Budapest Airport has handed over a new single-bay line maintenance hangar for Wizz Air. The 2000-square-metre facility and 170-square-metre office and social room area will serve the East European airline’s daily so-called line maintenance needs, not only in Hungary but in the region as well.
The airport invested about EUR 3 million into building the state-of-the-art line hangar, which will mainly serve the daily needs of the largest Eastern European low-cost carrier.
Wizz Air operates nine Airbus A320s from Budapest, a number that will rise to 10 from early next year, according to Wizz Air CEO József Váradi. He made the announcement about the 10th aircraft and the opening of new destinations from Budapest at the handover ceremony of the hangar, attended by Minister of National Development Miklós Seszták.
The minister said: “It is the fundamental interest of Hungary that it should be connected to the world with reliable and high-quality aviation services. The newly completed maintenance hangar is another milestone in the life of Ferenc Liszt International Airport, another step in increasing international competitiveness. This development by Budapest Airport and Wizz Air further strengthens the regional role of the Hungarian capital airport in aviation.”
Budapest Airport’s Business Unit Property determined the hangar’s dimensions so as to be able to accommodate future new aircraft types due to join the Wizz Air fleet, including the larger and longer Airbus A321 with winglets and the A320neo. The hangar will be the workplace of 30 highly trained aviation technicians and engineers. Currently, the two major aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul operators at the airport, Aeroplex and Lufthansa Technik, employ more than 700 people and serve a series of world-class airlines.
The airport and Wizz Air have signed a 15-year lease agreement for the facility.
Airport CEO Jost Lammers said at the handover: “This is yet another step to support Wizz Air’s operations not only in Budapest but in Eastern Europe. I heartily welcome Mr Váradi’s announcement about bringing yet another aircraft to Budapest and increasing their fleet stationed here to ten aircraft.
“This will also help us next year to continue the dynamic traffic growth we have witnessed so far this year, to the benefit of the Hungarian tourism industry and the national economy. Budapest Airport is planning to further invest into the airport infrastructure, in order to remain the best airport in the region.”
Váradi said: “Today we have reached another important milestone for the company with its roots in Hungary. Our new maintenance hangar will create more highly qualified aviation jobs in the country and, together with our pilot school and cadet program, retain talent for Hungarian aviation.
“We continue to grow capacity and expand our route network in Hungary. Budapest will be the first operating base of the airline to receive the first four brand-new 230-seater Airbus A321 aircraft arriving this winter. Bringing the 10th aircraft in Budapest in March 2016 will further strengthen Wizz Air’s leadership in the country.”