Demand for competitively priced parking space at Budapest has grown so much during Hungary’s group matches at Euro 2016 that temporary parking facilities had to be opened at the airport.
Over the last few weeks, work was accelerated to complete the new blacktop spaces as soon as possible, and drivers can now use an additional 126 spaces in the Holiday Plus car park (towards Terminal 2A) and another 172 new bays in the Holiday car park (closer to Terminal 2B). For the summer peak this year Budapest Airport is to hand over 1,000 new parking spaces in total. The 620-million-HUF (€2million) development project also includes the completion of covered walkways that will offer protection against sunshine or rain leading from the car parks to the terminal.
Budapest Airport set up its system of parking to be able to flexibly allocate available spaces and to make traffic safer, especially at the curbside sections closest to the terminal. Thus, the most expensive parking option is Premium Parking directly on the curbside of the departures and arrivals levels. Similarly to a number of other European airports, the curbside is mainly designated for the drop-off and pick-up of passengers. The Terminal car park (in the pit in front of Terminal 2) is intended for parking for 1-2 hours. Passengers are carried from the Business car park to the terminal by shuttle bus. The pricing of the Holiday Plus and Holiday car parks is based on the consideration that during a week-long holiday they should be cheaper to use than taking a cab to and from the airport.
All car parks feature license plate recognition and CCTV cameras.
Manel Moreno, the Head of Landside Commercial Services, Budapest Airport said: “We try to adjust to the needs of drivers day by day with our flexible pricing, and our ongoing development projects will make our service more convenient to use. This year we have increased our capacity by 40% – the airport has never implemented such a major extension of parking facilities before.”