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Budapest forecasting growth in 2015 after rise in 2014

On the back of a record-breaking year for passenger traffic at Budapest Airport, with an average 7% growth, the airport is forecasting further growth in 2015.

The Hungarian gateway is set to continue what it says was “ceaseless growth and relentless route network expansion”.

Serving 9,155,961 passengers in 2014, which was an all-time high, and it has already announced an additional nine new routes and three new airlines to maintain the progression.

Early forecasts indicate further traffic increase for 2015, with expectations to surpass 9.6 million passengers, and Budapest kicks off the summer season in March with three new routes in the very first week.

Vueling returns with a new link to Rome, while it will also resume its Barcelona service – both frequencies will be four-times weekly, meanwhile, Ryanair will add its 15th route, a four-times weekly service to Athens, while SAS will commence a four-times weekly service to Stockholm Arlanda,.

Supporting the advancement of its home-base, Wizz Air has also announced further expansion, adding four new services to Lisbon, Maastricht, Hurghada, and Alghero.

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With the addition of another 17 frequencies on existing routes, the expanding airline will add the equivalent of 15% more capacity to the Budapest market, and Iberia, and its low-cost subsidiary, Iberia Express, will also launch a seven-per-week seasonal Madrid service from June.

The return of vital direct routes connecting Budapest with North America begin in June with Air Transat, which is launching a weekly service to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport, says: “We worked hard for years with our Canadian partners to start this new service. All the preliminary research shows there is real demand for this, both in the leisure and the business segment, and will soon lead to increase of frequencies.”

The increase in several flight frequencies means Budapest is also experiencing growth on a number of existing successful routes, and all add some 7,100 seats per week to available capacity.

Looking to the future, Kam Jandu, Budapest Airports’ CCO, comments: “Budapest Airport has unquestionably signaled that it is on the up. Fuelled by new routes and new airlines, the upsurge of our growth is further enhanced by the solid foundation of our thriving existing services.”

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