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Budapest's New Mini "low-cost" Terminal/gate Area

Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:03 pm

I fly regularly between LTN and BUD with W6. Today, for the first time, instead of being bussed out to the aircraft, we were boarded by using a new gate are of the terminal with gates B2 to B5. I don't know how long this gate area has been in use, but it looks very new, and is the first time I have used it, bearing in mind I have been flying this route regularly since October last year.

Well, they won't get any prizes for architecture for this gate. It is basically a steel frame with metal cladding, the kind of thing mor usually used for cheap industrial units and farm buildings. No air conditioning, no insulation and no heating that I can see, today in temperatures of 34C, it was unbearable for the 25 minutes or so I stood in it waiting for the flight back to the UK. The sun heats it up really well, and it was like an oven. I pity the poor souls who have to work in there.

So, if you are flying to a non schengen country from BUD with either FR, U2 or W6 - make sure you leave it till the last moment before going from the main terminal for your flight if the sun is out. It will be interesting in winter too.

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RE: Budapest's New Mini "low-cost" Terminal/gate Area

Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:16 pm

It all started in February 2012, with Malév ceasing operations and Ryanair announcing they would open a base here in a few weeks. Terminal 1, used by low cost carriers, was already near its full capacity without Ryanair, while Terminal 2 became almost empty, so the airport decided to close Terminal 1 and move all operations to Terminal 2.

Terminal 2, however, was not planned to be used by LCCs (though it was, temporarily, in 2004 and 2005, until Terminal 1 reopened after a renovation.) Budget airlines obviously didn't want to pay more than they did at T1, they didn't even want to leave the good low cost terminal, but getting the same services as legacies for less money wasn't an option either. If I remember correctly, Ryanair originally used stands near the terminal without using the jetbridges, while the other low cost carriers still used T1. I believe this may still be the best option, maybe there just aren't enough stands at the terminal for all airlines or the airport still asked too much for it.

The next step was closing a taxiway and using outer stands with passengers walking to the aircraft. This was used by Ryanair and easyJet on their Schengen routes. However, this was quite a pain in the summer heat or in rain, partly beacuse, I think, boarding was usually started way too early. Then they moved the boarding gates from inside the terminal to tents without aircon/heating, toilets or anything, but at least you wouldn't get soaked. Up until this time, I believe, all non-Schengen low cost flights used buses on boarding.

This spring, the tents were replaced by these 'terminals' (they were build both on the Schengen and non-Schengen part), which are just a bit better than the former. I actually thought they at least had some air conditioning.

They opened around a month ago, but not all easy/Wizz/Ryan flights use them. Wizz still uses buses on several of its Schengen flights (not sure about non-Schengen apart from LTN), and I flew Ryanair to Stansted about a week ago and we were bussed to the aircraft.

I haven't tried them yet, but I think I will next week. Lack of aircon worries me a bit, but still not sure it's worse than standing in a bus for 30 mins. I really miss T1.
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RE: Budapest's New Mini "low-cost" Terminal/gate Area

Tue Jun 18, 2013 7:57 pm

My flight was delayed by 3 hours today, and during that time flights to Manchester, Kiev and Birmingham (maybe) used this building for Wizz and Ryanair flights.

There was no air conditioning at all, and being an all metal structure, the hot metal skin without insulation acts as a oven and heats the building up. You won't enjoy it if it is a sunny day. Seems to me completely inadequate facilities for the 21st century. The people I feel sorry for are the staff who have to spend all day there dispatching flights.

I think they had some infra red patio type heaters in the roof, but they are not going to be much good in winter, especially as the queues continued outside the building itself into the covered walkway.
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RE: Budapest's New Mini "low-cost" Terminal/gate Area

Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:52 pm

Does anybody have a photo of that terminal?

I was bussed out to the GVA flight when I flew back on May 13th, but the gate was in a metal building like you described... the way, the flight was on HA-LWS, which was delivered to W6 just a few days before.

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RE: Budapest's New Mini "low-cost" Terminal/gate Area

Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:47 pm

You can find a few photos here
Another small metal building was built closer to the main terminal with three gates (A1 to A3) a while back. Passengers are bussed from these gates and I believe they are now used by Norwegian, Germanwings and some of Wizz Air's flights.

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