The regional Romanian startup airline, Air Connect, will launch its first flights to Budapest from Bucharest and Kolozsvár (Cluj Napoca) this March. According to the timetable, they will fly twice a week. Meanwhile, the chairman of Kuwait Airways said they planned to open new European routes and destinations, including Budapest.
According to airportal.hu, the flights of Air Connect are to commute from 28 March to Budapest from the Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest (OTP), and the Cluj Napoca International Airport (CLJ).
The flights are to operate between the cities twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. They will fly in a W-shape: Bucharest – Budapest – Cluj Napoca (Kolozsvár) – Budapest – Bucharest.
Based on the timetable, their plane will take off at 9 AM on Tuesday in Bucharest. It will arrive in Budapest at 9.50 AM and take off at 10.20 AM towards Kolozsvár. There, it will land at 12.35 PM. From Cluj, it will start its flight back to Budapest at 1.05 PM and land in the Hungarian capital at 1.30 PM. Please, note the time zone difference: GMT+1 is Hungary, while GMT+2 is Romania. Therefore, the travel time will remain 1 hour and 15 minutes between the “capitals” of Transylvania and Hungary. From the Budapest International Airport, it will take off again at 1.50 PM and land in Bucharest at 4.40 PM. The travel time between Bucharest and Budapest will be 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Budapest Airport says provided you book your tickets until 29 January, you will get a 25 percent price reduction:
On Saturday, the travel times will be the same, but the planes will start 2 hours earlier. The airlines will use ATR 72-600 planes having 68 tourist class seats on their board.
First, Air Connect planned to start their service from Budapest on 15 October. However, they postponed the start. Five Romanian private investors created the startup company beginning operation in August 2022. The airline aims to serve the airports of the country, the region and the popular summer tourist places in Romania.
Meanwhile, the revenues of Kuwait Airways grew by 115 percent compared to 2021. The airline plans to launch new flights in 2023 to Athens, Barcelona, Berlin and Budapest. Furthermore, they will send planes to the Saudi Arabian cities of Al-Ula, Taif and Al-Qassim. Moreover, they will operate three flights per week to Vienna thrice a week, airportal.hu wrote.