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Hungarian soldiers’ body to be brought back to Hungary.
The minister of defence said that so far in the past year 4 Hungarian soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan.

Hungarian Ambassador helps hostages to be freed in Tripoli.
2 American, 1 British and 1 Spanish journalist was freed from hostage in Libya with the help of the Hungarian ambassador to the country. They travelled afterwards to Tunisia in the Hungarian Ambassador’s car for return from there to their home countries. Hungary beeing the only EU country left with an embassy open in Libya worked with intense and enduring diplomatic work, said the Hungarian minister of foreign affairs, János Martonyi at a press conference.

The EU Roma stratergy has been approved by the ministers of social affairs of the EU member countries in Brussels.
The work for this strategy was prepared by the Hungarian EU Presidency. After the meeting the EU member countries wille each prepare their own strategies for the Roma population by the end of the year. This will then be evaluated in Brussels by the EU.
Social issues such as integration, living standard, high number in school drop-outs as well as lower life expectancy are some of the issues dealt with by the strategy.

RMDSZ (Romanian-Hungarian Democratic Alliance) threatens to leave coalition
The RMDSZ says that it will leave the coalition it is in if the Hungarian students will again would be deprived of the possibility to study the geography and history of Romania in their native language.  The parliament in Bucharest approved restricions to the use of the native language of the ethnic minority of Hungarians in the education system. The RMDSZ also dislikes that the coalition in Bucharest didn’t to anything to promote the law of miorities in Romania.

Budapest Airport welcomes inaugural airBaltic flight from Riga

Budapest Airport yesterday welcomed the first airBaltic flight linking the Hungarian captial city with the Latvian capital city of Riga.

Flight number BT491 touched down ahead of the 12:15 scheduled time to a welcoming committee, including representatives of Budapest Airport, Budapest Mayor’s Office, the Latvian Ambassador and representatives of the Hungarian National Tourist Office (HNTO).

airBaltic has launched four flights weekly between the two cities with the new schedule representing Budapest Airport’s first flights to the increasingly important commercial hub of Riga. The route is expected to carry 24,000 year-round passengers.

The flight schedules are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays:
Depart Riga 11:00 Arrive Budapest 12:15
Depart Budapest 12:40 Arrive Riga 15:55

Source: Press Release

Budapest Airport Triumphs as European Champion in Routes Europe Airport Marketing Awards

Budapest Airport has been announced as the overall winner of this year’s Routes Airport Marketing Awards during the Gala Dinner at the Routes Europe forum at the luxurious Forte Village resort in Cagliari, Italy. More than 700 aviation professionals gathered for the 6th Routes Europe conference.

Budapest Airport, a first time nominee in the awards, was commended for its “very polished and concise submission,” by the judges. “The entry detailed route development incentives, in-depth market analysis, passenger research, the involvement of stakeholders and social media in joint campaigns and 13 new air services in the last 12 months, including Qatar Airways and American Airlines to New York,” said Nigel Mayes, Vice President, UBM Aviation Routes, at last night’s awards ceremony.

Dave Stroud, Executive Vice President, Airports, UBM Aviation, said: “The standard of marketing activities undertaken by airports never fails to impress me. Budapest Airport is a worthy winner and I am confident that their continued efforts will encourage many new routes and developments at the airport.”

In collecting the award, Patrick Bohl, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport, said: “I was delighted to pick up the award in the Central & Eastern Europe category, but am absolutely thrilled to have won the overall European region prize ahead of such strong competition.”

Director of Aviation at Budapest Airport, Kam Jandu said: “These awards represent the combined efforts of the entire Commercial team at Budapest Airport, who in the last two years have really made a quantum leap in putting Budapest Airport Airline Development and Marketing at the forefront of airline route development. It is especially gratifying to have our achievements acknowledged by industry experts and other key influencers.”

The Routes Airport Marketing Awards have become synonymous with recognising and rewarding the highest standards of marketing activities undertaken by airports. They work on the core principal that the people who are best placed to judge an airport’s marketing activities are its primary users: the airlines themselves.

