BUDAPEST, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Budapest Airport in Hungary handled 4.6 million passengers in 2021, up 20 percent from 2020 but only one-third of its pre-pandemic level, the airport announced in a press release on Tuesday.
Budapest Airport closed its second year of operation under the heavy impact of the coronavirus. The current environment impacted by the pandemic weighted heavily on passenger traffic, it said.
"In air freight, however, the volume of cargo soared to unprecedented records," it added.
Last year, the airport processed 183,362 tons of air cargo, an increase of 36 percent from 2020, said the release.
Overall, travel rules were much more relaxed and predictable last year than in 2020, and passengers have learned to live with the different protocols and safety measures required for travel, and have become increasingly confident in traveling, even to destinations further afield, it said.
As far as long-haul flights are concerned, Seoul, Dubai and Doha were stable features of Budapest Airport's schedule last year. Flights to China, Canada and the United States are yet to resume.
"Budapest Airport has managed to improve its passenger numbers in 2020, but compared to 2019, there is still a big space for improvement," leading Hungarian business weekly HVG commented on the freshly released numbers.