New boarding hall for Budapest

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Pier 1, the first phase of a new passenger facility, has opened at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport in Hungary.

Pier 1 is a heated and air-conditioned, single-story building with an internal height of 5.2m (17ft). The hall will have eight pedestrian boarding gates (walk-on-walk-off gates), directly connected to the aircraft stands. It will also have six bus gates.

The central hall will feature resting and waiting areas, with a food and beverage outlet, three large capacity bathroom blocks and a smokers’ terrace. The connection to Terminal 2A will be implemented in such a way that passengers will not need to leave the comfort of the building after check-in; they will reach the approximately 120m-long (390ft), spacious, heated/air conditioned corridor leading from the main terminal building to the boarding hall via a connecting building equipped with escalators and elevators.

Constructing the pier cost approximately €25m (US$27.7m), financed entirely by Budapest Airport. Work began in July 2019, and continued throughout the summer peak season. The new boarding hall was constructed by Market Építő, based on the plans of Lean Tech Engineering, and supervised by HunGal. The building structure was manufactured and supplied by Neptunus, and the DVM Group was responsible for interior design.

The second phase will be completed ahead of the 2020 summer season. The new facility will almost quadruple the floor space serving the airlines, increasing from 3,000m2 (32,290ft2) to nearly 11,500m2 (123,785ft2).

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