Visit Budapest Airport’s stand at Travel Exhibition 2012! *** Acting responsibly at a critical time *** Budapest Airport welcomes 32 scheduled routes from Ryanair *** Wizz Air adds 10 new routes from Budapest base *** LOT to increase frequency and flight capacity from March *** Non-stop from Berlin to the Hungarian capital *** Alitalia direct flight to Rome - Starting from 20th February *** Aegean Airlines to launch flights to Budapest *** TAROM introduces its second flight per day from Bucharest to Budapest *** Germanwings increasing number of flights on Budapest- Stuttgart route *** Berlinbe, Hamburgba és Brüsszelbe is indít új járatokat a Lufthansa Csoport Budapestről *** Finnair Plus Offer To Duna Club Tier Members *** Jet2.com makes it a hat-trick at Budapest *** airberlin: Malév frequent flyer status transferable to topbonus New restaurants at Terminal 2a and 2b
In case you haven’t been to the exhibition and don’t know what to expect, please take a virtual tour at the exhibition of 2011, where you can easily find us when turning left at the front row from the starting point.
Further information can be found at: utazas.hungexpo.hu
Professor dr. József Rohács from the university was informed of the grant at the now traditional aviation event organized by the airport operator on 16 February at the VAM Design Center.
The university will probably spend the money on educating one or more talented students. According to the relevant agreement, the department and Budapest Airport will establish a joint committee, which will be responsible for selecting the student or students whose studies will be supported from the donation, as well as defining the manner of its use. The university would like to spend the grant primarily on educational purposes, such as financing foreign study tours, language learning or professional further training.
The value of the donation is increased significantly by the fact that Budapest Airport has suffered a significant revenue shortfall due to the bankruptcy of the Hungarian national carrier Malév, and is therefore using virtually all available means to minimize losses, cut costs and achieve savings. But the grant is a clear indication that event at a time of frugality due to this unexpected crisis, the airport operator still considers the various forms of corporate social responsibility to be important. Last year Budapest Airport worked out a comprehensive strategy for responsible operation, also earmarking significant funds for such purposes, but due to the bankruptcy of Malév it has been forced to review and temporarily suspend its donation policy.
Effective 17th February it will commence direct services to six of a total 32 European destinations - Barcelona, Stockholm, Madrid and Dublin plus two all-new routes, to London Stansted in the UK and Karlsruhe in Germany. The 26 additional routes will start operations within the coming weeks.
The introduction of the Budapest-London Stansted route will increase the choice of London airports served, as well as offer some highly attractive fares. Existing routes to Budapest from the UK currently served by other carriers operate from London Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton. Ryanair’s new route to Karlsruhe in Germany will offer direct and convenient access to the beautiful Black Forest region and the famous spa-town of Baden-Baden.
Jost Lammers, Budapest Airport CEO said: "Welcoming Ryanair back to our airport was always on the agenda and whilst they initially announced five routes for commencement in March, this has now been increased to 32 in total. Operating from Terminal 2 and paying the same T2 charges as all airlines in Terminal 2, there is now more competition in this market, affording more convenience and choice for travellers. We look forward to Ryanair’s long and continuous operations from our airport."
Ryanair previously served Budapest from 2005 to 2010 with flights to Bristol, East Midlands and Dublin. It was encouraged back as Budapest is a popular destination for leisure travelers, renowned for its traditional Hungarian culture and hospitality as well as its vibrant night-life and historic spas built around natural hot springs and thermal pools. Lead in Ryanair fares start from ?8.33/€9.99/HUF2,999 for a one way fare and are on sale at ryanair.com.
This latest phase of the airline’s recent expansion in the Hungarian capital increases capacity to over 2.5 million seats a year.
The sixth in a series of recently announced additional aircraft will begin operating as of early April 2012, with new routes to Malaga (Spain), Bucharest and Cluj (Romania), Warsaw (Poland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Larnaca (Cyprus), and Heraklion, Zakynthos, Rhodes, Thessaloniki (Greece). With these newest additions and the capacity increase announced last week, Wizz Air has now added more than a million new seats to their network. These new routes are already on sale at wizzair.com.
