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Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (Hungarian: Ferihegyi nemzetközi repülőtér or simply Ferihegy) (IAT...
Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (Hungarian: Ferihegyi nemzetközi repülőtér or simply Ferihegy) (IATA: BUD, ICAO: LHBP) is the international airport serving the Hungarian capital city of Budapest, and the largest of the country's five international airports. It is also the second largest airport in the new EU member states. The airport offers international connections primarily within Europe, but also to Asia, the Middle East, and North America. In 2007, the airport served 8.6 million passengers. The airport is located 16 kilometres (10 miles) east-southeast of the centre of Budapest, accessible by the Üllői road. Ferihegy is large enough to accept any kind of aircraft, including the Boeing 747, Antonov An-124 and Antonov An-225 but most of the traffic comprises Airbus and Boeing twinjets, flying to and from European cities, and some long-haul Boeing 767s. Weather seldom diverts aircraft, when this does happen planes usually land at Bratislava or Vienna. On December 8, 2005, a 75% stake in Ferihegy Airport was bought by BAA plc for 464.5 billion HUF (approx. 2.1 billion USD), including the right of operation for 75 years. [1] On 20 October, 2006, BAA plc announced intentions to sell its stake in Budapest Airport to a consortium led by the German airports group, HOCHTIEF AirPort GmbH, subject to the consent of the Hungarian State.[2] On 18 April, 2007, the renovation of Terminal 1 at Ferihegy Airport was awarded Europes most prestigious heritage preservation prize, the Europa Nostra award. The designers, contractors, builders and investors (the latter being BA) received the joint award of the European Commission and of the pan-European heritage preservation organization Europa Nostra for the renovation of the protected monument spaces, the central hall, the gallery and the furniture at T1. 6 June, 2007, BAA and a consortium led by HOCHTIEF AirPort (HTA) formally closed and completed the transaction of the sale of BAAs shares in Budapest Airport (BA) to the HOCHTIEF AirPort Consortium ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ Frankfurt am Main Airport (IATA: FRA, ICAO: EDDF), known in German as Flughafen Frankfurt am Main or Rhein-Main-Flughafen is located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 12 km (7 mi) southwest [2] of the city centre. Run by Fraport, it is by far the largest airport by passenger traffic in Germany, the third largest in Europe and the eighth largest worldwide. It can be considered the busiest airport in the world when measured by the number of international destinations served. It is also the busiest airport in Europe by cargo traffic. The southern side of the airport, Rhein-Main Air Base, was a major airlift base for the United States from 1947 until late 2005, when it was acquired by Fraport. There are plans to expand Frankfurt Airport with a fourth runway and a new Terminal 3. Modifications to the airport to make it Airbus A380 compatible have already started, including the building of a large A380 maintenance facility near the former U.S. Air Base which is not yet completed. The work on the fourth runway has been delayed several times due to environmental concerns, but received zoning approval in December 2007. The runway could be in operation by 2010. Frankfurt is a hub of Lufthansa, the German national carrier. Lufthansa's secondary hub is Munich Airport where many key medium and long haul routes are also available, lessening the need to overburden Frankfurt Airport. ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ISIN: DE0008232125) (pronounced [ˈdɔɪtʃə ˈlʊfthanza]) is one of the largest airlines in Europe in terms of overall passengers carried, and the flag carrier of Germany. The name of the company is derived from Luft (the German word for "air"), and Hansa (after Hanseatic League, the powerful medieval trading group).