Budapest airport traffic down, but 80% of Malev routes restored

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Budapest Ferenc Liszt airport saw traffic decline by 11% in the first six months of 2012, following the bankruptcy of Hungarian national carrier Malev.

The airport notes that while there was a net reduction, 80% of point-to-point traffic formerly delivered by Malev has now been restored by other carriers.

Six new airlines and 13 new destinations have been added to the gateway. This includes Ryanair, which based five aircraft at Budapest and serves a total of 30 European routes.

Overall, 38 of the 58 destinations operated by Malev have been replaced as of 30 June.

Seat occupancy has also improved at the gateway. Airport aviation director Kam Jandu comments: "As of the second quarter 2012, our airlines are enjoying an average load factor of 72.1%, an increase of 3.8 percentage points on the same period in 2011."