Ryanair is to reopen one of its most popular flights to London-Sansted, bringing the capital of the United Kingdom closer to Hungary.
According to airportal.hu, the flight will commute between London and Eszék (Osijek) in Northeast Croatia. The city has almost 100,000 residents with its suburbs and is just 50 kilometres away from the Hungarian-Croatian border. Thus, the connection will prove useful for Hungarians living in Baranya county and foreigners visiting that astonishing region of Hungary.
The Irish low-cost airline will operate the flight twice a week from 2 June. However, it will remain seasonal, and it will be included only in the summer timetable. It will depart the Croatian city on Monday evenings and Friday afternoons.
The airport of Eszék is just 1-1.5 hours from Pécs and its neighbourhood. Provided you want to come home from London to Pécs, it will be quicker to use the Eszék flight instead of landing in Budapest. That is because the driving time between Pécs and Budapest is still above 2 hours despite the direct motorway connection.
Of course, Budapest’s advantage is that you can use public transport from here. For example, you can travel by train, but you cannot come to Hungary from Eszék by railway. But by car, that flight will provide an excellent alternative for foreigners coming to visit, for example, the Villány wine region.
Ryanair operated that flight between 2013 and 2016 in the summers. Afterwards, they extended it even to the winter half of the year. As a result, it became the only full-year service of the airline. However, it did not last long. The Irish budget airline cancelled the flight in January 2017 unexpectedly because the local airport did not give financial support anymore to maintain it.
Ryanair operates seasonal flights to the Croatian seashore and is expanding in the capital, Zagreb, at the disadvantage of Croatia Airlines. However, they suspended many flights concerning that destination during the winter season.