Debrecen International Airport (IATA: DEB, ICAO: LHDC) is one of the five international airports in Hungary, located 5 km (3.1 mi) south southwest of Debrecen.
The history of Debrecen Airport goes back to the early 20th Century. The first official regular flight carrying mail took off in 1930. Subsequently the Airport served sport and military purposes. During World War Two it was the base of a Hungarian bombing squad.
From 1930 it had remarkable domestic traffic serving flights from Debrecen to Budapest and to other major cities in Hungary.
Between 1946-1968 Debrecen Airport functioned also as an emergency airfield for Budapest Airport. Following World War Two the Soviet air force had control over the airport until 1990. The political transition brought revival of the airport and international civilian traffic was launched together with sports aviation.
In May, 1991, Soviet troops vacated the airport and handed in over to the Hungarian State.
In 1994 Debrecen Municipal Government realized the need to develop the airport and included it in its development plan. The city purchased the airport and has been steadily developing it.
The comprehensive Development Program of Debrecen Airport was launched in 2001, the stages of this development program were as follows:
May 29, 2001 - Airport status: non commercial airport for domestic flights also open to international traffic.
Dec 29, 2001 - Airport status: commercial airport for domestic flights also open to international traffic.
May 16, 2002 - Airport status: International airport for domestic flights also open to international traffic.
April 22, 2004 - Airport status: permanent border crossing and customs Route.
Till 2004 Debrecen city invested 3,5 billion Forints to buy out, operate and continually develop Debrecen Airport.
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