HungaroControl’s summer ends on a high

Air traffic in Hungarian airspace continued to grow throughout the peak summer months, adding to the huge traffic hike seen over the past two years when political turmoil meant air routes had to be significantly rearranged.

Traffic in the Hungarian airspace jumped by 20 per cent following the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the disaster of Malaysian Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, an increase that has become integrated into HungaroControl’s air traffic control regime.

HungaroControl said that although terrorist acts in Turkey in 2016 had affected air traffic, vacationers continued to travel, which brought further traffic growth in the busiest summer months with daily overflying traffic exceeding 2,700 movements on each Saturday in August, with 6 August seeing a new traffic record of 2,745 flights.

Traffic at Budapest airport grew by 3.3, 1 and 4 per cent in June, July and August, respectively.

In July and August, HungaroControl’s air traffic services ensured the safety of more than 100,000 flights and nearly 40 million passengers in the handled airspace sectors combined.

Air traffic in the summer is nearly double that in the winter although HungaroControl noted that the summer season is less and less limited to the three summer months, lasting practically from the end of April until the end of October.




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