Passenger traffic at Budapest Airport continued to grow in August, the busiest of the summer months, up 9.2 % on the previous year. Airport management said the growth was not only driven by improved load factors but by new flights launched this year: the number of air traffic movements was 3.1% higher than in the same period last year. The new flights included Air Serbia’s daily flight to Belgrade, Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines commencing services to Istanbul, Vueling’s new flight to Barcelona during the summer season and Transavia France’s new route to Paris Orly. Additionally, a number of airlines already operating at Budapest launched new flights and increased weekly frequencies or seat capacity by using larger aircraft. Emirates has opened bookings for its daily flight to Dubai to be operated from the end of October, with a wide-body Airbus A 330 right from the beginning. Wizz Air announced recently that it will base a ninth aircraft in Budapest next year, increasing its capacity by 15%. If the overall trend continues, Budapest Airport expects to exceed 9 million passengers by the end of the year, which would be the most in its history. The most popular destinations see London still leading the way by some distance from Paris, then Frankfurt and Amsterdam, with Istanbul climbing to fifth.