Business expansion
Kozep-Magyarorszag; Kozep-Magyarorszag; Budapest
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.23 - Service activities incidental to air transportation

238 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
4 August 2020
Employment effect (start)
4 August 2020
Foreseen end date
30 September 2020


Hungarian airport security firm Airport Service Budapest (AS) has expanded its operations to cover the full range of ground handling services. In September 2020 the firm will hire 140 employees while the total number of employees is expected to reach 238 in the near future.

Some of the newly hired employees come from Malév GH, a state-owned airport service company currently under liquidation.

The predecessor of AS was launched in 1997. Since then, the company has gradually expanded its scope of operation within the fields of air travel security, facility management, property and personal security and ground handling. It received the permit to provide the full range of ground services in June 2020.

According to the CEO, the currently reduced turnover at the Budapest airport – a result of the coronavirus pandemic – makes it possible for AS to build up its ground service activities in a gradual and considered way, as opposed to scrambling to meet temporary requests from clients. The fact that AS also operates in fields other than ground handling services makes it more resilient to unpredictable situations – such as the pandemic – in comparison to other ground service operators, said the CEO.

With the liquidation of Malév GH and the entry of Airport Security, four ground service companies with full-scope authorisations will be active at the Budapest airport.



Eurofound (2020), Airport Service Budapest, Business expansion in Hungary, factsheet number 102073, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102073.