Budapest Airport’s winter boost with Wizz Air
Budapest Airport has announced a boost in the gateway’s capacity this winter to Edinburgh and Odesa, with the confirmation of Wizz Air’s latest new operations. As the homebased airline launches a three times weekly service to Scotland’s capital city, and a twice-weekly link to the Ukrainian city of Odesa, Budapest will be able to offer a daily flight to Edinburgh as Wizz Air joins Jet2.com and Ryanair on the route, while Odesa becomes a new destination on the airport’s route map.
Set to begin on 21 December, the addition of the Hungarian carrier’s new link to Edinburgh will see a total of more than 82,000 seats on offer from Budapest to Scotland through the coming winter season. As Edinburgh becomes Wizz Air’s second destination to the Highlands after its twice-weekly link to the cultural hub of Glasgow, and the airline’s seventh link to the UK from Budapest.
“The Scottish capital, with its Old Town and New Town both being UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is the second most visited city in the UK by tourists. It is fantastic news for us that Wizz Air will not only be increasing our capacity to Scotland but to Ukraine as well, meeting growing demand and allowing us to offer our customers extended flight options to each region,” says Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development, Budapest Airport. “In return, the additional links will allow the many travellers visiting Budapest to experience our own city’s beauty and many tourist attractions.”
As the airline’s second connection from Budapest to Ukraine launches on 2 November, the addition of the airport’s first link to the port city on the Black Sea sees close to 8,000 more seats to the Eastern European country in W19/20 – the latest operation joins flights to Kiev Zhulyany and Kiev Boryspil (Ukraine International Airlines).
Welcoming a record number of passengers so far this year, Budapest is on course to surpass 16 million passengers by year-end – a healthy 8% growth which firmly secures the airport’s position ahead of the European average.
- 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:
- 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;
- Shanghai Airlines three times weekly service to Shanghai Pudong, 3 June 2019;
- Ryanair weekly service to Palma de Mallorca, 6 June 2019;
- Wizz Air, twice-weekly service to Castellón, 16 June 2019.
- 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;
- Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Odesa, 2 November 2019;
- Jet2.com twice-weekly service to Birmingham, 8 November 2019;
- Wizz Air three times weekly service to Edinburgh, 21 December 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.