Debrecen Airport receives extraordinary state support due to COVID-19

New Wizz Air airplane (Photo: Józsa István, via Debrecen Airport)

The decision, published in Hungarian Gazette revealed that the government has agreed to provide a one-time support of HUF 365 million for the operation of Debrecen Airport. In addition, the airport may develop a start-up support program, for which it will receive an additional HUF 365 million.

The main shareholder of Debrecen International Airport (Municipality of Debrecen) was confident that the passenger traffic in 2020 could exceed 700,000. Due to COVID-19 120,000 passengers arrived to the airport so far this year. The decline is in line with international trends.

There is currently no scheduled passenger traffic at the airport, however, János Vajda, Managing Director of Debrecen International Airport Kft., told Debrecen Television that the airport is ready to resume scheduled flights. Wizz Air is also scheduled to resume flights to Eindhoven, London, Paris in December.

The operator of the airport is trying to make up for the lost revenue, by starting cargo traffic.

Photo credit: Józsa István, via Debrecen Airport