Wizz Air also aims to start services to non-European Union markets such as Tel Aviv, Kiev, Moscow, and Istanbul, subject to designation and regulatory approval.
In light of the airline’s growth in Budapest, Wizz Air is in the process of recruiting 100 additional local staff, bringing its total employee count close to 400 in Hungary. In addition, approximately 2,000 jobs have been created in service industries that support Wizz Air’s operation.
“Wizz Air has a long history of successful operations in Hungary and this further expansion demonstrated our continuing commitment. Over the past 8 years we have earned the trust and loyalty of our passengers and now even more consumers will benefit from our low fares and efficient service.” - said József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air.
Wizz Air flies to the following destinations:
|Destination||Weekly frequency today||Summer 2012||Change||Start Date|
|Malaga (NEW)||0||2||2||2 April|
|Larnaca (NEW)||0||2||2||4 April|
|Cluj (NEW)||0||3||3||3 April|
|Sofia (NEW)||0||3||3||3 April|
|Warsaw (NEW)||0||4||4||2 April|
|Thessaloniki (NEW)||0||2||2||3 April|
|Zakynthos (NEW)||0||1||1||16 June|
|Rhodes (NEW)||0||1||1||16 June|
|Heraklion (NEW)||0||1||1||16 June|
|Bucharest (NEW)||0||4||4||2 March|
Two new flights will be operated from March 10 and 11 and as a result passengers travelling to Warsaw can choose from two departure times on Saturdays and Sundays. The number of flight from the present 17 will be increased to 19 and the airline will also increase the capacity of its flights. Embraer E-170 aircrafts with 70 seats will be replaced with Embraer E-195 with 112 seats. Aircrafts with greater capacity will be delivering passengers between Budapest and Warsaw.
LOT will launch its LO 535/536 flight instead of the planned summer schedule earlier on March 1.
The departure and arrival of the previous LOT flight in the summer schedule will change as the following:
LO531/532 Warsaw 18:05 – Budapest 19:35
The aircraft will take-off from Berlin at 12:45 and land in Budapest at 14:20. The return flight departs at 15:00 and arrives in Berlin at 16:35. Tickets are available starting at €49 including taxes, fees and topbonus miles.
With this new offer, airberlin is reacting to codesharing partner Malev’s exit from the market. The Hungarian airline announced on Friday that it was ending its flight operations. Stranded Malev passengers have the opportunity to transfer their tickets to airberlin for €49 one-way by the coming Wednesday.
With the new offer, airberlin is integrating the Berlin-Budapest connection into the hub structure at Berlin, which allows for numerous connection possibilities throughout Germany and Europe with Germany’s second largest airline. Tickets are available on the Internet at: airberlin.com, at the Service Centre (Tel. 01805 - 737 800; €0.14/min. from a German landline; call charges from mobile phones in Germany max. € 0.42/min.) as well as at travel offices.
Starting from 20th February, Alitalia will re-launch its direct flight service between Budapest and Rome Fiumicio earlier. The frequency of flights planned from March 1 for the summer schedule will be increased from three (Monday, Friday, Saturday) to five weekly, with flights on Wednesday and Thursday as well. There will be daily flights from the April 1.
Return tickets are available from 28 400 HUF (including airport tax and charges, excluding service fees).
Carla Catuogno Country Manager Alitalia for Hungary and Poland announced: “The earlier launch of the flights reflects the dedication of Alitalia towards the Hungarian market and attributes to the service of the increased passenger traffic fostering the touristic and trading relations between Italy and Hungary.
For booking and further information please contact the Hungarian office of Alitalia on telephone +36 1 301 8744 (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), their call center based in Italy at + 39 06.65649, visit their website www.alitalia.com or contact your travel agent.
