Economy & Policy

Two cities could be aerospace centers in Hungary

The government has been working for two years to revive the Hungarian military industry.

The centers of the aircraft industry could be Békéscsaba and Gyula, László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, announced. The minister visited the Airbus factory currently under construction in Gyula and the Vocational Training Center in Békéscsaba, where he discussed vocational training issues in addition to the development of the airport.

He explained that the success of any new factory requires the development of Békéscsaba Airport, the provision of appropriate aeronautical instructors for university and vocational training, the development of training equipment and getting professionals who have emigrated back to Hungary.

The government provided HUF 154 million for the preparation of the development of Békéscsaba airport, and actual work on which is expected to begin next year. The airport must be made suitable for both cargo and business travel. 

The development of the nearly HUF 2.2 billion metalworking training center, built from an investment of HUF 1 billion and named after Ágoston Trefort, was launched this month at the vocational training center in Békéscsaba (BSZC), which will be the most modern laboratory for metrology and material testing in the region, as will be its automation and simulation cabinet, Palkovics said. 

Specialists for the Airbus plant in Gyula will be trained at the center. According to the minister, Ferenc Gál University and its partners — the Budapest University of Technology, the University of Debrecen and the University of Szeged — can deliver the right training here at a university level. 

The construction of the Airbus factory, which is already in progress, is of paramount importance for the city and the region. It could be operational in the spring of 2022, Ernő Görgényi, Mayor of Gyula, emphasized. 

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