“欢迎光临首届中国北京航 – 布达佩斯飞”
On May Day, the Air China, the chinese national airline for the first time landed at the Liszt Ferenc International Airport – Budapest with over 170 passengers on board, but giving a total of 237 passenger seats from Beijing via Minsk. The plane landed before the actual 7.40 p.m. schedule arrival time at 7.25 p.m. on the outer 31R runway. The Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc International Airport, as usually for the first time of an aircraft arrival, welcomes the plane with huge triumphal water jets. This time Péter Szijjártó – Foreign Economic Relations and Foreign Minister greeted the pilots and crew with the Rubik’s cube shape festive cake. His Excellency Mr. Xiao Qian – China’s ambassador to Hungary, Yan Jianshu – General Manager, Air China Hungary and Jost Lammers – Budapest Airport Chief Executive Officer also were in presence.
From the first of May, Air China will carry four times a week: Sunday – Monday – Wednesday –Friday, back-and-forth on board the Airbus A330 passengers from Beijing to Budapest with the planes stopping over for a short while in the Belorussian capital Minsk, continuing its flight to the Budapest Airport. From Budapest the aircrafts will fly straight to the Chinese capital.
This will a milestone easier for Chinese and Hungarian traveling tourists and business individuals to reach their destinations as travel time only lasts 7 hours. It was also said by …. that the number of people visiting Hungary from China on tourist or business trips increased by 19% last year onboard other flights and within flying on Air Chine this number could double over the next five years. Also pointed out that Hungary is home to the region’s most populous Chinese colony. The agreement on re-establishing the direct air link was announced by Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó this year in mid-March and to-day he was present at the celebration that came into force. Also stated to-day’s landing of the Air China in Budapest is the road to further success of Hungary’s Eastern Opening strategy.
Previously to the arrival in welcoming Air China aircraft and its crew a large number of Hungarian media and the local Chinese representatives were awaiting down on the runway for the landmark day.
Reaching the end of the ceremony, exchange staff arrived to replace the pilots and the cabin crew arriving to Budapest to continue their flight back to Beijing.
Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter