Passenger numbers at Liszt Ferenc International rose 13.5% to 14,867,000 last year, the communications director for operator Budapest Airport said. The number of take-offs and landings increased by 12% to 115,000. Last year, 45 carriers operated flights to 134 destinations from Budapest. Low-cost airlines Wizz Air and Ryanair accounted for 49% of turnover at the airport. Long-distance flights launched during the year included American Airlines’ direct flight to Philadelphia and LOT’s to New York and Chicago. Budapest Airport targets capacity-boosting expenditures of 225 billion forints (EUR 701) by 2024.