Budapest Airport sees Portuguese expansion with Ryanair
Budapest Airport can confirm that Ryanair, which has recently announced new routes to Bordeaux and Toulouse, will also commence its first Portuguese operations from the airport for W19/20, adding new flights to Lisbon and Porto. Flights to Lisbon will operate three times weekly, while Porto will be served twice-weekly. The decision by the Irish ultra-low-cost carrier to add these routes will result in a further 49,000 seats being added to the Budapest market next winter, with these Portuguese links becoming Ryanair’s 43rd and 44th routes from the Hungarian capital.
“Last year the number of passengers travelling between Budapest and Portugal grew by 32%, with the direct market now accommodating over 210,000 passengers per annum,” comments Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport. “The route to Lisbon itself witnessed an impressive 41% traffic volume increase in 2018, so we are thrilled that Ryanair has confirmed that it will begin its first routes to Portugal from Budapest as the market continues to thrive. These service additions give passengers even more choice and flexibility to visit one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, whether for business or pleasure, while also offering more flexibility for those wanting to travel to Budapest from Portugal as well.”
Ryanair’s Lisbon service complements the existing operations of TAP Air Portugal and Wizz Air which both presently serve the route on a year-round basis. It means there will be up to 10 weekly departures on the 2,478-kilometre sector from Budapest next winter. Along with Lisbon, the number of flights operated to Porto will double, with Wizz Air already serving the route twice-weekly on a year-round basis. The latter operator also offers a twice-weekly summer seasonal route to Faro on the Algarve Coast, showing that Budapest has a great offering for passengers wanting to explore any part of Portugal.
Ryanair continues to go from strength-to-strength at Budapest, with the airline poised to launch seven new routes from the airport this summer, including Bari, Cagliari, Cork, Palma de Mallorca, Rimini, Seville and Thessaloniki. The airline is expected to operate 19% more weekly flights from the airport in S19 versus last summer. The ramp-up of operations by the airline comes at a time when Budapest continues to become the leading gateway to Eastern Europe, handling 14.8 million passengers a year.
Budapest Airport’s route developments for 2019 include:
- LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly service to London City, commenced 18 February.
- Laudamotion twice-weekly service to Stuttgart, 28 February 2019;
- Wizz Air daily service to London Gatwick, 31 March 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly to Cork, 4 April 2019;
- Wizz Air four times weekly to Oslo, 5 April 2019;
- Transavia France twice-weekly to Nantes, 7 April 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Cagliari, 1 May 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Seville, 2 May 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Bari, 3 May 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Rimini, 3 May 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Thessaloniki, 4 May 2019;
- Ryanair weekly service to Palma de Mallorca, 6 June 2019;
- Shanghai Airlines, three times weekly service to Shanghai Pudong; 7 June 2019;
- Wizz Air, twice-weekly service to Castellón, 16 June 2019;
- flydubai daily service to Dubai, 27 June 2019;
- LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Brussels, 2 September 2019;
- LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Bucharest, 2 September 2019;
- Ryanair three times weekly service to Lisbon, 29 October 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Porto, 29 October 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Bordeaux, 29 October 2019;
- Ryanair twice-weekly service to Toulouse, 30 October 2019;
- Jet2.com twice-weekly service to Birmingham, 8 November 2019.
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