Budapest Airport intensifies US connections
Next summer, American Airlines will introduce four weekly flights from Budapest Airport to the US metropolitan city of Chicago at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Joining its regular link to Philadelphia, the carrier’s latest seasonal service to the Midwest will utilise the oneworld member’s Boeing 787-8’s with 20 Flagship Business class seats and 27 Premium Economy seats. Just two years after the resumption of the Hungarian gateway’s transatlantic connections, the new link will see Budapest witness an important boost to its US network.
Following a successful return to Hungary’s capital city airport last year, American Airlines has confirmed the commencement of its link to Chicago O’Hare from May 2020. Expanding the gateway’s US market by 50,000 seats next year, this latest announcement strengthens Chicago’s position as Budapest’s largest US market having witnessed a total of 700,000 passengers travelling between the two countries in 2018 – a noteworthy 65% of whom originated from the US, highlighting the continuing popularity of Budapest as a tourist attraction.
Commenting on the development, Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport said: “American Airlines has experienced great success with us in the first 14 months of operation and the confirmation of its second flight from Budapest provides a clear indication of our joint commitment to enhance both the airport’s and the carrier’s networks. The progression of our North American connectivity is extremely pleasing for all involved” Jandu added: “Services to this vibrant city have been in high demand, so there is no doubt that American Airlines’ new link will be equally popular. Providing greater choice for our passengers will always be a priority for us, to be able to increase the options available on American Airlines’ considerable network from its Midwest hub is a rewarding factor.”
“We are pleased to announce our second flight from Budapest to the US,” says Cristián Lizana, Regional Manager – Sales, Central & Eastern Europe, American Airlines. “Chicago is a vibrant city for tourism and commerce and as American Airlines’ Mid-west hub, ORD offers hundreds of flights enabling customers travelling from Hungary to reach every corner of the US, as well as destinations in Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America.”
American Airlines carried more than 28 million passengers through ORD in 2018.
- 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;
- Jet2.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;
- American Airlines four times weekly service to Chicago O’Hare, May 2020.