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Budapest Airport Wins EU Support for Sustainability Developments

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.09.22.

Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport will receive some EUR 1.5 million of monetary support from the European Commission as part of a larger sustainability project to be done by the consortium that also owns Hungary’s biggest airfield.

Budapest Airport is a member of the consortium which won a total of EUR 25 million from the commission to be spent for the sustainability project called STARGATE.

As part of the project, Budapest Airport will make developments valued at 1.53 million euros. 70% of this amount will be provided by the European Union, with the rest to be funded by the airport itself.

“Budapest Airport is set to develop and build a cloud-based, paper-free air cargo handling system, along with other sustainability projects concerning the terminal, including energy efficiency and traffic developments. It will provide concrete short and medium-term green solutions for European airports at the level of day-to-day operations, creating smart, multimodal transport hubs, setting an example for other airports in Europe and beyond,” according to the statement.

Furthermore, STARGATE’s mission is to develop, test and implement innovative solutions that will make the airport ecosystem significantly more sustainable. One such green solution is the development of digital twin technology that can map operational processes by 3D modeling of airports.

Another priority is the development of sustainable jet fuel, for which economic analyses and business models are being developed.

As we previously reported, the Fidesz-led government has attempted several times to bring the airport back under the state’s ownership, all of which have failed to this date. You can read more about that here and here.

featured image via Csaba Jászai/MTVA