Budapest’s got a LOT of Seoul

Photo caption: Celebrating the arrival of Budapest Airport’s significant link to Seoul are: Dr Rolf Schnitzler, CEO, Budapest Airport; Rafal Milczarski, CEO, LOT Polish Airlines; Anna Németh, Deputy CEO for Marketing and Sales, Hungarian Tourism Agency; and Levente Magyar, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

With the number of Korean visitors quadrupling over the last four years, Budapest Airport and LOT Polish Airlines worked closely together to launch yesterday’s new link between Hungary’s capital city and South Korea’s largest airport – Seoul Incheon. Welcoming over 100,000 visitors from Korea each year, Budapest celebrated the arrival of LOT’s three times weekly service. This latest expansion marks a significant development in the airport’s connections with the East.

Commenting at the launch, Dr. Rolf Schnitzler, CEO, Budapest Airport said: “With the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and our strong relationship with LOT Polish Airlines, we have ensured further business and leisure relations in this essential market. The need for further connections from Budapest to the East has continued to grow and this is the next crucial step in our commitment to meet demand and serve our customers’ needs.”

With investments from Korea into Hungary reaching over $1.2bn this year, Budapest Airport’s fastest growing full-service carrier will now play an important role in the growth of the economic ties between the two countries.

  • 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. Budapest Airport in 2018 handled 146,113 tons of cargo (15.9% growth rate vs. 2017).
  • Monthly passenger traffic growth for August 2019 has exceeded +7%.
  • Budapest Airport’s route development includes:
    • Already launched:
    • 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;
    • Air Serbia twice-weekly service to Nis, 1 August 2019;
    • Ryanair four times weekly service to Catania, 13 August 2019.
    • LOT Polish Airlines three times weekly to Seoul, 22 September 2019.
      To launch:
    • 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 Odesa, 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;
    • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Lviv, 29 March 2020;
    • American Airlines four times weekly service to Chicago O’Hare, May 2020;
    • Wizz Air daily service to Brussels, starting S20;
    • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Lviv, starting S20;
    • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Kharkiv, starting S20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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