Hungary - Articles and news items
Issue 4 2011 • 8 August 2011 • Zoltan Ormandi, Head of Airside Management at Budapest Airport
It was one particular snowy day at the airport last year when I signed off the use of a large amount of anti-skid material, perhaps more than I was used to seeing recorded in our operation logs. However, the request was essential given the winter conditions that we had to operate in. The minimum temperatures were exceptionally low at the airport during the last winter season. Compressed snow and icy banks built up on the airside aprons meaning that it was essential for the airport to take action.The previous two winters were particularly challenging for the airport. The last six years preceding this threw up very little in the way of snow clearing difficulties, in fact, to quote one of my Duty Airside Managers; “One of the worst winters took place on a very nice Saturday afternoon!”
A new high-tech terminal building, a vastly extended apron, a new on-airport hotel and the development of a cargo city. These are just the main features of a five-year development plan at Budapest International Airport that will reach 261 million Euros altogether. Ground works have already started last year and this summer 70 metre high cranes have been added to the Ferihegy skyline around Terminal 2.
Budapest Airport has introduced its new passenger security screening system for a total investment of HUF 900 million. The new equipment will make security screening quicker and seamless, cutting waiting time and enhancing security. The baggage belts before and after the X-ray machine are longer, enabling four passengers to use it simultaneously at both ends, instead of the one or two currently used. The machine automatically rotates the 20 trays that are in the system. At the end of the belt, a camera checks that the tray is empty and does not allow the machine to run on if there is as much as a single coin left on it.