Budapest Airport hails back Hainan Airlines

Significantly expanding its Chinese market, Budapest Airport announces the return of Hainan Airlines next month. The carrier’s twice-weekly service to Chongqing from 27 December will provide Hungary’s capital city with its third regular link to the East Asian country.

Budapest Airport is significantly expanding its Chinese market with a planned new service from Hainan Airlines. Set to launch a twice-weekly operation between Hungary’s capital city and Chongqing, the Chinese carrier will utilise its two class B789 fleet on the 7,458-kilometre sector from 27 December 2019.

Providing Budapest with its third regular link to the East Asian country, Hainan Airlines returns to the Hungarian market this winter after an eight-year hiatus: “Of course, we can’t ignore that eight is a lucky number in China so returning now must been seen as a meaningful choice for our new partner. It’s not every day that an airline as prominent as Hainan Airlines announces a return to your airport,” effuses Dr. Rolf Schnitzler, CEO, Budapest Airport. “The fact that Hainan Airlines sees Hungary as such an attractive market that it wants to start a direct route from China is positive for both Hungarian travel and tourism, and for Hungarian business. This route will attract international tourists who want to visit Budapest and gives passengers even more choice of options for direct link as well as numerous onward connections.”

As demand between Budapest and China sees a robust 18% year-on-year growth, the airport forecasts 220,000 passengers will travel between the two countries by the end of 2019. Joining Budapest’s existing links to Beijing and Shanghai, Hainan Airlines’ new flights strengthen the importance of the Chinese market to Hungary.

Liu Jichun, VP, Hainan Airlines, sees a bright future for the new route: “In recent years, the market demand for economic exchanges, business travel and outbound travel between China and Hungary has become increasingly strong, and the number of Chinese tourists to Hungary has continued to grow. The opening of the Chongqing-Budapest route will provide passengers with more flexible travel options and will facilitate exchanges and cooperation between China and Hungary in economic and cultural aspects.” Jichun added: “Chongqing is one of our major hubs in the West of China, and we have flights to dozens of domestic cities from there, so passengers from Budapest will be able to make connections to other Chinese cities more convenient.”

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;
    • Hainan Airlines twice-weekly service to Chongqing, 27 December 2019;
    • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Kharkiv, 16 January 2020;
    • Sunday Airlines weekly service to Sanya, 23 February 2020;
    • 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;
    • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Zaporizhia, 29 March 2020;
    • Ryanair twice-weekly service to Lviv, 29 March 2020;
    • American Airlines four times weekly service to Chicago O’Hare, 4 May 2020;
    • Wizz Air daily service to Brussels, 1 June 2020;
    • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Kharkiv, 1 June 2020;
    • Wizz Air twice-weekly service to Lviv, 3 June 2020;
    • LOT Polish Airlines weekly service to Dubrovnik, 7 June 2020;
    • LOT Polish Airlines weekly service to Varna, 7 June 2020.

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