Debrecen International Airport

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Debrecen International Airport

Debreceni nemzetközi repülőtér
OperatorAirport Debrecen Kft.
ServesDebrecen, Hungary
Elevation AMSL110 m / 361 ft
Coordinates47°29′20″N 021°36′55″E / 47.48889°N 21.61528°E / 47.48889; 21.61528Coordinates: 47°29′20″N 021°36′55″E / 47.48889°N 21.61528°E / 47.48889; 21.61528
DEB is located in Hungary
Location of the airport in Hungary
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04R/22L 2,500 8,202 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 40 131 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers381 391
Passenger change 16-17Increase 19.87%
Source: Hungarian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Debrecen International Airport[2] (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[1] of the city center and also easily accessible to adjacent regions of Slovakia, Romania and Ukraine.


Members of the Royal Hungarian Air Force at Debrecen Airport, 1940

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.

On 18 June 2012 Wizz Air launched its scheduled service between Debrecen and London-Luton, initially with 3 weekly flights.

In 2012-2013 Tatarstan Airlines operated a bi-weekly flight to Moscow-Domodedovo. After the disaster of Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 which forced Tatarstan Airlines into bankruption the route was taken over by UTair Aviation. In 2014 due to a meltdown in the Russia–European Union relations a number of punitive sanctions were implemented vice versa that forced UTair to cancel the flight.

In 2015 Wizz Air established a cadet pilot school at the airport[3] under the company Pharma-Flight Kft which also researches and produces pharmaceutical products for the flight staff.

Wizz Air in 2015 announced they would base one Airbus A320 at Debrecen.[4]

The construction of a new "innovation and incubation centre" at the airport which would host the new terminal on its ground floor began in June 2015.[5] and scheduled to open in 2017.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Bulgarian Air Charter Seasonal charter: Burgas
Corendon Airlines Seasonal charter: Antalya
FlyEgypt Seasonal charter: Hurghada[6]
Lufthansa Munich
Smartwings Hungary Seasonal charter: Antalya,[7] Corfu, Zakynthos
Wizz Air Barcelona, Basel/Mulhouse, Beauvais, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dortmund, Eindhoven, Larnaca, London-Luton, Malta, Milan-Malpensa, Moscow–Vnukovo, Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca


Annual passenger numbers[edit]

% Change
2004 14,476 n/a
2005 33,119 0128.78% Increase
2006 36,939 011.53% Increase
2007 42,900 016.13% Increase
2008 42,650 0-0.58% Decrease
2009 25,060 0-41.24% Decrease
2010 24,415 0-2.57% Decrease
2011 19,135 0-21.62% Decrease
2012 47,746 0149.52% Increase
2013 129,231 0170.66% Increase
2014 145,709 012.75% Increase
2015 172,212 018.19% Increase
2016 284,965 065.47% Increase
2017 318 184[8] 011,01% Increase
2018 381 391 019,87% Increase
Source: KSH,[9] OpenPR[10]

Top destinations[edit]

City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
United Kingdom London London Luton Airport
Wizz Air
Netherlands Eindhoven Eindhoven Airport
Wizz Air
Germany Munich Munich Airport
Lufthansa CityLine
Italy Milano Malpensa Airport
Wizz Air
France Beauvais Beauvais–Tillé Airport
Wizz Air
Israel Tel-Aviv Ben Gurion Airport
Wizz Air
Sweden Malmö Malmö Airport
Wizz Air
Russia Moscow Vnukovo Airport
Wizz Air

Ground transportation[edit]


Buses Airport1 and Airport2 are operated by the local public transport company, called Debreceni Közlekedési Vállalat (DKV). Airport1 runs between the airport and the main train station of Debrecen, where connections are available to local, regional and international buses, trams and trains, while Airport2 runs between the Airport and the northern end of the city. The schedule of the buses are matched with the departure and arrival times of the planes at the airport, serving all inbound and outbound flights and can be used with any of the regular DKV tickets or passes.[11]

A direct bus connection was established in March 2016 between Nagyvárad (Oradea) and Debrecen International Airport. The schedule is matched with the arrival and departure times of the planes.


The street leading to the airport terminal is accessible from Route 47 only. Passengers arriving at the airport can get to their destinations by taxi for a fix tariff within city limits.


The airport has a recently reconstructed direct rail connection, but it is used for freight moving only. It will be made suitable for passenger traffic only if there will be a reasonable demand for the construction sometime in the future.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Number of passengers including domestic, international and transit


  1. ^ a b EAD Basic
  2. ^
  3. ^ Wizz Air to partner with Hungarian flight school,, 23 September 2014
  4. ^ Wizz Air announces 22nd base Archived 23 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine,, 21 May 2015.
  5. ^ Cornerstone laying ceremony of Debrecen Airport development project Archived 23 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine,, 16 June 2015
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^ Újabb rekord a debreceni reptéren, tíz év alatt megtízszerezték az utasszámot,, 2018. január 2.
  9. ^ "Repülőterek forgalmi adatai (2004-2015)" (in Hungarian). KSH. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  10. ^ "RECORD PASSENGER NUMBERS AT DEBRECEN AIRPORT IN 2016". OpenPR. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  11. ^ Módosul a reptéri közösségi közlekedés, elindul az éjszakai villamos-közlekedés,, 15 December 2015
  12. ^ Papp László: ha elkészül a főpályaudvar, összekötjük a repülőtérrel – videóval,, 13 November 2015

External links[edit]

Media related to Debrecen International Airport at Wikimedia Commons