Just six months after its inaugural service with Shanghai Airlines took off, Budapest Airport celebrates the addition of two further Chinese destinations on its route map. Following exceptional success at the Hungarian gateway, the subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines now operates daily to Shanghai with twice-weekly links to include services via Chengdu and Xian.
Breaking all monthly records in passenger numbers throughout 2019, Budapest Airport has once again achieved a record year of solid growth. With just one month not surpassing the one million passenger mark, the Hungarian gateway handled 16.2 million passengers. At an 8.8% increase when compared to 2018 passenger traffic, Budapest Airport continues to be one of the fastest growing airports in Europe witnessing more than double the EU average growth of 4%.
Welcoming 920,000 more passengers last year than in 2018, Milan Bergamo Airport witnessed a 7.1% growth in passenger traffic, recording a total of more than 13.8 million passengers in 2019. Launching 13 new flights, seeing five new airlines join its portfolio, and adding four brand-new destinations has resulted in the best-ever year for the Italian gateway.
Budapest Airport continued the seasonal celebrations today as its 16-millionth passenger walked through its doors, marking the highest-ever number of passengers served in the airport’s history. Driven by the dynamic expansion of its route network and airline partners, the Hungarian gateway effortlessly reached another passenger traffic milestone, witnessing a solid 9% year-on-year traffic growth.
Budapest Airport has announced its 33rd new route of the year will be Ural Airlines three times weekly service to Zhukovsky, the Hungarian gateway’s third direct link to Moscow.
For the first time in its history, Milan Bergamo Airport has hit the 13 million passenger mark, setting a new record for annual passengers for the Italian gateway. Handling just one million passengers for the first time in 1999, today saw the airport celebrate the historic moment with the lucky 13-millionth passenger departing for Dheli via Rome.
Together with tour operator Robinson Tours, Budapest Airport will launch a new connection to Hainan Island’s Sanya next February. The leading Hungarian travel group will offer weekly flights to the Chinese city on SCAT Airlines’ subsidiary, Sunday Airlines’ 235-seat 757-200s. Complementing the Hungarian gateway’s existing portfolio to East Asia, the airport’s new airline partner will further strengthen Budapest’s Chinese connections as its link joins Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Shanghai and Xian.
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.
Budapest Airport’s launch of year-round service to Seoul Incheon with LOT Polish Airlines earlier this year significantly contributed to the Hungarian gateway’s Asia development. Today, just two months into the schedule, the airport celebrates the even stronger than expected demand to Seoul as the airline announces a frequency increase, operating four times weekly from next May.
All Nippon is to serve Milan Malpensa from Tokyo Haneda in S20, with Tokyo the number-one Asian destination from the Milan airport.
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.
Just a few days into the new season, Budapest Airport has already welcomed 11 new routes, with another four still to come. The last five days alone have seen the Hungarian gateway celebrate the commencement of Ryanair new services to Bordeaux, Gothenburg, Lisbon, Porto, Odesa, Tel Aviv and Toulouse.