Posted on: 20 April 2015 by Mark Howells
Budapest Airport (BUD) has begun work on the new hangar being constructed for Wizz Air, which will start operation of its maintenance base in Budapest from September this year.
The new hangar, opening directly onto the maintenance apron, will be erected by Market Épít? Zrt between the existing maintenance hangars operated by Lufthansa Technik and Aeroplex by August, with Wizz Air expecting to move into the new facility in September. The 15-year lease for the new hangar was signed by the airline and Budapest Airport last June.
The 2,000 m² hangar and 200 m² service facility will accommodate a single aircraft. In the course of designing the hangar, it was also taken into consideration that in the years ahead the Wizz Air fleet may be extended with Airbus A321s which have a fuselage that is almost 7 metres longer than that of the A320. From this spring onwards, Wizz Air is using Budapest Airport as a base for a fleet of nine aircraft, and line maintenance and minor repairs required in the course of daily operation will be performed in the new hangar.