Heavy machines once again started to roar at Ferenc Liszt Airport in the area between the two large maintenance and repair hangars. Budapest Airport is building a brand-new hangar for Wizz Air which commences operation of its maintenance base in Budapest from September this year. The general contractor of the new hangar construction is Market Építő Zrt. No fewer than 68 reinforced concrete piles have been put down into the ground in the area of the new hangar to be built at Budapest Airport – the Wizz Air maintenance/repair hangar project has officially entered the construction phase. The new hangar directly opening to the maintenance apron will be erected by Market Építő Zrt between the existing maintenance hangars operated by Lufthansa Technik and Aeroplex by August, and Wizz Air is expected to move into the new facility already in September. The 15-year lease contract for the new hangar was signed by the airline and Budapest Airport last June.
The 2000-square-meter hangar and 200 square meter service facility will accommodate a single aircraft. In the course of designing the hangar, it was also took into consideration that in the years ahead the Wizz Air fleet may be extended with Airbus A 321 neo aircraft already featuring ‘sharklets’, with a body that is almost 7 meters longer than that of the currently operated A 320 variety. From this spring onwards, Wizz Air is using Budapest Airport as a base for a fleet of 9 aircraft, and line maintenance and minor repairs required in the course of daily operation will be performed in the new hangar.
“This year, one of our largest development projects is the new hangar to be built for Wizz Air with a total investment of close to 1 billion HUF. Wizz Air is the biggest airline partner of Budapest Airport in terms of passenger traffic, and the new hangar is another step towards further strengthening the presence of Wizz on-airport, and the aircraft maintenance business in general.” said René Droese, property director of Budapest Airport. He added, “They operate their aviation unit, their Crew Center, their flight simulator, and their training center at our airport already. The current project shows that we are committed to continued growth and creating new jobs at Ferenc Liszt International Airport . The new hangar makes it possible for Wizz Air to run an even smoother operation here enabling it to perform high-quality line maintenance activities in Budapest.”
Snapshots of the construction site of the new hangar: http://goo.gl/jjG6nY
Source: Mihály Hardy – Director of Communications – Budapest Airport
Update by Aggie Reiter