Articles Tagged ‘Budapest’
Budapest forecasts modest growth for 2010; Wizz Air now flying 20 routes; Delta and Hainan Airlines offer long-haul
Hungary’s only major airport is the third busiest in Central Europe, but how dominant is Malev? Which other carriers have a significant presence and how many services have been gained and lost in the last two years?
Wizz Air now operates almost 150 routes but how many are operated daily? Which are its busiest bases and from which country does it operate twice as many flights as any other?
Hungary’s partly Russian-owned flag carrier has given up long-haul services. But which new services has it started and what major fleet development is likely? How seasonal is demand to Budapest and which routes are looking vulnerable?
SkyEurope may have pulled out of the airport, but Ryanair has arrived with seven new routes. LCCs make up a quarter of all traffic and Malev, under its new owners, is clawing back market share as traffic to the leading two country destinations (Germany and the UK) fell in 2007. But, overall traffic was still up 4% to 8.6 million. What’s new in 2008?
It’s been a memorable year in Hungarian aviation. First the national airline Malev was sold to Russians and then the airport was sold by British BAA to German Hochtief. Traffic has stabilised after two year of post-EU membership euphoria and this year SkyEurope scrapped its base. But Ryanair has now turned up and there’s still Wizz Air.