Starting from Friday, 9 March 2012, AEGEAN will offer a new direct service between Athens and the political and cultural capital of Hungary. AEGEAN will connect Athens to Budapest with 4 flights per week. The aircraft will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Athens International Airport at 09:15 and will return from Budapest International Airport at 11:05 (local time).
Dimitris Gerogiannis, Managing Director of AEGEAN stated: “We are facing a winter season with the lowest demand during Aegean Airline’s lifetime, a sharp rise in fuel prices and uncharacteristically and unnecessarily high airport fees and taxes in Athens determined by the Greek state. We have already made adjustments to our overall planning, due to low demand, but at the same remain vigilant and respond to opportunities that are compatible with our company strategy and meet the demands of the Greek tourism product.”
The flights to Budapest will be operated with the brand new AIRBUS A320, with 168 seating capacity, in dual class configuration offering a full meal and an in-flight entertainment system with six music channels without extra charges. Business class passengers will be able to enjoy improved seat comfort, a choice of meals and Greek wines, as well espresso or cappuccino. The flight schedule is designed in a way so as to offer connections from/ to the rest of Greece.
The new flight will be operated in the morning, each day of the week, Monday to Saturday, according to the following program:
RO231 Bucharest 09.00 – Budapest 09.50
RO232 Budapest 10.20 – Bucharest 13.00
The present TAROM flight Bucharest-Budapest-Bucharest will be modified according to the following program, each day of the week, except Staurday:
RO233 Bucharest 16.00 – Budapest 16.50
RO234 Budapest 17.20 – Bucharest 20.00
Both flights will be operated with ATR planes.
The German low-fare airline offers tickets on a favourable price for those passengers affected by the Hungarian national airliner’s crisis. The Stuttgart-Budapest additional flights will start April 17, 2012 and tickets are already available at www.germanwings.com.
The Lufthansa Group acknowledged the cessation of operations by the Hungarian national carrier Malév Zrt. with regret. The Lufthansa Group has announced that it is ready to help Malév passengers with its services. Lufthansa is expanding the capacity of some of its aircraft departing from Frankfurt and Munich, and is increasing the frequency of flights from Frankfurt to Budapest to five a day as of 6 February. Additionally, Lufthansa is launching new flights from Berlin and Hamburg from 6 February.
A Boeing 737 will commute from the German capital every day, whilst the Lufthansa flight from Hamburg will also depart once a day, and the company is also continuously maintaining its three flights a day to Düsseldorf. In accordance with increased passenger demand, Austrian Airlines will also fly the Vienna-Budapest route with larger aircraft. As of 7 February, Swiss Air Lines increases the capacity of its flights on the Budapest-Zurich route, and Brussels Airlines will launch three flights a day to Brussels from 13 February 2012 instead of the current two.
Lufthansa Group capacity expansion
• Lufthansa Airlines (LH): Frankfurt (FRA), München (MUC)
• Austrian Airlines (OS): Vienna (VIE)
• SWISS (LX): Zurich (ZRH)
Lufthansa Group new flights
• Lufthansa Airlines (LH): Berlin (BER), Hamburg (HAM)
Brussels Airlines (SN): Brussels (BRU) 1 extra flight per day
Budapest Airport has today announced the launch of a third route from UK-based Jet2.com. The new twice weekly flights from Budapest Airport to Leeds, Bradford in the UK are due to begin on 29th March 2012 and will depart on Thursdays and Sundays from the Hungarian capital. The service from Budapest Airport will run in addition to the existing regular flights to Edinburgh, and the daily schedule operating between Budapest and Manchester. The route, which will operate year round, has been launched following demand from the airline’s customers and follows the on-going success of the existing routes.
Jost Lammers, CEO of Budapest airport commented: “We are delighted that Jet2.com has increased its capacity to the UK with the addition of the Leeds route. It will offer passengers easy access to the UK’s largest county, Yorkshire, and its major cities including the dynamic city of Leeds, the historic town of York, and the spa town of Harrogate. Leeds is also the largest media, financial and legal sector outside of London so the new route will also offer business travellers increased choice in terms of their arrival point into the UK. We are confident the route will perform well.”
