Posts Tagged ‘Budapest Airport’

New direct flights from Toronto – Montreal en route to Budapest by Air Transat Canadian Airline – 2015.

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Outside the Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport welcomes with national flags the first flight arrival of

Air Transat  – Canadian Airline!

During the late morning hours the Air Transat Canadian airline for the first occasion landed 45 minutes earlier … thanks to the tailwind … at the Liszt Ferenc Airport flying from Toronto making an over stop in Montreal en route to Budapest – Hungary. On the occasion a ceremony was held to the start-up airline flight arrival by Lisa Helfand – Canadian Ambassador to Hungary, Péter Szijjártó – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations, Nicole Conrad-  European sales director of the Canadian Air Transat and Jost Lammers – CEO of Budapest Airport.

Szijjártó Péter – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Economic Relations at the opening flight ceremony said Canada has the third-largest airline flights and is important to open the economy, tourism and national policy. Added, in 2014 Canadian  arriving to Hungary reach 34 thousand individuals,  which was 9% higher than in the previous year’s and upon the recent census figures 314 thousand Hungarians live in Canada.  Let alone in Toronto 53 thousand and by the new flight will most probably, significantly facilitates and strengthen both side the relationships.

Lisa Helfand, Canada’s ambassador to Budapest, also emphasized the human links to bring much closer and also addressed the importance of the presence of increasing economic relations.

This year will be only one weekly flight, but  planning to have 3 flights/week from 2016, between the two Canadian cities … Montreal and Toronto via  Budapest Airport … back-and-forth.

Jost Lammers – CEO Budapest Airport, said at the press gathering,  quote: “We have been working hard for over the years with our Canadian partners to start this a new service and now we are proud to announce the success of our joint efforts and with a sizeable number of people living in the Toronto and Montreal area with Hungarian ancestry or having family ties, the new flight is most likely to be successful”.

On the Air Transat Airbus carrier A 330-200 offer wide-body with a total of 345 seats. Having 12 Club Class and 333 economy seats. Stepping into the aircraft smiles on the two dedicated flight attendants welcomed the media representatives onboard and held a short “inflight” verbal tour introducing the special shade of color effects changing depending on the day or night flights to ease the tiredness on the long overseas flight. Was told, the blue color leather seats had been ordered, specially manufactured in Germany and the Air Transat is the only aircraft flying around the globe in having this unique blue color leather seats.

The passengers flying aboard Airbus A310 aircraft may launch its new iOS to access a world of on-demand inflight entertainment via the Air Transat CinePlus application. It is available at their own play stores. This mobile application allows travellers access to their flight status, information on the destinations offered by the airline and allows the passengers to download their electronic documents and also to access a variety of inflight entertainment such as: movies, TV- series or their kind of music  with the use of their own tablet or smart phone. The Transat’s application is free of charge and available in English and French language … thus making travel more comfy,  to plan  and  make the flight easier.

Update and snaps by: Aggie Reiter

Chinese citizens inbound tourism in Hungary.


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His Excellency Xiao Qian, People’s Republic of China Ambassador to Hungary and Dr. Ádám Ruszinkó – Deputy State Secretary for Tourism met at the Ministry of National Economy to support tourism  in the region’s countries.

Hungary official member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), ratified by the General Assembly Resolution, which provided for the official Chinese languages among the admission of the World Tourism Organization. The Hungarian tourism with diplomacy helped to create the most dynamically developing China’s official language to the UNWTO and quickly became a language of among the world’s major tourist source markets.

The latest news on Chinese citizens inbound tourism in Hungary  show a number of Chinese tourists traveling to Hungary is dynamically increasing from year to year. China is among the main countries standing in the 20th place sending tourist to Hungary. Chinese tourists visiting Europe usually visit Hungary during their second or third journey. The Chinese tourists generally gather a positive impression of Hungary.

The number of Chinese tourists typically within Central and Eastern European countries travel within organized groups visiting Hungary. Most occasions making joint visits together with Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Germany.

In Hungary around 40 Chinese tour operators and travel agency offering short and long vacation time to spend learn about  both counties culture, landscapes, food and a wide  selection of wines from  internationally renowned winemaker at their vineyards.

Currently within the ADS system 82 accredited travel agency are in Hungary.

The China Tourism Administration (CNTA) regional branch to be open in Hungary with a new regional office in Budapest will make it much easier for the countries dealing with tourism co-operation between China and Central and Eastern European countries with the support of the regional coordinator of tourism. Hungary is in co-operation, coordinating, promoting Chinese tourism within 16 countries in this region. In the year 2014, 100000 Chinese tourist visited Hungary.

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 .  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.With Air China landing in Budapest it is like opening a new window between the two countries which will be much easier to promote mutual traveling.

