Although more and more budget airlines are announcing the launch of various flights between the Hungarian capital and other major destinations, the losses due to the recent bankruptcy of national carrier Malév are forcing Budapest Airport (BA) to shut down Terminal 1 and direct all flights to Terminal 2A and 2B, it says.
Terminal 1 will be closed gradually with Wizz Air moving out to the bigger terminal on 1 April, which will leave the eight flights a day of three companies – Jet1, EasyJet and German Wings – until the closure. "Business owners have already been notified," BA spokesman Mihály Hardy said.
Details still up in the air
Airport employees have been given notice if they cannot be transferred to other areas within the company. But there are no empty stores at Terminal 2, so the more than 100 employees of service businesses will have to find other jobs. Some of the entrepreneurs polled by state news agency MTI said that although they are aware of BA’s plans to move flights to Terminal 2, they do not know when the last day of their operation will be.
A statement released on Wednesday evening by BA said the airport will come up with a detailed plan for the shutdown in the coming weeks after negotiations with all its partners.
Though earlier in the week Hardy said that it was not realistic to talk about the reopening of the old terminal, in the press release BA was referring to a temporary closure. "In order for the company to remain operable… the temporary shutdown of Terminal 1 and a delay in the Cargo City development became necessary," the statement said.
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