Gergely Horváth, CEO of the Hungarian Tourism Plc. commented, “We know that Budapest is a very popular city break for the UK population and this new route will give the people of Yorkshire, and its surrounding regions, the opportunity to easily reach Budapest. We look forward to welcoming them on city breaks so they can explore our history, view the stunning architecture, experience our extensive spa culture and enjoy the wide variety of arts; not to mention the growing selection of excellent restaurants, bars and coffee shops.”
Steve Heapy, Chief Commercial Officer of Jet2.com and Managing Director of Jet2holidays, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer the people of Budapest another UK destination direct from their local airport. Based on the experience of our existing Budapest flights we anticipate that the route will be popular with tourists seeking to explore all that Yorkshire has to offer.”
Fares, which are now on sale, start from only 49,49€ one way including taxes. Whilst the aircraft, a Boeing 737 offers an all economy cabin with up to 148 seats, there is the option to buy extra leg room on eight of the seats, and to select allocated seat numbers on ticket purchase. The airline also offers a generous luggage allowance of 22kg. Fare details can be found at www.jet2.com.
How it works
If you currently hold Malev Duna Club tier membership (Platinum, Gold or Silver), Finnair would like to offer a matching tier status in Finnair Plus provided that certain criteria are met. Should you meet the criteria, Finnair Plus tier membership becomes valid for one year at a time.
Criteria to become eligible
Fly one time with Finnair between 13.2 - 31.5 (last departure date) in one of the following booking classes.
Flight needs to be marketed by AY (it does not have to be operated by AY as long as there is AY code printed on the ticket). Tier card will be mailed to you after your first flight.
How to proceed
1. Fly with Finnair on eligible flight (see booking classes and flight period above)
2. Scan or copy the boarding pass stub, electronic ticket and your valid Malev Duna Club tier card, and send these documents to Finnair before 30.6.2012. Please also enclose your Finnair Plus membership number with the documents. If you are not a Finnair Plus member yet you need to register as Finnair Plus member beforehand. Please go to www.finnair.com .
3. Email your documents to email@example.com or call +358 9 818 888 for information.
4. A new tier card will be mailed to you within 2-3 weeks.
Until 31st May 2012, Duna Club members can register in topbonus and enjoy the benefits of Germany's second largest frequent flyer program. As of 6th February 2012, airberlin flies daily from Berlin to Budapest with very good connections within Europe.
Those interested can find information regarding transferring from Duna Club to topbonus at airberlin.com/dunaclub. Those taking part will receive their topbonus card that corresponds to their Duna Club status by post within 14 days after registration.
Currently more than 2.8 million passengers are participating in the topbonus Program and taking advantage of exclusive topbonus partner benefits such as hotels, rental cars, insurance, or magazines. Collected miles can be redeemed against upgrades to airberlin Business Class and free flights around the world. The oneworld® membership planned for 20th March 2012 will make the topbonus frequent flyer program even more appealing. More information about airberlin's frequent flyer program is available online at airberlin.com airberlin.com.
Boarding Bar - 2B
Newly opened bar offers a trendy and cosy atmosphere in Terminal 2B transit area. Wide range of draft and canned beers, quality Hungarian wines.
Negroni - 2B
Original Italian cuisine with varied pastas and pizzas.
Upper Crust - 2B
Freshly baked delicious, crispy baguettes.
Bill Bentley - 2A
Well known name for regular passengers of Budapest Airport. Bill Bentley pubreopened in December 2011 with cosy and friendly atmosphere, wide range of draft and canned beers, quality Hungarian wines and toasted sandwiches.
Caffé Ritazza - 2A
The Ritazza brand itself is a guarantee of quality – come an enjoy a capuccino before your flight and experience the real taste yourself.