Today, the Central European airport celebrated the continuous demand on the link, as the airline introduces its higher capacity 777-300s on the airport pair. Having reached almost 80% load factor, carrying 150,000 passengers, the need for expansion has been clear in recent months, as the route has matured. Upgrading to a new three-class aircraft, adding a first class cabin on the service, more than proves that there are high-yielding passengers deriving from the capital city airport and the need for further capacity on the route.
At the official welcoming ceremony of the new aircraft today, Budapest Airport’s CCO, Kam Jandu, greeted the substantial development on the Dubai link, commenting: “The unprecedented success and continuous demand on the Emirates service has been calling out for the introduction of 777s. The upgrade on this link will help further sustain the route, with perhaps the potential of a second daily frequency to meet with the progression and growth in Budapest.” He added: “We are continuously working to strengthen our long-haul expansion, and 2015 has demonstrated yet another great year for Budapest. Witnessing a vast increase in tourist numbers has urged new airlines to enter and existing ones to expand, while driving the message home that Budapest is dynamically developing for the future.”