Budapest airport has been forced to close down one of its two terminals and postpone construction of its cargo base as it battles for survival following the collapse of Malev.
Following a review of its 2012 traffic forecast and business plan, the airport has decided to transfer traffic from Terminal 1 to the more spacious Terminal 2. A statement on the airport's website says the move is intended to be temporary.
The statement continues: "With the discontinuation of Malev's operation, significant reserve capacity has become available in Terminal 2, while Terminal 1 is running close to its passenger service capacity in traffic peaks."
Hungarian flag carrier Malev suspended operations and grounded its fleet on 3 February in the face of accelerating financial collapse.
Budapest airport responded by launching an incentive programme to attract other airlines to use the Hungarian capital as a base.
"However, although several new airlines arrived in Budapest and existing partners have also announced increased frequencies and/or capacities, additional correctional measures are required to stabilise the company," the airport says.
As part of the plans, the airport has delayed the construction of its cargo centre, Cargo City, by two years.