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Budapest Airport gets Seoul with new year-round route

LOT Polish Airlines today announced services between Budapest Airport. This is the 12th route offered by LOT from Budapest, and is the airport’s first to Korea, marking a further vote of confidence in Hungary’s capital gateway.

LOT Polish Airlines has announced year-round flights between Budapest Airport and Seoul Incheon. The route will be operated three times per week from 22nd September by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. With estimated market demand at over 100,000 passengers per annum, and the market between Hungary and Korea almost quadrupling over the past four years, the route will enable Budapest Airport to better serve customer’s needs.

Speaking at the announcement was Jost Lammers, CEO: “The announcement of LOT’s long-haul service to Seoul is the first scheduled flight ever from Budapest and is a further vote of confidence in our airport during a record summer for us. We look forward to welcoming more Koreans to our beautiful city, as well as enabling Hungarians to visit the striking tech and historical capital of Seoul, for business or pleasure. With over $1.2bn inward investment from Korea into Hungary solely this year, we can ensure both business related travels and cargo opportunities are also optimised.”

With the new route, customers flying from Budapest now have a choice of three Asian destinations, including Beijing and Shanghai. This comes as further routes were announced from S20, including a 12 times weekly service to Prague and Stuttgart, along with daily services to Sofia and Belgrade. This brings to 12 the number of destinations from Budapest Airport served by LOT offering over 1.2 million annual seat capacity. This move strengthens the hub concept for LOT in Central Europe and drives them towards being the largest full-service carrier at Budapest Airport.

  • Budapest Airport is the best airport in the Region, as recognised by Skytrax in six consecutive years from 2014 to 2019, based on passenger ratings. Budapest Airport has become the lead airport in terms of passenger growth and together with its airline partners is a key contributor to the development of tourism in Hungary and Budapest.
  • Budapest Airport’s terminals are home to 44 airlines which transported 14.9 million passengers to 125 destinations in 45 countries in 2018 (13.5% growth rate in 2018 vs. 2017).
  • Budapest Airport in 2018 handled 146.113 tons of cargo (15.9% growth rate vs. 2017).
  • Monthly passenger traffic growth June 2019 has exceeded +9%

Budapest Airport’s route development includes:

Already launched:

  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to London City, 18 February 2019;
  • Lauda 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;
  • Air Serbia twice-weekly service to Nis, 1 August 2019.

To launch:

  • Ryanair four times weekly service to Catania, 13 August 2019;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 3 times weekly to Seoul, 22 September 2019;
  • Ryanair four times weekly service to Tel Aviv, 27 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Lappeenranta, 27 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Poznan, 28 October 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 Gothenburg, 29 October 2019;
  • Ryanair three times weekly service to Luxembourg, 29 October 2019;
  • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Toulouse, 30 October 2019;
  • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Kazan, 30 October 2019;
  • com twice-weekly service to Birmingham, 8 November 2019;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Brussels, 29 March 2020;
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Bucharest, 29 March 2020
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Prague, 29 March 2020
  • LOT Polish Airlines 12 times weekly to Stuttgart, 29 March 2020
  • LOT Polish Airlines 7 times weekly to Sofia, 29 March 2020
  • LOT Polish Airlines 7 times weekly to Belgrade, 29 March 2020

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