Category Archives: Hungary

Ryanair open its Budapest base 17th of February

Ryanair announced that it will open its new Budapest base next Friday (17th Feb), as the airline confirmed details of record bookings on its 31 routes over the first 7 days following the closure of Malev. In response to this surge of bookings, Ryanair today announced further expansion of its Budapest base with a 5th based aircraft (from 26 March next), 1 new route Budapest to Tampere (32 routes in total) and 42 more weekly flights, with additional frequencies on Ryanair’s routes from Budapest to Brussels, Eindhoven, Gothenburg, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Stockholm and Thessaloniki.

As an example:  A return flight from Stockholm to Budapest from friday to monday cost 46 Euro.

Ryanair confirmed that this 5th aircraft (new Tampere route and 21 additional frequencies) will see Ryanair’s Budapest traffic grow to 2.4m passengers in its first year, sustaining up to 2,400 jobs in Hungarian tourism.

The day after Malev left us stranded

Airlines including British Airways, Air France, KLM, Germanwings and Brussels Airlines were quick off the mark by increasing frequency on their existing Budapest routes. At the same time not only did Lufthansa & Wizz Air increase capacity on some of their existing routes from Budapest, they also announced new routes to help market recovery. Air Berlin also responded quickly with the launch of a new service between Budapest and Berlin commencing on 06 February. Not forgetting the five new routes being started by Ryanair in March, the post-Malev era is well underway.

Hungarian airline Malév ceases its operation

Based on the Board of Directors’ decision Hungary’s National Airline ceased its operation to minimize its losses. According to this statement, after nearly 66 years of continuous operation, Malév aircrafts will not depart from 6 am 03 February.

Unfortunately, the event occurred which we had a greatest fear of and we wanted to avoid with might and main. Although, until the latter days there were prospects to continue operation and the trust of our passengers is unbroken, our partners lost their trust due to the information published in the last days and they started to ask for payment of their services in advance. This speeded up the cash outflow and the situation of the airline became untenable. It is also known that the owner, despite the best intentions, is unable to provide additional financial resources to operate after the EU decision. Considering all these the Board decided to order the cease of operation of the Hungary’s National Airline. We apologize to all of our passengers.” – announced CEO Loránt Limburger.

So that is that! No more direct flights for me from Stockholm to Budapest.

The other side of Budapest

When you research Budapest prior to your trip you will stumble upon the regular picture-perfect-photos of tourists spots. Here is a gallery of the other side of Budapest, beyond the tourist trail.

Upgraded Budapest Airport wins another

Qatar Airways began flights to Hungary’s capital city of Budapest in January. Response from travelling public has prompted a decision to upgrade the route within months of the launch. Effective September 14, the route will be upgraded with three additional flights from the current four-flights-a-week. And the service, currently operating via Bucharest, will be de-linked.

Budapest is on the go as a flight destination

SkyCourt, the new building at Budapest Airport’s Terminal 2, officially opened last week in the presence of more than a thousand guests. SkyCourt significantly increases the capacity of Terminal 2, from approximately 5 million to 8.5 million passengers per year. Further developments are proposed, which will ultimately mean passenger traffic at the airport will be capable of reaching up to 20 million passengers per year.