Debrecen International Airport
|Debrecen International Airport
Debreceni nemzetközi repülőtér
|IATA: DEB – ICAO: LHDC|
|Operator||Airport Debrecen Kft.|
|Elevation AMSL||110 m / 361 ft|
Debrecen International Airport (IATA: DEB, ICAO: LHDC) is the international airport of Debrecen in Hajdú-Bihar County, 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.
At the beginning of 2015 Wizz Air announced the reopening of the Milan-Bergamo route in October 2015, later they confirmed their 22nd base will be in Debrecen. Basing one Airbus A320 they also announced an increased frequency on the already existing two routes (London and Eindhoven) and three new routes to Paris-Beauvais, Brussels-Charleroi and Malmö.
In June 2015 began the construction of a new innovation and incubation centre at the airport which will also host the new terminal on its ground floor.
Airlines and destinations
|Bulgarian Air Charter||Seasonal charter: Burgas|
|Freebird Airlines||Seasonal charter: Antalya|
|Germania||Seasonal charter: Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Leipzig/Halle|
|FlyEgypt||Seasonal charter: Hurghada|
|SmartWings||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Corfu, Heraklion|
|Travel Service Hungary||Seasonal charter: Antalya, Corfu, Heraklion|
|Wizz Air||Bergamo (begins 25 October 2015), Eindhoven, London-Luton, Malmö (begins 18 December 2015), Beauvais (begins 16 December 2015), Charleroi (begins 18 December 2015)|
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.
|1||London||London Luton Airport||
|3||Bergamo||Il Caravaggio International Airport||
|5||Brussels-Charleroi||Brussels South Charleroi Airport||
|2000||1 883 ||
|2001||4 435 ||+135,5%|
|2002||5 922 ||+33,5%|
|2003||6 122 ||+3%|
|2007||42 900 ||+16%|
|2008||42 650 ||−0,5%|
|2009||25 060 ||−41%|
- EAD Basic
- Wizz Air to partner with Hungarian flight school, pilotcareernews.com, 23 September 2014
- Wizz Air announces 22nd base, wizzair.com, 21 May 2015.
- Cornerstone laying ceremony of Debrecen Airport development project, debrecenairport.com, 16 June 2015
- "Repülőterek forgalmi adatai (2004-2014)" (in Hungarian). KSH. Retrieved 2015-04-19.
- "A Debreceni Nemzetközi Repülőtér eredményei, távlati tervei" (in Hungarian). Farkas, Ákos (presentation). Retrieved 2015-02-04.
- "A regionális nemzetközi repülőterek forgalma (2007-2009)" (in Hungarian). KSH. Retrieved 2015-02-04.
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