took off from here. The complex increased the airport’s annual air cargo handling capacity to 250,000 tons per year, and preparations for the second phase of the EUR 50 million investment will start this year.
Just a few months after the handover of the passenger berth on the B side of the airport, the construction of Pier 1 at Terminal 2A began as well. The EUR 33 million addition will increase the terminal’s capacity by thousands of square meters, and the connection between Terminal 2A and Pier 1 features an air-conditioned corridor with escalators and elevators. The pier can accommodate up to 5,000 passengers at a time, and the waiting areas have 2,500 seats for comfortable waiting.
At the end of September 2020, the construction of the external baggage sorting hall and the related luggage system was also fully completed. Thanks to the new facility and state-of-the-art equipment, the capacity of the entire luggage system was increased by 50 percent.
In 2020, the two-lane roundabout to Terminal 2 was finished as well, making the approach to the airport safer and faster. It can now efficiently serve both the growing passenger traffic at Terminal 2 and cargo traffic going to Cargo City.
The virtual flight information system has also been replaced and now features the most modern software. In the second half of 2019, 12 automatic passport control gates were installed at the airport terminals, along with new automatic delivery gates at Terminal 2A. As a result of improvements, passengers now have access to 16 baggage tag printing kiosks in the departure hall of Terminal 2B.