BUDAPEST, HUNGARY — Debrecen Airport's safety enhancement: Taxiway dismantlement and prospective Hungary-Morocco connection.

Hungary's second largest international airport is set to enhance safety measures through the removal of certain taxiways located near runways. Meanwhile, the potential for direct flights connecting Hungary with North African tourist hotspots is being discussed. 

The head of the Hungarian Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee, Zsolt Németh, has been engaged in discussions with Morocco about reinstating a direct air connection between Budapest and the African country, a service that last catered to Hungarian passengers prior to 2018 via Ryanair and Wizz Air flights. At present, Morocco is a promising destination yet to be fully explored by the Budapest Airport.

With the commencement of the summer season, the international airport of Debrecen has launched flights to popular vacation destinations amongst Hungarians, including Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Tel-Aviv in Israel, according to local news outlet Additionally, they have begun to dismantle some currently unused runways to enhance the safety of the airport.

The southern taxiway of Debrecen's international airport, which has been out of operation since international air traffic ceased in 2001, started its dismantling process in May due to significant cover deterioration. The airport operator plans to eliminate 200,000 sqm of the old concrete road at a cost of HUF 50 million (EUR 135,700), which will be entirely covered by the airport. Debrecen International Airport's CEO, Tamás Király, highlighted the excess of degraded paved roadways near the runways, asserting that their removal would foster a safer environment.

The airport commenced its charter season over the past weekend. From June 10, planes will shuttle between Debrecen and Antalya twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Further flights to Crete, other Greek destinations, Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Israel are also scheduled. The airport recorded 85,000 passengers in 2023, marking a 20% increase from the previous year. They project to welcome 350,000 passengers in 2023.