The European Commission approved EUR 3,8 million (1,2 billion forints) state aid to Debrecen Airport to modernize the infrastructure and security of the facility, as it complies with EU state aid rules and the 2014 Guidelines about state aid for airports and airlines.
The modernization of the airport consists of security and safety updates that will enable aircrafts to land in low visibility, an upgrade to the security fence, and an interconnector bridge linking terminals.
The EC said the project will facilitate regional development and contribute to improving connections in the region, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.
According to the latest information from Debrecen Airport, it complies with the Schengen criteria. In 2016 more than 284,000 passengers visited the airport, while this year this number is expected to increase to more than 320,000 passengers.
Development of the airport is also resulting in new routes and cooperations: Hungarian low-fare airline Wizz Air launched a new direct flight between Debrecen and Moscow this Monday.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Moscow, János Balla, Ambassador of Hungary to the Russian Federation, said that this year 50,000 Russian citizens have obtained tourist visas to travel to Hungary and they expect this number to grow significantly.
He added that Wizz Air’s Moscow-Budapest flights are full, reflecting the increased Russian interest in Hungary. He pointed out that Hungary is also attractive to Russian tourists because of its favorable prices, stability and security.
Debrecen Mayor László Papp said that Debrecen tourism enjoys a growth of more than 10%, in close correlation with WizzAirʼs network development.
Wizz Air’s first regular flight from Debrecen took off in 2012, and since then the airline has continuously expanded its Debrecen network, which today offers seven low fare routes to seven countries. The first non-European WizzAir flight from Debrecen was launched this March to Tel Aviv.
via Hungary Matters, MTI