In April, 997,454 passengers transited through Liszt Ferenc International Airport, Budapest Airport, denoting the largest amount of commuter reports since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.
Based on the nation’s official news site SchengenVisaInfo.com, Hungary’s air traffic last month was 1400% greater than at the same time last year.
Additionally, commuter traffic over Easter was 6% greater than the other months, while the volume of cargo at the airport reached its peak at 17,245 tons in April, a jump of 3.3% from the previous year.
Nevertheless, while Hungary is seeing a positive increase in air traffic, Portugal is witnessing an increase in COVID-19 infections, which may have a huge impact on aviation and tourism rates.
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) previously stated that Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 were reclassified as variants of interest following an increase in transmission cases with this virus in Portugal. The authority encourages EU citizens to make themselves available for booster jabs to avoid infection.
According to WHO data, a total of 6,748 infection cases were reported in the last week, while the death toll has exceeded 46,343, with 77 confirmed in the last week.
Furthermore, the ECDC reports that 63.1 percent of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, whereas 39.4 percent has received a booster jab.
Furthermore, the count of Ukrainian nationals entering Hungary multiplied over the Easter holiday, with 2,885 immigrating from Ukraine and another 5,532 entering through Romania.
“Hungary is assisting by providing health care, accepting refugees, sending charitable aid, providing jobs, housing, and transportation, and organizing their further trip… But our main focus is Hungarian security, and we do not want Hungary to be drawn into this war,” the Chief Security Advisor said of the €7.9 million aid to western Ukraine and Transcarpathia.
According to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nearly six million Ukrainians had fled their homes as of May 10, with the vast bulk of them making their way to Poland. Poland has taken in Ukrainian refugees totaling, whereas Romania has taken in 889,674.
Furthermore, 772,121 Ukrainian refugees are presently in Russia, whilst also Hungary and Moldova have housed 577,820 and 458,242 Ukrainians, respectively. Other neighboring nations with a high number of Ukrainian refugees are Belarus and Slovakia, with 27,108 and 406,833, respectively.