Debrecen International Airport

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Debrecen International Airport
Debreceni nemzetközi repülőtér
Operator Airport Debrecen Kft.
Serves Debrecen, Hungary
Elevation AMSL 110 m / 361 ft
Coordinates 47°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
05R/23L 2,500 8,202 Concrete
Number Length Surface
m ft
H1 40 131 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 145 709
Passenger change 13-14 Increase 12.75%
Aircraft movements 1,350
Movements change 13-14 Decrease 8.35%
Source: Hungarian AIP at EUROCONTROL[1]

Debrecen International Airport[2] (IATA: DEBICAO: LHDC) is the international airport of Debrecen in Hajdú-Bihar County, 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.


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.

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 producs for the flight staff.

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.[4]

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.[5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines 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),[6] Eindhoven, London-Luton, Malmö (begins 18 December 2015),[4] Beauvais (begins 16 December 2015),[4] Charleroi (begins 18 December 2015)[4]

Ground transportation[edit]


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,[7] 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.


Rank City Airport(s) Weekly Departures
(Winter 2015)
1 London London Luton Airport
Wizz Air
2 Eindhoven Eindhoven Airport
Wizz Air
3 Bergamo Il Caravaggio International Airport
Wizz Air
4 Beauvais Beauvais–Tillé Airport
Wizz Air
5 Brussels-Charleroi Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Wizz Air
6 Malmö Malmö Airport
Wizz Air
Year Passengers[8] Change
2000 1 883 [9]
2001 4 435 [9] +135,5%
2002 5 922 [9] +33,5%
2003 6 122 [9] +3%
2004 14 476[9] +136%
2005 33 119 +129%
2006 36 939 +11,5%
2007 42 900 [10] +16%
2008 42 650 [10] −0,5%
2009 25 060 [10] −41%
2010 24 415 −2,5%
2011 19 135 −21,5%
2012 47 746 +149,5%
2013 129 231 +170,66%
2014 145 709 +12,75%

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Debrecen International Airport at Wikimedia Commons