Seen cutting the cake in Budapest to celebrate the resumption of TAP Portugal’s seven times weekly service to Lisbon are: Péter Szolnok, Sales Manager, TAP Portugal; Her Excellency Maria José Morais Pires, Ambassador of Portugal to Hungary; David Jacinto, Head of Central and Eastern European and USA Sales, TAP Portugal; and Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. During winter the Star Alliance member will operate six weekly flights.
- TAP Portugal returned to Bucharest (OTP) and Budapest (BUD) on 2 July, with the carrier having last served the Hungarian and Romanian capitals at the end of W15/16. Both are now connected to Lisbon (LIS) once again by the Star Alliance member, with services on the 2,478-kilometre link to Budapest operating seven times weekly (twice-daily Saturday, no Friday flight), and the 2,971-kilometre connection to Bucharest being served six times weekly. “We experienced a 5.9% increase in Portuguese tourists last year,” informs Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. Lammers added: “It’s a great moment for us to welcome back TAP Portugal into our portfolio as well as giving us the opportunity to offer our customers the carrier’s excellent onward connections to Morocco, Brazil, Cape Verde and the Azores.” TAP Portugal also confirmed at the Budapest launch that its services to the gateway of Hungary will continue into W17/18 with six weekly flights. Both capital connections are already served by Hungarian-based ULCC Wizz Air, while Blue Air also flies between Bucharest and Lisbon. See how Budapest Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.