Passengers down 4.7% at Budapest after Malev collapse

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Passenger numbers at Budapest airport fell just under 5% to 8.5 million in 2012, recovering after a traumatic start to the year which saw the collapse of home carrier Malev.

The airport welcomed a record number of originating and departing passengers (8.3 million), while only 200,000 passengers used the hub airport for their transfers. Total passenger numbers were down 4.7% for the year compared to 2011.

Traffic carried by low-cost carriers nearly doubled in 2012, in part following the launch of a Ryanair base at the airport following to loss of Malev.

The airport's network embraced 110 airports, an increase of 17% compared with 2011, in 41 countries. Several carrier moved to pick up former Malev routes and the airport says ony 13 destinations previously served have not yet resumed.