Air China flights to Budapest will be really successful when the endpoints on travel aspects will be resolved  so the groups visiting Budapest flown by Air China may be able to continue their travel,  heading to Munich, Vienna, Geneva, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Milan. Expectations will be coming up in the winter scheduling season.

 Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Budapest Airport 65th Anniversary.

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To-day, May, 7.,  the Budapest Airport celebrates its 65th anniversary of its opening.

“Sixty-five years ago on this day, the new airport of the Hungarian capital commenced operation.

The historic event occurred on 7 May 1950, when a Li-2 passenger aircraft flew to Ferihegy from nearby Budaörs Airport. This marked the beginning of civil aviation at Budapest Airport. In the first year of its operation, the airport handled 7133 passengers. In 2014, this number exceeded 9 million.

The history of Ferenc Liszt International Airport, previously called Airport Ferihegy, stretches back even further than 1950. The area was zoned as a dual use, civil and military airport already in 1938,but the Second World War intervened. Although the construction of a unique, Bauhaus-style passenger terminal designed by architect Károly Dávid Jr. began, focus shifted to the hangars of the Hungarian Air Force and the Aviation Experimentation Institute; there was hardly any civilian traffic. The airport was bombed by the Allied forces several times in 1944, and it was only rebuilt by 1950 (according to the original designs). It welcomed the first Li-2 passenger aircraft (a Soviet version of the American Douglas DC-3 Dakota, built under license) on 7 May. At the time, the concrete runway at the airport was only 1500 meters long, which was gradually extended to accommodate jet aircraft. Runway I was completed, with its current length of 3000 meters, in 1958. By the 1970’s (1974, to be precise), the annual passenger number exceeded 1 million, and Terminal 1 was no longer able to handle the traffic. As a result, in 1977 the design and construction of a new control tower, a parallel runway II (3700 m) and a new technical base with aircraft repair hangars commenced. Terminal 2A, which today handles Schengen passengers, was completed in 1985. Due to the continuous traffic growth, further developments were necessary,and Terminal 2B was handed over in 1998.Significant organizational changes occurred in 2002, when air traffic control (HungaroControl) split from the previously all-encompassing state organization LRI (the Aeronautical and Airport Directorate), and Budapest Airport Zrt. as airport operating company was also established. Following successful privatization, Budapest Airport Zrt. operated under British management from January 2006, before an international consortium led by HOCHTIEF AirPort purchased 75% of its shares in June 2007. The Hungarian State retained the remaining 25 % +1 vote until the summer of 2011, when it decided to exercise its option right and sold the minority stake to the majority owners. During privatization, the new owners undertook to invest 261 million EUR (75 billion HUF) into development projects, which was fulfilled by 2012 and has been significantly exceeded since then, with the total value of developments currently in excess of 320 million EUR (approximately 110 billion HUF). In January 2013, with the acquisition of HOCHTIEF AirPort, Canadian company PSP Investments became the largest owner, and the company handling HOCHTIEF’s airport assets was renamed AviAlliance GmbH.

The biggest development project undertaken was the construction of the SkyCourt, a new passenger building linking Terminals 2A and 2B, for approximately 100 million EUR. Handed over in 2011, the elegant and high-quality SkyCourt (chief architect: Zoltán Tima– KÖZTI) provides an unforgettable architectural and travel experience, as well as a rich selection of shops and restaurants. The new terminal has made traveling through the airport simpler and more convenient, and has expanded throughput.

Budapest Airport suffered the greatest crisis in its history on 3 February 2012 with the grounding and eventual bankruptcy of the Hungarian national carrier Malév. Passenger traffic decreased by several hundred thousand that year as a result, transfer traffic was virtually eliminated, and the number of aircraft movements dropped to a level last seen in 2002. With the loss of the Hungarian flag carrier, Budapest Airport suffered severe financial damages, was forced to suspend a number of developments, including its Cargo City project, implemented a mass redundancy and closed the historic Terminal 1, in order to increase the efficiency of its operations. In spite of the crisis, the operator continued to invest into key developments and new services at the airport. Immediate and significant steps were taken to replace the lost routes and flights, as a result of which BUD managed to achieve an all-time passenger record in 2014.

Budapest Airport won the best airport in Eastern Europe award from British aviation analysts  Skytrax, both in 2014 and 2015. The Skytrax award is one of the most prestigious accolades an airport can receive. The developments are continuing in 2015 and over the coming years as well, at least to a value of 5 billion HUF annually.

History holds many ups-and-down but  the background figures speaks for itself … the traffic at the terminals were the grounds to 39 airlines, which transported 9.15 million passengers to 88 airports in 74 cities in 35 countries in 2014.”

Press release from Budapest Airport.

Update by Aggie Reiter

New hangar constructing works began at Budapest Airport.