After being nominated by airlines, the airports are then asked to submit details about their route development activity and results. A panel of judges considers these submissions and scores them based upon how it matches the entry brief, route development content, evidence of relationship with airlines, innovative ways of marketing to airlines, results, effectiveness and creative application.
The European regional awards are split into four categories: Scandinavia and the Baltics (winner Copenhagen Airport); Western Europe (winner Amsterdam Airport); Mediterranean and Southern Europe (winner Barcelona Airport) and Central & Eastern Europe (winner Budapest Airport).

About Budapest Airport

Budapest Airport Zrt. operates Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. This is a public private partnership with the Hungarian State holding 25% and the remaining 75 percent owned by German company HOCHTIEF AirPort, one of the world’s biggest independent airport managers, together with a further four financial investors: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal; GIC Special Investments, Singapore; and KfW IPEX-Bank, Frankfurt. In July 2008, Aero Investment S.á.r.l. became a new shareholder.

Through its BUD Future project Budapest Airport aims to be the aviation hub of the CEE region. Leading projects include:

SkyCourt – a new centrally located building which formally opened on 27 March 2011, and links the existing terminals 2a and 2b. The contemporary glass structure offers an impressive view of the apron and aims to provide passengers with a unique travel experience.

Cargo City – New on-airport cargo facilities will feature 140.000sqm of cargo and logistics terminals designed for airlines, handlers and integrators.

Budapest Airport incorporates two terminals. Terminal 1 is a dedicated low cost carrier terminal and Terminal 2 services the traditional carriers. The airport is also the base for Malev, Hungary’s national airline and part of the One World alliance and is home to a further 32 airlines, serving over 92 destinations which represents 40 countries worldwide.

Source: Press Release

Hungary part of common European airspace

Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia sign agreement towards the Single European Sky
Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia have signed an agreement to create the “Functional Airspace Block – Central Europe” (FAB CE) an important step towards achieving the Single European Sky.

Slowly the political objectives of the Single European Sky legislation adopted in 2004 is coming into reality with Member States taking the necessary steps to ensure the creation of functional airspace blocks, or FABs. The agreement marks the realisation of the fourth FAB in Europe. The other European Union Member States are expected to sign similar agreements in the coming year.

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said:

– The FAB CE agreement is an important achievement bringing together five European Union Member States and two neighbouring States into a structured cooperation to better manage the airspace and optimise the provision of air navigation services to deliver the performance requested by airspace users. In view of the location of the FAB on the South-East axis and the forecasted growth in traffic in this area, its success will depend on the efficient implementation of the cooperation structures and optimisation of the air navigation service provision.”

The creation of functional airspace blocks is one of the cornerstones of the Single European Sky. They are an important driver to deliver increased performance and will change the landscape of air traffic management (ATM) services. For air navigation service providers, the creation of the functional airspace blocks opens cooperation opportunities, which will facilitate a response to the new binding performance targets established under the Single European Sky legislation. FAB CE will involve a high density airspace with main traffic flows East-West, often crossing multiple Air Navigation Service Providers towards the northern part of the airspace. Traffic increases to the western and southern parts of the FAB.

The FAB CE agreement creates the framework, general conditions and governance under which the contracting states intend to ensure air traffic management and the provision of air navigation services in the context of the Single European Sky legislation.

FAB CE will be governed by a Council (the decision-making body) representing the interests of both civil and military aviation with sub-committees:

Joint Civil Military Airspace Coordination Committee (JCMACC) for strategic coordination of national airspace management and airspace design policies, air traffic flow and capacity management processes and civil-military cooperation.

The National Supervisory Authorities Coordination Committee (NSA CC).

Other bodies established by Council as necessary for implementation, operation and further development of FAB CE.

The FAB CE agreement is part of the common response to the Single European Sky performance scheme, whose objective is “to achieve optimal performance in the areas relating to safety, environmental sustainability, capacity, cost-efficiency, flight efficiency and military mission effectiveness, by the design of airspace and the organisation of ATM in the airspace concerned regardless of existing boundaries”. The FAB CE is targeting a common FAB CE performance plan consistent with the EU-wide performance targets as from the second reference period, i.e. 2015.

Next steps

Ratification of FAB agreement and finalisation of agreements between the National Supervisory Authorities and the Air Navigation Service Providers.