We wrote earlier about several new destinations reachable from Budapest. Good news is that there is some progress concerning them, Budflyer, a Hungarian air travel news Facebook page, wrote. Furthermore, Air Serbia would like to make Budapest one of its most important European travel hubs providing North American, Middle-Eastern and African destinations.
According to Budflyer, a direct flight can be established between Hungary and Mongolia this year. Sandag Byambatsog, a member of the State Great Hural (the Mongolian parliament) and minister for transport development, wrote about the latest government session, during which the cabinet discussed options for air travel development. According to his statement, the Mongolian leadership would like to liberalise air transport and traffic. They would like to reestablish domestic trips and aim to make the Chinggis Khaan International Airport, also referred to as New Ulaanbaatar International Airport, an air travel hub.
Therefore, the cabinet would sign an air travel agreement with the Hungarian government. The statement of Mr Byambatsog did not talk about the airline that would commute between Ulaanbaatar and Budapest. It can be the Mongolian state airline, MIAT, or the Hungarian low-cost airline, Wizz Air.
In the latter case, the start will need to wait until the arrival of the Hungarian budget airline’s brand-new A321XLR planes. That is because Wizz Air does not have suitable aircraft to serve the route without flight interruptions. Furthermore, the direct travel time between the two capitals is longer due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
According to the Facebook page of Egyptair, there will be “4 weekly flights from Budapest to Cairo starting from 26 March on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.”
Meanwhile, Budflyer wrote that the system of Wizz Air already has a route to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. However, the destination is reachable only from Abu Dhabi instead of Budapest. Thus, you can travel there only after a transfer in the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates. The first flight will depart on 1 June.
Turizmus Online writes that the first direct flight of Air Serbia to Belgrade will take off from the Budapest international airport on 13 March (Monday). The frequency will gradually increase during spring. In May, there will be 17 flights from Budapest. As a result, you may reach 87 destinations from the Hungarian capital with a transfer in Serbia’s capital.
Bojan Arandjelović, the head of network planning and scheduling of Air Serbia, said they launched their first flight to New York before the pandemic. Now it commutes daily. By end-2023, they will have flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. He said that multiple exotic destinations would open up for passengers coming from Budapest, and the transfer time would be a maximum of 45 minutes, thanks to the size of their Belgrade HUB. Mr Arandjelović added they would serve Budapest with ATR 72-600 planes.
In the summer, they plan to launch new routes to, for example, Chicago, Tel-Aviv, Cairo, and several Italian, German, French and Mediterranean cities.
Source: Turizmus Online, Budflyer