Budapest airport to introduce night-flights ban this summer

The airport aims to reduce noise pollution for nearby inhabitants between midnight and 5:00

Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport will launch a total ban on flights during night-time hours. From August this year, no plane will be allowed to take off or land between midnight and five o’clock in the morning.

Budapest mayor noted that the night ban would not cover exceptional situations in which flights could be granted a landing permit — Gordon Bell / Shutterstock Budapest airport to introduce night-flights ban this summer
Budapest mayor noted that the night ban would not cover exceptional situations in which flights could be granted a landing permit — Gordon Bell / Shutterstock

With the new measure, local authorities aim to reduce noise pollution during the deep sleep period. It represents a response towards complaints raised by people living near the airport.

The Hungarian capital’s airport has already implemented a rule limiting the number of flights during the wee-hours to six in total. In reality, however, the number is much higher because of delays, Budapest’s mayor István Tarlós noted at a press conference announcing the new rule.

However, the night ban will not cover exceptional situations in which flights could be granted a landing permit, Tarlós added.

Budapest airport has been experiencing a huge growth in operations recently. Over the past four years, passenger traffic has increased by double digits. In 2018 alone, the number of passengers rose by 13.5 per cent.

Between April 2018 and April 2019, carriers launched a total of 18 new routes, including 12 new destinations. They include direct flights to Philadelphia with American Airlines and to New York JFK, Chicago and London with LOT Polish Airlines.

Fifteen new routes have already been announced for 2019. The highlight of the season will be service to Shanghai operated by Shanghai Airlines.

Budapest airport named Best Airport in the Region six times in a row

The growth and customer satisfaction at Liszt Ferenc has earned the airport international recognition. At this year’s Skytrax Awards, Budapest gained the title of the Best Airport in the Region 2019. It became only the second airport in the history of the awards to win the same title for six consecutive years.

“The aviation industry can be a very competitive environment, so we’re extremely happy to continue to receive recognition for all we do to ensure we go above and beyond for our customers,” says Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest airport.

“We know that passenger satisfaction requires short-, mid- and long-term developments, so we will not become complacent, and will ensure we continue to deliver a first-class experience for all our passengers at all times,” he added.