Due to the geopolitical situation, Air Canada will not resume its flights between Toronto and Budapest this summer season.
Even though international tourism has shown some recovery, the Canadian airline was compelled to reorganise its plans for 2022 as a result of the recent events.
The current precarious situation, the Russian-Ukrainian war, will certainly affect the demand for travel in the Central European region, which is why the decision was made to postpone the resumption of the Toronto-Budapest seasonal flight until the summer of 2022.
In early February, the company announced that its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft would have flown to the Hungarian capital from Canada 3 times a week between May and October 2022, offering almost 1,000 seats a week in one direction during the high season, writes airportal.hu.
According to Air Canada, passengers who have already bought their tickets for the Toronto-Budapest route will be transferred to other partner airlines.
Air Cananda last flew to Budapest in 2019. There were scheduled flights for 2020 as well, but they were thwarted by the arrival of the first wave of the pandemic. It currently looks like there will be no Air Canada flights between Budapest and the North American country until 2023.
The Canadian airline was the first to cancel its plans to launch a flight to Budapest, specifically citing the geopolitical situation. In addition, Ryanair has also reorganised its Ferihegy schedule due to the war.
Referring to declining demand, British Jet2 has recently announced that it would stop all flights to Poland but did not do so in relation to its existing and re-launched routes to Budapest.
HungaroControl helps refugees in Ukraine with a total of EUR 20,000 in cooperation with the Hungarian Ecumenical Relief Organisation. The air traffic service organised a fundraiser among its employees to help those fleeing the war, and then doubled the collected donation of about EUR 10,000, reports airportal.hu