The test period was successful for the new Hungarian airline Aeroexpress Regional. The new airline aims to connect different regions of the Carpathian Basin. The idea is sympathetic to the government too. They are now preparing the schedule for spring when the routes will be extended to the western part of the country too. Soon, flights might be available to Balaton as well.
The Aeroexpress Regional is a new Hungarian airline. During the test period, it connected Debrecen and Budapest with Transylvania. Due to the success and growing interest in the airline, they already plan on expanding their routes. From December, their most popular lines will be available to travellers. In the summer, new routes are planned to be opened mostly in the western part of the country. Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, the co-founder of the company told VG.hu, that new routes might open up to the Balaton region, Târgu Mureș (Marosvásárhely) and Brașov (Brassó).
The Hungarian government sees potential in the new Charpatian Basin-based regional flights. The mother company of Aeroexpress Regional is BASe Airlines operates in Finland, therefore, the company has strong foundations. The route between Cluj (Kolozsvár) and Budapest will soon resume and by the summer new routes might open up.
Not just the government, but also people seem to be in favour of these new regional flights. Due to the growing interest in the flights, the test period was extended from the original September-October period to the middle of November. According to the co-founder, the number of reservations grew by 20-30 percent each week. A regional flight between Budapest and Kolozsvár was welcomed by passengers frequently travelling between Hungary and Romania.
The story of the company
BASe Airlines which owns half of Aeroexpress is a family business that was founded 31 years ago. The other half of the ownership is shared between Dániel Somogyi-Tóth and Dániel Vadász chairmen. BASe Airlines provides aeroplanes, which are produced in Brasil and have a 30-passenger capacity. The airplanes are based at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport. They have been in operation for the past 17 years and have successfully landed more than 27,000 times. They provided service in various countries for public and touristic purposes.
During the test period, the prices moved between 30 to 90 euros. The Budapest-Kolozsvár route can be done back and forth in just one business day. This is very good news for businessmen and tourists who plan short visits. The airline filled in a long-standing hiatus because in the past ten years regional flights were not available since MALÉV went bankrupt. Regional flights provide easy access to places that can be hardly reached by land-based transport. This regional connectivity is very important for the Hungarian economy.
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