Wizz Air (Budapest) has announced further growth of its route network from Poland. From July 3, 2015 Wizz Air will start operating a new service from Gdansk to Keflavik (near Reykjavik) in Iceland, with two weekly flights.
Wizz Air now offers a total of 116 Polish routes to 22 countries from seven Polish airports.
In other news, Wizz Air has announced twice-weekly service from Budapest to Tenerife, starting on October 30 with departures on Mondays on Fridays.
Wizz Air now flies from Budapest Airport with 41 routes to 21 countries.
Finally, Wizz Air announced a new Debrecen route to Bergamo (near Milan) which will start operating with two weekly flights on October 25.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 HA-LYA (msn 6077) with Sharklets lands in London (Luton).
Emirates (Dubai) yesterday (October 27) as planned launched a daily nonstop service to Budapest, marking its first entry into Hungary.
Emirates’ daily flight to Budapest is operated with a wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration. The inaugural flight was welcomed by Jost Lammers, Chief Executive Officer, Budapest Airport, along with partners from the travel trade and local media, at a special reception held at the airport. A contingent comprising His Excellency Zoltan Jancsi – Ambassador of Hungary to the United Arab Emirates and other business leaders, accompanied by senior Emirates representatives, was present on the inaugural flight.
Emirates’ Airbus A330-200 will offer 27 seats in Business Class and 251 Economy Class seats.
Flight EK 111 will depart Dubai at 0820 and will arrive at Budapest Airport at 1135. The return flight, EK 112 will depart at 1505 and will arrive at Dubai International Airport at 2330.
Copyright Photo: Emirates A330-243 A6-EKW (msn 316) taxies at London (Heathrow).
Ryanair (Dublin) has announced a 40 percent cut and the loss of 10 routes from Budapest due to increased airport costs. The airline issued the following statement:
Ryanair on November 22 has announced 40% cuts at its Budapest base with the closure of 10 routes and loss of over 280 weekly flights from January 10, 2013 after the Hochtief-run airport increased charges, refused to provide efficient facilities and failed to offer a competitive cost base for future growth offered by Ryanair. Ryanair’s Budapest traffic will fall by 800,000 passengers per year (from 2 million to 1.2 million passengers) leading to the loss of up to 800 “on-site” jobs.
Hochtief’s failure to agree a long term growth deal with Europe’s largest airline is further proof that Budapest Airport has no interest growing Hungarian tourism, traffic and jobs as it repeatedly increases charges even as its traffic declines. This was confirmed by Patrick Bohl (Budapest Airport) who recently admitted that ‘budget airline’ passengers pay more than Malev transfer passengers, with Budapest enjoying “probably the best recovery any airport has seen when they lost a national carrier.”
These Budapest cuts (effective January 10, 2013) will include:
5 to 3 based aircraft
30 routes to 20 (down 33%).
From over 280 weekly flights to less than 170 (down 40%).
2 million to 1.2 million passengers per year (down 40%).
Frequency cuts on 9 of 20 other routes
The loss of 800,000 passengers per year and 800 “on-site” jobs at Budapest Airport.
Ryanair regrets these cuts and confirms that they can be reversed if a competitive cost offer and efficient facilities become available at Budapest Airport.
Copyright Photo: Nick Dean. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EMA (msn 35032) arrives at Paine Field near Everett after a test flight.