Budapest busy with business jets


Airport handled over 60 executive jets during Grand Prix

executive jets on apronBudapest Airport had a very busy time over the recent Hungarian
Formula One Grand Prix weekend. 

On race day, the airport handled over 60 business
jets and a total of 364 aircraft movements, resulting in a 7% increase in
passenger traffic over and above normal Sunday activity. Both fuel sales and
total revenue were also substantially above average.

Budapest Airport welcomed some of the world’s most famous Formula One
drivers including Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Williams’ Rubens Barrichello and
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher touched down in his brand
new silver Dassault Falcon 2000LX business jet and Formula One chief executive
and president, Bernie Ecclestone’s 55-strong team of F1 experts landed aboard
his BAe 146 regional jet.

Kam Jandu, director of Aviation at Budapest Airport
commented: “This was a remarkable and rewarding weekend for us. Amidst all the
excitement and drama of this last race of the F1 season, we experienced
substantially more traffic, generated increased revenue and enjoyed taking care
of some of the world’s greatest Formula One drivers and their teams. Budapest Airport has been placed firmly in the
spotlight helping to position it as the aviation hub of the region.” 

Alex Berry, group executive sales and marketing
director for Chapman Freeborn, who have an office based in Budapest added: “As
with any destination that hosts the prestigious F1 Roadshow, Chapman Freeborn
always sees an increase in charter flights from the drivers and teams, but
increasingly frequently from guests and sponsors visiting what is an incredibly
exciting weekend. With the increasing globalisation of F1, Chapman Freeborn is
well positioned to manage the needs of teams, drivers, sponsors and guests.”