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Budapest Airport and Ryanair elevate partnership with fleet expansion and route additions


Operating flights to a network of 62 cities in 2023, the latest announcement will see Ryanair offer 66 total destinations throughout S24. Solidifying its position as a key player in the Budapest aviation market, the carrier offers travellers a diverse range of choices for both domestic and international travel.

Budapest Airport confirms significant expansion in collaboration with Ryanair, as the airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary officially announced new routes, increased frequencies, and two new based aircraft during today’s press conference. Solidifying the prosperous commercial partnership, the Hungarian gateway will see a boost in its full recovery efforts for the upcoming summer and support for further growth beyond this.

During the press conference, the commitment to work together to deliver enhanced travel options and exceptional services to those travelling from Budapest was highlighted. Underlining the key points of the expansion, O’Leary announced:

  • New Aircraft: the introduction of two new based aircraft since S23, taking the total to 10 and signifying a milestone in the partnership.
  • New Routes: six new connections on the airline’s network from Budapest, offering passengers more diverse travel options.
Destination Frequency Start Date
Milan Daily 31 March 2024
Tirana Three times weekly 1 April 2024
Faro Twice-weekly 2 June 2024
Frankfurt-Hahn Twice-weekly 2 June 2024
Trieste Twice-weekly 2 June 2024
Skiathos Twice-weekly 3 June 2024
  • Increased Frequencies: 20 other routes, including Alicante, Bari, and Rome, will see frequency increases, further enhancing connectivity for travellers.

Balázs Bogáts, CCO, Budapest Airport states: “Ryanair’s continued expansion in our market contributes significantly to our ongoing growth and connectivity. We’re extremely happy with today’s announcements and the momentous step forward in our partnership with the airline.” Bogáts adds: “The introduction and investment of a 10th based aircraft reflects the commitment to meeting the increasing demand of our passengers, not only enhancing Ryanair’s operational capacity but also positioning Budapest to better serve our passengers’ evolving needs.”

In 2019, the airline served 1.553 million domestic passengers, and by 2023, this figure surged to an impressive 4.144 million, marking an outstanding 33% increase and demonstrating impressive growth and operational success at Budapest.

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