Hungary’s capital city airport is set to welcome a number of new airlines and further increase its route network during the S14 timetable. From the beginning of the summer season, Norwegian will be adding a fifth route to its Budapest network, launching a thrice-weekly service to London Gatwick. Connections to the UK will be boosted still further by the inauguration of services by Jet2.com from Leeds Bradford, following large demand this destination is returning to Budapest, offering a twice-weekly service from 3 April.
Wizz Air continues to be an active and ever-growing airline at Budapest, basing its eighth aircraft at the airport this summer and commencing its 30th service with a weekly flight to Alicante from 4 June. The airport will also welcome its first flight from Wizz Air’s subsidiary airline, Wizz Air Ukraine, inaugurating a twice-weekly service to Donetsk on 30 April.
Two further new airlines will commence services from Budapest in 2014, with the airport welcoming Vueling and Air Serbia. With flights to Belgrade, Air Serbia will begin its new connection to Hungary on 30 March the airport’s second link to the Serbian capital. From 20 June, Vueling will begin Budapest’s third connection to Barcelona with a twice-weekly service.
New airlines and routes
Airline Destination Starting Date Weekly frequency
Norwegian London Gatwick 30 March 1
Air Serbia (new) Belgrade 30 March 2
Jet2.com Leeds Bradford 3 April 2
Wizz Air Ukraine (new) Donetsk 30 April 1
Wizz Air Alicante 14 June 1
Vueling (new) Barcelona 20 June 2
Meanwhile, with an increase of flight frequencies, Budapest is also experiencing growth on a number of existing successful routes.
Significant frequency enhancements
Airline Destination Starting date Extra weekly flights Weekly flights increase Weekly seats increase
Brussels Brussels 20 January 5 42% 35%
LOT Warsaw 30 March 6 33% 21%
Belavia Minsk 27 April 1 50% 33%
In terms of 2014 objectives, Kam Jandu, CCO of Budapest Airport, is looking forward to the advancement of Budapest’s corporate aim to become the best airport in the Central and Eastern European region. “It remains important for us to build on our solid foundations in 2014 by delivering a combination of attractive routes and good services for airlines as well as passengers. We will be offering passengers a great selection of airlines and expanding destinations. So far as 2014 new route announcements are concerned, this is just the start, and we have some very significant new service developments still in the pipeline.”
The new base in Madrid is Norwegian’s fifth base in Spain, along with Alicante, Malaga, Las Palmas and Tenerife.
FL Technics to provide maintenance services for the airline’s Airbus 320 at its newly opened base in Vilnius International Airport.