FlyBalaton is not only a new airfield, but a real airport on the shore of Lake Balaton - a natural wonder. Those who are into flying may have a rest and refresh themselves here as well as plan their stay here getting everything to make their dreams come true.
FlyBalaton is one of Hungary's fastest growing airports. Thanks to its bright modern facilities, it is able to deal with large volumes of passengers and cargo, destined for and departing from the western region of Hungary.
Our main activities include:
- Quick and efficient passenger handling
- Aircraft ground handling
- General aviation services
- Cargo services
- Airport security
Cape Clear Aviation is the developer and operator of FlyBalaton and is a consortium of Irish and Hungarian professionals who bring a range of expertise to the Airport.
Along with Debrecen and Budapest airports, FlyBalaton has an international designation and is operational throughout the year for all kinds of aviation activity.
The local authorities are supportive of our efforts aimed at becoming one of the leading Central-European regional airports.
It is also important to encourage more growth and a greater choice of airlines and destinations from FlyBalaton.
The airport - due to the geo-strategic position of Sármellék - was built during the sixties as a military base by the Russian army in Hungary.
In 1991 when the army left Hungary, the Russian military personnel left the airport and took most of the equipment, leaving behind a runway, approx. 60 completely empty barracks and hangars.
In 2003, the Hungarian state transferred the airport into the ownership of the 2 villages located in its vicinity, but it represented a financial and administrative burden for them.
Since 1991 to present date, the airport has been operating commercial and military flights and depended heavily on the tourism cycles related to Lake Balaton as well as the resorts and spas in the area.
The territory of the Airport is owned by the two villages of Sármellék and Zalavár. Since late 2004, when an Irish-Hungarian joint venture (Cape Clear Aviation - CCA) obtained, for the following 99 years, full rights to operate and develop the Airport in western Hungary, the following promising activities confirm our commitment:
May 2005 - Charters from five German and two Danish destinations
June 2005 - Helvetic airlines' scheduled flight between FlyBalaton and Zurich
June 2005 - Equipment with advanced flying security systems (ILS, runway lights)
July 2005 - Malév introduces a new scheduled flight between FlyBalaton and Stuttgart
Sept. 2005 - Construction of the new terminal building is commenced
Dec. 2005 - Ryanair announced London-FlyBalaton flights
The most important data of FlyBalaton airport
Reference point: 4641 10.85N 01709 32.56E
Frequencies, TWR: 127.6 MHz Balaton Info
Range beacon: NDB short-range S 428 kHz
35-17, 2500x60 concrete
35-17, 1000x50 grassy
New Terminal Building Opened in April 2006
A light-steel structure terminal building with 2,300 sq m of usable space equipped with all the necessary facilities for modern passenger handling.
The new terminal building provides:
Fast and efficient check-in times as one of the main priorities
VIP lounge, retail shops, duty free shop, restaurants and snack & bar and travel agencies for our passengers.
New items include ILS, runway lighting, emergency vehicles, enhanced security, updated handling equipment, perimeter fence and a stand alone terminal building and apron. These features are being introduced progressively throughout 2005.
Details of Infrastructure Developments
ICAO Cat I precision approach lighting system - THR17
Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) - THR17
Simple Approach Lighting System (SALS) & Precision
Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) - THR35
Runway centerline, edge, threshold & end lights
Taxiway edge lights & retroreflective taxiway edge markers
Illuminated & retroreflective taxiing guidance signs
ILS Localiser (LLZ) & ILS Glide Path (GP)
Distance Measuring Equipment (DME)
10 km long 2.5 m high chain link fence
Ryanair opened the new terminal in Sármellék: