Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport is expecting that passenger numbers will come to only around 3,000 daily due to the new coronavirus-related restrictions, the communications director of operator Budapest Airport said on Thursday.
So far, only discount airline Wizz Air has cancelled flights, keeping only 12 of their 73 destinations, Katalin Valentinyi told public news broadcaster M1. The airport expects further cancellations next week, she added.
The airport has re-introduced temperature checks and checks the documents of all passengers wishing to enter Hungary, Valentinyi said. They also have to complete a “quarantine form”, she added.
Those not eligible to enter the country will have to wait in the transit zone, she said, adding that very few, barely 20 such passengers arrived since Tuesday when the restrictions took effect. They detected no passengers with coronavirus-like symptoms, she said.
The ban on entry by foreigners, with some exceptions, was issued by the government in response to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, allegedly many originating abroad.
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