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Budapest, 2018. március 28. A lett airBaltic légitársaság Rigából érkezett Bombardier CS300 típusú repülõgépe a Liszt Ferenc-repülõtéren 2018. március 28-án. A gép elsõ alkalommal szállt le a fõváros repülõtérén. MTI Fotó: Kovács Tamás

“airBaltic’s service has been a crucial connection for us, not only to Latvia but to further destinations within the region. As a result of the introduction of the faster, environmentallyfriendlier and ultimately larger jet, even more travellers can make this enhanced journey,” states Kam Jandu, CCO, Budapest Airport. “We have a commitment to ensure our customers have greater connectivity as well as offering improved sustainability. The arrival of our partner’s new aircraft illustrates our dedication to this goal while also improving our connection to further destinations via airBaltic’s hub,” adds Jandu.

Marking the Latvian flag carrier’s eighth year with the Hungarian gateway, the arrival of the new aircraft signifies the expansion of the low-cost carrier’s (LCC) flight network and the demand on the link between the two capital cities.

Previously served by the airline’s fleet of 73-seat Q400s, the new 145-seat CS300 will provide an additional 13,000 two-way seats on the airport pair, offering 30% more capacity than last summer.

In the year its home-country celebrates its centenary, airBaltic will offer close to 20,000 oneway seats from Budapest to its hub at Riga. The LCC has had a busy time serving Hungary since 2011:

8number of CS300s currently within the airBaltic fleet (with plans to have 14 by the end of 2018).
245days in the air flying between the two cities each year.
1,662,435approximate number of miles airBaltic has flown between Budapest and Riga since launch.
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Budapest, Hungary – photo: MTI
Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic comments:
“By upgrading the route to the CS300 aircraft, and increasing the capacity offered by 38%, we will boost our competitiveness by being able to offer more comfort and more affordable prices to our passengers.” Gauss added: “Flights to Riga are popular among transfer passengers choosing airBaltic for its convenient connections via Riga. This year the most popular transfer destinations thus far have been Tallinn, Helsinki, Vilnius, St. Petersburg and Moscow among others.”
Photo: MTi

Source: Budapest Airport

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