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 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.
On 18 June 2012 Wizz Air launched its scheduled service between Debrecen and London-Luton, initially with 3 weekly flights. This was upgraded first to five flights a week in April 2013 and later to daily service. At the end of 2015 it got improved to ten flights per direction per week. At the end of 2012 Wizz launched a new route to Eindhoven and Milan-Malpensa. Milan was substituted for Dortmund in 2013 wich got cancelled the same year.
In 2012-2013 Tatarstan Airlines operated a bi-weekly flight to Moscow-Domodedovo. After the disaster of Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 wich 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.
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.
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. and scheduled to open in 2017.
Airlines and destinations
operated by Lufthansa CityLine
|Wizz Air||Beauvais, Bergamo, Eindhoven, London-Luton, Malmö (resumes 27 March 2017)|
Annual passenger numbers
|London||London Luton Airport||
|Bergamo||Il Caravaggio International Airport||
|Brussels||Brussels South Charleroi Airport||
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.
A direct bus connection was established in March 2016 between 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.
- Number of passengers including domestic, international and transit
- 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 (2004-2015)" (in Hungarian). KSH. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
- Módosul a reptéri közösségi közlekedés, elindul az éjszakai villamos-közlekedés, dkv.hu, 15 December 2015
- Papp László: ha elkészül a főpályaudvar, összekötjük a repülőtérrel – videóval, dehir.hu, 13 November 2015
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