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Budapest Airport announces two new scheduled routes from October – Ekaterinburg, Russia and Dresden, Germany

Budapest Airport announced  that Russian scheduled service carrier Ural Airlines, will commence new direct flights between Koltsovo International Airport and Budapest commencing 3rd October. Also commencing in October, German regional airline OLT Express Germany will start new direct scheduled services between Dresden Airport and Budapest.

Ural is a brand new airline at Budapest and its service to Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg) will be the second direct flight to the Russian Federation from the leading central European hub.

The new service will operate every Wednesday with Airbus A320-200 aircraft, configured for 160 seats.  

Ekaterinburg, situated in the middle of the Eurasian continent, lies on the border of Europe and Asia.  It is the fourth largest city in Russia and an important industrial and cultural centre. The most important industries in the city are machinery, metal processing, and metallurgy. Ekaterinburg has two airports and Ural Airlines is operating to Budapest from the larger Koltsovo International Airport.

Ural Airlines, based in Ekaterinburg, is a joint stock company owned by Ural Wings. The airline serves more than 120 destinations throughout Europe and Asia and operates a 24-strong fleet of Airbus aircraft, including 15 A320-200s and nine A321-200s. In 2011 the airline carried more than 2.5 million passengers.

OLT Express Germany flights to Dresden from October 16th. The new flights will operate three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, utilising a 100-seat Fokker 100 aircraft.  OLT’s new route marks the return of services to Dresden from Budapest most recently served by City Air until 2004.
Situated in a valley on the River Elbe, near the Czech border, Dresden is an important cultural, educational, political and economic centre in Germany. The most important industries in the city are the semi-conductor industry, the pharmaceutical sector and mechanical and electrical engineering. Dresden is also a growing tourist destination owing to the city’s pleasant location and mild climate on the Elbe.  It is renowned for its Baroque-style architecture and numerous world-renowned museums and art collections.

OLT Express Germany, headquartered in Bremen, is owned by Dutch financial investor Panta Holdings. From October, it will evolve its operation to a low-cost, point-to-point European carrier from its previous role as a regional feeder provider, serving a total of 14 routes within Germany and the rest of Europe. The airline operates a fleet of fifteen regional aircraft comprising ten Fokker 100s, four Saab 2000s and one Saab 340. The largest, the 100-seat Fokker 100 will serve the Budapest route.

Kam Jandu, Aviation Director for Budapest Airport enthusiastically welcomed the new routes: “We warmly welcome both OLT Express Germany and Ural Airlines offering two new destinations from Budapest. We are delighted to resume services to Dresden as a historically important business and leisure destination from Budapest. Equally, Ekaterinburg with its growing economy, is an important business destination in Russia. I am sure that these two new routes will be extremely popular.”