Wizz Air is launching eight new flights, all of them propelling holidaymakers to sunny seaside towns. As of 16 June, BA’s passengers will be able to reach Rhodes, Heraklion and Corfu in Greece with the low cost carrier’s direct scheduled flights.
From the middle of June, Wizz Air will also provide direct aerial links to the two largest Bulgarian Black Sea resorts, Varna and Burgas, as well as to the island of Mallorca in Spain.
From 24 July, Wizz Air will fly three times a week to Sandefjord, the former whale-hunting town also renowned for its Viking monuments. The holiday resort, located in the southern part of Norway, awaits visitors with numerous baths, museums and seafood. The low cost airline will also launch its first flights to Treviso airport near Venice at the same time.
SkyEurope returns to Ferihegy with a flight to Trieste. The low cost carrier will commute twice a week (on Sundays and Thursdays) between the northern Italian city and Bratislava, but the aircraft also land in Budapest en route. The first flight departed from the Hungarian capital on 8 June.
Numerous airlines will be increasing the frequency of existing flights during the busy summer season. Egyptair will fly to Cairo four times a week and Clickair will transport passengers between Budapest and Barcelona also four times a week instead of three. Portuguese carrier TAP is also increasing the frequency of its Lisbon flight to six a week from 8 June.
Malév increased the frequency of many of its flights, flying for example fourteen times a week to Madrid and Stockholm instead of seven times.
Budapest Airport CEO Jost Lammers said: “The network of Budapest Airport has been enhanced with great, real summer destinations. In addition to increasing our connectivity, we will contribute to our passengers’ holidays with favorable parking tariffs and special offers in airport shops.”
Below in the “Notes to editors” section is a short brief about our popular new destinations.
Notes to editors:
Heraklion is the largest city on the island of Crete and one of the cradles of European civilization. More than four thousand years ago, the ancient Menoan culture was flourishing on Crete. To this day, researchers marvel at its high level of development. The famous Knossos palace is also located near the city. Its walls take visitors back to antiquity. The palace has 1300 rooms, its four entrances open towards the four points of the compass.
Rhodes is not short of historical and natural spectacles either; the island used to be home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the colossus built 2300 years ago. The gigantic statue of the god Helios has long turned to dust, but the acropolis of Lindos, the valley of the butterflies and the wonderful bays have remained. The medieval castle wall that the Knights Hospitaller, who controlled the island, built around the old city, has also been preserved in great condition. This part of the town also houses the island’s most famous building, the Palace of the Grand Master.
Corfu is one of the most popular Greek holiday islands amongst Hungarian travelers, partly due to its proximity. Hungarians are such welcome guests here that in most cities, some menus and signs are available in Hungarian. Corfu has other links to Hungary as well: Queen Elisabeth, or Sissi fled as far as the island from her mother-in-law, Sofia. Sissi visited all of the sites of the Odyssey, out of which Corfu was her favorite, so she had a palace of debated beauty built here.
Virtually anyone in Hungary who was older than 15 in the 1980’s harbors pleasant memories of the Bulgarian seaside. In addition to the retro atmosphere, sandy beaches, world-class hotels and very low prices await tourists. Varna is the northern and Burgas the southern capital of the seaside. The army of János Hunyadi and king Vladislaus I. suffered a disastrous defeat at Varna in 1444, with the king killed in battle not far from the city.
Sandefjord, located to the south of the Norwegian capital Oslo, is one of the country’s few seaside resorts. The wonderful city, built on a hillside, was once inhabited by Vikings, to whom a museum has been dedicated. Sandefjord’s history is intertwined with the history of whaling and seal hunting; probably the world’s only whaling monument is located here. The city is famous for its restaurants and seafood.Trieste is not only the northern gateway to Italy, but also a great tourist destination. The city’s architecture, gastronomy and culture is a mix of Italian, Austrian, Slovenian and Hungarian traditions. Trieste was at one time the southern gateway of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy and its primary naval base. Its cosmopolitan atmosphere and the beauty of the Adriatic attracted enthusiasts such as James Joyce, who called the metropolis, which today houses 200 000 inhabitants, his home.