Terminal 1 at Budapest Airport has reopened, four months after its closure, after an event center has been established in the empty passenger terminal.
As previously envisaged, Budapest Airport decided to maintain the condition of the valuable building, which will thus be put to use once again. The Terminal 1 Airport Event Center will host corporate and private events as of 1 October.
Budapest Airport was forced to close Terminal 1 in May, but the building has now re-opened from 1 October as the Terminal 1 Airport Event Center. As asset manager, Budapest Airport already announced during the closure that it will continue to take good care of the building, maintaining the excellent condition of Terminal 1, and, as part of that, it will review how best to utilize the terminal for a different function. With the involvement of external partners, the airport operator has now established the Terminal 1 Airport Event Center, which enables the use of the building as an event venue to host corporate and private events.
Terminal 1, shaped like an aircraft when viewed from above, is nearly 2000 square meters, and boasts three halls on the ground floor, a spacious mezzanine level and a terrace overlooking the runway. There is no doubt that the vicinity of the airport and the Bauhaus-style terminal building offers unparalleled opportunities for event organizers. In addition to the unique characteristics, it is also able to accommodate 400 vehicles in its car park, and is fully accessible for persons with reduced mobility. According to Budapest Airport’s concept, the terminal building could primarily serve as the ideal location for large, exclusive events such as gala dinners, conferences, partner meetings and car shows.
The building is also available for film shoots, as it is nearly impossible to shoot in a real-life but empty terminal anywhere in Europe. At Budapest Airport, it is possible to avoid the high cost of building large sets. No wonder that a 400-strong crew from the manufacturer and from Mid-Atlantic Films used Terminal 1 as background in some of the scenes for the fifth installment of the popular Die Hard series (A Good Day to Die Hard). Major scenes were also shot in front of the maintenance hangars and Terminal 2.
Source: Budapest Airport