Budapest Airport in Hungary has welcomed 12.2 million passengers in 2022, a 164% surge from 2021.

With passenger traffic of almost 1.3 million, August remained the busiest month last year.

The 2022 figures are 75% of its pre-Covid passenger footfall.

The airport had flights to 140 destinations last year, with the most popular destinations being London, Tel Aviv and Paris. The figure is almost the same as in 2019.

In a statement, the airport said: “All long-haul destinations except those to North America have been restored, to add to those that existed during the pandemic. Thus, direct flights to China are available again from the end of 2022. 11 new destinations were added to the schedule last year and four new airlines joined the mix at Budapest Airport.” 

Budapest Airport handled 194,000t of air cargo last year, marking a 5.8% increase from the prior year and a 44% rise from 2019 levels.

The growth came despite an 11.5% decrease in the number of cargo flights compared with 2021.

The airport also said that the value of its developments reached Ft90bn ($249m) last year, with projects such as the launch of the Universal Airport Hub at Kálvin Square, and the expansion of the self-service baggage check-in system, among others.

Infrastructure developments, including the renovation of load-bearing concrete pavement on seven aircraft stands and upgrades to taxiways B4 and B5, were carried out.

By this spring, the value of developments at the airport is projected to surpass Frt100bn. 

Overall, the airport called last year an ‘extremely challenging, yet very successful year’.