Budapest Airport welcomes a new airline on the first day of the winter schedule. The 35th carrier to operate to Liszt Ferenc International Airport will be the recently established Georgian company MyWay Airlines, which will commute between Tbilisi and Budapest three times a week. The airline has two 170-seater Boeing B737-800 aircraft, and compiled its schedule to Budapest in such a way that it should be convenient for long weekends and for business travelers alike. This will be the second direct flight to Georgia from Budapest, as Kutaisi International Airport is also accessible from the Hungarian capital.

Brexit does not seem to have discouraged airlines from operating to Budapest from the UK, or perhaps it is one reason why numerous new flights are being launched. The 2018/19 winter schedule will include no less than four new services to the British Isles. easyJet will fly to London Southend Airport twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, and will operate to Manchester on the same days. Wizz Air will commute three times a week to Doncaster Sheffield Airport; its purple and blue aircraft flying the route on the first, third and fifth day of the week.

Another new service likely to be popular with passengers is the flight by LOT Polish Airlines from Budapest to London City Airport, the only airport actually in London, which will commute there every morning and evening from Monday to Saturday, i.e. 12 times a week. The carrier will use Brazilian-made, two-engine Embraer aircraft, as they are suitable for the short, 1508-metre runway of London City Airport, built on the river Thames.

For the benefit of holidaymakers, Wizz Air will launch a new flight to Ovda Airport in Israel, within easy reach of Eilat, a popular and safe destination on the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula, in the Gulf of Aqaba, for Hungarian tourists seeking sunshine during the winter. Irish carrier Ryanair will operate twice a week (on Wednesdays and Sundays) to the Jordanian capital Amman and will add the port city of Marseilles to its routes, with aircraft departing on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Two airlines have already announced new flights for next summer. Ryanair has said it will add four new services. It will fly twice a week from Budapest to the Irish city of Cork, also twice a week to Cagliari, on the island of Sardinia, and Bari in Southern Italy, on the Adriatic Sea. From May 2019, its route network will include Seville in Spain, again twice a week.

Additionally, Transavia France will make Nantes, on the Loire estuary, accessible for Hungarian travellers, twice a week.

Balázs Bogáts, head of airline development for Budapest Airport, said: "We continue our negotiations with airlines about launching new flights. Besides Europe, we are primarily focusing on the huge tourism potential in the Asian region, and on formulating the most convenient schedule possible for passengers arriving in and departing from Budapest. We are happy to acknowledge that more and more European cities and regions are becoming accessible for our passengers, with direct flights."


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