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About Pápa Air Base

Pápa, Vaszari út, 8500 Hungary
Arrivals: Brewarrina Airport (BWQ) Arrivals
Departures: Dirranbandi Airport (DRN) Departures
Weather Temperature: 27°C
Conditions: Clouds
Humidity: 61%
Wind: 2.06 k/h
Pressure: 1012 hpa
47.36360168000, 17.500799180000
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Pápa Air Base (ICAO: LHPA) is a military airbase located near Pápa, Hungary. The building of the airport started in 1936. The Hungarian Air Force has three active air bases, and is the only active air base in western Hungary.

During World War II, several German and Hungarian units used the air base. In 1944 the air base was the biggest air base of the Royal Hungarian Air Force. On October 1, 1939 the Royal Hungarian Army’s 1st Parachute Company was created. Commanding officer was captain/major Vitéz Árpád Bertalan. The company was expanded to battalion level in the end of August 1940, and named the Royal Hungarian Army’s 1st Honvéd Parachute Battalion.

After World War II, a Soviet fighter regiment was stationed in Pápa. The Soviet Air Force used the base from 1945 until 1961. In 1961 the Hungarian People’s Army’s Air Force 47th Fighter Regiment became the home regiment of the air base. The regiment was that time equipped with three squadrons of MiG-21F type aircraft. Thirteen years later the squadrons were equipped with MiG-21MF, four years later with the MiG-21bis, and in 1979 the third fighter squadron was equipped with 12 MiG-23MF and four MiG-23UB type aircraft.

In 1962 and 1984 the runway was renovated. In 1992 the regiment changed name to Hungarian Air Force 47th Pápa Tactical Regiment. Following the reorganization, and disbandment of the regiment on June 30 2001, the Hungarian Air Force Pápa Air Base was established on 1 July 2001. After that Pápa Air Base has been designed as a NATO reserve Base. It was officially activated on 27 July 2009 as part of the multinational Strategic Airlift Capability consortium.

Duty Free Allowance at Pápa Air Base

If you are travelling to Hungary from a country within the EU, then you can bring in an unlimited amount of goods that you have bought in that country as long as the price you paid included tax and the goods are for your own personal use (this also includes items that you intend to be gifts).

What are the limits on duty free cigarettes/alcohol at Pápa Air Base from inside the EU

Despite there not being a limit on the amount of alcoholic and tobacco goods that you can bring in from a country in the EU, if you have goods that are more than the following guidelines, then there is a good chance that you will be questioned by a Customs Officer about what you intend to do with the goods:

  • 800 cigarettes, 200 cigars, or 1 kg of tobacco
  • 110 litres of beer
  • 10 litres of spirits
  • 90 litres of wine
  • 20 litres of fortified wine

What are the limits on duty free cigarettes/alcohol at Pápa Air Base from outside the EU

If you are entering Hungary from a country outside of the EU, then your allowance changes to the amounts listed below. Again, these must be for your own personal use. If you intend to sell the goods or if you go over these allowances, then you may have to pay duty and/or tax).

  • 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco
  • 4 litres of still wine
  • 1 litre of alcohol over 22% volume or 2 litres of alcohol less than 22% volume
  • 16 litres of beer
  • up to £390 worth of all other goods
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