Competition among airlines is increasing at Budapest Airport
9 October 2006 – Ferihegy is expanding its services with one new low cost airline and two brand new destinations this winter. From 29 October, a total of 52 airlines will be offering scheduled flights from Budapest to 100 destinations worldwide.
Competition between low cost airlines at Ferihegy continues to intensify as Smart Wings, the latest addition to the airport’s low cost contingent, will offer flights to four popular European destinations from 29 October. The Czech budget airline will fly twice a week to Madrid and Barcelona. SkyEurope had enjoyed a monopoly on the Barcelona route, but has now been given a strong competitor. Smart Wings will also fly daily between Paris and Budapest, adding to the competition on this route. There will be three low cost airlines (Wizzair, SkyEurope and Smart Wings) and two traditional carriers (Air France, Malév) competing for passengers here. Competition on the route between the Hungarian and Czech capitals will also increase; Smart Wings will provide the first low cost competition to the three traditional carriers (CSA, Malév, TAP) operating on the Prague route.
Wizzair is also adding two new destinations at Ferihegy. Wizz will fly three times a week from Budapest to Eindhoven in the Netherlands and to Gothenburg in Sweden.
Malév launches Budapest – Mexico route as a brand new charter destination from December and reopens its Bangkok flight from November.
Budapest Airport’s network of European connections is also being strengthened as airlines increasing the frequency of their existing flights.
Scandinavian is also changing up a gear, increasing its flights between Stockholm and Budapest from 2 to 12 a week.
SkyEurope is increasing competition on the Amsterdam to Budapest route by increasing the number of its flights from 9 to 12 a week. (KLM and Malév also fly to Amsterdam.)
Traffic between Brussels and Budapest is also strengthening, since SN Brussels will increase the number of its flights from 6 to 17 a week. SN Brussels flies to Brussels Zaventem Airport in Code share with Malév, while Wizzair flies to Charleroi.
Stewart Wingate CEO, Budapest Airport said: “Budapest Airport’s winter schedule will offer new travel opportunities and increasing competition for passengers.
“We will keep working to bring more and more airlines, flights and passengers to Budapest, by making Ferihegy more competitive for airlines and cooperating with Hungarian tourism authorities to make Budapest more attractive to tourists.”
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Notes to editors:
|Smart Wings||Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Prague|
|Eindhoven||Wizzair (3x a week)|
|Gothenburg||Wizzair (3x a week)|
|Amsterdam||SkyEurope||From 9 to 12 weekly|
|Brussels||SN Brussels||From 6 to 17 weekly|
|Geneva||EasyJet||From 4 to 11 weekly|
|London Heathrow||British Airways||From 3 to 4 daily|
|Stockholm||Scandinavian||From 2 to 7 weekly|
Due to the nature of aviation, the schedule, as announced in advance, may change. The latest information is available on www.bud.hu.