Wizz hangar visual

Heavy machines once again started to roar at Ferenc Liszt Airport  in the area between the two large maintenance and repair hangars. Budapest Airport is building a brand-new hangar for Wizz Air which commences operation of its maintenance base in Budapest from September this year. The general contractor of the new hangar construction is Market Építő Zrt.  No fewer than 68 reinforced concrete piles have been put down into the ground in the area of the new hangar to be built at Budapest Airport – the Wizz Air maintenance/repair hangar project has officially entered the construction phase. The new hangar directly opening to the maintenance apron will be erected by Market Építő Zrt between the existing maintenance hangars operated by Lufthansa Technik and Aeroplex by August, and Wizz Air is expected to move into the new facility already in September. The 15-year lease contract for the new hangar was signed by the airline and Budapest Airport last June.

The 2000-square-meter hangar and 200 square meter service facility will accommodate a single aircraft. In the course of designing the hangar, it was also took into consideration that in the years ahead the Wizz Air fleet may be extended with Airbus A 321 neo aircraft already featuring ‘sharklets’, with a body that is almost 7 meters longer than that of the currently operated A 320 variety. From this spring onwards, Wizz Air is using Budapest Airport as a base for a fleet of 9 aircraft, and line maintenance and minor repairs required in the course of daily operation will be performed in the new hangar.

“This year, one of our largest development projects is the new hangar to be built for Wizz Air with a total investment of close to 1 billion HUF. Wizz Air is the biggest airline partner of Budapest Airport in terms of passenger traffic, and the new hangar is another step towards further strengthening the presence of Wizz on-airport, and the aircraft maintenance business in general.” said René Droese, property director of Budapest Airport. He added, “They operate their aviation unit, their Crew Center, their flight simulator, and their training center at our airport already. The current project shows that we are committed to continued growth and creating new jobs at Ferenc Liszt International Airport . The new hangar makes it possible for Wizz Air to run an even smoother operation here enabling it to perform high-quality line maintenance activities in Budapest.”

Snapshots of the construction site of the new hangar:

Source: Mihály Hardy – Director of Communications – Budapest Airport

Update by Aggie Reiter

Budapest – Lisbon on its first low-cost W!ZZ Air flight

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 By the time reading this update the W!ZZ Air flight from Budapest has ready landed at the Lisbon Airport and the almost 200 travelers en route are already enjoying the sights and sound of the City. 

The W!ZZ Air is also expanding in Budapest throughout the year 2015. Here is the latest which was launched today from Budapest above the clouds to Lisbon!

On the occasion to the first flight from Budapest  to Lisbon a ceremony connected with a  press conference took place at the Budapest Airport, whereas Joaquim FL Pimpao – Representatives of Portugal Embassy in Budapest (Economic and Commercial Counselor – aicep Portugal Global), Henrique Sousa – Maintenance W!ZZ Air Quality Maganer at Budapest, Balazs Bogats – Head Airline Comerica Bussines Development Unit – BUD Budapest Airport and Mihány Hardy – Communications Director – BUD Budapest Airport welcomed the press individuals.

At first, Joaquim FL Pimpao outlined the importance of having this direct flight to-and-from Budapest, which will open windows for not only the Hungarians, but the Portuguese as well to see, learn more about the two countries culture, gastronomy and way of life. He added … Lisbon, as a city is not just an ordinary place … it has the „must see” sign on guide list for tourist … not to be missed and same goes for the Portuguese tourist to come to Budapest.

Balazs Bogats talked about the pleasure of having this direct flight, which was for some time awaited by the travel addicted individuals. He also stated, on this first flight almost had fully reservation and only has a limited number of seats remaining on its flight back to Budapest – Hungary.

During the press conference was said …The good news is that most of the W!ZZ Air flights from Budapest had previously been pushed more towards the East and now by flying to Lisbon takes the sky’s direction to the West!

There were two huge cakes and before heading to the runways, a slice of the Barcelos Rooster cake was offered to the invited press individuals being present. The other cake was taken onboard the plan heading to Lisbon where Daniel de Carvalho, W!ZZ Air spokesman was awaiting to celebrate at the Lisbon Airport with this  mouth-watering yummy cake prepared in Budapest at the Zila confectionery.

The usually ceremony on W!ZZ Air’s first destination flight is having the water cannon sprinkling the aircraft. This to-day was absent, because the of the rain. Only viewed the passengers on their way to get onboard W!ZZ Air’s first flight to Lisbon.

Two countries connecting people … Another interesting destination for curious traveling lovers to take an adventuring tour from Budapest to Lisbon or from Lisbon to Budapest to get to know each country’s rich history, culture and gastronomy.

Just in brief  about “The legend connected of the Rooster of Barcelos” … It revolves around a dead rooster that crows to prove an accused man’s innocence. However, there are variations to the story.  The Rooster of Barcelos also symbolizes honesty, integrity, trust and honor.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter