Budapest Airport secures boost with Shanghai Airlines

Just six months after Shanghai Airlines’ first flight from Shanghai Pudong arrived at Budapest Airport, the China Eastern Airlines subsidiary confirms the capacity on the route will more than double this December as the operation becomes a daily service.

The launch of Budapest Airport’s link to Shanghai saw a major development for the gateway earlier this year. In partnership with China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines’ three times weekly service to China’s largest city meant the previously underserved Budapest-Asia market was significantly boosted, as well as making the region and beyond more accessible than ever.

Today, Hungary’s capital city airport demonstrates the market opportunity as the airline confirms the operation will become daily from this December, just six months after initially launching the link. The additional flights include an operation via Chengdu and Xian twice-weekly to compliment the Shanghai link which, including an established Beijing link with Air China, now sees Budapest offer four non-stop connections to China. Recognising the demand for further capacity on the route, Shanghai Airlines’ expansion will see a significant boost from 89,000 seats annually to 207,000.

Commenting on the development, Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport, says: “Shanghai Airlines’ rapid expansion on this route clearly signifies Budapest’s global popularity continues to go from strength-to-strength. The early traffic results exceed projected market demand showing even greater opportunity for our new airline partner.” Jandu added: “The World Tourism Organisation recorded nearly two million more international visitors to Budapest last year [when compared to 2016]. We continue to work closely with all our partners to ensure demand can not only be met but surpasses expectation for all our visitors as well as offering multiple opportunities to those travelling from Hungary to discover the globe.”

Notes to editors

  • 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 October 2019 has exceeded +9%.
  • Budapest Airport’s route development includes:
    Already launched:

    • Shanghai Airlines three times weekly service to Shanghai Pudong, 3 June
    • 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.
    • 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

    Already launched:

    • 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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