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|
|Wizz Air||Liverpool||23 March||2|
|Wizz Air||Baku||27 March||2|
|Wizz Air||Keflavik||30 March||2|
|Ryanair||Gran Canaria||3 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
|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.”