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Budapest Airport hits an all-time high before taking 2016 by storm

With several months breaking the one million passenger barrier, the upturn has been chiefly credited to the addition of three new airlines and 18 new routes throughout the year, meaning a total of 44 airlines connected Budapest to 95 destinations in 2015.

Budapest Airport recorded final passenger traffic numbers of 10.3 million, a resounding average 12.5% growth, and over 1.1 million more visitors than in 2015, ending the year on an all-time high. While other European airports had an average growth of just 5%, the Hungarian gateway was confirmed as one of Europe’s fastest growing airports. With several months breaking the one million passenger barrier, the upturn has been chiefly credited to the addition of three new airlines and 18 new routes throughout the year, meaning a total of 44 airlines connected Budapest to 95 destinations in 2015.

With a remarkable 22% growth over the last five years, Budapest is set to take 2016 by storm having already announced 13 new routes and the arrival of yet another new airline partner, Air Canada rouge. Significantly boosting the capital city airport’s links to Canada, the leisure carrier will add an additional long-haul service to Toronto, from 10 June.

Further increasing Budapest’s route network during the S16 timetable, home-based carrier, Wizz Air, will kick-off the summer season with the launch of five connections; Nice, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Liverpool and Reykjavik/Keflavik, while welcoming the return of a direct link to Baku. The ultra-low-cost carrier has also announced it will be adding a further weekly connection to Ibiza during the height of the season, increasing Hungary’s links to the Spanish leisure destination. Meanwhile, Ryanair will be considerably broadening its schedule from Budapest, commencing services to Malaga, Malta, Gran Canaria and Corfu, offering 18 routes in total.

Fulfilling a long-standing wish for Budapest, easyJet will begin a thrice-weekly service to Lyon from 26 April – filling a significant white spot, the highly-desired French city was the airport’s largest indirectly served destination in Europe.

New airlines and routes

Airline Destination

Starting Date

Weekly frequency

Wizz Air Nice

11 March

2

Wizz Air Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden

11 March

2

Ryanair Malaga

17 March

2

Ryanair Malta

19 March

2

Wizz Air Liverpool

23 March

2

Wizz Air Baku

27 March

2

Wizz Air Keflavik

30 March

2

Ryanair Gran Canaria

3 April

1

easyJet Lyon

26 April

3

Ryanair Corfu

28 April

1

Air Canada rouge (new) Toronto

10 June

3

Wizz Air Ibiza

18 June

1

Meanwhile, with an increase of flight frequencies, Budapest is also experiencing growth on a number of existing successful routes.

Significant frequency enhancements

Airline Destination

Frequency/Capacity Increase

British Airways London Heathrow

Thrice-daily to four times daily

Emirates Dubai

A330 to 777-300

Transavia Rotterdam

Six times weekly to 11 weekly

LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw

24 weekly to 26 weekly

Wizz Air Gothenburg

Thrice-weekly to four times weekly in peak

Wizz Air Malta

Twice-weekly to thrice-weekly off-peak

Airberlin Berlin Tegel

Twice-daily to three times daily

Swiss International Air Lines Zurich

A319 to CSeries

Qatar Airways Doha

Daily to 10 weekly

Commenting on Budapest’s objectives, Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport said: “We are extremely proud of our great results. The airport’s incredible health last year allowed us to successfully deliver growth levels amongst the best in Europe. The city of Budapest’s own charm plays a great part in making the airport flourish, whilst being able to offer passengers a vast selection of airlines and expanding destinations remains a driving force for growth. We enter 2016 in a strong position and it remains imperative for us to continue to grow and build upon these solid foundations.”  via traveldailynews.com

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