Debrecen International Airport
|Debrecen International Airport
Debreceni nemzetközi repülőtér
|IATA: DEB – ICAO: LHDC|
|Operator||Airport Debrecen Kft.|
|Elevation AMSL||110 m / 361 ft|
|Source: Hungarian AIP at EUROCONTROL|
Debrecen International Airport (IATA: DEB, ICAO: LHDC) is the international airport of Debrecen in the Hajdú-Bihar County of Hungary. It is located 5 km (3.1 mi) south southwest of the city center and also easily accessible to adjacent regions of Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.
The history of Debrecen Airport goes back to the early 20th Century. The first official regular flight carrying mail took off in 1930. Subsequently the Airport served sport and military purposes. From 1930 it had remarkable domestic traffic serving flights from Debrecen to Budapest and to other major cities in Hungary. During World War II it was the base of a Hungarian bombing squad.
Between 1946 and 1968 Debrecen Airport functioned also as an emergency airfield for Budapest Airport. Following World War II the Soviet air force had control over the airport until 1990. The political transition brought revival of the airport and international civilian traffic was launched together with sports aviation.
In May 1991, Soviet troops vacated the airport and handed in over to the Hungarian State. In 1994 Debrecen Municipal Government realized the need to develop the airport and included it in its development plan. The city purchased the airport and has been steadily developing it.
Till 2004 Debrecen city invested 3.5 billion Forints to buy out, operate and continually develop Debrecen Airport.
Airlines and destinations
|Bulgarian Air Charter||Summer seasonal charter: Burgas|
|Freebird Airlines||Summer seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Germania||Summer seasonal charter: Erfurt-Weimar, Dresden, Leipzig/Halle|
|Travel Service Airlines||Summer seasonal: Palma de Mallorca, Zakynthos|
|Wizz Air||Eindhoven, London-Luton|
The nearest other airport featuring scheduled traffic is Oradea International Airport in Romania 1 hour and 20 minutes away from Debrecen.
From Mainroad 47 the airport road is accessible that is leading directly into the airport. The airport also can be reached by taxi. Passengers arriving at the airport can get to their destinations for a fix tariff within the city.
The airport shuttle of DKV, the local transport company, is operated between the airport and Debrecen. It connects the airport with the railway station and some of the main hotels in the city center.
The airport is located on the outskirts of the city, and the train station can be reached within 40 minutes. However, sidewalks are partly missing near the airport.
Media related to Debrecen International Airport at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Current weather for LHDC at NOAA/NWS
- Accident history for DEB at Aviation Safety Network